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 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.
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 This was superseded some ten days later with the unearthing of a superb 700 gram truffle.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 should now continue regularly until late August.
Overall there is less exposed surface truffle than last year, and we are anticipating an increase in saleable truffle percentage as well as overall harvest. So far the number of producing trees has increased by 25%, with more new trees expected to reveal themselves during season. Many of these have had large brules in recent years, nice to see them finally start producing.
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. Expectations of double the 2011 harvest were exceeded, with approx 2.5 times the 2011 amount.
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).
This was cut short by some factor, probably 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. Hopefully the rot was due to the wet summer/autumn experienced in Victoria, and it is expected that overall yield will double in 2012 with a lower percentage of damaged truffle.