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Keith Tulloch Winery

The latest addition to the Keith Tulloch Wine estate on Hermitage Road, Cocoa Nib is a beautiful artisan chocolate shop serving some truly mind-blowing treats. In addition to favorites such as Raspberry & Almond Slice, founder and chocolatier Aymee Slaviero also offers specialty coffee from local roasters Silverskin to enjoy onsite or takeaway.

Situated in the Hunter Valley at the stunning Keith Tulloch Wine, Cocoa Nib is Aymee's life long dream. After working in Sydney and training as a pastry chef Aymee moved to Melbourne to complete a diploma of confectionary manufacturing, it is here her passion for chocolate evolved.

Using only the finest quality chocolate from France, all of their chocolates are fresh, hand made in small batches and preservative free.

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Visit Nina’s Chocolates in Gymea and you’ll discover (like we did) molten waterfalls of exquisite chocolate. It was here, in his kitchen shop, that owner and master chocolatier George Magganas began creating his collection of more than 150 different chocolates using a base of imported Belgian couverture.

Before chocolate consumed him, George worked for twenty years as a food technologist for a multinational food company. While at home, he began experimenting with chocolate making as a hobby using artisan methods. After an unexpected redundancy in 1995, George’s dream of opening a chocolate shop in his retirement was fast forwarded and, encouraged by his wife May, Nina’s Chocolates was born.

Today, almost twenty years later, Nina’s is a chocolate lover’s paradise and the go-to place for the finest handmade chocolates. Over 30 staff work to create chocolate experiences following George’s philosophy that the chocolate experience begins with eating with your eyes, followed by the taste sensation that instils a sense of wonder.

From hand rolled truffles and fondants to pralines and cups filled with creamy ganache, the presentation is every bit as beautiful as the mouth-watering flavours. To date, George’s artisanal pieces have won over 100 awards thanks to his craft and selection of only the finest ingredients. While recently retired from the business, he remains a consultant to hand down his craft and affection for confection to the next generation of chocolatiers.

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George from Nina's Chocolates

 


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Yarra Valley Dairy cheeses

Mary Mooney’s artisan cheesemaking venture began twenty years ago with a simple soft cheese for her children’s lunch boxes. Today, her exceptional handmade farmhouse cheeses are savoured by enthusiasts around the country.

Situated on 360 picturesque acres, Yarra Valley Dairy is part of the Hubertswood property, purchased by Mary’s father in the 1970s. With rolling vineyard views, the property’s boundaries fall alongside the Yarra River. Rich silt lies on its flats and quality terroir on the slopes, enabling the Mooney family to cultivate lush green pastures for its 500 head of Friesian and Jersey cattle.

As an artist and sculptor, Mary began channeling her creativity into cheesemaking and after further experimentation, she collaborated with respected cheesemaker Richard Thomas and established a cheese making factory on the property. The factory uses the freshest cow’s milk pumped daily from the milking shed and fresh goat’s milk from the Gippsland region where pastures are more favourable for farming goats.

Today, under the expert guidance of its artisan cheesemakers, Jack and Tom, the Dairy produces marinated, fresh and mature cheeses, handmade using traditional Italian and French methods. Snowgoose has pleasure in introducing the divine flavours of these outstanding cheeses in many of our savoury gift experiences.

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Koonara wines vinery

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Coonawarra is a small wine region in South Australia, world famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon and its cool-climate spicy Shiraz. It was here, in 1906, that Henry and Alice Reschke built a life for their family on a 3,000 acre property called Koonara. Initially farming cattle, Trevor Reschke and his son Dru established the Koonara vineyards on carefully selected terra rossa soil across the property in 1988.

Together with his wife Nicole, Dru has built and nurtured the three vineyards on the property that make up Koonara Wines. Each of the vineyards bears a name that references an Angel: Ezra’s Gift, Ambriel’s Gift and Angel’s Peak. As Dru explains, “When wine is aged in fine Oak barrels, some of that wine evaporates. Winemakers call this the Angel’s Share. What is left is their gift to us.”

Dru keeps the vineyards low yielding with vines that perfectly ripen smaller thick-skinned grapes. Because wine colour and flavour comes from these skins, the vineyard produces more skin per litre, resulting in exceptional tasting wines. The vineyard practices organic viticulture and ages its wines in 100 percent fine-grain French Oak Hogsheads barrels to ensure the most superior flavour.

Every year, since 1991, Dru has made thirty cases of Koonara Wine for family and friends, and it was only in 1999 that the first wines were made available to the public. Now a 5 Star Winery, very limited numbers of Koonara Wine cases are released to the public each year, making these rare and exceptional wines to receive.

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Dru from Koonara wines

 


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The stylish upside down jars of Maya Sunny Honeycomb are the signature not just of its brand creator, but of the artisan handcrafted methods he uses to bring you something truly special. Based in Mudgee, New South Wales, second generation beekeeper Andrew Wyszynski has worked to perfect his art for more than 30 years. The results are nothing short of spectacular, because, inside every jar of his delectable honeycomb, a beautiful story takes place.

Using his innovative collection system, Andrew places each empty jar upside down onto the beehive, allowing the bees to fly freely in and out. Over the period of a month, around 450-500 hardworking bees form a mini beehive inside the jar, sculpting a ravishing honeycomb. Once they’ve finished their work, the bees leave the jar and Andrew seals it using natural healing propolis to bring you honeycomb that’s literally a beehive in a jar.

Since its launch, this family run business has received multiple awards for its artisanal 100% raw honey range. Snowgoose is thrilled to bring you the smooth, subtle, naturally sweet Maya Sunny Honeycomb in its purest form, absolutely as nature intended it to be.

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