2016 Truffle season will commence in July

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

We wholesale to restaurants and through a few retailers, and we are building a client base of private consumers. An Online shop will run this year, via post and with a suburban pickup point.

We usually harvest mid-week, with prompt delivery to restaurants for end of week meals. It is also possible arrange same day harvest at anytime of the week for special events.

Contact Us to arrange supply.


June tasks; -technically winter, but June is late Autumn this year

  • Monitor developing aroma's, and ripening of pre-season truffles;
    • 14/6/16 a nice frost, normal overnight temperatures forecast.
    • 11/6/16 some ripening colours and light aroma's, current best guess approx 3-4 weeks till season
  • Serious pruning will shortly commence once Autumn leaves fall, leaf mulching to reduce pest habitat. A few new truffles still breaking surface each week, but ~75% already located and protected. Remainder will only be located when ripening and indicated by truffle dogs during season.
  • Time permitting;
    • Outside facilities & grading area
    • Coolroom construction for; -contingency ice, shipping storage, a mobile biological laboratory for truffles
    • Marketing (difficult without a ripe product)
    • Hunt the rabbits causing damage, or finish fencing improvements.

HARVESTED; (unreserved and available)

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

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

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

  • August: High volume harvest during first three weeks of August, which tapered off after hot weather.
  • 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
  • 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.