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Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant & Cellar Door

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This vineyard is on the Bellarine Peninsula, just outside Geelong. Their cellar door is in a new, upside-down house at the end of the driveway. That is just one indication of the eclectic mix of buildings and sculptures on the property.

It’s really interesting to walk around and look at everything. They have a sign near the gate that says ‘browsers welcome’ which is nice and made us comfortable wandering around.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to try any of the wines. They sell a good variety of cool-climate wines. Our visit coincided with a bus load of wine-tasters and although I went in to try some wine the staff were concentrating on serving the others. We were a little early for lunch so didn’t get to see the restaurant or try the food but they have received a good rating in the current Good Food Guide.

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I wondered how long they took to collect all these bikes and how long they had them. I was joking about people leaving their bikes after trying the wines at the cellar door.

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Yering Station……Lunch with a view – December 1st

Every year at Christmas time, my friend Mel and I drive the short drive to the Yarra Valley for a Christmas celebration lunch.  It’s only about half an hour from my house so I’m very lucky to live so close, given that it’s one of the best wine regions in Australia.  This was our third time in what has become an anuual event.

This year we decided to do a bit of winery hopping.  Lunch was at the Wine Bar Restaurant at Yering Station.  We enjoyed magnificent views of the valley while eating.  I wasn’t well but somehow the view and the food made me feel a little better.

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The view from our table.  The wine is Yarrabank Late Disgorged Cuvee Brut Sparkling which was a lovely, light sparkling wine.

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We shared an entree of Wagyu beef tartare, smoked beetroot and pickled onion.  It was quite filling so we both agreed that it was good that we shared it.

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Mel’s main meal of Hapuka, tempura zucchini flower and squid ink.

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My main meal of Roasted pepper and herb tortellini with pecorino, sliced almonds and parsley oil.

Overall it was a beautiful meal but not cheap.  However it is featured in The Age Good Food Guide as one of the best restaurants in the Yarra Valley so you can’t expect a cheap meal.  We have now eaten at a few restaurants from the guide and look forward to eating at more.