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Dominique Portet

Address :
www.whereis.com.au
870-872 Maroondah Highway
Coldstream  VIC
Phone : 03 5962 5760 
Fax : 03 5962 4938 
Email : info@dominiqueportet.com
Web-site : www.dominiqueportet.com
Opening times : Daily: 10am-5pm
Cards :
AE DC MC V Eftpos 
Licensing : Licensed
Outdoors :
Cost range :
$40 (per head for 3 courses plus coffee)
Special features:
Located on the right hand side approx. 2 km past Domaine Chandon on the way to Healesville.

REVIEW:
Founding, and long-term, winemaker of Taltarni, Dominique Portet has found a home in the Yarra Valley producing some lovely wines from local and imported grapes: a classy French-style rose, zesty sauvignon blanc, cabernet blend and excellent Heathcote shiraz and cabernet.
Luncheon platters and snacks are available in cellar door or outside.

Dominique Portet - the man, the vision, the story

The Portet family holds possibly an unmatched record in the Australian wine Industry. Dominique is the ninth generation in his family to be committed to winemaking, yet he is the first to establish a winery and label bearing the family name.

The son of André Portet, régisseur (vineyard & winery manager) of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild in Pauillac, Dominique's training began at one of the world's most illustrious red wine properties. He was the uniquely qualified at the Montpellier University of Oenology and during a compulsory one year military service was the legion's wine purchasing adviser. With each French soldier receiving his daily wine ration, the army's morale was at stake. Further enhancing his qualifications, Dominique spent vintages in the Médoc, the Rhone Valley, Provence and with world Champagne giant Moet et Chandon.

Dominique was inclined to join his brother Bernard in the Napa Valley of California where he would spend three vintages, and at the same time commencing a search to find vineyards to rival that of his native Bordeaux. Since 1976 and with 22 years as managing director at Taltarni Vineyards, he has lived in Australia to create a family.

"I'm at home here, I think my roots are here now." Along with the growth and development of the vineyards, the winery, and a market extending to 30 countries, he also developed the premium Tasmanian sparkling wine house of Clover Hill. A pioneer of the renaissance of the Victorian Industry, he was steadfast in his vision to initiate the highly regarded style of Taltarni wines.

After six months in Provence and two vintages away from the industry, 2000 would see the beginning of the Dominique Portet label. Looking around for a suitable winery site he decided on the Yarra Valley, attracted to its quality and style. "I found fragrance and structure - most of all structure - reminds me of Bordeaux", he explains.

Although he now calls Australia home, Dominique Portet's bond with Bordeaux cannot be broken. His family has had links with the wine industry since 1780. "It is longer, but most of the records were lost during the revolution." The earliest of documents, dated 1720, relate to the sale of eaux de vie by the Portets to the Martell family.

The tradition associate with the Portet family continues today with wife Julia and sons Benjamin, Thomas and Henri, all having close association with the production of Portet Winemakers. A 10th generation is just upon the horizon for the Portet family, entrusting also an undoubtable commitment to high quality winemaking of exceptional standards.


THE WINES

Yarra Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Fontaine Rose
Fontaine Cabernet Shiraz
Yarra Valley Merlot
Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Heathcote Shiraz
Heathcote Cabernet Sauvignon

 
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