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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Yarra Valley

Not too far away from the heart of Melbourne is Yarra Valley and its wonderful wineries. Around 55 minutes of easy driving and the long stretch of vineyards are easily within the horizon. After the bushfires in Victoria, this area have been lobbying for constant support from its patrons, and although there were some traces of burnt grass, the area in general (particularly the grapes!) has been saved from the flames.



First stop for this particular trip was lunch at Rae's Restaurant at Balgownie Estate. The option was easily shortlisted between the Native mint rubbed lamb rump with green onion potato whip, roast garlic, ruby
capsicum and pan juices and the Crisp skinned barramundi, kipfler potatoes and grilled asparagus.... but the lamb won and it was without regret. There was an ample selection of red wines from the cellar door, so there is nothing to worry.


Rae's Restaurant
serves Lunch from 12pm-3pm, 7 days a week

After the main course, there was a quick trip to De Bortoli Estate. It may sound a bit posh for this outdoor no-fuss blogger but the 3 cheese platter was simply exquisite (particularly the Spanish Blue Cheese!!!). Coffee was served with italian style with vanilla ice cream, otherwise known as an affogato, with italian doughnuts - yes, deep fried flour balls rolled with sugar. Calorie counting is extremely NOT recommended at times like these.


Italian and Spanish cheese - absolute YUM.


in need of a walk after such a divine dessert - visit the pinot lane


must have been better sneaking some of the grapes!

These are just two of the many, many wineries in the area (check it out here. ). All in all a worthwhile weekend treat.

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