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Nagambie Lakes & Strathbogie Ranges

Based around the towns of Avenel, Nagambie, Euroa and Violet Town lie two regions linked by geography but topographically distinct. Nagambie Lakes has developed a reputation for shiraz and a unique style of marsanne. Higher up in the granite-rich hills of Strathbogie Ranges, you’ll find riesling, chardonnay, cooler-climate shiraz and excellent sparkling wines. Drive past grazing livestock on the way to small, family staffed cellar doors, dine on local produce and take a break to enjoy the glittering waterways. Less than an hour and a half north of Melbourne, this area is one of Australia’s best-kept wine secrets. Nicole Bilson

Bron Dunwoodie and Sam Plunkett of Wine X Sam by Marnie Hawson.

Wine X Sam

Star Cellar Door

(03) 5799 0437
winebysam.com.au

Sam Plunkett talks about wine with a child-like delight that belies his 30 years as a winemaker. After nine years, the little winery that could has grown into an impressive feature of the region, with an expansive urban winery situated in the centre of Seymour. The warehouse space, originally part of the textiles industry, has been thoughtfully converted into a winery, cellar door and café. Décor is mid-century chic and welcoming, as are the staff. Fruit is sourced predominantly from family’s vineyards in the Strathbogie Ranges and showcased across a range of well-known and alternative varieties. This is very much a working winery and behind-the-scenes tours are available, with staff keen to share their passion. Afterwards, relax over generous platters and sample excellent wines. NICOLE BILSON

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2018 Wine X Sam Stardust & Muscle Shiraz, A$32

Mitchelton
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR &
BEST ACCOMMODATION

(03) 5736 2222
mitchelton.com.au

Maygars Hill
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR

0402 136 448
maygarshill.com.au

Box Grove Vineyard
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE

0409 210 015
boxgrovevineyard.com.au

Fowles Wine
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST FOOD

(03) 5796 2150
fowleswine.com

Tahbilk Winery
BEST ADDITIONAL CELLAR DOOR EXPERIENCE (Eco-trails)

(03) 5794 2555
tahbilk.com.au