Virgin Hills

+61 3 5422 7444 Cobcroft Road
Broke, 2330
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Virgin Hills was the creation of the eccentric Hungarian-born sculptor and restaurateur Tom Lazar. Arriving from Paris in the mid-1960's, he found a country and a wine industry, very different to the one we know today. Lazar was determined to change all that. He established the acclaimed Little Reata restaurant in Melbourne. Then in 1968, came his grand vision of Virgin Hills. Inspired, he bought 300 acres of rugged bushland high in the Macedon Ranges. Lazar saw an opportunity to expose Australian palates to something very different; black cherries. After laborious clearing, the soil revealed itself to be quite poor for cherries. Swiftly, Lazar had another grand vision. Decades before the term 'cool-climate wine' became popular, he abandoned the idea of a cherry orchard, planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Malbec, Merlot and Pinot Noir instead. He planned an Australian rival to the great Bordeaux wines he had grown to love in Paris. Lazar was prone to grand visions. The land suffers from frosts and Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

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  • MY FIRST VISIT TO BERN'S STEAKHOUSE - Tampa (4/8/2017)Like any true wine geek when I was informed of a trade show in Tampa my first thought was "I'm making reservations at Bern's." I have friends who live in Tampa about 3 min from the restaurant so we hooked up for a fun three top. Rachel came recommended as a Somm so I requested her in advance.... Read More

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  • Perhaps we could use a place to share recent purchases...Here are some '12 Burlotto Langhe Nebbiolo, which came highly recommended from a trusted friend who just got back from a month in Italy. I'm not seeing many available in the States quite yet, but was happy to find these locally. Read More

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  • Hi, I am an accidental wine enthusiast. As part of a major remodeling project including our family room I revived my interest and enjoyment of wine. Our family room was redone using dark hickory planking and the room has a short wall next to our fireplace. This wall has always presented a challenge to make use of the space. I researched and sear... Read More

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  • I'm a lucky wine gal, indeed. I spent Valentine's Day sipping Oregon wine at the Ram's Head Bar inside Timberline Lodge, watching the clouds form and dissipate like a roller coaster around the 11,245 foot high peak of Oregon's Mt. Hood. Sipping wine while watching the clouds work their magic was actually just the beginning of a day—and evening—f... Read More

    From the article A Dinner for Wine/Lovers

  • With smoked potato puree, fig vinaigrette and baby mustard greens INGREDIENTS8 oz lamb loin MARINADE1 tsp honey1 tsp harissa paste1 tsp chopped rosemary1 tsp chopped thyme FIG VINAIGRETTE1 cup diced black mission figs1 tsp minced shallots2 Tbsp aged balsamic vinegar¼ cup extra virgin olive oilSalt and pepper to taste SMOKED POTATO PUREE3 russet ... Read More

    From the article Fallon Hills Ranch Lamb by David Bazirgan of Fifth Floor, San Francisco

  • A destination unto itself, The Meritage Resort and Spa is surrounded by rolling hills and its own private vineyard with walking trails. Guests can relax in luxurious suites and guestrooms, sit by the fireplace in the lobby, lay by the pool or enjoy a friendly game of bocce ball. For those seeking an escape, walk inside the Estate Cave, featuring... Read More

    From the article Where to Go in Napa Valley

  • Virgin Earth Havana Hills High 5ive 2006


    Interesting blend of 5 varieties. Kind of light and thin looking. Overripe tomato and barnyard in the nose. Thin and tight mouth feel. Interesting fruit and cider tension. Need to taste again on a different day. Read More

    Wine review by CageyT

  • Hi everyoneI was hoping for some recomondations on what kind of wine to drink. I've tried many but 80% of them gets dumped down the sink. I don't like dry wine i want the furthest from dry. I don't always like the upfront heavy alcohol taste in some wines. I'm partial to red wine, i thought barefoot merlot was good. I've tried plungerhead that w... Read More

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  • Hi all!!!  I want to buy four bottles of red that are not blends.  I want a cab that is a classic cab.  One that really pops in mind when you think of what a classic one is.  I need the same for Merlot, Pinot and Syrah.  I am going to perform my own blind tasting experiment to really nail down the nuances of each and differences between them.Oh ... Read More

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  • Hello,My name is Bernd.I enjoy prosciutto now and then with a good "Red" and say forget about, It has a rival that compliments a "Red",whereI come from.... enjoy. 

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