The Yarra Valley may be losing Attica Summer Camp on May 31, but there is plenty of new blood pumping through the vines.
Jayden Ong is a co-owner of Cumulus Inc. and has been making wine near Healesville for 10 years. Following in the footsteps of fellow local Mac Forbes, Ong and wife Morgan have opened Jayden Ong Winery and Cellar Bar, which sits somewhere between a cellar door and a wine bar.
The working winery has an eight-metre-long limestone bar where staff pour Ong's wines, and a substantial list of heavy-hitting wines, cocktails and local beers.
The brief menu goes well beyond drinking fodder. Crisped chicken skin, mussel escabeche with crisps and locally made cheese from Stone and Crow lead the charge, with a $35 five-piece tasting menu of grill-kissed produce that turns snacking into something more substantial. It's at 8 Hunter Road, Healesville. jaydenong.com
If you mourned the closure of Simon Denton's chameleon of a site at the corner of Flinders Lane and Spring Street, which most recently was Denton Wine Bar, rejoice that he plans to open a cellar door at his Yarra Glen winery.
The Spring Street team, including chef Kieran Hoop, will make the move with Denton. Expect a broad wine list and a menu of clean Euro-style wine bar snacks that will make Denton's cellar door a regular haunt for oenophiles when it opens in October. dentonwine.com
And at the serious swagger end of the scale, Coldstream's Levantine Hill launches an imposing $20 million winery and events space in May.
It's designed for big events and viewings of the winemaking process from within a curved wood, glass and steel structure. Karl Fender of Fender Katsalidis Architects, who created the imposing restaurant and cellar door that opened in 2015, has returned to create the new space. levantinehill.com.au