Platinum selection + barrel tasting

Dominique Portet

Yarra Valley

Winery Dominique Portet

Region Yarra Valley

State Victoria

Ninth-generation winemaker Dominique Portet chose the cool climate of aptly named Coldstream in the Yarra Valley as home to the eponymous winery he founded in 2000. It was the culmination of a tenacious search for grapegrowing terroir to rival that of his native Bordeaux – but also the start of a new chapter in a winemaking story that has its roots in France in the early 1700s. Now son Ben – generation 10 – heads the winemaking team, firmly observing the central tenets of this young yet historic estate: respect for tradition, understanding of site, and an open mind towards contemporary practices that shape wines that are ever more refined and delicious.

Our platinum tour and tasting shows you the inner workings of a family winery. You will be guided on a tour of the winery where you explore the latest technology and the oldest technique whilst tasting the new vintage direct from the barrel. The tasting will then progress to a tasting of five of our newly released wines including our very limited ‘Andre’ Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Experience

Ninth-generation winemaker Dominique Portet chose the cool climate of aptly named Coldstream in the Yarra Valley as home to the eponymous winery he founded in 2000.

It was the culmination of a tenacious search for grapegrowing terroir to rival that of his native Bordeaux – but also the start of a new chapter in a winemaking story that has its roots in France in the early 1700s.

Now son Ben – generation 10 – heads the winemaking team, firmly observing the central tenets of this young yet historic estate: respect for tradition, understanding of site and an open mind towards contemporary practices that shape wines that are ever more refined and delicious.

In this tasting, you get a ‘behind the scenes’ view of our winery while you enjoy six of our platinum wines and our award winning Andre Cabernet Sauvignon, plus a tasting directly from the barrel. We will set up a personal space for you and your group in our barrel room and you will be personally guided through each of our wines, learning what makes them unique.

Little Extras

  • Short tour of winery

The People

Dominique Portet

Winemaker

Dominique Portet got his first whiff of wine at one of the world’s most illustrious wine properties: Château Lafite-Rothschild. It was here in Pauillac that his father, André Portet, served as régisseur (vineyard & winery manager).

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Dominique Portet got his first whiff of wine at one of the world’s most illustrious wine properties: Château Lafite-Rothschild. It was here in Pauillac that his father, André Portet, served as régisseur(vineyard & winery manager). Dominique went on to earn his stripes at Montpellier University of Oenology before perking up morale as wine-buying adviser during compulsory military service. He later spent vintages in the Médoc, Rhône Valley, Provence and with Champagne giant Moët et Chandon, as well as in the Napa Valley at his brother Bernard’s Clos du Val estate.

I found fragrance and structure – most of all the structure reminds me of Bordeaux. The Yarra has a charm, a beauty that engulfs you. The wines are worldly.
Since 1976 he has been a pioneer of the renaissance of Australia’s cool-climate wine industry, founding renowned sparkling wine house Taltarni in the Pyrenees and Clover Hill in Tasmania.

In 2000 he embarked on his greatest adventure: the Dominique Portet winery in the Yarra Valley.

Ben Portet

Wine Maker and General Manager

Ben is following in his father's footsteps and learning not only the winemaking, but also the business of running a winery. With Dominique as his father, it is no wonder that at such as young age he has achieved so much.

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Ben’s learned a heck of a lot from his dad – and a heap from others, too. He has a degree in Oenology from Adelaide University and benefited early from the wisdom of Brian Croser and Con Moshos at Petaluma winery, where Ben completed four vintages while still at university. He has worked with Philippe Blanc of Bordeaux’s Château Beychevelle and in Reims with Louis Roederer. In the Rhône Valley, Ben specialised in the Syrah of Hermitage with M. Chapoutier. He’s combined this with a taste of progressive New World producers, spending vintage at Warwick Estate in Stellenbosch and later travelling to the Napa Valley to work at artisan St Helena winery Vineyard 29.

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