JEN LATTA - WINE & THE COUNTRY, DAYLESFORD
I grew up on the Geelong Coast and lived in Melbourne for over ten years before moving to Daylesford.
My husband took over his family winery, Eastern Peake, so we moved to be closer to the vineyard. It took a little adjusting to the quieter way of life, I'm not going to lie! But after that we fell in love with the community. All the clichés are completely true; your neighbour pops around just for a chat and a cup of tea, backyard BBQs and friendly bonfires are a weekly occurrence, and everyone knows your name.
I met Owen, my husband, ten years ago, when I was just 20 years old. So my prior knowledge and experience with wine came in a box and involved a clothesline. I was studying Marketing and Commerce and worked in the not-for-profit sector before moving to Daylesford and tossing it all in to become a small business owner of a wine shop & bar. My previous experience was none. My knowledge was zero. But I wanted so badly to create a space to represent the producers I had come to know through Owen. Winemakers are a unique breed. They're the most positive and passionate farmers, they are optimistic as all hell and I just wanted more people to know these people and enjoy their product.
When we first had the idea for Everything in its Right Place, a lo-fi wine festival in Daylesford, we sent an email to all the best people we knew asking if they wanted to be involved. And I was overwhelmed with the response. Almost forty producers put their hands up to donating their time and wine so that we can make this the most accessible, fun event possible. We in the industry are drawn to these types of 'low-intervention' wines. Consumers still ask us what that means. So we're opening the doors to the public to show them why the types of wines we reach for again and again are the wines all the top sommeliers are buzzing about. And hopefully there will be minimal swilling, spitting and pompous wine talk and more guzzling, cheers-ing and chats with the producers!
Every wine has a story and a place. The great thing about wine is that the more you drink the more you experience and learn. But there is something a little devilish about pairing a Champagne with a pizza.
Things to do and places to go in Daylesford: Awkward Jeffrey's for breakfast, Surly Goat for dinner, Tuki Trout Farm for a country day out and Belvedere Social for cocktails. There are some amazing nature walks on the Goldfields Walking Tracks - start at Sailors Falls and make your way to Lake Daylesford. Reward yourself with a bottle of wine and lots of cheese!
Tips for tree changers: We've been presented with so many more opportunities moving the country. You meet more people, make new friends and you all work together in the community. It's easier to start a small business and live your dream.
Tickets for Everything in its Right Place available here: