The Emerging Voices Community Performance ....... a moving and memorable event

On Saturday we proudly hosted the SheppARTon Festival's Emerging Voices Community Event at the Cellar Door and it was an evening most will never forget.

Multicultural choirs filled the air with beautiful music and the procession of indigenous dancers, hundreds of children carrying lanterns and a sculpture carried to the heart of the long neck turtle was emotional to witness. Well over one thousand people attended the event and the perfect balmy evening, fabulous food and the wine flowing  kept them lingering late into the night. Thank you to the SheppARTon Festival for bringing such an incredible event to Tallis Wine.

Watch a snippet of the merging Voices Community Performance

'Silo Series 1' Photo Exhibition by Serana Hunt @ the Tallis Cellar Door

For the month of March Tallis Wine Cellar Door is delighted to host a photographic exhibition by Serana Hunt as a part of the sheppARTon festival program. Serana lives in Dookie and works as a commercial and practicing contemporary photographer.

The exhibition, titled ‘Silo series 1’ is a collection of photographs taken at the silos in the heart of Dookie, extending on her love of photographing the everyday world around her and transforming it into another realm through the medium of photography. Her first solo exhibition, held at SAM in 2009, ‘Portraits of country racing’ was a series of photographs taken while working as course photographer at country racetracks. Since then she has held two solo exhibitions in Sydney’s Head On photo festival (2011,2012), Federation Square, Melbourne (2012) and the 2010 sheppARTon festival. In this time her work has been shortlisted for both national and international photographic competitions.

For further details contact Serana Hunt on 0408 180 695 or


Art Ploughed Into The Earth

Long neck turtles are the totem/symbol of artist, Ross A. Morgan’s clan group/tribe, Yorta Yorta. This animal is protected and can’t be eaten by tribe members. The turtles in the painting represent Ross’ ancestors now in the dreamtime.

The 2013 SheppARTon Festival theme ‘Emerging Voices’ pays tribute to the traditional custodians of the Goulburn Valley and tells the story of ‘Bayaderra’, the Long Neck Turtle, a creature of perseverance and the totem of the Yorta Yorta Aboriginal Nation. The turtle also represents a welcoming spirit to those who have travelled hard journeys to emerge from their burden with a free voice.

Richard ploughed this magnificent Long Neck Turtle into the earth below the Tallis Wine Cellar Door in preparation for the multicultural Emerging Voices Community Performance event by the SheppARTon Festival from 5.30pm Saturday 9th March 2013.

Visit the Shepparton Festival website or Facebook page for more details on this free family event.You won't want to miss it.

Join the birthday fun as the Tallis Wine Cellar Door turns 1 on Sunday 17th March

This time last year we opened the doors of the Tallis Wine Cellar Door for the first time with the naivete of an enthusiastic toddler. The 12 months since have been a blur of frenzied activity with each weekend feeling like our first and smattered with the highs and lows associated with starting a new venture. We"ve learnt a lot, and thanks to your support and feedback we"ve thoroughly enjoyed meeting and getting to Php Aide know all the fabulous Tallisman Members and visitors to the Cellar Door.

Our opening last March was a food & wine event on the SheppARTon Festival Program and to celebrate our 1st birthday we are participating again with an Argentinian BBQ and Grape Stomp on Sunday 17th March. Take your tastebuds on a journey to Argentina with our South American barbeque feast matched to Tallis Wines. Get into the spirit of vintage and old fashioned winemaking by trying your hand at grape stomping. All in the name of fun.

Cellar Door open from 11am. For enquiries email us at or call (03) 5823 5383

Tallis Wine hosts the SheppARTon Festival Emerging Voices Performance

Saturday 9th March from 5.30pm Tallis Wine Cellar Door will host the SheppARTon Festival major event the Emerging Voices Community Performance. The rolling hills around the Cellar Door form a natural amphitheatre from which multicultural choirs will perform. Hundreds of children will form a lantern parade and march into the figure of an enormous hillside carving in the shape of a Long Neck Turtle.

VIP area for Tallisman Members and SheppARTon Festival Guests.

Pack a picnic, book a food hamper or choose from the range of food stalls at the venue. Wine, beer and soft drinks available through the Cellar Door. No BYO alcohol permitted. Buses will be running from Shepparton and there is ample parking on-site. Book buses and food hampers through Riverlinks (03) 5832 9511. Gold coin donation for the event.

Now the fun begins

We start vintage at Tallis next Friday with our Riesling first in line to be picked. Being a delicate and aromatic grape variety we will hand-pick the grapes to avoid breaking the skins and get them into the winery for pressing asap. A week or so later will be picking our shiraz, viognier and sangiovese. We pick the shiraz in separate parcels of fruit, selected from particular blocks in the vineyard to achieve our desired style for the Silent Showman and Dookie Hills wines.

So it's busy times ahead with a flurry of activity as grapes flood into the winery, ferments bubble away and the winery is filled with heady aromas of fermenting grapes. It also happens to be the most exciting time of year as we begin the cycle which helps us create our future wines. We will bring small batches of our ferments to display up at the Cellar Door so be sure to visit over the next couple of weeks.