Shortest Lunch – Winery Profile – Seville Estate – by Denise McCann
Margaret Van Der Meulen
Director of Everything at Seville Estate
When Dr Peter McMahon planted the first vines at Seville Estate in 1972, it marked the rebirth of the Yarra Valley as a premium wine region. By the end of the decade Dr McMahon and his wife Margaret, along with producers such as Mount Mary, Yeringberg, Yarra Yering and St Hubert’s, were fashioning wines that served to re-establish the lofty reputation the Yarra Region had enjoyed in the 19th century. From its first vintage, Seville Estate quickly established itself as one of the Yarra Valley’s finest producers.
Margaret and Graham Van Der Meulen purchased Seville Estate in 2005, having followed their passion for cool climate wines and they have built on Seville Estate’s reputation for excellence with the production of premium wines.
Situated on a ridge of red volcanic soil overlooking the upper Yarra Valley, hidden from the well-trodden tracks of the mainstream wineries, the soil at Seville Estate is extremely fertile. The 30-acre property is home to 20 acres of vines planted with Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Dylan McMahon, who is the Grandson of the original founder, has been the winemaker at Seville Estate since 2004 and has continued working with Margaret Van Der Meulen since the property was purchased.
“With our lovely view, it’s a great spot for visitors to sit, enjoy a light meal and talk to people about the wines and great local produce. Not to mention the natural aviary and of course Betty, my beautiful Red Heeler, who will greet you the moment you step in the door. It’s a great job that I truly love.“ says Margaret.
Margaret affectionately calls herself the Director of Everything and she really does mean everything. Margaret has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Technology and is a scientist who ran a Blood Bank for 15 years. Seeking a “vine change”, Margaret completed her Masters in Wine Technology and Viticulture through the University of Melbourne and a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery. Oh, and a cheese-making course through the National Centre of Dairy Education Australia (NCDEA) at Werribee to round things out!
Margaret lives on the property and can be found in the vineyard, the winery or in the cellar door seven days a week. She also finds time to grow some of the produce used for the 45-seat restaurant and acts as chef for the cellar door and 85-seat function room. Not to mention running the business of Seville Estate for more than 11 years as well as being on the Wine Committee for The Yarra Valley Wine Show!!!
It certainly is true that Margaret is the Director of Everything – yet still finds time to welcome you to the Shortest Lunch!
Shortest Lunch Menu at Seville Estate
Twice cooked crispy pork belly with sticky Asian sauce and Nasi Goreng
Vegetarian: Spiced Chickpea Patties with Nasi Goreng
Kids menu: fish and chips
Dessert: Sticky date pudding with sticky toffee sauce
Espresso Tea and coffee
65 Linwood Road
Seville VIC 3139
Phone: +61 3 59642622
Cellar Door is open 7 days a week 10am – 5pm.
Tasting fee is charged for larger groups.
Lunch is available from Friday to Monday in the air conditioned café / restaurant, Awarded ‘Best Small Cellar Door in Yarra Valley’ by Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine 2015
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June, 2016
10am – 5pm