Don’t pass this by…

Passing Clouds winery is located on the outskirts of Daylesford in the Macedon Ranges wine region of Victoria. What looks like a small cellar door disguises a much bigger operation which makes it well worth a visit. What we liked: The white wines are remarkable quality, with Chardonnay leading the way. We found the (cheaper)…

April Antics

April has been another busy month for the Walkabout crew. Several unplanned day and half day trips, revisiting some of our earlier purchases and debating our favourite examples of other grape types. In many ways, April and September are wonderful months for wine since the weather is in change-over so big reds and aromatic whites…

The BIG question

Warrabilla has always made big red wines. This is not something that can really be questioned. When the 2018 vintage red wines were released for sale we were excited and then a little bit puzzled. Smithy (Andrew Sutherland Smith – the chief winemaker) has made a Parola’s Durif in 2018 but not a Parola’s Shiraz….

One Noble Act

Just as we did for our last review, we will attempt to keep this to a few short paragraphs. If you are wanting a fuller review of this winery, send us a message and we will update the post. De Bortoli is a family run business with plantings in New South Wales and Victoria. On…

An Innocent Bystander?

In an effort to allow readers to get through a whole post, our next two winery reviews (this and the next) will be kept to no more than four paragraphs. We will see how this goes. Innocent Bystander is located in Healesville, in the Yarra Valley; right across the carpark from Giant Steps. The amount…

Rob Dolan shows his True Colours

Somewhere in the back roads of Warrandyte in the Yarra Valley sits the Rob Dolan winery and function centre. A small but well managed cellar door with unusually high bar stools (Rob himself is 6’6″, which possibly explains the furniture…) where guests can sample wines made from grapes grown across the Valley and other local…

Kicking back at Kellybrook

Kellybrook winery & distillery is located on the Warrandyte side of the Yarra Valley and is a reasonably well hidden (except for the street signs to point the way) in what looks like a typical residential area of outer Melbourne. We found the wines to offer quite exceptional value for money (the buy 4 get…