Just Open: Ezard @ Levantine Hill, Yarra Valley

Ezard @ Levantine Hill features barrel-shaped booths.
Ezard @ Levantine Hill features barrel-shaped booths.  Photo: Earl Carter

Ezard @ Levantine Hill is a spectacular stage for the estate's wines and truffles. The building, designed by Fender Katsalidis​ (MONA, Eureka Tower), has a soaring curved roof line (mimicking the undulating hills of the valley), spans of glass, and stunning, barrel-shaped tasting booths.

Inside are two separate dining spaces, with menus managed by head chef Sharn Greiner (ex-Ezard, Chin Chin) and designed by Teage​ Ezard​. "The wine comes first," says Ezard. "The influences are mainly European … showcasing Yarra Valley produce."

The All Day space's share plates include warm manchego and chive tart, and estate-grown truffle risotto.

Pork jowl, artichoke, roast chestnuts, and golden raisins at Ezard @ Levantine Hill.
Pork jowl, artichoke, roast chestnuts, and golden raisins at Ezard @ Levantine Hill.  Photo: Earl Carter

The restaurant offers a five-course lunch ($120, plus $70 for matched wines) and eight-course dinner degustation ($180, plus $110 for matched wines) "designed to match taste and texture to wine". Vegetarian options are available.

Open:  All Day dining space Monday and Wednesday to Friday 11am-3pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm; Restaurant Monday and Wednesday to Sunday noon-3pm, Friday and Saturday 6-9pm.

882 Maroondah Highway (enter via Hill Road), Coldstream, 5962 1333, levantinehill.com.au