Get a taste of Victoria’s High Country at home this September

Published on 10 September 2021

Photo: Sixpence Coffee's Luke Dudley

From gnocchi-making glasses to gin tastings, experience the best of the Victorian High Country from your lockdown couch. 

Looking for something fun, delicious and interactive this weekend? Tourism North East has launched High Country at Home for its second year. The online program delivers food and drink-related masterclasses, cooking demonstrations and beverage tastings from the region's most promising wine producers, distillers, brewers and makers alike, throughout the month of September.

Each session of High Country at Home is designed to be an intimate, highly interactive and informative experience. Each participant receives a home-delivered package containing everything needed to join in.

Coffee lovers will want to join Luke Dudley from Bright’s Sixpence Coffee who’s helping fine tune home barista skills, diving deep into the world of grinding beans, pouring shots and mastering milk frothing. If gin is more to your taste, you might like to join High Spirits by Reed and Co Distillery, hosted by owner and head distiller Hamish Nugent.

"You'll get to try five very different styles of gins including our signature dry Australian dry gin, our new world Yuzu gin release from World Gin Day this year, and more," Nugent says. "Expect a casual, informative chat where you'll be able to determine your own gin preferences."

While there's plenty in the program for those who like a tipple, there's also a good selection of food-focused sessions. Discover a new world of cheeses with a tasting hosted by Milawa Cheese Company, or join Katrina Pizzini from Pizzini Wines as she runs an interactive cooking class showing how to make perfectly pillowy gnocchi with two sauces, and a pair of wines. 

"Making the perfect, cloud-like gnocchi is not hard," Pizzini says. "You just need the right utensils and to work quickly once you have added the wet ingredients to the dry. You'll have a lot of fun and get to enjoy a meal that you have prepared with your family."

If hopping between farmers markets was once a feature of your weekend outings then visit the High Country at Home online marketplace, bringing some of the best of the region’s makers to you. Think sweets, condiments, fresh produce, wine and more, all directly supporting local industry.

Discover the full program at

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