Food and wine tour of the North East Valleys
Duration: Three days
Regions: North East Valleys (Milawa, Bright, Beechworth)
Tour type: Self-drive
Distance: Melbourne to the North East Valleys - approximately 230 kilometres or 2.5 hours
DAY ONE - MILAWA
From Melbourne head north to the beautiful Victorian Alps, diverse local produce and the welcoming villages of the North East Valleys, all an easy 2.5-hour drive away. The north-east has over 70 wineries, chef's hat restaurants and breathtaking scenery as a backdrop.
Milawa Cheese Factory
Factory Road, Milawa
Ph 03 5727 3589
Taste Milawa's award-winning washed rind, chevre, blue and cheddar cheeses before dining at the chef's hat restaurant. Buy a loaf of sour dough bread from the bakery, or browse the adjoining art gallery. Visit nearby Milawa Mustard to taste mustard, olives and honey.
Brown Brothers Vineyard
Bobbinawarrah Road, Milawa
Ph 03 5720 5540
With over 40 varieties, Brown Brothers has become one of Australia's oldest and most trusted brands. Enjoy a tasting at their welcoming cellar door and read about their proud family history on the walls. The Epicurean Centre specialises in matching food and wine and serves afternoon tea.
DAY TWO - BRIGHT
Food, Wine, Friends
2/6 Ireland Street, Bright
Ph 03 5750 1312
This store is like a fine food supermarket, stocking regional produce and wine from the North East Valleys, as far as Rutherglen, Milawa, the King Valley and Beechworth. Coffee, cakes and breakfast and lunch hampers are also available.
Simone's of Bright
98 Gavan Street, Bright
Ph 03 5755 2266
Patrizia Simone's food is a celebration of the vibrant Italian culture of the north-east. This two chefs' hats restaurant (as reviewed by The Age Good Food Guide) serves local produce whenever possible, with regional dishes such as Harrietville trout, Buckland Valley squab, Eurobin venison and local rabbit. Getting there along the Great Alpine Road is a scenic journey, with a diversity of farm gates to shop from along the way.
DAY THREE - BEECHWORTH AND MELBOURNE
32 Ford Street, Beechworth
Ph 03 5728 1377
A great place for morning tea, the Beechworth Bakery is right in the heart of this heritage town. Specialty cakes such as bee-stings and snicker-doodles are made from fresh local ingredients. Breads, gourmet sandwiches, pies and coffee are also available.
The Galloping Goat, Stanley
22-44 Beechworth-Stanley Road, Stanley
Ph 03 5728 6777
Chef Michel Renoux makes classic French provincial food, specialising in game dishes. Situated in the picturesque township of Stanley, this quirky restaurant is surrounded by stunning oak trees, with ducks floating on the pond and a vintage French car and bike in the car park.
After lunch, depart for Melbourne to complete your tour with an evening of food, wine and entertainment.