Yarra Valley Smaller Wineries | Shortest Lunch
Ward off winter with the crackle of a warm fire and belly full of wonderful wine and delicious food this June. The Shortest Lunch, presented by Yarra Valley Smaller Wineries offers a gastronomical adventure through 14 of the Valley’s boutique, family owned wines in celebration of the Winter equinox.
June 22-23 is the shortest weekend of the year, and a great excuse to step away from the hustle and bustle and meander between wineries; feasting on curated entrée-sized menus paired with perfectly matched wines.
This progressive dining experience is hosted by Badger’s Brook, Billanook Estate, Boat O’Craigo, Brumfield Winery, Elmswood Estate, Kellybrook Winery, Payne’s Rise, Seville Estate, Seville Hill, Six Acres Wines, Steels Gate Wines, Tokar Estate, Whispering Hills Vineyard, and Yering Farm Wines.
A firm favourite with local visitors and Melburnians opting to defrost away from the concrete jungle of the CBD, the itinerary invites visitors to experience some of the valley’s best kept secrets.
The 14 smaller, family owned wineries each boast their own unique stories – from their rustic cellar doors, to the winemaking processes that have either been passed down between generations or diverted from tradition to new varieties and methods. The Shortest Lunch offers a unique chance to meet the makers and enter the word of winemaking in this uniquely personal event.
The mouth-watering menu includes dishes from New Orleans and the deep south, traditional Italian fare straight from Nonna’s kitchen, sensational Spanish fare, fancy flatbreads, Asian and Mexican fusions, Middle Eastern inspirations, curated cheeses, slow cooked meats, contemporary Indian, and diverse desserts.
There are over 80 wines on tastings, with some wineries offering exclusive new releases and vintage releases exclusively over The Shortest Lunch.
The net proceeds of the Shortest Lunch $15 entry fee will go to a local community group, with the event raising over $75,000 shared amongst local CFA brigades and SES since inception.
Dining packages start from just $42 and include entry, a souvenir tasting glass, one meal ticket and two glasses of wine.
An early-bird special is available for a limited time only and for just $60 includes entry, a souvenir tasting glass, one meal ticket, a glass of wine and a $30 bottle of wine.
Epicurean Wine Tours have packages available for those who do not wish to drive.