Tokar Estate is a family-owned and -operated winery, restaurant and cellar door that boasts spectacular views of the Yarra Valley. At the beautiful estate, visitors are encouraged to taste wines in the cellar door or to dine in the award-winning restaurant where they can experience a seasonal menu of modern Australian cuisine.
When owners Leon and Rita Tokar purchased the property in June 1995, hoping to produce grapes for their own consumption, the land was covered in thistles, tussock grass and teaming with snakes. True perseverance saw the couple transform the property into a usable piece of land, and the pair soon found that the fabulously positioned site with extremely fertile soils, was an ideal location for a modest planting of pinot noir.
With this humble beginning, Leon Tokar’s vision was born and in 1996, the vineyard was established with 12.5-hectares under vine and was producing premium fruit by 1998.
In 2012, winemaker Martin Siebert joined the Tokar Estate team, bringing with him a wealth of winemaking experience, gained in New Zealand and France. His passion for creating high-quality wines elevated the winery to new heights, helping to make it the successful established winery
it is today.
In 2019 Tokar Estate refurbished its restaurant and cellar door, and refreshed the brand with newly designed labels. The new labels consist of the white label ‘Village’ wine that is Yarra Valley-focused, and the black label ’Single Vineyard’, producing wines that are vineyard-site specific.
Tokar Estate specialises in Yarra Valley single-vineyard wines, producing a number of varieties of red and white wines, including one rosé. The varieties made under the Tokar Estate label include rosé, chardonnay, pinot noir, tempranillo, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, and the winery’s magnificent flagship wine, ‘The Aria’. Along with this core range are a few special releases made on the best of years.
⇐ 2020 Carafe & Tumbler Pinot Noir Shiraz
The idea of the Carafe & Tumbler range is to create fun, fruit-driven wines to be enjoyed casually with friends. Bright ruby in colour, with perfume of strawberries, orange peel, cocoa and green tea. The medium-bodied palate is very fruity; there are flavours of rock melon and cherries with warmed spice and roasted sesame. A wine for immediate enjoyment.
⇐ 2022 Tokar Estate ‘Coldstream Vineyard’ Chardonnay
The wine has a slight green tinge with pale gold colour that hints at
the wine’s vibrancy. A cloud of apple pie, cinnamon and white peach
aromas lift from the glass. The palate has impressive balance, being full
flavoured yet elegant and shows flavours of grilled cashews, nectarine and white chocolate. Cellaring will evolve over the next ten+ years and develop further layers of complexity.
⇐ 2019 Tokar Estate Yarra Valley Shiraz
Colour of deep ruby and bright with a purple tinge. There’s a savoury, almost meaty (Bresaola) note upon first opening but this gives way to the aromas of fresh raspberries, bay leaves, olive brine and pepper. The palate is mouth-filling, elegant and bright fruited with flavours of red liquorice and blueberries before finishing with a little char. Cellaring for another five+ years.
⇐ 2022 Tokar Estate ‘Amphora’ Special Release Tempranillo
The colour is a beautiful deep ruby with a tinge of purple, looking particularly youthful. The nose smells of boysenberry, blackcurrant leaf,
brick dust and malt. There is a purity to the palate with a sweet core of cherry and roses and ironstone, refreshingly unmasked from any oak influence. Whilst the wine is approachable now, it also has the concentration and structure for cellaring up to ten years.
6 Maddens Lane,
Open 10:00am to 5:00pm, Thursday to Sunday
Modern Australian cuisine
Open from 11:30am to 5:00pm, Thursday to Sunday
Evening functions available by request
Weddings & Functions
Max 8o seated and 90 cocktail
Luxury bed and breakfast on-site, with vineyard views
Online cellar door specials