Yarra’s Train Trak

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Train Trak Winery is located about 50km north east of the City of Melbourne in the state of Victoria. Hugh steel vats where the wine is fermented for anywhere from 5 to 14 days. Yeast is introduced in the primary fermentation process, acting as a catalyst in the conversion of sugars (glucose & fructose) into alcohol with by-products of carbon dioxide & heat.

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The drive was pretty straight-forward with the help of a reliable GPS though the roads were narrow 2 way lanes. It took me about 90mins to get to the Yarra Valley from Forest Hill .

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This shed is where organized trips for wine tasting is held by appointments only

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Oak is used in winemaking to vary the colour, flavour, tannin profile and texture of the wine. Oak vats are porous in nature & allow for evaporation & oxygenation to occur thus softening the tannin content & enhancing the wines aroma, flavour & concentration. The chemical properties of oak have a profound effect on wine. Phenols in the wood produce a vanilla like flavour, tea notes & sweetness

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Pointing us the way to scrumptious food paired with lovely wines & a fantastic 360 degree view of the Yarra Valley… can life get any sweeter than this?

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Train Trak was established in 1995 & is a family owned vineyard located at one of the most picturesque part of the Yarra Valley

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Zonzo Restaurant serves “casalinga style” ~”homecooking like Mama makes them” Italian fare with matching wines to be enjoyed in this beautiful environment

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On a good day like this, al fresco dining is popular with visitors to the vineyard

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Zonzo has a slightly rustic look complete with a large fireplace, hunting trophies & long wooden tables. The ambience is nice & warm

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Floor to ceiling glass panels allows for diners to soak in the beautiful surroundings of the Yarra Valley

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Wild daisies colouring the fields in late Spring. A great destination for a relaxing day trip out of Melbourne city

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Originally a dairy farm, Train Trak’s vines were first planted in 1995 with the release of their virgin vintage in year 2000

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All the wines at Train Trak Winery are produced from estate grown, handpicked grapes with varieties ranging from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon

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Grape vines can grow over 120 years but after 20 years they produce smaller crops & decreasing yield & thus make for more concentrated & intense wines

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I love Zonzo’s signature Antipasto Platter : Pickled Onions, Red/Black/Green/Brown Olives, Artichoke, 2 types of Prosciutto, Grilled Aubergine & Zucchini, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Blue Cheese & Mozzarella served with a basket of lightly salted & fluffy Focaccia. Mamma mia!

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Salsiccia Pizza is a delicious thin & crispy pizza oven-baked to perfection, topped with Mozzarella, Red Onion, Tomato sauce, Spicy sausage & a sprinkling of fresh rosemary from Zonzo’s herb garden outdoors. Our accompaniment was Train Trak’s house pour Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon & a Muscat; prices ranging from A$8.50 to A$10 per glass

 

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