Make wine and enjoy tapas at No. 7 Healesville

Serrano jamon and salami from La Boqueria in Sydney
Serrano jamon and salami from La Boqueria in Sydney  Photo: Ben Frazer

 Healesville has a new urban winery and restaurant with a difference. The Frazer family (which also owns winery restaurants Stones of the Yarra Valley and Meletos) has created an enormous facility that will operate as a tapas restaurant, events space and finishing school for young winemakers.

Each year No. 7  will select 20 emerging winemakers to create their own label using two tonnes of grapes aided by top-line equipment and mentorship from Damian North of Journey Wines and Behn Payten of nearby Four Pillars gin distillery, and Payten & Jones winery.

The best of these wines will be served in the adjoining tapas restaurant headed up by chef Trevor Schneider, who is producing Spanish classics using local produce where possible. So there is salami from La Boqueria in Sydney as well as Serrano jamon; bocadillos (small sandwiches) made with spiced calamari, and grilled chorizo freshened by local beets and goat's curd.

No 7 Healesville is a winemaker finishing school and tapas bar.
No 7 Healesville is a winemaker finishing school and tapas bar. Photo: Ben Frazer

Applications for the 2019 young winemakers program are open. Punters can also experience the winemaking process by joining the coterie vintage membership, pressing in March.

Open Fri-Sat 11am-8pm; Sun-Mon &Thu 11am-6pm.

7 Lilydale Road, Healesville, 03 8727 3000, no7healesville.com