On Sunday I visited Bress winery in Harcourt to partake in a roast pork lunch served on long tables in the winery tank shed. Entree was corn fritters, salad of grilled zucchini, anchovies, cheese and tomatoes and lamb ribs with mashed potato, followed by the roast pork with lots of crackling, roast carrots and beetroots, green salad (not photographed) and quinoa salad and, for dessert, meringue with strawberries, rhubarb sauce and chocolate sauce.

The quality of the food was very high and the organisation and service good, although the smallish cellar door counter struggled to cope with the usual cellar door tasters while selling glasses and bottles to lunch customers. The problem was that no drinks were included in the $60 per head lunch. Given that it was billed as ‘cider and swine’, an introductory glass of cider should have been included at least, but that is my only complaint. Bress make exceptional French style cider and lovely wine and their cellar door and gardens are a pleasant place to visit.

bress1 cider and swine lunch at Bress winery in Harcourt

bress3 cider and swine lunch at Bress winery in Harcourt

bress4 cider and swine lunch at Bress winery in Harcourt

bress5 cider and swine lunch at Bress winery in Harcourt

bress6 cider and swine lunch at Bress winery in Harcourt

bress2 cider and swine lunch at Bress winery in Harcourt

cider and swine lunch at Bress winery in Harcourt

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