Star Cellar Door
The De Bortoli family is amazing at producing terrific and innovative wines at astonishingly modest prices. Their Yarra Valley outpost may garner much attention but it’s the Riverina home-base that remains the driving force.
The Bilbul cellar door isn’t a ‘fancy pants’ operation, just a hive of vinous activity with excellent service from knowledgeable staff. The friendly feel extends to the offer of a BYO picnic in the gardens with children more than welcome. At the tasting bar you’ll be offered the value-for-money Deen Vat range, the quirky Down The Lane drops, and icons like the Noble One and Black Noble. Look out for the Florence Broadhurst Botrytis Semillon – just another example of the innate flair of the De Bortoli family. PETER BOURNE
OUTSTANDING WINE: 2016 De Bortoli Noble One, A$36/375ml