Dominique Portet – Wineries Yarra Valley

Dominique Portet winery – history

Dominique Portet – Wineries Yarra Valley
Dominique Portet Yarra Valley label

Dominique Portet Yarra Valley is a family estate. The estate is run by father and son, Dominique and Ben Portet. They are a 9th and 10th generation of Portet winemakers. The first family wine making began in 18th century in Bordeaux. Jean Portet was born in 1698 in the town of Cognac, France. Later he became the first winemaker in Portet family.

Dominique Portet finished Montpellier University of Oenology and worked in France with world renowned wine making companies. As a result of his experience, he found that wines in Yarra Valley have a fragrance and structure similar to the wines of Bordeaux. That promised a great future for Australian wines, so from 1976 Dominique Portet starts revitalising Australia’s cool-climate wine industry in the Pyrenees and Tasmania. His projects were a succsess, and in the late 1990s Dominique decided to purchase a small vineyard in the Yarra Valley and build a winery and cellar door.

The Dominique Portet label symbolizes close connections between families, generations, and continents. Its shape demonstrates grace, strength, and purity of line. The label was crafted by world known Greek jeweler Ilias Lalaounis.

Dominique, his wife Julia and sons Ben, Thomas and Henri are all involved in the family business.

Dominique Portet Yarra Valley in Nick’s wine tour

The charming cellar door building provides great views of the Yarra Valley. The cellar door is open daily from 10.30am to 5pm (closed Public Holidays).

The Portet family offers wine tastings, tours of the barrel room and winery and other services.

  • Cellar door seated wine tastings
  • Wine tasting with L’Apéro food
  • Estate tour and private room tasting
  • Bistro L’Apéro dining Monday – Wednesday
  • Bistro dining Thursday – Sunday
  • Outdoor Dining (depending on the weather)
  • Special events and functions

You can also join the Dominique Portet wine club and receive the regular wine supplies. You can choose between different levels of membership.

Dominique Portet – Wineries Yarra Valley
Dominique Portet cellar door and reception room

Dominique Portet – Wineries Yarra Valley. 
Address: 870 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream, VIC, 3770. 
Phone: (613) 5962 5760.