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A meeting with history at Yering Station

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A meeting with history at Yering Station
It was Victoria’s first vineyard when planted out in 1838, and now Yering Station at Coldstream, one hour from Melbourne, stages events with a sense of history.

Rather than business as usual in city offices, you can choose to meet in 19th century spaces, including an old timber barn, a wine cellar, or a private dining room with exposed stone walls.

The vineyard was originally on 43,000 acres and plantings included some from the famous Chateau Lafite in France. However, land was sold off and the property went through a range of ownership. In 1996 it was bought by Doug Rathbone, and the 20 acres under vine became the foundation of the family owned Rathbone Wine Group, that includes Xanadu Margaret River and Mount Langhi Ghiran in Victoria’s Grampians.

Post-pandemic, events have “come back with a vengeance” says Rathbone Wine Group’s director of food and beverage, Rachael Scicluna. Yering Station can handle day conferencing for six to 60 with a working lunch or dinner and can manage three events concurrently as the venues are well apart.  There’s also numerous open spaces for breakouts or team building.

Yering Station does not offer accommodation, however Chateau Yering – no relation – is right next door and offers 32 suites of accommodation.

“We have a great arrangement with the hotel next door, so residential conferences are not a problem,” Scicluna says.

She says events at Yering Station tend to be less formal meetings and more often planning, bonding or rewarding the team. At night the venue team can deliver the most glamorous formal dinner and the Devaux room for up to 20 is an impressive blend of heritage-meets-modern design. Another point of difference is the property’s working winery, so dinner can be accompanied by unique vintages that are consistently rated 99/100 by the independent Halliday Wine Companion.

The venue is heavily booked for weekends, but weekday meetings are easier to book, particularly during the period from May through August.

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