Kellybrook produces a range of wines, ciders (branded Kelly Brothers) and beers (branded Riders Brew Co.). Their wines include Shiraz, Cabernets, Pinot Noir, Rosé, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Gewurztraminer, as well as Apple Brandy and Tawny Port. Their ciders include Sparkling, Apple and Pear. Their beers include Golden / Summer Ale, American Pale Ale and Porter.
Darren and Farley Kelly founded Kellybrook Winery in 1962, starting with cider and then moving onto wine in the 1970s. It was the first winery in the Yarra Valley to receive it’s Vigneron Licence and Cellar Door licence (1969) and it is one of the few wineries in the Yarra Valley still owned by the original family. Set amongst lush vineyards and historic gardens, the winery offers an authentic Yarra Valley tasting and working farm experience. A large range of wines, beers, ciders and local produce are available for tasting and sale. Picnics and grazing plates featuring local produce are also available all day. The gardens feature a 125-year-old oak tree which is listed with the National Trust, as well as roses, salvias and bulbs.
On the last Sunday of each month, ‘Sunday Sessions’ are held with live, local music from 1.30-4pm and hot food from the kitchen. Over the first weekend in May, there is the annual Kellybrook Cider Festival, soon to be in its 30th year.
Local outlets:Bottlemart Ivanhoe
Bottlemart Macleod Cellars
Cardamone Gourmet Supermarket, Fairfield
East Ivanhoe Grocers – Foodworks
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, Kew
Lower Plenty Hotel Bottleshop
Lower Plenty IGA
Sir Henry Barkly Hotel, Heidelberg
Southern Road Cellars, Heidelberg Heights
The Merri Clan, Preston
The Old Fire Station Cafe Gallery, Preston
The Olympic Hotel, Preston
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Kooinda (an Aboriginal word meaning “happy place”) is a boutique brewery producing natural, unfiltered, unpasteurised, quality ales. After starting out as the first ever residentially-licensed brewery in Australia, it has recently expanded into a commercial brewery (using a production line apparatus once belonging to Mountain Goat) and now sells 8 different beers all-year round.
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, Heidelberg
Low Buy Liquor, Lilydale
Purvis Wine Cellars, Surrey Hills
The Public Brewery, Croydon
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The Napoleone family are third generation fruit growers. Their business Red Rich Fruits is one of the biggest producers in Victoria growing several varietes of apples, pears and stonefruit. Their first vineyard was planted in 1987, and the inaugural vintage of Punt Road Wines was in 2001. 2008 then saw the creation of Napoleone Cider and 2014 saw the birth of Napoleone Brewers.
All of Napoleone’s ciders are crafted onsite using estate-grown fruit, 100% fruit juice, no concentrates and no added sugars. The apple ciders use Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Fuji and Sundowner apples. The pear ciders use Beurre Bosc and Packham’s Triumph pears.
The beers include lager, pale ale and porter.
The cellar door is open 7 days from 10am and offers tasting paddles of beer and/or cider for $12. If you are just looking to chill out and have a few drinks, they also offer pots and pints too. Brewery tours are also available for $20 a head, which includes a tour and tasting which runs on Saturdays at 11am or by appointment.
Opening times: Mon-Fri – 5pm to midnight; Sat-Sun – midday to midnight.
Prosciutto Bros. Craft Bar is the collaboration of two craft brewers – Jamie Cox from Kooinda Brewery and Clyde D’Angelis from Sideshow Brewing. The two partners renovated a large industrial space in Eltham with recycled, up-cycled, retro and handcrafted pieces that create a rustic charm to this otherwise harsh environment.
Behind the bar built with recycled bricks is a choice of 20 taps (15 hand selected craft beers and 5 ciders from Australia) and a bottle fridge that continues the seemingly never ending choice of local crafted goodness. The best place to start is with the house tap CHOP – a special pilsner style brew. To accompany the beer list, they have carefully selected the ‘stand outs’ from local winemakers from the Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley and Geelong regions. Plus there are spirits and cocktails.
Looking in from the outside of the open plan kitchen, a glass deli cabinet presents an array of meats, cheese and antipasti ingredients to entice your taste buds and, hanging above it, are large steel hooks displaying handcrafted cured meats. There are also a range of cooked dishes, from a bbq grill and spit to pizza and gourmet sausages.
The Prosciutto Bros. have created a relaxed, happy and fun atmosphere where you can walk in, find your spot at a table, stool or booth, soak up the easy listening tunes in the background or the live weekend entertainment while awakening every taste bud with simple home style Italian family recipes washed down with a local crafty beer or two.
A small family owned and operated winery in Arthurs Creek. Their philosophy is to produce premium wines from estate-grown fruit ripened to optimum levels and matured in finest quality small oak barrels.
Engineered by hand, 3 Ravens beers are the product of a craft brewing process in which traditional methods meet exacting standards. They take care to emphasise quality over quantity and use only the finest natural ingredients. Their beer undergoes a gentle filtration to remove fermenter yeast and the age-old process of bottle conditioning is then started with a small amount of fresh live brewers yeast. This creates a clearer, brighter beer unmasking and enhancing the flavour, aroma and body of their premium natural ingredients.