Rob Dolan Wines’ pie and pinot pairing will keep you warm this winter

Rob Dolan Wines’ pie and pinot pairing will keep you warm this winter

Rob Dolan Wines
Words by Jonti Ridley

Rob Dolan Wines is bringing the perfect pairing to the Yarra Valley this winter with their new Pie & Pinot offering.

Serving Boscastle pies, known for their hearty, decadent flavours, paired with award-winning Rob Dolan White Label wine, these labours of love come together perfectly to warm you up from the inside.

With over 20 years experience, Rob Dolan is no stranger to good wine. When you think of the Yarra Valley, it’s near impossible not to think of sprawling wineries and delicious samplings and Dolan is proud of his contribution to this bustling culture. He’s previously worked as senior winemaker at Yarra Ridge Winery and has also managed the southern Victorian winemaking operation for Mildara Blass.

After building a number of successful Yarra Valley brands, Dolan then launched his own namesake range in 2010. Since then, Rob Dolan Wines has received several awards and accolades, including the 2014 James Halliday Newcomer Winery of the Year award.

More recently, their 2017 White Label Chardonnay was awarded the gold medal at the International Cool Climate Wine Show after their 2017 White Label Pinot Noir claimed gold at the Asia International Wine Competition.

Visiting your favourite winery doesn’t have to mean piling into a minibus for three hours one way, which any Rob Dolan Wine fan will tell you. Located in South Warrandyte, 30 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, the Rob Dolan Cellar Door allows visitors to enjoy the label’s comprehensive range of wines while enjoying a bottle on the deck or in their beautiful gardens over a game of bocce.

If you’re looking for a reason to visit, but you’re wary of the chilly weather, their new Pie & Pinot offering may be just the thing to defrost your fingers. Available Saturdays and Sundays, foodies will be treated to selected Boscastle pies, perfectly paired to a Rob Dolan White Label wine.

Flavours include the korma curry and vegetable pie, Dolan’s personal go-to, paired with a glass of 2018 White Label Pinot Gris. There are classic pie flavours as well, such as the chicken and mushroom which is perfect alongside a 2017 White Label Chardonnay, while the hearty beef and burgundy finds its perfect pair with a 2016 White Label Cabernet Sauvignon. The winter classic roast lamb and vegetable has you spoilt for choice, offering both a 2017 White Label Pinot Noir or Shiraz of the same year. 

Don’t worry about making any other choices though, because you’re in excellent hands. The winery team, including winemakers, laboratory technicians and cellar operators, share a wealth of experience between them. We didn’t want to spoil it too soon, but the winery also has a Wine Dog Family. Merlo, the youngest of the bunch, is their recent addition however we’re sure you’ll be happy to spot any of the three four-legged part-timers.

The Rob Dolan Cellar Door is open daily from 10am till 5pm, however, their new Pies & Pinot offering is limited to Saturdays and Sundays. Starting from 11am until sold out, even the most self-confessed wine novice will find something here. If you’re looking for more information or to make a booking, you can contact the winery through their website, email or over the phone.

Find Rob Dolan Wines at 21-23 Delaneys Rd, Warrandyte South. Head to for more info on their Pie & Pinot offering and everything else the winery has to offer.