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Locale Restaurant at De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate

Pinnacle Lane
Dixons Creek VIC 3775
Tel : +61 3 5965 2271
Fax : +61 3 5965 2442
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Cuisine: Italian, Organic
Chef: Adam Mead
Price Range: $$$
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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Locale overlooks the slopes of the De Bortoli vineyard in the Yarra Valley and showcases all the culinary delights Italian heritage has to offer. Much of the produce used at Locale is organic and, of course, dishes are paired with award-winning wines from the vineyard. In the modern, light-filled dining room, archival pictures of the De Bortoli family line the walls as current generations offer their warmest service.


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The restaurant at the De Bortoli winery is less than an hour from Melbourne along the Melba Highway arm of the Yarra Valley.

De Bortoli Wines Pty Ltd was established in 1928, four years after the founder, Vittorio De Bortoli and his wife Giuseppina migrated to Australia from Northern Italy. He settled within the Riverina area in country NSW and established one of Australia's largest family owned wine companies. For more than 75 years the family tradition of sharing good wine, good food and good times with family and friends remains unchanged. Third generation, Leanne De Bortoli and her husband Steve Webber (also the head wine maker), manage the Yarra Valley winery and restaurant, home to some of the oldest grape vines in the Valley. This opened the opportunity to produce high quality cool climate wine from the Yarra Valley.

Perfect for a day trip from Melbourne (less than an hour’s drive) Locale Restaurant at the De Bortoli winery offers a memorable dining experience. The restaurant is a handsome and spacious room, with restrained decor, carpeted floors, upholstered chairs and great views of vine-covered slopes. Although modestly elegant, Locale has the air and presence of a serious restaurant where you can expect serious food.

The name Locale, reflects not only the De Bortoli family's Italian heritage but also the restaurant's philosophy of sourcing the best local, seasonal and organic produce. In true Italian style, there are antipasti, primi and secondi, with additional vegetables and salads, and brilliant desserts. It’s a brave appetite that can manage the lot. The winery’s prime location, in the heart of the Yarra Valley, makes sourcing produce easy with ingredients such as quail, salmon and fresh mascarpone from Yea while the trout comes from Buxton, all making an appearance on the refined menu.

The philosophy behind Locale is a perfect match with the De Bortoli belief of moving towards sustainable, environmentally aware farming and winemaking practices. The wine list consists mainly of De Bortoli wines, which provide a considerable and excellent range. This restaurant gets further bonus points for the cheese room in the cellar door, it’s well worth visiting either before or after your meal.

The winery offers a range of activities including winery tastings, wine and cheese matching, landscaped garden picnic facilities and a children's playground. The estate can also cater for functions including weddings and corporate conferences, with the Italian style restaurant accommodating up to 110 guests.

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Our selection of salumi and seasonal savoury antipasti | $26.00

Fennel cured trout, creme fraiche, capers, lemon, herbs | $17.00

Poached and marinated scallop, octopus & john dory, mosciame di tonno, saffron vinaigrette | $18.00

Potato gnocchi, pork shoulder ragu, fennel, chilli & pecorino | $16.00


Roast pumpkin tortellini, beurre noisette, sage, toasted almonds, meredith goats cheese | $25.00

Scoth fillet, braised & pressed rib, parsley crust, cavalo nero, fresh bean salad, balsamic emulsion sauce | $38.00

Hapuka fillet, crisp pancetta, wilted spinach, leek fondue | $33.00

Milawa duck breast, confit leg pithivier, jerusalem artichoke, pear | $37.00


Chocolate terrine, honeycomb, raspberry sorbet, pistachio | $14.00

Yoghurt panna cotta, poached rhubarb & pear, tuille | $12.00

White chocolate semifreddo, hazelnut mousse, candied hazelnuts | $14.00

Affogato - espresso, vanilla gelato, frangelico | $10.00

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white wine selection

la bohème pinot gris and friends 12
bottle | $35.00
glass | $9.00

de bortoli estate grown chardonnay 11
bottle | $42.00
glass | $10.00

de bortoli reserve chardonnay11
bottle | $60.00

phi sauvignon 10
bottle | $40.00
glass | $10.00

red wine selection

de bortoli estate grown pinot noir 11
bottle | $50.00
glass | $12.00

riorret `balnarring` pinot noir 10
bottle | $55.00

melba lucia 08
bottle | $42.00
glass | $10.00

bella riva sangiovese merlot
bottle | $35.00

sparkling wine selection

rococo blanc de blanc
bottle | $35.00
glass | $9.00

este yarra valley sparkling 06
bottle | $50.00

veuve fourny blanc de blanc nv
bottle | $85.00
glass | $17.00

divici prosecco
bottle | $35.00

dessert wine selection

de bortoli noble one 09 375ml bottle
bottle | $45.00
glass | $12.00

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Restaurant Specials

September specials & events
On the Vine Cooking Class Sunday 14th September - Spring in the Yarra Valley. Featuring all our local produce. Join our Executive chef, Adam Mead and his team for a morning cooking demonstration followed by a long table lunch – all matched to De Bortoli Estate wines. $130.00pp (all inclusive).9.30am

Restaurant Features
Cellar Door
Cooking school
Country Venue
Function for 50-100
In a Winery
Private Dining Area
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Product launches
Suitable for Weddings

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