Saturday 27th March 2021, 11:30am-2:30pm
Dominique Portet Yarra Valley, 870 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream 3770
Join us for an exclusive cultural experience for those who love wine and all things French, hosted by renowned winemaker Dominique Portet at his winery in the Yarra Valley.
Held in both English and French, participants will learn about the art and process of winemaking and the beautiful wines produced at this iconic winery located just outside Melbourne, among the rolling vineyards of the Yarra Valley. A guided visit of the cellar, vineyard and vendanges will be followed by a dégustation (wine tasting) and light lunch of shared platters provided by their French-style bistro.
Please note: All participants must make their own way to and from the winery – no transport provided.
Dominique Portet got his first whiff of wine at one of the world’s most illustrious wine properties: Château Lafite-Rothschild. It was here in Pauillac that his father, André Portet, served as régisseur (vineyard & winery manager) for 20 years.
Dominique went on to earn his stripes at Montpellier University of Oenology before perking up morale as wine-buying adviser during compulsory military service. He later spent vintages in the Médoc, Rhône Valley, Provence and with Champagne giant Moët et Chandon, as well as in the Napa Valley at his brother Bernard’s Clos du Val estate.
"I found fragrance and structure – most of all the structure reminds me of Bordeaux. The Yarra has a charm, a beauty that engulfs you. The wines are worldly."
Since 1976 he has been a pioneer of the renaissance of Australia’s cool-climate wine industry, founding renowned sparkling wine house Taltarni in the Pyrenees and Clover Hill in Tasmania. In 2000 he embarked on his greatest adventure: the Dominique Portet winery in the Yarra Valley.