There’s a lushness in this part of the valley that has attracted many farmers and orchardists – in the 1950s there was an influx of Italian farmers and the way we all work together as growers has much to do with that influence. The Yarra Valley is one of the key areas for strawberry growing in Australia.
We have been taken to heart by the local Italian community and regularly host large family events. People of Italian heritage, and those who simply love the flavours and feel of Italian culture, all find their ‘home’ here
I’ve always loved Italian wines, they have a savoury quality to them that goes so well with food. My grandparents on both side of my family are Italian so I grew up with the Italian customs and way of life.
I love the Italian way of eating. I enjoy the banquet-style feasting and sharing platters of food around. Meals are stretched out over time, a social event where the focus is on fun and friendship. What’s not to love?
Introducing our special Italian Festa Brew, the Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao beer, brewed exclusively by Watts River Brewing.
Want to learn to speak Italian – how about starting with a wine list? It takes no time to become fluent in Italian wines with this hot list of Yarra Valley grown Italian varietals and where to find them.
Most people think that the Italian community in the Yarra Valley began in the post-war era. However, Italians have lived and worked in the Yarra Valley since the pioneer days and significantly were part of the district’s early wine industry and made up a large part of the workforce on the construction of the Silvan Dam, as well as running farms and businesses that contributed much to the area’s pre-WW2 agricultural industry.
So you want the Italian experience without leaving Australian shores then you’ll be pleased to know ‘la dolce vita’ is only one hour’s drive from Melbourne!