Peak time for season’s eatings

A family from the Istrian Peninsula finds a ready market for their traditional smallgoods. NOT FAR FROM DAYLESFORD, IN a little place called Musk (population 177), the Christmas rush is under way at the cluster of ramshackle buildings that make up Istra Smallgoods. Run by …

Ham it up at Istra Smallgoods

Itโ€™s the Porsche of prosciutto, the Prada of pancetta, all the way from the small Victorian town of Musk, just south of Daylesford. Istra Smallgoods is run by brothers Bernie and Sebastian Jurcan, having taken over the business from their parents Livio and Lidia, who …

Australia’s Macedon wine region: Cold Call

Allan and Nelly Cooper initially planted their vines in 1985. The first vintage was the poor โ€™89, and only a tiny amount of chardonnay was harvested, so they really think of 1990 as the kick-off year. It can be difficult to find; indeed, the island …