Melbourne’s Yarra Valley welcomes the newest member to the burgeoning food and wine region.

Mandala Wines, the newly renovated restaurant and lounge, has just opened its doors north of Yarra Glen, a popular spot of the gourmet garden that is the Yarra Valley.

“Mandala” is a Hindu symbol of a circle, signifying the elements of life that are considered the most important. “We always planned for Mandala to be a wine and food destination,” says owner Charles Smedley. “And the opening of our cellar door restaurant and lounge completes this circle.”

You can casually stroll into Mandala Wines and taste their range of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon – all produced from vines at least 20 years old.

If you’re feeling peckish, enjoy a casual tapas in the lounge with a glass of wine – but if you’re looking for something more hearty, head to the restaurant that looks out onto the vineyard.

The kitchen is lead by head chef Mauro Callegari, who was previously head chef of banquets at well-established Melbourne restaurant, Fenix. The menu serves up Mediterranean influenced dishes, which are cooked using the region’s finest produce.

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