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ALPINE VALLEYS

Rugged mountain peaks and winding valley floors are constant companions when visiting the Alpine Valleys. Sprinkled in and around the towns and villages of Gapsted, Myrtleford, Porepunkah and Bright, a diverse offering of cellars doors is to be found. A nod to the Italian heritage of the region is apparent in many a glass poured here. The mostly family owned cellar doors are inevitably hosted by owners or locals who are quick to share their knowledge on the best spots for eating and drinking. Book ahead to avoid disappointment and be ready to enjoy a warm Alpine Valleys welcome.  Simone Madden-Grey

Image of The Homestead Estate.

HOMESTEAD ESTATE

Star Cellar Door

(03) 5753 5318
homesteadestate.com.au

A short drive from Myrtleford in the Rosewhite valley, The Homestead Estate is a living testament to the history of the region. Owners Noela Dawes and Micheal Freudenstein have meticulously restored the original 1860s building. Guests are hosted in the splendid front room where a range of wines are available to taste. The estate grows several varieties more recently arrived to Australian shores that produce wines including a savagnin, a sangiovese and a duo of fortified wines. A glass of the Methode Traditionelle Blanc de Blanc will start your tasting, pairing chardonnay with an unexpected but delicious partner – your visit will reveal its identity. The estate is also home to an olive grove so a visit can include sampling the estate olive oil, house made dukkha and fruit jellies, not to mention the Devonshire Tea for those wishing to savour the panoramic vistas.

 TOP DROP: 2017 Blanc de Blanc Methode Traditionnelle, A$35

BILLY BUTTON WINES
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR

(03) 5755 1569
billybuttonwines.com.au

MICHELINI WINES
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR

(03) 5751 1990
micheliniwines.com.au 

GAPSTED WINES
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST FOOD

(03) 5751 9100
gapstedwines.com.au 

RINGER REEF
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE

(03) 5756 2805
ringerreef.com.au 

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