Yarra Valley – Five Oaks Wines – visit one of the valley's hidden gems

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Five Oaks Vineyard, Yarra Valley

Five Oaks Vineyard, Yarra Valley

Five Oaks Vineyard, Yarra Valley
Five Oaks Vineyard, Yarra Valley

 

Home to premium cabernet sauvignon, riesling and merlot, Five Oaks Wines has one of the prettiest settings of any winery in Australia. One of the Yarra Valley's hidden gems, Five Oaks Wines offers you a friendly warm welcome, the opportunity to meet the makers and a likely encounter with one of their two 'wine cats'.

About Five Oaks Wines

The vineyard was planted in 1978 on deep rich red volcanic soil. Judy and Wally Zuk, with professional backgrounds in Law and Nuclear Physics, respectively, bought the vineyard in January 1995. After leasing the property back to the previous owners for three years, they renamed it Five Oaks Vineyard, reflecting the five magnificent oak trees that grace the property.  They opened their cellar door on 24 January 1998.

What will I find here?

Premium cabernet sauvignon, merlot and riesling. The welcoming Zuks and their 'wine cats', Katie and K.C.

Nestled among the rolling hills on the southern side of the Yarra Valley, as you drive up Aitken Road past cherry orchards and swing into the property, a magnificent large oak tree and the cosy cellar door welcome you. Looking past the cellar door and the winery, your eyes are drawn to the vineyard overlooking the idyllic view of a verdant valley with cherry and apple orchards on its far side and Mount Dandenong in the background.

The other four oak trees front a level grassed area in front of the vineyard and provide a leafy umbrella under which to relax, picnic or barbeque while enjoying the view. The beautiful grounds are ideal for weddings and other functions.

At cellar door, you wil be greeted by Judy and Wally and receive their personal attention as they showcase several vintages of their award winning wines.

What should I ask to try?

The Zuks have a passion for and specialise in cabernet sauvignon, merlot and riesling. The leading wines produced from the estate grown grapes are cabernet sauvignon, a cabernet sauvignon-merlot blend, merlot and riesling. Also produced is a chardonnay from premium grapes sourced from nearby vineyards.

The Zuks always have wines for tasting with several years of bottle ageing that are at or near optimum drinking.

In exceptional years only, such as 2000 and 2005, a 'reserve' cabernet sauvignon, denoted by SGS is bottled. In some years a small quantity of barrel-fermented cabernet rosé is also produced and one to watch out for.

What’s On?

SHEDFEST is held the second weekend of October and involves wineries along the Warburton Highway side of the Yarra Valley.

Planning is already well underway for the 9th annual SHEDFEST to be held Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October 2011. Five Oaks and eight other Warburton Highway wineries will open their "sheds" for a weekend festival of fine wine, delicious food and live music.

The Zuks will be releasing the Five Oaks 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon on the weekend and croquet, under the tutelage of experts from local Croquet clubs, will again be a feature of the festivities at Five Oaks.

Let’s Go!

Five Oaks Wines is an easy one hour drive from Melbourne with the last few kilometres lined with orchards, vineyards and rolling fields.

The cellar door is open from 10am to 5pm Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays; other times by appointment.

Also available for functions.

Five Oaks Wines
60 Aitken Rd
Seville VIC 3139
Phone: 03 5964 3704

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Regions

  • Yarra Valley (Wine) (VIC)
  • Yarra Valley, Dandenongs and the Ranges (VIC)

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