Milawa, nestled in the High Country, is one of Australia’s oldest gourmet regions and known as Victoria’s breadbasket. Enjoy local cuisine as you gaze out over the lush valley slopes lined with grape vines, a place where strong a Italian history complements the region’s natural beauty. And just a short drive away are the famous foodie destinations of Beechworth, Bright and the King Valley.
We caught up with Sarah Pilgrim, Industry Development Manager for Tourism North East, who’s been visiting Victoria’s High country as a lifelong tourist and lived there full-time since 2006.
How to get there
From Melbourne, follow the Hume Freeway (M31) to Snow Road (C522) in Wangaratta South. Take the C522 exit and continue until you reach Bobinawarrah Road in Milawa.
Frequent V/Line train services operate from Southern Cross Station to Albury from Melbourne via Benalla and Wangaratta, as well as numerous coach services which reach the High Country region. For further timetable info, contact V/Line on 13 61 96 or visit www.vline.com.au.
- Chrismont, King Valley – as the newest restaurant in the area, Chrismont does an amazing spread of Sicilian favourites designed to share. Enjoy a plate of lemon and ricotta biscotti with an Italian espresso on the verandah after lunch.
- Sam Miranda Winery – situated in the amazing cellar door, offering a regionally inspired menu featuring fresh pasta made by Chef Michael White.
- Provenance, Beechworth – a short drive from Milawa is Michael Ryan’s two-hatted restaurant. In Autumn, his Chantenay carrot dish made with local produce is always a favourite.
- Coffee Chakra – great for a casual lunch or brunch. Owner Vic always has a curry of the day with just the right amount of spice.
- Beechworth Honey – make a selection of sparkling honey drinks, a great pick-me-up is the Sparkling Honey and Ginger.
- King Valley Prosecco Road - for a cellar door treat, hop on the "Prosecco Road" and tour up the King Valley, tasting the famous Prosecco at cellar doors along the way. Perfectly suited to the personality of the region.
- Baileys of Glenrowan - a great place to visit while on your trip up the highway. Try the Organic Shiraz!
- Hurdle Creek Still - just up the road from Brown Brothers, the High Countries’ first gin distillery. Their special Yardarm distilled gin with coriander, citrus, pink peppercorns, hops and lemon myrtle is a sundowner favourite.
- Powers Lookout – at the other end of the King Valley is Powers Lookout - a short hike to an amazing view.
- Brown Brothers has free bikes, pick one up and cycle around Milawa trying the, mustards, olive oils, Milawa Cheese and bread.
- Just over an hour drive away is Mount Buffalo - a cool spot to explore with beautiful walking trails and Lake Catani tucked secretly on top the perfect spot for a cool off on a hot day.
- Casa Luna - Indulge yourself and your loved ones! Stay at Casa Luna and enjoy a food lover’s retreat, warm hospitality, privacy, lovely views, and rural peace and quiet.
- 1888 Boutique accommodation Oxley - The old Protestant Hall has been brought to life with a modern conversion, and is now a wonderful getaway for you and your loved one. Best of all is the amazing bath tub.