Start in Seville's Payne's Rise, where the cellar door is in the original 1860s homestead and you can sample wine under shady elms and oaks. It's a short hop to Brumfield Winery, where homemade sourdough bread adds to the appeal; good coffee, too. Meet the winemaker and sit under the trees at Five Oaks Vineyard, then duck around the bend to Elmswood Estate where antipasto is on hand to complement the wine. It's just eight kilometres to pretty Morgan Vineyards, where you can taste estate cider as well as handmade wine. Just over the highway, Killara Estate is a relaxed family-friendly stop for wine, food and hill views. Drive 16 kilometres north to taste the wares at the Badger's Brook Winery cellar door then settle at Tramonto, the on-site restaurant. It's mere minutes from the lovely Soumah of Yarra Valley with its northern Italian-style wines and trattoria. Fifteen minutes away, on the other side of Healesville, Boat O'Craigo has a reputation for outstanding hand-crafted wines. You can sip away whilst watching kangaroos in the vineyard.
Sip, sniff, and savour fine wines within the hallowed walls of historic Victorian viticultural institutions, or discover secret winery gems.
Established in 1981, Elmswood Estate is a family-owned winery in the Yarra Valley that handcrafts award-winning wines. All the wines are estate grown.
Go south of the Maroondah Highway ('soumah') for this range featuring pinot grigio, viognier, chardonnay, shiraz, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon.
Start north-west of the town centre to check out Billson's Brewery (Murray Breweries), a revivified 1865 establishment which also has a collection of horse-drawn carriages. Head towards town to peep at Provenance, Beechworth's premium contemporary restaurant. If it's time for tea and scones, head to Moments and Memories Tea Rooms, but if it feels like beer o'clock, continue along the main street to Bridge Road Brewers, famous for craft beer, pizza and pretzels. There's plenty of buzz at the The Honey Shop by Beechworth Honey, where you can spy on a hive and taste dozens of different honey varieties. Head south on Church Street, through parkland and to the Beechworth-Everton Rail Trail. Turn right to pedal your way the 2.5 kilometres to Pennyweight Winery, best known for its biodynamic fortified wines.
At Moments & Memories Tea Room, locals and visitors alike are treated to good old fashioned service and a menu full of old fashioned favourites.
They say you can't eat awards, but every bite of the east-meets-west cuisine at the increasingly acclaimed Beechworth restaurant is a prize in itself.
Established in 2005 in the iconic Australian town of Beechworth comes this equally iconic brewery.
Enjoy an educational honey tour; taste products made from 100% pure Australian single-source honey; sip honey mead; and visit a working bee colony.
Founded in 1865, Billson's is one of Australia's oldest breweries, quietly tucked in one of Beechworth leafy side streets.
Mornington Peninsula Meander
The 1910 'red rattler' train carriage at Benton Rise Farm is an exceedingly pleasant place to fill a basket with local produce. It's 10 minutes to the luxurious Jackalope Hotel, where Rare Hare is the easiest place to lob for snacks and sips. Load up at Merricks General Wine Store: fill a hamper or eat in. Pt. Leo Estate is 6 kilometres onward; wander the sculpture park with wine in hand. Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove also has sculptures and a convivial piazza. From late November to early January, pick your own berries at Red Hill Cherry Farm. Stop for fresh mussels at French bistro Petit Tracteur, little brother to Ten Minutes by Tractor. Nearby is Mock Red Hill, a biodynamic apple orchard and cider brewery. Drop into Foxeys Hangout for casual eating with vineyard views. It's 10 kilometres to Alatonero for a slice of Greek island life. Back to the ocean side of the Peninsula, St Andrews Beach Brewery has turned a horse-training facility into a beer destination: sample ale in the stables. Continue the adventure by zooming to the other side of Port Phillip Bay: it's 20 minutes to the hourly ferry at Sorrento.
Petit Tracteur is home to Ten Minutes by Tractor's bistro and bar and offers guests an exciting french inspired food experience matched by a selection of world class wine.
Head along a driveway flanked by old-world garden beds and shaded by majestic palms and you will soon reach the heart of Benton Rise Farm.
Prepare to be wowed by the sleek design and vineyard vistas of this luxury hotel on the Mornington Peninsula, featuring winery restaurant Rare Hare.
Enjoy time-honoured hospitality and a classic country menu featuring seasonal produce and a great regional wine list including local beers and ciders.
Wine and dine at Pt Leo Restaurant and Laura, both awarded hats by Good Food Guide 2019, or enjoy a tasting at the Cellar Door and Wine Terrace.
Pick your own sweet and morello cherries at Red Hill Cherry Farm.With 50 years of pick your own cherries, Red Hill Cherry Farm is the oldest in the state.
Hang out on Foxeys' hill and put your appetite in the hands of the chef and feast on a seemingly endless stream of tasting plates with matched wines.
St Andrews Beach Brewery calls a 92-acre property on the Mornington Peninsula home. In the mid-2000’s the property was a working race horse training facility.
Montalto is a place where you can celebrate life and enjoy a moment out of the ordinary.
In 1895 the Mock Family planted their first orchard just outside Melbourne. Five generations later, they continue to grow apples in this picturesque hinterland.
Get ready for gluttony! This trail is only one kilometre but it packs a mighty punch. Start at sweet, simple Colenso then head down a hidden laneway to relax with a tipple or two at urban neighbourhood wine bar, Musk Lane. Head north to Piper Street. With its good food and great spaces, inside and out, the Royal George Hotel might be the perfect country pub. Stop by Kyneton Farmers' Market (second Saturday of the month) in the Anglican church grounds. Midnight Starling does French bistro upstairs and Michelin-inspired dining in the cellar. The elegant dishes at Source Dining are built on beautiful local produce. Fook Shing is named for an infamous Chinese detective posted to the goldfields during Victoria's Gold Rush, and is southeast Asian inspired from the menu to the decor.
Not just a foodstore, Piper Street Food Company is a charcuterie maker, picnic provisioner and cooking school. Head next door to GINdulge at Animus Distillery. Relax in the cocktail lounge with a drink and order a snack from their in-house menu. Walk it all off by continuing west to the Campaspe River, which helpfully hugs the southern border of the town, bringing you back near where you started on the C318.
Mais oui, Paris has come to Kyneton at Piper Street's charming French foodie Midnight Starling, and taken out a chef's hat from Good Food Guide 2020.
Located in Piper Street Kyneton, Fook Shing brings modern and vibrant south east Asian cuisine to life in an historic gold rush era pub.
Pull up a seat at Piper Street's Source Dining, a local eatery celebrating all that is fresh, seasonal and local, hatted by Good Food Guide 2020.
Piper street's little shop is home to their famous Traditional English Pork Pies plus lots of other delicious pies, quiches, salads, pates, terrines, dips and more.
At Animus Distillery you'll find award-winning, handcrafted small-batch spirits. Just one hour north of Melbourne, and in the centre of the gourmet food.