Down in the Val­ley

Chef Luke Man­gan heads to Vic­to­ria’s Yarra Val­ley to find the best places to eat, drink and stay.

Virgin Australia Voyeur - - FOOD -

STAY The Farm­house at Mele­tos

For the ul­ti­mate gourmet week­end away there’s no bet­ter place to stay than The Farm­house at Mele­tos. Es­tab­lished in 2015 and of­fer­ing 22 bou­tique suites and one Tus­can Suite, own­ers Steve and Von­nie Frazer have raised the ac­com­mo­da­tion bar in the Yarra Val­ley.

In the evenings, en­joy a glass of wine by the fire­side and in the morn­ing wake up to break­fast over­look­ing the vine­yards. There’s also an on­site cafe and craft brew­ery. 12 St Hu­berts Rd, Cold­stream; www.mele­tos.com.

EAT The Café at Mele­tos

Sur­rounded by ap­ple trees and veg­etable gar­dens, The Café is an ex­ten­sion of the Mele­tos ex­pe­ri­ence. Head chef David Ca­farella brings his Mediter­ranean in­flu­ence to the kitchen. Bread is baked fresh daily and cheeses are sourced next door from Yarra Val­ley Dairy and used to cre­ate the wood­fired piz­zas.

There’s a se­lec­tion of sa­lumi from Lit­tle Creek Cat­tle in Vic­to­ria, as well as big­ger plates of slow-cooked lamb shoul­der, and for dessert, spiced poached pears from the or­chard. www.mele­tos.com.

Ezard at Lev­an­tine Hill

Award-win­ning chef Teage Ezard has teamed up with Lev­an­tine Hill to cre­ate two din­ing spa­ces at the es­tate’s win­ery and cel­lar door. The All Day Din­ing space has shar­ing plates to be en­joyed with great wine and com­pany in a re­laxed set­ting, while the Sig­na­ture Res­tau­rant of­fers five- and eight-course tast­ing menus per­fectly matched to Lev­an­tine Hill wines.

With its jaw-drop­ping ar­chi­tec­ture and floor-to­ceil­ing win­dows with views over the Yarra, this is a place where food and wine work in per­fect part­ner­ship. 882 Ma­roon­dah Hwy, Cold­stream; www.lev­an­tine­hill.com.au.

Hutch & Co

At the gate­way to the Yarra you’ll find the ideal pit stop from Mel­bourne at Hutch & Co. The multi-lay­ered tim­ber-and- steel in­te­rior was voted in 2017 the Favourite Cof­fee Spot in the Yarra Ranges for its house-roasted cof­fee, lunch spe­cials and all-day break­fast.

For those with time, the Shar­ing is Car­ing board for two, fea­tur­ing a deca­dent serve of French Toast to fin­ish, is a must-try. 251 Main St, Li­ly­dale; www.hutc­hand.co.

DRINK Yer­ing Sta­tion

Vic­to­ria’s first vine­yard, Yer­ing Sta­tion was planted in 1838. Visit its cel­lar door to sip and savour an ex­ten­sive range of wines in­clud­ing those from the Yer­ing Sta­tion ‘Es­tate’ col­lec­tions. While on site, browse through the Art Gallery and Pro­duce Store, or book a ta­ble at the res­tau­rant for a leisurely lunch. 8 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen; www.yer­ing.com.

Four Pil­lars Dis­tillery

If you need a break from sip­ping wines, visit Four Pil­lars Gin Dis­tillery Door, lo­cated in an old tim­ber yard. En­joy a tast­ing of five gins in the Four Pil­lars range, while one of the staff takes you through the dif­fer­ent botan­i­cals and how the gin is made. Try a tast­ing pad­dle, com­plete with gar­nishes and tonic wa­ter, or choose a cock­tail to en­joy at the bar or out on the ter­race. Four Pil­lars Dis­tillery, 2a Li­ly­dale Rd, Healesville; www.fourpil­lars­gin.com.au.

CLOCK­WISE FROM LEFT Sam­ple some of Aus­tralia’s best gin at Four Pil­lars Dis­tillery; de­li­cious Mediter­ranean food and drinks at The Café at Mele­tos; Ezard at Lev­an­tine Hill’s unique ar­chi­tec­ture; try a se­lec­tion of lo­cal wines at Yer­ing Sta­tion.

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