Movida’s Top Ten High Country Experiences

Melbourne loves the High Country!

We recently sold out our High Country lunch  in record time and the feedback was marvellous! We don’t want the rest of you to miss out on the best of the food and wine this spectacular region has to offer so here are our top ten experiences in no particular order:

Dinner at Provenance – Our mate Michael Ryan is a chef who has mastered the art of Umami using Japanese techniques and local ingredients. A night at his historic Beechworth restaurant is a bucket list must do.

Fino at Pennyweight – The Morris family produces the best sherry-like wines outside of Spain. Their Solera is housed in beautifully bucolic corrugated iron sheds in the bush. Try their Pinot and Gamay and ask for a quick tour.

Bridge Road Brewers – Try some of the nation’s best beers fresh off the wood, go for a brewery tour or sit down for pizza and house-made pretzels.

Tolpuddle Cheese – Out the back of Tarrawingee, where the gum trees shade narrow country lanes, is a little goat dairy called Tolpuddle, where they make cheese in an old stone stable. You’ll also find their cheese in cafes and restaurants in the high country and they are open to the public Thursday to Sunday

Bright Chocolate – Up in the village of Bright, not far from the banks of the Ovens River, is a little brick shop from which escapes the most delicious aroma of chocolate being roasted, ground, conched, tempered and moulded on site. Come here for tastings and hot chocolate

Jones Winery Rutherglen is a mighty wine region known for its fortified wines and a massive red called Durif. Mandy Jones, however, is better known for her beautifully structured shiraz she makes in a centuries old open oak vat as well as her Lillet inspired aperitif she calls Correll. While you’re in the area drop into Pfeiffer Wines, with their historic cellars on the banks of billabong of the Murray River.

Pizzini – The Pizzini family have a way of making every person feel special. Their vineyard and cellar door are part of the old tobacco farm that is now best known for textural Italian reds.

Beechworth Honey – This is a honey education centre and café set in a majestic old building where you can learn where honey comes from and how important bees are to pollination. We love Beechworth Honey single varietal honeys from the native forests of the High Country.

Tani Eat & Drink – This is a fun casual bar in the heart of Bright where you’ll feed on a range of modern dishes made from the best of the local produce. As an added bonus they have just installed a gin still.

For  more info on touring the High Country visit www.victoriashighcountry.com.au

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