The High Country area of Victoria – including the small town of Milawa, 15km southeast of Wangaratta on the Snow Road – is renowned among foodies for the excellent quality of its locally produced food and wine, so much so that it has been dubbed the Milawa Gourmet Region (milawagourmet.com).
Another major wine and gourmet area is the nearby King Valley, around 30km south of Milawa and centred around the small town of Whitfield. There are many cellar doors here, as well as fine Italian-inspired produce and dining – see kingvalleytourism.org.au and winesofthekingvalley.com.au for more information.
Brown Brothers Winery brown-brothers.com.au. If it’s a tipple of something special you’re after, try a tour of the Brown Brothers Winery, situated just outside Milawa and clearly signposted; there are also a casual café and a great restaurant, Patricia’s Table, which specializes in complementing Brown Brothers’ wines with seasonal local foods. Mains, such as a wagyu beef dish.
King River Café kingrivercafe.com.au. A popular spot, specializing in local wines and good food (such as pizzas) – the cakes and coffee are excellent, too.
Milawa Cheese Factory milawacheese.com.au. In Milawa itself, there’s the Milawa Cheese Factory, where you can taste and purchase award-winning cheeses and enjoy breakfast or lunch at an excellent restaurant and bakery.
Milawa Mustards milawamustards.com.au. Milawa Mustards offers eighteen home-made seed varieties, plus other condiments.
The Olive Shop theoliveshop.com.au. Locally grown olives and extra virgin olive oil, plus tapenades and condiments.