Truffle season is open!

The main season for Black Winter Truffle in the Yarra Valley typically runs through July & August.

The 2015 season outlook is looking great, with a 50% increase in productive trees.

Feel free to Contact Us regarding supply, preorder is preferable for fastest ground to kitchen delivery. This year Harvest will be throughout start of week.

We primarily wholesale to restaurants and through retailers.

We are testing online sales for 2015 >40g. We do not sell from farm gate, but can meet at nearby cafe (great coffee) for larger private orders.

For smaller amounts see retail outlets listed on sidebar.

NEXT HARVEST; 28/29th July.

  • Weekly harvest continuing on 29th. Indications are this will be the first full weekly harvest for the season, it has been increasing since the start of July. 75% remaining to be harvested Wed, {contributing delay from family issues and a sub-par public/private health system.}

Updated 8pm 28.7.15

HARVESTED; (unreserved and available)

CONFIRMED;-(located, commenced ripening, but not yet ready)

  • Some have been left for harvest Fri through Tues. With current weather, they will reach peak ripeness in this period. Truffle ripening is now 95% predictable.
    • A few of these could be collected locally on the weekend or sold via online sales

POTENTIAL; (sites paw marked by dog, but not yet exposed, due to either total lack of aroma, or too slight to disturb yet)

  • Lani the Truffle Dog is now finding previously unknown truffles, several per day. No longer an apprentice, but not yet a master hunter.
  • Several hundred located prior to season start by visible surface soil disruptions, around half of these will survive to saleable quality.
  • Remainder will fall to rot, insects, frost, heat, or simply fail to reach sufficient quality for sale.
Not all truffles are detected early, deeper ones only make their presence known close to maturity when the dog can smell them, so the list above is only indicative of next harvest. Also any Time estimates of when a truffle will be ripe are approximate, ripening time varies by size, depth, location and weather.

2015 Observations

  • Extreme frost on 19,20th July. Ground stayed chilled for days, great truffle weather.
  • Weeks harvest slowed by weather, Survey on 13th, Harvest; 14-15th.
  • Marketing in Valley Friday 10th. Will also harvest further few later Friday for the TM festival on Saturday. Orders being taken, especially for past hunt guests.
  • 8th July harvest -Over a kg for delivery Yarra Valley today, 9th July
  • Several kg was in first half of truffiere 7th July harvest
  • Second week in progress, 16hrs harvest, clean, grade for first portion, a long day
  • First week of harvest saw 2.3kg of truffle finally harvested, it was great to finally eat some, especially after 430 hours of work to date this year
  • 30th June 1kg taken, more left for Wednesday 1 July
  • 23-29th June. All known truffles assigned ID numbers for tracking development {60hrs}

Archived notes from the 2014 truffle season.

Archived notes from the 2013 truffle season.

Archived notes from the 2012 truffle season.