Welcome to Yarra Valley Truffles
Located in volcanic red soil amongst the undulating hills of Victoria's Yarra Valley, and surrounded by vineyards, the cool climate is similar to the Perigord region of France from where the Perigord Black Winter Truffle (Tuber melanosporum) gets its common name. Cold winters, warm summers and high rainfall of the Yarra Valley region are beneficial to both truffle and wine production. The truffiere was planted in 2006 and commenced initial production in 2011 at 5 years of age.
Our goal is to produce and market the highest quality truffles possible. Truffle located and judged under-ripe are noted for later retrieval and checked regularly. They are then classified with regard to our standards.
Although labour intensive, this approach ensures the truffles are unearthed at optimal quality. Additionally, the truffiere maintenance schedule promotes a fully natural, healthy soil & environment through mechanical pruning & slashing only. No artificial fertilisers or herbicides are used.
The start of 2015 already indicates a net gain in truffle production is likely with a significant number of trees looking liket they'll commence production this year, (outweighing the few other producers indicating they'll be dormant this season.)
A very dry summer is likely and it's going to be a concern, rain since mid-winter has been well below average. Just the first of many obstacles between now and truffle season.
A confusing season. 2014 Season was slow to start, and very sporadic production due to warm weather and a late start to Winter. 40% of season's harvest was taken in second half of August.
Despite being delayed by warm June weather, the season started slow in July, and sporadically improved throughout with unpredictable harvest amounts.
The majority of the season's known truffle were still in the ground at start of August. Mid August finally saw fresh discoveries at depth on new trees, (typically occurs mid July). They were finally triggered to ripen by the first winter frost's at start of the August. As in previous seasons, a spell of warm weather closed the season at the start of September.
Season commenced positively in the first week of July with some wonderfully aromatic truffles including a magnificent 474 gram truffle. This was superseded some ten days later with the unearthing of a superb 700 gram truffle. Both were fully and evenly ripe with splendid aroma.
Production continued until late August, however several weeks of warm weather mid-season resulted in most truffles going to compost in that period.
Overall there was less exposed surface truffle than 2012, and there was a 25% increase in the number of producing trees.
The Victorian truffle season commenced for us with a few saleable truffles mid-June, with proper production starting in early July and finishing with a final truffle at the start of September.
During truffiere maintenance in early 2012, several kilograms of surface truffle was located and led to a good season, with a 2.5 fold increase over 2011 production.
Half of the discovered truffle was from new trees, and the overall number of producing trees increased from 24 to 38, (with 7 of these becoming dormant truffle wise for 2012).
Our first season, it was cut short by the spell of warm weather at the start of August, with very little truffle found in Victoria or Tasmania past the beginning of the month.
A couple of kilograms of good quality truffle was produced in 2011, primarily in the 100-160gram range and a further couple of kilograms of rotten truffle with several individual truffles reaching ~300 grams in size.