Events

Wine & Stories – Chateau Yering x Rob Dolan Wines | Offsite

Chateau Yering has history as the social centre of the Yarra Valley; a reputation established over 150 years but earned consistently over the last 25. History provides great story telling opportunities and this event brings two local favourites together for you to experience a memorable evening of wine and stories. Join Rob at the historic Eleonore’s Restaurant…

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Wine and Cheese Fest – Port Melbourne 2020 | Offsite

We are excited to be returning to the Wine and Cheese Fest 2020 will along with more than 60 boutique wine, cheese and small goods producers at our new location, The Timber Yard in Port Melbourne! Melbourne’s premier food and wine festival, Wine and Cheese Fest 2020 attendees will be able to experience FREE tastings…

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Pick + Stomp

NOW RECRUITING OUR NEXT TEAM OF WINEMAKERS. Join us in 2020 for two days spent learning how to make your own wine alongside Rob and a team of our winemakers. Part 1 | Put your gloves on and begin the day by experiencing the life of a viticulturist in our estate vineyard. You’ll then move…

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News

Chasing Autumn

Anyone who knows even the slightest thing about me, knows that I am the coldest person I know. I’m a total wuss, and I own it. For the past 4 years I have been so very fortunate that Rob has let me take off to the northern hemisphere for vintage in the slower months here…

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Three Vintages, Three Countries, One Year

2019 was certainly a year to remember, three harvests squeezed into twelve months across three different countries. An amazing experience leaving me with a keen appetite for winemaking. The year began not far from home in the southern hemisphere at Brokenwood Wines in the Hunter Valley. Starting in mid-January we saw some terrific parcels of…

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Bud to Bottle

Part 1 – October Where does wine come from? How is it made? And how many months of the year are we actually making it? I’m relatively new to the wine industry, and I find myself asking these questions on the daily. Here’s a quick run-down on me – my name is Tayla and I’ve…

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Happy Birthday to Us!

We tend to find that birthdays cause a bit of nostalgia. In September, we celebrated our cellar door’s third birthday, and it got us thinking about where we were three-years-ago and even before that. Three years ago, we were creating and distributing awesome wines, but we were without a cellar door. A lot has changed…

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Mark Nikolich: Chief Winemaker at Rob Dolan is Hanging Up his Boots

“Thank you for being the leader of our Winemaking team for the past 7 years” – Rob Dolan Another Yarra Vintage “bites the dust “and what a year it has been for Mark and the Winemaking team. The question regularly asked to Mark and most Winemakers is “So what the hell do you people do in vintage and…

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Rob’s Post Vintage Ramble

Vintage 2019 Wow what a vintage – warm and dry, short and sweet with virtually no rainfall during the vintage period. The Yarra Valley have been fortunate to dodge the extreme heat that other regions have experienced, but it begs the question – could this be the new normal? Will we be fighting prolonged battles between…

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The Fork in the Road

As you drive down the Maroondah Hwy after Lilydale and make your way into the heart of the Yarra Valley, you are confronted with a fork in the road : “do I turn right into the Warburton Hwy or swing left and head towards Coldstream?” Most people would swing left, chasing the bright lights of…

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Tips for Planning a Successful Wine Tour

Planning any type of event can be stressful. It is said that event planners have one of the most stressful jobs, so we can imagine if you aren’t a professional and are in charge of organising your next wine tour, it can be a trying task. Relaxing with friends, tasting new wines, and enjoying the…

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2018 Vintage Report

Rob Dolan Wines 2018 Vintage Crew Don’t be surprised to see big smiles on everyone’s faces throughout the Yarra Valley for the next 12 months. Growers who escaped the humid patch of weather unscathed around Christmas time have been rewarded with decent-sized crops and tremendous ripening conditions throughout February and March. Likewise, winemakers have good…

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The 2018 Pick and Stomp

    10am, the day begun how most days should, with coffee and mimosas. After a debrief from Rob our newly recruited winemakers headed down into the winery for a tour and explanation of how things run at Rob Dolan Wines. Being a contract wine making facility there are lots of things happening and so…

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