Who knew that food and wine paradise was only a 20 minute drive from the CBD?
Arundel Farm Estate is a boutique winery located in the Sunbury Wine Region, just 16km from Melbourne, and a stone’s throw away from Tullamarine Airport. It’s close to everything, yet in the middle of nowhere, tucked away in the rolling hills of Keilor.
The bluestone stables bring rural Italy to Melbourne’s backyard, complete with delicious grazing boards, woodfire pizza ovens and crusty stone-baked bread.
Sitting on over 300 acres, it has 11 spacious paddocks for thoroughbred horses to roam, and a 20 acre vineyard where the team harvest grapes and prepare their vintage.
The cellar door has four bold wines, with high extract colour and rich texture. Shaun and I had never tried the label before, so we decided to taste their latest vino before buying a bottle to take home.
I loved the fruity rose’, but the 2011 shiraz was a winner. Deeply structured with fantastic length, it was loaded with aromas of plum and black pepper, which went down nicely with our Tuscan inspired lunch.
If Shaun had his way, we would have ordered the entire menu. But we decided on three dishes, and agreed to save the salumi and cheese board for next time.
It was a tough choice, but we ordered the homemade gnocchi, garlic focaccia and farmer’s salad. We ate them in the outdoor seating area, with panoramic views of green gullies and grazing horses.
But what I loved most about the food was its authenticity. It was lovingly prepared and presented, taking Shaun and I on a sensory journey to the Italian countryside. The base of the pizza was cooked to perfection, and the gnocchi was divine. Doused in salt and olive oil, even the mixed lettuce leaves were tasty. And that is pretty damn rare.
The historic homestead, winery and thoroughbred horse agistment property is open from 11am – 4pm on weekends, and 11am – 10pm on Friday nights.
There is happy hour from 3pm – 6pm, with $6 glasses of wine and $12 cocktails, as well as live music from local talent.
Functions are available 7 days a week, and the winery runs annual ‘Meet the Maker’ events where you can taste Arundel Farm Estate’s new vintage straight from the barrel, while indulging in their delicious grazing boards, pork belly and tirimasu.
I’ll be there, will you?