Yering Station has always been one of my favourite wineries to visit in the Yarra Valley.
Whenever I’m organising a wine tour to the Yarra, it’s a definite feature on my must-taste-wine-at list. Not only do they have some of the best and finest wines in Australia, they have a vast history, dating back to 1838.
Known as Victoria’s first vineyard, Yering Station is located only an hour away from Melbourne, where it sits in the countryside with a cellar door, restaurant and bar.
With such an incredible history, you would expect Yering’s architecture to be vintage at it’s finest. However, one of the things I really adore about the winery, is that they know how to combine vintage with modern really well. This makes it an incredible venue, not just to visit for the wine (because it’s so good), but also to come and experience it’s beautiful grounds and unique buildings.
If you’re looking for a perfect photo location or even wedding venue, you’ll certainly find one here.
Yering Station’s vintage x modern combination also transfers to their collaborations and events. Most recently this was seen with their involvement in the The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).
Exclusive only to Melbourne until November 7 2017, the exhibition displays a luxurious display of over 140 garments designed by Christian Dior Couture between 1947 and 2017.
Exploring the story of the fashion house, House of Dior features the intricate works of the seven designers who were predominant parts in cementing Dior’s place in fashion history, including Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and most recently, Dior’s first female head designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri.
In celebration of the House of Dior, Yering Station collaborated with Melbourne fashion illustrator, Sarah Darby, to create limited edition wine collection, ‘Eleonore’.
The collection is inspired by Yering’s most glitzy, glamorous, and fashion-loving hostess, Eleanore De Castella, who used to throw extravagant and luxurious parties at Chateau Yering, their original homestead and now highly regarded, Eleonore’s Restaurant.
The wine collection includes Cuvee, Chardonnay and Shiraz, and are beautifully decorated with Sarah’s illustrations of glamorous women in beautiful evening gowns and dresses. These are the most stunning bottles I’ve ever seen, and I believe they’re a collection all fashionista’s need in their wine cellar. The bottles are almost too pretty to open, but the wine is too good not to taste.
If I were you I’d try and save the bottles for a special occasion, and once you do open them, hold on to the bottles and turn them into vases or some other form of decorative piece for your home.
I was so lucky to be invited by Yering to attend a private viewing of the House of Dior, which was followed by an exclusive tasting of the Eleonore collection. The exhibition was the most incredible I’ve ever been to. The Dior gowns were pieces of art, and inspired me so much to want to get creative and design my own pieces.
The intricacy, detail, design and quality were all, as you can imagine, the best of the best. Some of Dior’s most famous pieces were in the exhibition too, including Miranda Kerr’s wedding dress, Jennifer Lawrance’s see-through dress and Nicole Kidman’s chartreuse Oscar’s dress from 1997. They were all just, WOW.
The Yering Station VIP wine tasting was the perfect way to top off visiting the exhibition. We tasted each of the wines from the special edition Eleonore collection and heard from the winemakers themselves. The collection includes:
2011 ‘Eleonore’ Cuvee
” The 2011 Cuvee displays a plum centre with ripe apple finishing with a fine line of racy acidity and minerality.”
2016 ‘Eleonore’ Chardonnay
“Creamy “barrel ferment” mid palate supported by a mineral backbone. Fruit driven with complexing oak spices of cinnamon and nutmeg.”
2014 ‘Eleonore’ Shiraz
“Rich and plump. A big Shiraz this year, ripe plum and blackberry fruit supported by firm, bold tannins. The power is amazing whilst retaining the classic savoury spice and elegant fruit.”
I was also so excited to meet and chat to illustrator, Sarah Darby, who has had a wealth of experience in ateliers in Paris and is one of Harper’s Bazaar’s 12 Australia Fashion Illustrators to follow. If you haven’t seen Sarah’s work yet, make sure you find her on Instagram. She’s incredibly talented and is such a sweet and down-to-earth person.
If you’re in Melbourne or you’re visiting Melbourne soon, I highly recommend a visit to the House of Dior at NGV. It’s so worthwhile. After your visit, why not sit at the Yering Station bar, and try some of their delicious wine?! It’s the perfect date night, if you ask me!
To find out more about Yering Station’s Eleonore collection click here.
To find out more about Sarah Darby Illustration click here.
Editor’s note: Thank you Yering Station for inviting me as your guest to the House of Dior and the exclusive wine tasting.
Photographs were taken by The Emasphere, and thanks to Yering Station x Sarah Darby.