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.
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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.