Tallis winery is in Dookie, east of Shepparton. There’s a Tesla charging station in the carpark – a futuristic minimalist installation on scorched ancient soil. That’s unusual, even accounting for the positive correlation between middle class preoccupations like environmentalism and consuming alcohol as a leisure activity.

tallis-1 lunch at Tallis winery in Dookie

We came based on a recommendation my friend received proclaiming how good their rose was, and that was proved correct – it’s a luminous scarlet fruity rose, not bone dry as is the current trend, that is most enjoyable. I tasted the whites – good sparkling viognier, riesling, viognier and late harvest riesling – but passed on the reds.

tallis-2 lunch at Tallis winery in Dookie

We ordered a platter to share and a glass of rose for her and sangiovese for me. It was so good I bought a bottle to bring home, along with a viognier and a late harvest riesling. The staff were charming and enthusiastic about their wine and these factors made the cellar door a relaxing place to visit. It may be a bit out of the way but if you’re heading further north to Rutherglen or Beechworth it’s worth a detour on the way.

lunch at Tallis winery in Dookie

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