Harvesting started in early June 2020, and ran to the 6th September. Truffle season is always determined by the weather.
 

COVID19: Stage 3 & 4 restrictions curtailed an initial upsurge in Farm Gate sales. We partially replaced this with initial mail orders before the restrictions also severely impacted Australia Post deliveries. For the remainder of August we delivered directly to eastern Melbourne with a streamlined offering of online truffle orders.
Next year, 2021... will depend on whatever develops with the yearly uncertainty of truffle season potentially still impacted by the Covid crisis

Welcome to Yarra Valley Truffles

Located one hour from Melbourne, 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 Black Winter Truffle (Tuber melanosporum) originates. Cold winters, warm summers and high rainfall of the Yarra Valley region are beneficial to both truffle and wine production.

Our truffiére is maintained organically, promoting a fully natural, healthy soil & environment. This fosters the delicate relationship between the truffle and tree, without interference from fertilisers or herbicides.

The truffiére was planted in 2006. Our first Truffles were found in 2011, with workload increasing to full-time by 2015.
In 2016 we unearthed a world record breaking 1.5kg truffle, and shifted marketing focus to export in 2017.
With observation and research into all aspects of truffle growing, the production of our truffiére has continued to expand each year.
 

In {maybe June} July/August/September: Click here for further harvest observations and truffle availability

2020 Season

A hot, dry December was been followed by a cooler weather and ample rainfall through to early March where it became a bit dry. This was fortunate as irrigation layout and implementation was affected by traffic injury. So some losses occurred but minimal.
Current signs are for an early start to the harvest, with frequent rainfall impacting the available harvest window like last year.

Harvest will commence around June 2020...

  • ✔ October-November 2019: soil preparation, pruning, applying truffle spore to trees, etc.
  • ✔ December: Truffles start forming
  • ✔ January: First signs of truffles in soil, Irrigation commences
  • ✔February: Hazelnut harvest/removal. Irrigation. protecting developing truffles.
  • ✔March, April: Protection of developing truffles mostly dis-continued due to labour constraints and prospect of low seasonal return. Critical work to expedite ease of harvest has also been partially cancelled.
    Some protection measures will still occur to safeguard a portion of the harvest for sale, and removal of truffles damaged by rot or insects is still required for long term prospects.
  • ✔May: Final preparations for season, with an incredibly early Autumn, full leaf colour appearing 2 months earlier than 2019, and 1 month earlier than 2018. We are monitoring development to estimate season commencement with increasing expectations of early-truffles in May/June if the cold weather continues. {a typical late season warm spell will delay this into June}
    As always top quality will only appear once it is truly cold and frosty.
    • JUNE-SEPTEMBER: Harvest season, exact start/finish determined by winter weather... see 2019 description below
      {now anticipating truffle worth eating by 13th June, to be confirmed -3rd June}

2019 Season closed early at the start of September 2019

The predicted early start to the 2019 harvest season came true with some tastes in May, and saleable truffle exported in June. An overall warm winter had severe impact on exportable truffle, counterweighted by a large harvest.
Ripe colour and flavour developed sooner than normal, possibly related to the earlier signs of truffles in January, and the unusual weather.
Similarily the warmer than usual winter ended the season early at the start of September with several days of 20 Celsius temperatures.