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Alpine Valleys

The five valleys that comprise this region provide diversity of aspect, allowing for a huge range of alternative varieties, while the high altitude ensures freshness. Vineyards are owned by small growers – a brave lot with plantings of some of the most exciting alternative varieties available in Australia. Cellar doors are staffed by friendly locals, many of whom have grown up in the area. Tastings are paired with breathtaking scenery, whether shrouded in mist or sparkling sunshine. Until recently this region was almost exclusively known as the hub of the snow fields. This brings with it a thriving restaurant scene and beautiful walking trails.
Nicole Bilson

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Billy Button Wines

Star Cellar Door & Best LARGE Cellar Door

(03) 5755 1569
billybuttonwines.com.au

When Jo Marsh first moved to the Alpine Valleys, the majority of fruit from the region was sent outside to major wineries. Since starting Billy Button in 2014, she has helped grow awareness of the region by naming the Alpine Valleys on her attention-holding wines. Marsh has built her range around alternative varieties by fostering rich and enduring relationships with local growers. Familiar varieties such as riesling and pinot noir sit alongside new discoveries verduzzo and saperavi. This spirit of collaboration extends to winemaking, and a visit to the cellar door showcases the wines of other local stars – including, of course, Marsh’s husband Glenn James. There is now the option of two cellar doors. The original is conveniently situated in the thriving hub of Bright. For a more spacious, relaxed approached, the charming new cellar door at Myrtleford, shared with Bush Track Wines, offers cheese platters and comfortable sofas on which to while away the afternoon. NICOLE BILSON

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2019 Billy Button The Delinquent Verduzzo, A$27

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