Weekend fit for a King (or Queen).
On the cusp of giving up in the search to find an overnight escape in Victoria for one of our last long weekends for a while, I stumbled upon some blogger posts with beautiful pictures of the High Country – King Valley & Milawa Gourmet Region. With a weekend wine & jazz festival locked in for the Queen’s Birthday, it was a winner.
Inspired, I booked in a one night stay at the highly rated Miller’s Hill, Glenrowan (also known as Ned Kelly’s last stand). Our secluded luxury escape is situated in the owner Kristen’s landscaped property, which juts out on top of a hill with this beautiful lookout from the balcony.
Weekend fit for a King is a festival running over two days, where $20 will get you a tasting glass for many of the Italian wineries in King Valley. Great value for money, particularly given all the entertainment and food put out by each of the vineyards.
Some notable stops along the way included La Cantina, Pizzini and Dal Zotto. This landscape was the perfect backdrop for lazing on the outdoor cushions with a glass of Prosecco.
We had dinner in, with a tasty pizza and cheese platter provided by Snow Road Produce. Cheese courtesy of Milawa Cheese Co included some brie, Milawa blue and 5 year old cheddar – plus accompaniments of apricot, pistachios, quince paste and dates, this was one of the more generous platters I’ve had in a while. All wined out, we enjoyed our dinner with pale ale and cider. Didn’t manage to capture a photo of our thin crusty pizza before it was demolished, half: mushroom, brie, onion jam and half: spicy duck sausage and tomato.
Woke up to this glorious sunrise peeking out over the window, and a delicious breakfast spread provided.
Our weekend continued on with a visit to Brown Brothers, one of the better known wineries in the region, with a sophisticated but relaxed fitout. We rented some bikes here as part of the Pedal to Produce program, and rode down the open country roads past green paddocks to the Milawa Cheese factory for some tastings, and obviously, to purchase some more cheese. The bikes were a tad too tall for me, so we slowly cycled back to the Epicurean Centre at Brown Brothers for a charcuterie platter, fat chips, and obviously, more wine.
A delicious end to the most relaxing weekend with great company, food and weather.