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Dal Zotto Pucino Col Fondo

The Dal Zotto prosecco story is the stuff of legends. Just over a decade ago Otto Dal Zotto, King Valley tobacco grower turned grape grower…

Divine Garden Fair – Boon Wurrung Café

A great grey rain cloud passes over the deep red sand. Fingers of sunlight burst through the receding front flooding the sand dunes with golden…

Dinner by Heston Melbourne

Ashley Palmer-Watts is Heston Blumenthal’s right-hand man. Executive chef of the two-Michelin-starred Dinner by Heston in London and of the recently launched establishment of the…

Chrismont Cellar Door wins National Building Design of the Year 2016

A unique collaboration between Steve Graves of Bright Alpine Builders and Mark Gleeson of MG Design and Building has led to Chrismont Wine’s new Cellar…

Bright Alpine Builders’ Masterstroke

Steve Graves greets his carpenters with a few short words and a nod as he quietly steps over the threshold entering a near-completed Victorian weatherboard…

Book Review: My Year without Meat

It’s astonishing just how offensive people can be about vegetarians. That’s what Richard Cornish discovered when he flipped his daily meat habit on its head…


Chef Peter Gunn plays a risky game. In a dining world where restaurant menus are developed over several months he walks a precarious tightrope, sometimes…

Last Run Bar, Mt Hotham – Insider Knowledge

Ski hospitality veterans Paul and Teresa Cavagna of Mount Hotham’s Last Run Bar have this season been plating up a well-designed dining menu featuring a…

Miss Amelie by David Kapay – The Art of Homecoming

Having experienced a dysfunctional work ethic at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Melbourne, and an abusive kitchen culture within Gordon Ramsay’s London restaurant Maze, local chef David…

Return to Western Port

There are snatches of blue water you can see through the old gum trees as you drive along Paringa Road. Tumble-down apple sheds line the…

Be Foodstore Falls Creek

Just 30 steps from the Summit Chairlift you’ll find this smart all-day casual diner fitted out with local native timber from the Mount Beauty mill….

The Colt in the Codpiece – Degas

For as far back as I can remember, Van Gogh and Monet were my favourites; Degas never got a look-in until a happenstance compelled me….

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Real journalism, passion for historically significant photography and telling a great story is what we’re about. Visit Essentials Magazine Australia for the latest news and reviews on food, wine, hotels, art and design trends. Take a trip between the covers and you’ll find style with purpose – smart layout, crisp, colourful images and well researched an written articles. Essentials Magazine has a well established, dedicated readership from travel-savvy Gen-Xs to high income Baby Boomers, who enjoy an eclectic content mix of food, wine, arts and culture.

Essentials Magazine Australia was launched in March of 2006, and is the brain child of owner/editor Jamie Durrant, son of renowned Australian photo realist artist Ivan Durrant. Ivan Durrant also contributes to the magazine, writing Australian art features. Essentials Magazine began as a limited release tourism only publication, distributed across High Country Victoria, Australia. Today, the magazine has grown to extended distribution areas including: The Murray, High Country, Mornington Peninsular, Yarra Valley, Melbourne CBD and Bayside. Content wise, it today features both Australian and international culture, food and travel articles; and more recently: content interviews with film star and music celebrities, via its relationship with The Interview People, Germany.

In May 2012, Essentials Magazine launched its debut iPad magazine internationally. iMonitor, a global app ranking program run by McPheters, that assesses more than 5000 magazine and newspaper apps around the world, is seen as one of the leading ranking programs in the sector. iMonitor judges apps on navigation, stability and rich interactivity. Essentials Magazine was featured by McPheters as the highest-scoring new international magazine app (May, 2012). Essentials Magazine app for iPad scored 13, which puts it in the 96th percentile for apps – a rank that includes major publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Australian Gourmet Traveller and American Express Food & Wine Magazine.Essentials Magazine has partnered with award-winning app software developer Oomph Pty Ltd using their groundbreaking system – as used by Australian Gourmet Traveller, Qantas The Australian Way magazines, The Age and hundreds more. The app is free to download and several free sample issues are also available from the App Store. Essentials Magazine: Food / Wine / Art / People / Places.