Events

NEFF Dinner Party Series – Celebrating the Yarra Valley | Offsite | POSTPONED

NEFF’s brand new showroom in South Melbourne is being transformed into an intimate experience of Victoria’s Yarra Valley wine region - and you’re invited. Book your seat at the table for a food experience led by esteemed chef Sophie Storen, with a selection of our Yarra Valley wines to match. All guests will also receive…

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News

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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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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