Oakridge: An Unrivalled Dining Experience
Address: 864 Maroondah Highway Coldstream Victoria 3770
Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rose, Merlot, Meunier, Baton Rouge
Although Oakridge has been a staple part of the Yarra Valley for more than 3 decades, they still manage to capture a sleekly modern motif in their estate. The sophisticated feel of their cellar door and restaurant doesn’t take away from their incredibly warm and welcoming environment, though.
From the first-class wine and food, to their exemplary service, this is an experience not to be missed when visiting the Yarra Valley.
Oakridge yields wines from many different vineyards, meaning they can offer quite a varied list of varieties. They have the classic Yarra Valley staples covered and are particularly well known for their chardonnay, as well as a few interesting left-of-field wines that are worth trying, like their Pinot Meunier and Baton Rouge.
Some other notable mentions include their Pinor Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and, of course, their many Chardonnays. Oakridge grow a number of Chardonnays across their different vineyards, and this makes for some interesting comparative tastings.
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While the wines are highly regarded (and also amazing), we have to say that the food at Oakridge is really the star of the show. Since bringing on Head Chef Matt Stone (multiple award winner, including Best New Talent Award 2011) and his partner and Sous Chef Jo Barrett, the Oakridge restaurant has really kicked things up a culinary notch.
The couple grow their own vegetables onsite and source nearly all other ingredients locally to create super fresh, spectacular tasting (and looking!) dishes. Pretty much everything on menu is a work of foodie-art, but their signature dish to look out for is the trout and caraway pastry.
The Oakridge estate draws you in with its sleek, striking and modern lines, without being too over the top. Overlooking the vines, this is a setting that is simultaneously picturesque and understated in a way that doesn’t take away from the beauty of the wine and food they have on offer.
What we like
It’s no secret by now that we’re big fans of the food. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that the Oakridge restaurant is serving up our pick for the best food on the Yarra Valley. The wine is, of course, top quality as well.
What we don’t like
Oakridge’s cellar door can get quite busy, which means sometimes groups don’t always get to enjoy the attention and focus that you might experience at smaller Yarra Valley wineries.