One of my favourite wineries in the Yarra Valley is the delightful Dominique Portet. The Dominique Portet Fontaine rosé is simply the best out there and the winery itself is completely charming with its vine covered walls and petanque court in the garden.
However a recent invitation to lunch at Dominique Portet to celebrate the harvest, or Fete Des Vignerons, offered a chance to discover a few new things to love about the winery.
The first revelation was all the fabulous wine that Dominique Portet makes beyond its signature rosé. I loved the buttery Yarra Valley Origin Chardonnay and the rich Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
The second was that Dominique Portet has a fabulous menu now of classic French dishes. The only food on offer used to be cheese and charcuterie but now the menu now includes steak frites, confit de carnard and cassoulet.
The cassoulet is fabulous with slow cooked duck, sausages and beans making a hearty and rustic dish. Desserts were also a highlight with a crisp apple tart and oozing chocolate fondant.
This is such a great place to pop in to for a long wintery lunch if you are exploring the Yarra Valley. Best of all, the one thing that hasn’t changed at Dominique Portet is the Portet family’s lovely hospitality. Magnifique.
Gourmet Chick was a guest of Dominique Portet.
Details: Dominique Portet, 870 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream.