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 truffiére 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 truffiére maintenance schedule promotes a fully natural, healthy soil & environment through mechanical pruning & slashing only. No fertilisers or herbicides are used.
(Commences in July, continues throughout August 2015)
A cool start to summer with sufficient rain has kicked off the growth cycle well. February/March saw surface truffles start appearing and there has been a 50% increase in the number of productive trees. There was also a nice harvest of hazelnuts.
We will still need a properly cold winter to initiate the harvest season in June/July.
May 18th Update... Some ripening aroma's present on a few truffles, these may result in something worth eating by the end of the month. Still not positive there will be saleable quality truffle in early June, but seems increasingly likely at this time.
Weekly monitoring has commenced, and Season start will be announced here and on our Twitter page.
Was slow to start, and had very uneven production due to warm weather and a late start to Winter. 40% of season's harvest was taken in second half of August.
Delayed by warm June weather, production started slowly in July, and was sporadic with unpredictable weekly harvest amounts. The majority of the season's truffles were still in the ground at start of August. Mid August finally saw fresh discoveries at depth on new trees, (which normally occurs mid July). They were triggered to ripen by the first winter frost's at start of the August. As in previous years, a spell of warm weather closed the season, at the start of September.
Commenced positively in the first week of July with some wonderfully aromatic truffles including a magnificent 474 gram specimen. 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 the compost bin in that period.
Overall there was less exposed surface truffle than 2012, and there was a 25% increase in the number of producing trees.
Previous Seasons 2011-13
Initial production commenced in 2011 at Year 5 with a couple of kilograms of saleable truffle, outweighed by rot/insect/surface damaged. The next few years saw an improvement in harvest amounts, with saleable yield approximately doubled each year for 2012/13/14. Different rot/damage issues with insects and weather presented each season, and there was continued improvement of both canine and human skills with both locating truffle & identifying optimal ripeness.