Located an easy 90-minute drive north of Melbourne on the picturesque Goulburn river, Mitchelton’s winery and spectacular cellar door complex complete with 55-metre tower – designed by renowned Australia architect Ted Ashton – was officially opened in 1974 and in the years since, Mitchelton has developed a reputation for consistently high quality tables wines.
Mitchelton’s first award came in 1978 for a Riesling, a variety that Mitchelton has become famous for. It won its first export award in 1986 and now offers its wine in numerous international markets. 1991, Mitchelton took out a stunning double, winning the Jimmy Watson Trophy for best dry one-year-old red (1990 Print Shiraz) and Vineyard of the Year.
Today Mitchelton Wines is led by Chief Winemaker Travis Clydesdale, who remains committed to producing superb regional wines specialising in Shiraz, Riesling and Rhone blends, lead Mitchelton.
The stunning vineyards are complimented by the Muse restaurant, function centre, The Ministry of Chocolate café plus a serene deck overlooking the water, making Mitchelton Wines the premier destination for weddings, events and functions in the region including A Day On The Green.
A family-owned and run business, The Ministry of Chocolate produces high quality chocolate made on-site and supplied to a number of businesses including luxury hotels, wineries and specialty chocolate stores.
Led by esteemed pastry chef and chocolatier Drew Maddison, the Ministry of Chocolate is unique in its approach, allowing its customers to see and feel connected to the production process – a concept based on practices seen in Europe.
With a strong focus on high quality product as well as delivery on time and without defect, The Ministry of Chocolate team believes that Australia’s high quality food resources separates it from other resource-based economies and remains committed to maintaining a connection to the farm gate.
Since trading commenced, the Ministry of Chocolate has forged a number of international relationships based on the high quality of its product and business process, as well as collaborating innovatively with a number of craft brewers, wineries and boutique food producers including Mountain Goat Brewery, Cockatoo Grove Olive Oil and Daintree Estates.
Based on the stunning grounds of Mitchelton Wines, customers can also visit The Ministry of Chocolate’s flagship café located on High Street, Malvern. With a loyal following of chocoholics, the Ministry of Chocolate continues to produce exciting new products from wasabi pralines to chocolate stilettos.