Just a short drive out of Melbourne is an incredible winery called TarraWarra. Located in the Yarra Valley, this gorgeous estate is home to some of the finest drops produced in the region. They are famous for the J-Block Shiraz, but don't go past their Pinot and Chardonnay either.
Right now though, this winery has a different draw card pulling people there. Something else that makes customers a little uneasy. You see, what sets this winery apart from every other grape growing giant this writer has visited is the art gallery that also runs alongside it. Yes, you heard correctly, this leading winery also dabbles in art. And right now visitors to the winery can peruse the Archibald artworks from this year's artists.
Much has been written about this year's Archibald prize winning piece, The Histrionic Wayfarer, but when you see it up close the final decision is obvious. The magnificent detail, the perspective and obvious momentum from the protagonist sets this work apart. You know he is going somewhere, and you want to tag along for the ride. His faceless body also makes it more accessible and personal for every viewer.
A visit to TarraWarra is, surprisingly, a sobering affair. Not because the wine doesn't get you drunk. If you drink enough of it it surely will. And you will want to. But you'll sample the wine and realise how good some people are at their craft. Then you walk next door to view the artwork and feel drunk, and decidedly untalented.