Yarra Valley Gateway Estate

Last weekend I was lucky enough to be taken on a very special tour through the Yarra Valley, as the guest of the Yarra Valley Regional Food Group. We were in search of good food and wine, and we found it in abundance.

fresh yarra valley produce from Gateway Estate

Orson Koch from  Yarra Valley Transfers was our chauffeur for the day. Charming and knowledgeable, he was able to fill in the landscape with tall tales, local gossip and foodie tips. He could also drive, which was very handy because we had a lot to cover.

The Yarra Valley sits in the undulating, vineyard-laced hills outside of the World’s Most liveable city, Melbourne. An easy 45 minute drive to the North East from the City, and one definitely worth taking.

Where the roads widen out and the horizon stands tall and green and proud, nestled there amongst the hills,  you will find the Yarra Valley.

I visit the Yarra Vally regularly for;

  • Wine, wineries, wandering.
  • U-pick cherries. Every November and December, without fail. Unique varietals, local, family-run farms. Amazing, intricate flavours.
  • Plump, juicy strawberries and blueberries that taste just like the ones that Grandma used to serve.

Well now I have a few more reasons to visit this beautiful part of Victoria.

First stop of the day was Gateway Estate.

Gateway Estate Yarra Valley

Run by Brett and his lovely wife Karen, Gateway Estate is a farm, cafe and local produce shop. This is a local business which Brett runs in conjunction with his brother. His Father also lives on the 110 acre property.

Brett and Karen from Yarra Valley Gateway Estate

 

I have driven past this roadside stall many times without stopping. I won’t be making that mistake again. This is a great place to pick up local produce and supplies including beef, pasta, tea, jams, pickles, spices, fruit and veg.

 

Gateway Estate pickles

 

Shop

 

You can visit their on site greenhouse for a small amount of u-pick strawberries all year around. You can also purchase frozen, local berries which are often hard to come by at this time of year.

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Gateway Estate started out as a wholesale market with a thriving business growing and selling Capsicum. A roadside stall was eventually added to sell their tomato crop and the business has evolved naturally from there. A lot of other local producers also now sell through the shop.

shop

It now exists as one of the best displays of Yarra Valley produce in the one spot.

and more. Visit their website for more information.

On the day I visited these gorgeous Cara Cara oranges were on display. With a very brief growing season they are only available for a short time. They were rich orangey red in colour and sweetly piquant in taste.

Yarra Valley Cara Cara Oranges

Brett was kind enough to take us for a tour of his growing sheds, the true heart of his business. We saw rows upon rows of strawberry plants in the u-pick strawberry growing room.

Gateway Estate strawberries

 

From there our tour we moved to the herb room. These basil plants look like little obedient herby soldiers, yes? Ready to obey your every cooking request.

Gateway Estate basil

Gateway Estate also produce a massive capsicum crop.

Yarra Valley Gateway Estate also has a cafe onsite and we were treated to a delicious egg and bacon roll and a cup of Yarra Valley Tea Co tea.

Gateway Estate Cafe Yarra Valley

Visit for a toasted egg, cheese and bacon roll using local ingredients. $9.50

Chunky Beef pie $5.95 , a sausage roll, or a lovely selection of filled donuts $3-$3.50.  Visit the Yarra Valley Gateway Estate Facebook page for more information.

All up we had a wonderful morning in a lovely venue.  This really is great, local, lovingly produced Australian produce at its best. How could you possibly say no to that?

Address: 667 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream VIC

Phone: 03 9739 0568

Open: 9am – 5.30pm everyday.

Organic potatoes

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For more information and to see what else is happening in the Yarra Valley visit

www.visityarravalley.com.au

www.yarravalleyfood.com.au

Or on Facebook

Yarra Valley Regional Food Group 

Yarra Valley and the Dandenongs

Happy Eating. Dani xx

Gateway Estate Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

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2 thoughts on “Yarra Valley Gateway Estate

  1. Dani – such a great range of places to visit (these places look great!) Now we are nearing the end of footy season (grand final on Sunday – yay), the weekends are starting to open up again, and you’ve given me some great ideas (plus on your earlier posts) for places to take the family. Thanks!

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