A visit to Oakridge is an experience like no other. Follow the winding driveway deep into the heart of the Yarra Valley winery, and you’ll find yourself outside a striking ultra-modern building, surrounded by oak trees, rows of vines and the mountain ranges in the distance.
Every element of Oakridge intentionally links back to the earth, from the contemporary design and carefully crafted wines to the sustainable and seasonal menu.
The architectural statement of the Oakridge winery epitomises this approach. The red cantilevered element is not just a striking entrance, but it provides an open-dining space flooded with natural light. The long, narrow form of the building is not just aesthetic: it means that every guest has a seat near the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the stunning vineyards.
Honouring Oakridge’s environment is crucial to the creation of its wines. Chief Winemaker, David Bicknell, has spent years cultivating a deep understanding of the subtleties of the Yarra Valley’s terroirs, and it’s evident in every sip. His winemaking harnesses all the intricacies of viticulture, from the soil and its micro-organisms, to sustainable farming practices – he even considers the type of music played during vinification.
Oakridge’s grapes are sourced from the on-site vines as well as carefully selected vineyards throughout the Yarra Valley. These grapes are treated with traditional techniques and minimal intervention, creating wines that express both their varietal characteristics and those of their specific terroir.
To try Oakridge’s wines is to take a journey through the distinctive flavours of the Yarra Valley. Start with the Cellar Door Exclusive range: unique wines made with a combination of alternate varieties, non-core vineyards and experimental blends.
The Local Vineyard Series, which hail from specific vineyards throughout the Yarra Valley give a true insight into the wine’s terroir and vintage. Zoom in further to site-specific wines with the 864 Range, which express the maturity and variety of grapes selected from individual blocks.
Oakridge’s wines have won numerous awards, lauded for their restraint, finesse and elegance. There’s no better place to sample each drop than at the on-site Cellar Door or restaurant.
The restaurant is an unmissable part of the Oakridge experience – the seasonal flavours of the region are expertly matched to the wines. Chef, Matt Stone, brings his innovative ideas and sustainable ethos to the menu. Foraged ingredients, vegetables and herbs from the estate’s own gardens and native delicacies such as riberry, Davidson plum and mountain pepper all star in his dishes, creating cuisine that is true to the region. Depending on what’s freshest and in season, you’ll find dishes such as smoked trout with caviar, fine herbs and a caraway pastry, or duck breast with swede, chestnut and raspberry vinegar. The breathtaking view over the vineyards and valley links the bounty on your plate back to the land. With so much on offer it’s no surprise that it’s popular for weddings and corporate events.
Oakridge is all about creating an elegant and refined experience that draws together the wine, the dining and the land, embracing every element of the Yarra Valley. The essence of Oakridge is the team’s passion for service and the exceptional wine and food, all set against spectacular scenery.