La Fattoria is on the site of a 70 year old orchard, still operating with over 1,000 trees producing apples, pears, figs, persimmon, stone fruit and citrus – all available for sale in season.
In 2012 vines began to be planted on the property – with an emphasis of Italian grape varieties – and are now producing with the wine made by Josh and Rachel at local winery, Myattsfield. These are available for tasting, along with cider, in the rustic tasting area accessed through the packing shed.
The tasting area also houses the kitchen and ordering counter where you can choose your own vineyard platter from a host of options, all listed on a blackboard. La Fattoria also offers what they term Nonna’s Table – for this you must book in advance and is a set menu of traditional rural Italian dishes with a complimentary wine and cider tasting before the meal – think chisciol, Sicilian meatballs, fennel, roast apple and onion salad.
We dropped in on Sunday for a wine tasting and afterwards a platter and a glass of wine, sitting out on the veranda overlooking vines and fruit trees – truly a magical outlook.
Our choice – marinated octopus – firm pickled slices with a lovely vinegary and spicy marinade – roasted sweet peppers – glossy and luscious – artichoke hearts – again pickled and sharp flavours – and a slab of provolone – nutty and sweet – accompanied by a few slices of crusty Italian bread. Along with a glass or two of their excellent wine, this was a fabulous light lunch.
The wines include a couple of sparkling whites – a blend of vermentino and brachetto; sparkling pignoletto; a sparkling red brachetto; as well as whites – vermentino and fiano; and reds – barbera, sangiovese, nebbiolo and biancone – all very impressive and after buying a few to take home I will be posting more detailed tasting notes later.
This an impressive endeavour – friendly and welcoming – a family business – with good food and wine in relaxing and bucolic surrounds. Another reason, as if you need one, to visit the Perth Hills.