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

When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Wine Dog Too

Well, next week I turn 5 months old, which doesn’t sound like a lot but in dog years that’s like 3.5 years old. I’ve been hanging out at work with my new mum for a little while now and I’ve got to say my time at the winery has had its ups and downs. For…

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Food/Wine Matches Please

At Rob Dolan Wines, whenever there’s a need for wine and food matches to be attached to tasting notes, the job seems to come straight to me. An email entitled “Food/Wine matches please”. I’m not sure why this is! Perhaps it is the life-sized poster of Jamie Oliver I have at home. Or maybe it…

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Environmentally Friendly Rob

When I started working for Rob a million years ago he was always conscious of the environment and the effects that wineries have. So much so that he even let me do all of my environmental assignments at work while studying Environmental Science. All the days I spent pouring over electricity bills and stomping through…

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Christmas Party Conversations

  “No one reads blogs anyway, right?” replied a friend at a recent Christmas party when I confided in him that I had no ideas to fill my page. That may be the case, but here we are… “Why don’t you write about why red wine gives me headaches and white wine doesn’t?”, suggested another…

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My Napa Vintage Experience

Napa Valley is home to some big names in the wine industry, and it’s big business, producing high quality wine and a lot of it. When driving into the Napa Valley you are greeted with vineyards as far as the eye can see. The smaller towns such as St Helena and Calistoga area picturesque and…

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“It’s Hands On, It’s Intimate and It’s Old School”

It’s Tuesday afternoon. I have arrived in Oregon to a heavy and persistent haze and a familiar smell in the air. The area just outside Portland has been experiencing severe bush fires for the past two weeks. There are concerns about smoke taint in the vintage to come.  The harvest has crept up fast on…

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The Reunion – 31 Years Later!

Vintage is the key period in a Winemaker’s year when many long term relationships and friendships are born and on rare occasions left in tatters. In the harvest period there are long hours with people and logistics pressures. Shift work with days often 12-16 hours long and double shifts – when grapes are ripe they…

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My Life so Far

Well I’ve got to say the first 12 months of my life has been pretty sweet! Lately they’ve been calling me the little brown phantom and saying I terrorise the workplace here at Rob Dolan Wines, but I don’t really see it that way. Sometimes my Dad tells me off for bothering guests at cellar…

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“What on Earth do you do?”

In speaking to the general public about my job, when I say I work in a winery people’s imaginations tend to romantic notions of sloping vineyards and sitting around sipping wine all day.  Upon further discourse, many individuals are surprised to discover that wineries have laboratories and conduct chemical analysis of wines. “What on earth…

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40+ Countries, 30+ Months and 5 Must See Vineyards

Having the opportunity to visit wineries all over the world is a rather charming way to spend your time and money. It is so enjoyable in fact, that wine tasting has become a vacation in itself. And wine is a beautiful thing. It is a perfect complement to a meal, and a great way to…

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