Red Shed Cafe
Like your own private vineyard
For those of us who don’t actually have our own charming Yarra Valley vineyard in which to frolic, very few of us I’m sure, there’s consolation to be found in lugging our picnic rugs and favourite lawn games out to Red Shed Cafe for the day.
While open to the public, Red Shed seems in every other way a genuine private hideaway, from the winding dirt driveway to the relaxed eating space and the two portly Labradors who tail-waggingly follow you round the traps whenever there’s food to be had.
Red Shed is set amidst the family vineyard of Fran Wilson, the sunny twenty-something who runs the place and does the cooking too. It perches on a rolling hill surrounded by trees and vines just north of Coldstream, about an hour and a half away for townie day-trippers.
The café doubles as cellar door outlet for the Wilson family’s range of Medhurst label wines.
Open from Friday to Sunday, the place is frequented by locals in loafers keen on keeping the place a secret, so they’ll be cheesed that now it’s coming under notice.
Their response to our booking enquiry was a little tardy, then when we arrived our allocated table was in the rain with little cover. However a quick shift to the sheltered veranda ensued, and all good from there. We loved the simple but delectable spread of sandwiches filled with local smoked trout and free-range chicken, green salads with candied nuts, and sublime Portuguese tarts.
Check it out at Red Shed Cafe.
Who wants their own charming vineyard anyway, when here we don’t have to do the dishes or worry about walking the dogs.