From rolling green hills to charming railway towns: your guide to West Gippsland

Many times we have watched with envy, the photos uploaded by those touring the region of West Gippsland. So we thought it’s about time we explore this region for ourselves. 

The rail towns of West Gippsland are less than an hours drive from Melbourne CBD and with the option of catching a V-line train, means you can easily explore this diverse small-town community as a weekend day trip with friends.

As you can see from our itinerary below, it’s quite the day out, with not a moment to spare, so pack the car or jump on the V-line and come and join us in West Gippsland!

Your Guide to the Goulburn River and Ranges

The Goulburn River might not have the PR team of the mighty Murray but as Victoria’s longest river it has long been a part of peoples’ daily lives. It is the region’s lifeline of agriculture, a cultural and historic touchstone as well as a magnet for outdoor activities.

Your road trip offers so many waterways to choose from, including one of Victoria’s largest man-made lakes, enchanting waterfalls and secluded fishing spots. No matter the season, you’ll be greeted with breathtaking scenery, pretty little towns and down to earth hospitality as you wind your way through this special part of central Victoria – all within a short, easy drive out of Melbourne.

Here’s an itinerary to get you started.

Choose your own adventure: Exploring the You Yangs & Moorabool Valley

Words by Amanda Kennedy
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They say life is all about balance, a bit of yin with your yang, so to speak. We all know that getting outside to blow away the cobwebs is not only good for the body, but it’s also good for the soul. We’ve rounded up a host of activities in the Moorabool Valley and You Yangs area to get you out and about and sweetened it with some treats for afterwards.

Walking MelbourneYou Yangs Regional Park

You’ve definitely seen them from across the bay, or perhaps from the city’s outskirts, those hills on the horizon. The You Yangs (Wurdi Youang) are a group of 24km long granite outcrops an hour southwest of Melbourne near the town of Little River. Time to pay them a visit!

Topping out at 319m is the park’s highest point, Flinders Peak. Those who make the 3.2km one-hour return walk will be well-rewarded with stunning views across the volcanic plains back towards Melbourne or south to Geelong.

From the eastern lookout, the eagle-eyed will also spy the geoglyph of Bunjil, creator spirit of the Wadawurrung people, traditional custodians of the region. Artist Andrew Rogers utilised 1500 tonnes of granite and limestone rock to form the wedge-tail eagle geoglyph, in recognition of the Wadawurrung people’s connection to the land.

Iconic Australian painter Fred Williams was known to spend much time painting en plein air in the region. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to create your own masterpiece?

Bike Riding MelbourneIf you’re the type who likes to get the blood really pumping, you might like to bring your mountain bike and hit some of the 50km of purpose-built trails across two dedicated zones. Maybe horse riding, orienteering, rock-climbing, abseiling or bushwalking is more your speed? If so, there are dozens of trails from the family-friendly through to the more challenging to choose from.

If that all sounds a little exhausting, you could always try your hand at some birdwatching or perhaps a gentle stroll to one of the nine designated picnic areas.

The You Yangs Regional Park is open every day from 7am and closing at 5pm (6pm from Daylight Savings). Access to the park from the Princes Freeway is signposted via Lara. Facilities include picnic areas (barbecues, tables and toilets available) as well as drinking water available from the Visitors Centre.

Serendip Sanctuary Wildlife Park

Melbourne wildlife
© Barbara Dawn

Only 10 minutes further south is the Serendip Sanctuary. Soak in the serenity or explore some of the 250ha of wetlands and grassy woodlands. Experience your own close encounter with some native wildlife on one of the popular and wheelchair-accessible nature trails. Spot a mob of emus, Eastern Grey kangaroos or even a Tawny Frogmouth from one of the many bird hides.

With an emphasis on education, the sanctuary offers a Junior Rangers Program for families during school holidays as well as downloadable DIY activity sheets. Discover how some of Victoria’s most threatened species are being protected at the sanctuary’s education facility, old school and screen-free.

Serendip Sanctuary is open every day except Christmas Day & Good Friday from 8am until 4pm. Facilities include picnic areas, barbecues, tables, toilets and drinking water.

Brisbane Ranges National Park

National Parks MelbourneDrive half an hour west and you’ve arrived at Brisbane Ranges National Park and Steiglitz Historic Park. Ten points if you time your visit for spring’s magnificent wildflower displays including the rarely seen Velvet Daisy-bush and Brisbane Ranges Grevillea.

But first let’s start the adrenaline racing with some rock-climbing, abseiling, horse riding, kayaking/rafting or bushwalking (trails range from a couple of hours to several days). Camping areas with tank water and pit toilets available, bookings required. Picnic areas include wood barbecues, tables and toilets.

As with any visit to the great outdoors, best to check forecasted weather as well as location conditions. Visit Parks Victoria for more information.

Reckon you’ve earned a reward or two?

Farmers Market MelbourneFortunately, an area so rich in outdoor activities is also blessed with a cornucopia of food and drink choices.

Golden Plains Farmers Market is held the first Saturday of every month and is the ideal place to begin. If you miss that, no matter; the region is well placed with a slew of farm gates and providores.

Moorabool Valley Chocolate Pick up some handmade truffles made with the freshest ingredients from this family-owned small business.

Meredith Dairy The Cameron family have been responsibly and sustainably farming sheep and goats since the early 1990s, creating one of Australia’s most iconic farmhouse cheeses which are now exported to the world.

Inverleigh Bakehouse An old-school country bakery is a thing of beauty and this converted 1868 homestead doesn’t disappoint with artisan breads as well as tempting pastries and cakes.

Clyde ParkBread cheese and chocolate – tick! Now you need something to drink. Thankfully this cool climate wine region offers boutique wineries, renowned cellar doors and winery restaurants both large and small, so you’re sure to find one to suit.

Clyde Park Vineyard and Bistro Step into the cellar door and secure a spot by the fire before tasting through their award-winning wines whilst taking in sweeping views over the Moorabool Valley. This family-friendly bistro is open daily offering everything from a quick nibble through to a three-course meal.

Del Rios Wines Enjoy a long, lazy lunch centred around their estate-grown produce (including Black Angus beef) complemented by an extensive wine portfolio.

No doubt this has whet your appetite to explore the region. You’ll only wonder what took you so long.

We wish to acknowledge the Wadawurrung people as traditional owners of this land and to pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

East Gippsland’s new sexy adult wine bar with a Spanish touch

Words by Richard Cornish
Images supplied

Josh Thomas has one of the best palates in the state. As a teenager he was dragged around France on a cheesemaking tour by his famous uncle cheesemaker Richard Thomas. As a young man he was a private butler to the rich and famous in a stately old home in Ireland. He worked in the snow at Cilantro at Dinner Plain with legendary chefs Jimmy Campbell (ex Movida) and Nick Gardner (ex Quay) and was well known for his Spanish style feasts at his former childhood farm Rivendell, in Tambo Upper.

East Handy Store

Josh opened his latest project, East Handy Store, in Bairnsdale recently. This sexy, adult wine bar is housed in a former general store in East Bairnsdale. After single handedly renovating the dilapidated old store Josh has created a suave space with grey textured walls, plush furnishings, touches of gold and smooth dark timber tables.

There are gold stools at wine barrels out front and a courtyard outback overlooking the old train bridge over the Mitchell River. Josh has made sure that East Handy Store is not just beautiful, but also fun. “This where the locals got their fireworks, pints of milk, lollies and nudie mags for almost a century,” he says with a laugh. One of those mags found during the renovations now proudly hangs in the ‘thunderbox’. Its headline reads, “Risqué photos of royal on holiday romp.”

East Handy Store is also an exclusive affair with seating for just 20 and a set menu based on Josh’s time spent in Spain and France. Josh worked as a cheesemaker and has an affinity for fermented products making his own sourdough and saucisson sec. The Gippsland restaurateur is also an avid supporter of the European concept that dining, and drinking should express a sense of place.

So, his menu and wine list read like a local road map with food and drink almost exclusively sourced within Gippsland. “I want to be as parochial as the French,” says Josh with a laugh. “And bugger the rest! All the wines are local, as is the beer and gin. Apart from a few digestifs it’s all from here. Oh. And Sherry from Spain. I love sherry.”

Diners should dress for the weather as the incredibly good value $65 per person set menu meal starts outside in the courtyard under the bright Gippsland stars. Dinner begins with nine little dishes based on the Spanish concept of tapas but interwoven with some French classics like radishes and Josh’s own cultured butter made from Gippsland Jersey Cream.

Next could be Jones Bay pork chicherones, Spanish style crackling with pink lady puree from apples grown two kilometres upstream at Picnic Point. Grilled Lakes Entrance sardines with Josh’s own Catalan soft sausage called sobrasada follow with perhaps some house cured pastrami made from wild shot venison supplied by registered hunter Dominic Britten, who is also the bartender. Main course could be another Catalan inspired dish mar i mutanya, which means sea and mountains. Josh’s version is a rich rice dish of seafood, house made chorizo, and hickory-smoked chicken.

Bookings have opened and already tables are filling rapidly. “Local people travel a lot and have sophisticated palates. Demand that is not being met, apart from Northern Ground in the main drag,” says Josh. “We really want to take people on a little journey, a special night with really good food and drink. And experienced and passionate people out front. We promise something different.”


Where: 22 McEacharn Street, East Bairnsdale
What: Upmarket, Euro-style wine bar with set menu dining
When: Opened to the public Friday 23rd June
Why: Exceptional food from an experienced chef
Who: Hospo legend Josh Thomas and his ‘handsome’ front of house team
Bookings: or 0418 358 777
More Info: East Handy Store

We wish to acknowledge the Gunaikurnai people as traditional owners of this land and to pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

Austin’s Wine announce a five-week collaboration with Geelong culinary institution Tulip

Words by Jay Dillon
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The Geelong-Bellarine culinary scene is set to get a unique dining experience as two of its finest establishments collaborate for a special event. Austin’s Wines has announced that Tulip Restaurant, a renowned Geelong restaurant, will be the latest kitchen residency at their cellar door.

The collaboration, called ‘Tulip in the Vines,’ promises to be an exciting experience for food lovers in the region. The event will bring together the best of both worlds, with Austin’s wines providing the perfect accompaniment for Tulip’s renowned cuisine.

Austins Winery

As Belinda Austin tells us, the desire to do a collaboration with Tulip comes from a long running relationship with the restaurant. “My partner Scott and I have been dining at Tulip for so long and have always loved their approach to creating such a special dining experience with a dedication to local produce”.

The venue for the collaboration is the result of a crowdfunding campaign to convert the old shearing shed into a modern cellar door looking across the Austin’ Moorabool Valley property. Throughout the year, visitors are welcome to enjoy a wine flight and cheese platter while taking in the views.This latest collaboration is just one of a long list of interesting collaborations including a six month residency from Japanese fusion masters Nama.

‘We’ve always had a preference for collaboration rather than competition within the local hospitality industry. There is so much more impact when you join together as businesses and do something different and fresh”. Says Belinda. 

Tulip Restaurant chef Mike Jaques and restaurant manager Dan Ford are no strangers to special events and collaborations themselves. This time last year they held a special truffle focused dinner with the renowned Chef Phillipe Mouche and one-off menus developed around the output of local winemakers like Sierra Reed of Reed Wines. The Austin’s Wines pop-up gives them an opportunity to experiment with a more casual menu for a whole new group of food lovers.

Austins Wine

Guests can start with freshly shucked oysters with a vibrant green tomato and radish and mains include roasted and pickled pumpkin topped with pickled walnuts and mustard greens or a succulent ham hock served with a zesty horseradish, shallot, and parsley sauce.

Belinda herself is most excited about finally being able to serve duck alongside their wines ‘This is the first time someone will be serving duck at the winery, and we are so excited about giving people the chance to match Austin’s Pinot Noir with some succulent duck. There’s nothing better!’

The Tulip team will be serving lunches from Friday to Sunday for a 5 week period starting July 7 and in dedication to the project the Geelong restaurant will not be open during this time. 


WHAT: Tulip in the Vines
WHERE: Austin’s Wines – 870 Steiglitz Rd, Sutherlands Creek
WHEN: Friday to Sunday lunches – July 7 to August 6
MORE INFO: Book here

We wish to acknowledge the Wadawurrung people as traditional owners of this land and to pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

Palm Springs chic in the Victorian Alps with the new Hara House hotel

Words by Richard Cornish
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With a kidney shaped pool, shady palms, fine dining restaurant and soon to open day spa Hara House opened on the weekend offering resort style accommodation in the Ovens Valley.

It was formerly the Ovens Valley Motor Inn, a mid-20th century court style motel and the original home of the much acclaimed restaurant Simone’s of Bright. Owners Simeon and Shannon Crawley, who also founded bean to bar enterprise Bright Chocolate, have spent several years planning and redeveloping the iconic motel, doubling down on the mid 20th century feel, planting established palms, stripping back the rooms, and refurnishing them with high end furniture, bedding and linen with spacious walk-in bathrooms.

Hotel BrightIt’s also a kid free – adult only offer with snacks and drinks offered in the room as part of the tariff. “We didn’t want people putting their hand in their pocket to pay $8 for a pack of nuts from the mini-bar,” says Shannon.

The star of the show is the new restaurant Pepperberry. It sits in the heart of the main building and showcases local produce with a modern Australian menu. Early reports are glowing and so they should. It’s a crack team with chefs Yasuaki Tokuda and Emma Holberry  behind the pans. Yasuaki is from Japan and was Head Chef at Mario i Sentieri in Tokyo and relocated his family to Australia in 2013. Since then, he has held the position of Sous Chef at Michael Ryan’s Provenance Restaurant in Beechworth.

Emma cooked with Collin McClaren at Villa Gusto, in the Buckland Valley. She went on to be Head Chef at Falls Creek’s luxury hotel, Astra Lodge, before launching her own restaurant Templar Lodge in the Kiewa Valley.

Together they have written a menu that is diverse and intelligent with a sense of fun. They have leaned into the mid 20th century feel with a range of snacks that would have been served when Don Lane was King: devils on horseback, prawn cocktails, devilled eggs and a potato duchess with single serve Vegemite sachet.

A brave dish that is as delicious as it is ironic. The $85 four course set menu continues with entrees such as cured salmon sushi with puffed rice, kangaroo tartar or a Portobello mushroom Kiev. Mains could be local trout cooked in paper, rich beef Stroganoff with handmade pappardelle or a stuffed cabbage rolled that has been gratineed and served with smoked tomato cream. Desserts may include a bombe Alaska or a wattle seed panna cotta.

“Hara House has been developed as a place for people to stay, unwind,” says Shannon. “We offer complimentary bike hire, tennis court yoga classes, lawn games and fire pits come winter. More than a hotel, it’s an experience-rich wonderland, and we believe it will be a unique base to explore our wineries, National Parks and mountain bike attractions.”

Hara Hotel

The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail passes by the front door of Hara House, which is a 12 minute walk from Bright village. Book before June 17 for a 30% opening discount.


What: New accommodation & restaurant
Where: 2 Ashwood Ave, Bright VIC
More Info: Hara House

We wish to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land and to pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

Passing Clouds opens new dining room and kitchen with the charcoal fire pit still the focus

Words and images by Richard Cornish

On the edge of an old volcano, in the hills between Trentham and Daylesford, is one of Victoria’s most respected cool climate vineyards. The Leith family moved their operation from near Bendigo to Musk in 2010. Since then, Cameron and Marion Leith have taken over from Cameron’s father Graham and transformed the vineyard running along the regenerative and bio-dynamic principles. They built a dining room overlooking a pond seven years ago with a menu based on cooking simple dishes over a charcoal fire pit. Inspired by words from Mildura legend Stefano de Pieri the Leiths and chef Cameron McKenzie dishes using only the open fire pit as a source of heat.

This month they open the second iteration of The Dining Room which now sits out over the water, over which the dragon flies dance about in the warmer month and the pobblebonk frog sing their cacophonic chorus. The new dining room was designed by Watson Young architects and been built from native hardwood from an old wharf. The restaurant furniture has been made from native hardwood timber made by Pride Furniture in Daylesford. The earthen ware crockery has been sourced from importer Made in Japan and the glassware is fine Riedel which are changed through the meal depending on the wine poured.

The menu has been loosened up with a three-course set menu starting with house cured salmon smoked over old wine barrels staves. The meal starts with a che’s selection of starters which could include the classic vitello tonnato and house made charcuterie. There is Turkish style hummus made to the recipe from front of house manager Murvet McKenzie, wife of chef, whose mother is Turkish. Second course is a five-day house brined chicken cooked over the coals, lamb or beef. Desserts could be Italian influenced panna cotta or tira misu or more colonial era golden syrup dumplings. All served with house wines from the cellar or museum wines all from Passing Clouds. The price for the three courses is $85 plus drinks.


What: Beautiful new timber dining room and new menu at regenerative cool climate vineyard in Musk
Who: Winemakers Cameron and Marion Leith with chef Cameron McKenzie
Where: Passing Clouds, Musk, 676 metres above sea level
When: From June 2
Why: Exceptional cool climate wines, great food from a chef with a singular vision, gracious front of house and cellar door team
More Info: Passing Clouds

We wish to acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung people as traditional owners of this land and to pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

Raise a glass to Gippsland’s newest winery, Carrajung Estate

Words by Tehya Nicholas
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What makes a fantastic winery? Is it what’s inside the glass – a crisp drop of Chardonnay or zesty pour of Pinot Noir? Is it about the environment – a warm interior design, a room with a view? Or does it come down to the people – knowledgeable staff with a healthy dose of passion?

For Ivy Huang and Rebeka Morgan, the co-founders of Carrajung Estate, it’s everything. Both women have left no stone unturned in their mission to create a world-class winery and accommodation offering. 

Here, cocooned in the forests of the Strzelecki Ranges, guests can leave the bustle behind and escape to a space of simple pleasures.

Carrajung Winery

The 40-hectare property, formerly the home of Toms Cap Winery, has been entirely renovated and repurposed under one simple guideline: make it feel like home. Huang and Morgan, a builder and founder of BuildHer Collective, alongside John Morgan have remodelled the vineyard restaurant, cellar door and their two-bedroom cottage accommodation called The Nest. 

Each space is cosy, intimate and uncompromising in quality. In the vineyard restaurant, guests are invited into a rustic, open setting overlooking the hills dotted with farm animals (the alpacas, pigs, chickens and goats can all be patted, too.) 

And the beauty continues on the plate. Fresh, seasonal and local ingredients are the heroes, and in the experienced hands of Head Chef Pat Haney, make a sumptuous feast – for the eyes and stomach.

Chef Haney brings over 20 years of industry experience at some of Australia’s top restaurants to Carrajung Estate. He says his philosophy is rooted in a deep respect for the ingredients he uses, and he is a firm believer in sustainable and ethical sourcing practices. 

“With an emphasis on seasonality and sustainability, our dishes feature fresh ingredients sourced directly from nearby farms that celebrate the natural beauty and culinary richness of Gippsland. Through our food, we want to share these growers’ stories,” Huang explains.

Gippsland Winery

Love wine-pairing? The first-ever release of Carrajung Estate’s wines are now rolling out. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc are all on rotation. These drops are the fruits of two years of collaborative vine management between Carrajung Estate co-founder Adrian Critchlow, Toms Cap founder Graham Morris, and the award-winning Gippsland winemaker of Inverloch’s Dirty Three Wine, Marcus Satchell. 

And when the day is done, you can curl up by the traditional open fireplace at The Nest, or soak in the outdoor bath. The cottage is available to book via their website – and if it’s booked, don’t stress. Renovations of four new cottages are underway and will be ready by next summer.

From the carefully selected grapes to the state-of-the-art equipment, every detail in this new venue has been meticulously planned. The team behind Carrajung Estate have created a truly special Gippsland experience. So good, in fact, it feels like home.


WHAT: Carrajung Estate
WHERE: 322 Lays Rd, Willung South
WHEN: Fri-Sun 11am – 2.30pm & Dinner Thurs-Sat 5.30pm – 8.30pm
MORE INFO: Carrajung Estate

We wish to acknowledge the Gunaikurnai people as traditional owners of this land and to pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

Heathcote in Autumn – Food, Wine and Craft Beer

Words by Anthea Riskas
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The Heathcote region is most well-known for its Shiraz – and rightly so – with the perfect growing conditions for this grape variety thanks to the red, rocky soils of the surrounding mountains. But! There is so much more to explore, enjoy and discover when it comes to eating and drinking in the area.

Whether you’re wanting to fine dine, winery hop or hole up for a casual afternoon in a beer barn, you’ll be absolutely spoiled for choice and will probably need more than just a day trip to pack in all the experiences available.

Start in town and meander along High Street or head for the hills and plan out a driving itinerary. Whatever you decide, make sure you tick off at least a few of our following favourites from your “must visit” list.


Heathcote RestaurantThis fine-dining gem is attracting a huge amount of foodie attention – and earning hats – with the couple at the helm having some big hospitality names on their collective CV.

Parisian-born chef Louis has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants and partner Tess is a sommelier who counts McConnell and Grossi as former employers. This combined experience has led to an elegant, intimate restaurant, housed in a sandstone building, that’s steeped in local history.

Expect a traditional, French, set lunch menu – with a sprinkling of Italian influences – that showcases local produce, surprising and delightful wines and superb service that challenges regional stereotypes.

Open Friday-Monday for lunch and it’s essential to book, or it’ll be c’est la vie.

Take a look here.

Palling Bros Brewery

Heathcote BreweryAt the opposite end of the dining spectrum and a couple of doors up from Chauncy, is the working brewery and beer hall of Palling Bros.

Craft beer enthusiasts will find a pleasing array of offerings for their tasting paddles and everyone else will be catered for with softies, wine and spirits also available.

On Wednesday and Thursday, food is courtesy of Derek and his Tonka truck, serving up toasties from midday-3pm and Friday through to Sunday, the full kitchen menu is available, with burgers, tacos, smoked meats and the usual pub pleasers.

Kid and dog friendly, and with live music on weekends, this is an easy and excellent choice.

More here.

Heathcote Wine Hub

Heathcote Wine HubIf you’re not keen on driving around to sample as many local drops as possible, this wine store and provedore is just a stroll down High Street.

Housed in a charming old wooden church, it is deceptively casual because inside you’ll find over 200 Heathcote wines, an ever-changing tasting menu and some of the most knowledgeable service that extends to the beers, ciders and gins that are also stocked here.

Make a booking and make sure you allot a good few hours of your weekend here because once you get chatting, tasting will turn into snacking, which will turn into a long, lazy lunch and then suddenly you’ve had the best day!

Find out more here.

Shiraz Republic & Cornella Brewery

Heathcote WineryWithin the famous Shiraz wine territory, sits Mt Camel, a micro-zone of growing. And the jewel that sits in its crown, is this destination operation that houses a winery, a brewery, self-contained accommodation and immersive experiences.

Visit the cellar door to sample a tasting flight, try one of 20 beers on tap and kick back and enjoy the view and the tunes over a pizza.

For the full viticulture package, book a cabin, rent a row of vines and get your hands and feet dirty stomping grapes and making your own wine!

Get all the info here.

Silver Spoon Estate

Heathcote WineryIf eco-tourism is your specialist subject, a visit to this off-grid vineyard on Mt Camel is a must.

The entire winery is powered by 64 solar panels and large water tanks, and the grapevines are non-irrigated, meaning only natural rainfall is relied upon to provide hardy, intense flavours.

Creepy crawlies great and small, are allowed to live in harmony and keep pests and disease at bay, with a minimum of chemicals needed to keep crops healthy and in Springtime sheep are grazed to keep the weeds in check.

This enviro ethos brings you vegan-friendly wines, gluten-free and vegetarian bistro options and a sense of relaxed fun when your choices are drops with names like “Monster Shiraz” and “Fandango”.

Details here.

Vinea Marson

Winery HeathcoteMario Marson has brought generations’ worth of growing knowledge and his Italian heritage to this slice of Mt Camel.

Imported grape varietals love the soil here and Vinea Marson has been producing Sangiovese and Nebbiolo with them since 2000. Add to that Rosé, Viognier and classic Prosecco and this becomes the winery to visit with a carload full of different tastes.

The cellar door is steeped in awards and you can gather around the table to enjoy antipasto and foodie collaborations with notables like That’s Amore Cheese, as well as events that pair the vino with fine menu offerings from kitchens such as Ladro.

Get all the details here.


Where: Heathcote in Autumn
What: Food, Wine & Craft Beer
More Info: Explore Heathcote

We wish to acknowledge the Wadawurrung people as traditional owners of this land and to pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.