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Wednesday 1 September 2021

Dominique Portet Wines links with leading tourism group

Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia has unveiled its latest member with Dominique Portet Wines joining De Bortoli as the group's second member in the Yarra Valley in Victoria.

“We are delighted to join Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia and we’re honoured to be counted among such an esteemed group of wineries,” says 10th-generation winemaker Ben Portet.

“Our plans for Dominique Portet align perfectly with the vision of UWEA - to increase the reach and impact of Australian wine tourism.”

Dominique Portet Wines is home to a cellar door and bistro with a very French accent.

“We’re delighted to welcome Dominique Portet to the fold,” says Kate Shilling, executive officer of Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia. “They bring a slice of Bordeaux to the Yarra Valley with award-winning Australian wines crafted with French sensibility.”

The Portet family are considered wine-making royalty, with Dominique Portet learning his craft in Bordeaux and practicing it throughout an illustrious career in France, the Napa Valley, and Tasmania, before finally settling in the Yarra.

In 2008, his son Ben took the reins of the winery after years of experience working in wineries in South Australia, Bordeaux, South Africa and the Napa Valley in California.

“Ben continues more than 40 years of dedicated family wine craftsmanship in Australia, forging a new chapter in a winemaking story that spans more than a century, specialising in sparkling wine, chardonnay, rosé and cabernet sauvignon,” says Shilling.

“His acclaimed cabernet sauvignon is renowned for being one of the best in the country; an elegant drop of Bordeaux right here in our own backyard.”

The two special UWEA experiences include Le Tour de Rosé; a look at three different wine styles – sparkling brut rosé, the Fontaine Rosé and a new addition – a single vineyard rosé.

Hosted by Dominique Portet, these tastings include an overview of the estate’s history, followed by a wine tasting matched with a selection of charcuterie, cheese and rustic baguette.

The André Experience features a tour, tasting and bistro lunch with a behind-the-scenes tour of the estate, a tutored wine tasting and in the André room, perched above the working winery, and then lunch with a three-course menu of French family classics.

Dominique Portet is located at 870 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream, VIC.

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