New entrant in 2018
Blue Pyrenees Estate (near Avoca) is a premium winery in the dramatic Pyrenees region of Victoria that serves quality foods and its own Award Winning estate-grown methode-traditionelle sparkling, red, white and rose wines. Established by the French company Remy Martin in 1963, Blue Pyrenees Estate is now independently Australian owned. The chef of the eatery is the highly accomplished Christopher Howe (Talbot Provedore and Avoca Hotel). The food menu features grazing style small platters, house platters, cheese platters, and desserts, and local produce and a good children’s menu. Stand outs include local Tuki Salmon, pates, roast pumpkin and caramalized onion frittatas, wild rabbit terrine, pork and fennel sausage, and free range duck egg with house made dukkah. The Estate is the venue for regularly staged events, wine tastings and weddings, and a great destination for metro, interstate or overseas visitors.
First Judges’ Comments in 2018
This is a delightful destination with a calm and welcoming ambience that is reassuring from the moment of arrival at the road entrance. Staff are friendly and familiar with the characteristics of each wine, and the sampling arrangements are set out logically, with staff at hand to engage the visitor in conversation and explain the characteristics of each variety. Food platters are available comprising an interesting array of tasty items prepared from fresh local produce. It is advisable to book a table if dining, especially at weekends and during holidays.
Beautiful country setting. Excellent customer service. Food platters feature richly textured items. Extensive rang of wines by the glass or bottle, plus small selection craft beers and ciders. Great value with quality wines at seriously reasonable prices. Food platters very modestly priced.