If you've had your fill of snuggling up by the fire and tucking into hearty winter dishes, it's high time for some delicious dining with a good dose of Vitamin D. Here's a little preview of some High Country favourites with outdoor dining!
Top spots to dine on the deck
St Leonards Vineyard Café offers fresh, seasonal & simple dishes, to be enjoyed in one of the most beautiful and secluded locations in the High Country. Find a spot under the ancient gums trees, overlooking the Murray River and estate vineyard, while the kids cartwheel and wheelbarrow to their hearts content. Make sure to check their opening days and times.
Here's a way to impress your significant other. Score a couple of the super comfy (and popular) bean bags on the grass at Brown Brothers, grab a bottle of prosecco and the charcuterie board or Milawa Cheese board - job done. Just peeling yourself out of these delightful clouds of comfort will be the most strenuous part of the day.
Pull up a pew on the Hop Terrace at Bright Brewery, overlooking the beautiful Ovens River. Throw in some tasty craft brews and delicious local fare... a little slice of heaven right here in the High Country.
The King Valley triple treat - unbelievable views, award-winning wine and superb Italian cuisine. Driving through the stone gates of Chrismont, you already know you're in for something special. The elegant cellar door and restaurant sits comfortably among the green rolling vines and beautiful vistas. Those views combined with a contemporary Italian menu are what dreams are made of.
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Despite being a woman in a male-dominated profession and starting her brewing career after 50, Fiona Myers insists for her there was ‘never a mould to break.’ Success is a simple recipe of desire and tenacity!
Hamish Nugent and partner Rachel Reed are the brains and brut behind Bright’s Reed & Co Distillery.
Winter is a time for cuddling up by the fire, eating naughty food and general soppy romance. Treat your partner and do it in style in the High Country!
It’s nature’s most delicious sweet treat, one of the world’s oldest superfoods and can feature in every meal of the day. Rediscover honey in all its glorious forms this Winter with Greg Whitehead of Walkabout Apiaries.
From a run down, lonely hut in the hills to Mt Hotham’s most exciting new lunch destination. Think scrumptious soups and curries, local pastries, divine coffee, an inviting selection of beer and wine – and you don’t even have to leave the slopes!
Some wines are literally made for crisp days and frosty nights, to be paired with slow cooked lamb or sticky date pudding and enjoyed by a crackling fire. When it comes to Winter, trust these wineries to serve you the very best in big reds, fortifieds and full bodied chardonnays.