A family affair

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Helen’s Hill Estate and the adjoining The Vines Restaurant are a family run business into their fifth generation of farmers.

With agricultural roots like that, it is pretty certain that they know what they are doing by now.

Married couple, John and Helen originally bought the property back in the 1950’s, where they started a life together on the farm. After a short while, Helen passed away leaving John and two young children behind to live the country life.

John was very fond of reminiscing about what Helen had gotten up to on the farm, often telling people that this is the spot where Helen did this, or this happened. One day during a tour of the farm, John recalled that in her last weeks Helen would sit on top of the hill and enjoy the views of the farm and the beautiful Yarra Valley. He said, “this was Helen’s hill…”Helens Hill2

Today, the winery and restaurant are still family owned and run.

The current winemaker, Scott McCarthy, is a native to the wine industry.

His parents were winemakers and he remembers as soon as he was old enough to walk he was put to work picking grapes.

McCarthy has worked in the Barossa Valley, the Napa Valley, the Loire Valley and Languedoc region in France, and Marlborough, in New Zealand, so you could say he is almost vineyard royalty!Helens Hill1

His wines are available to enjoy in The Vines restaurant at Helen’s Hill, and really what is better than a fine wine and a stunning view?

The food has a modern feel to it, with a big emphasis on local produce and knowing where the ingredients in each dish are from.

Trading Plates sampled a number of small plates, all of which were delicious, fresh and clean.

The sweet potato ravioli was made of perfectly thin pasta sheets and a creamy sweet potato filling.

It was light, while the pureed chilli con carne topping added some punch.

The Vines Yarra Valley Platter was the perfect way to enjoy a sample of the finest produce that the region has to offer.

A mixture of meats, cheeses and vegetables, there was something to suit everyone’s taste and a beautiful accompaniment to the house made wines. Helens Hill flan2

The view, family feel and interesting story are enough to entice you out to Helen’s Hill, but it is nice to know the food stacks up too!

16 Ingram Road,
Coldstream VIC 3770
(03) 9739 0222
http://vinesrestaurant.com.au/

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