Welcome to the North East Valleys
High Country Harvest
Feast and forage your way around Victoria's bountiful High Country over 10 delectable days in May. In a region where produce and personalities are the heroes, indulge in food, wine and craft beer nurtured from fertile soils, as you meet the producers and winemakers who have not long harvested their autumn spoils. Book-ended by the convivial Harvest Celebration in Beechworth and Myrtleford's Italian-heritage La Fiera, the program also abounds with intimate hands-on cooking classes from Bright to the King Valley, behind-the-scenes tastings and tours from Rutherglen to Mansfield, unforgettable dining experiences in renowned regional restaurants and more.
Where: Various venues across Victoria's High Country
When: 17 - 26 May 2013
Cost: Various prices
More info: www.highcountryharvest.com.au (2013 event program updaed soon)
High Country Brewery Trail
Extending from the river to the mountains, Victoria's High Country Brewery Trail weaves a scenic path to some truly lip-smacking hand-crafted beers. Each of the four breweries exudes its own personality and style, just like each of their brews. Taste the difference in our local craft beers, made with passion, only the best ingredients and the pristine waters of Victoria's High Country.
See close up where the beers are brewed, and learn what goes into crafting a unique beer. Possibly even learn the secrets from talking to the brewers themselves. Our breweries are family owned and operated, so you may even hear some brewing secrets whispered from the brewers themselves as they pour you a beer. Family friendly, our breweries have great outdoor areas for that pint in the sun.
The High Country has long been renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and fresh air, not to mention laying claim to some of Australia's finest gourmet producers, most acclaimed restaurateurs and internationally recognised winemakers. Now, there's another great way to finish off a High Country day of touring wineries, savouring local fare, hitting the Rail Trail for a leisurely cycle or feeling the exhilaration of a downhill mountain bike track (as you'll find many of our thrill-seeking brewers do!) - and that's kicking back with a cool ale and drink it all in.
Download the High Country Brewery Trail
High Country Food & Wine guide
The new edition of our High Country Food & Wine Guide not only incorporates our food & wine producers from the region but now includes all our Pedal to Produce cycle trails from across the North East as well as, maps, itineraries, recipes and more, so more than even our guide is a must have when touring North East Victoria. If you would like a copy posted to you click the contact us link at the top of our home page to request it free of charge. Hope to see you soon.
High Country Espresso Trail
Beechworth's Provender, one of the best coffee stops in the North East Valleys
Not content with having top gourmet producers, hatted restaurants and internationally recognised winemakers, Victoria's High Country, now claims to be 'coffee capital', with its new 'Espresso Trail'. Bean 'geek's should hit the Yarra Valley- High Country culinary touring route to King Valley and make the first stop the Mountain View Hotel. Enjoy a morning coffee and chat with Carlo Pizzini about his coffee sourced from 'Padre', a Brunswick coffee house.
Next stop Milawa Cheese Factory for a Gravity coffee and choice of artisan cheeses, breads, and pastries. It's a difficult choice in Beechworth with 21 cafes, but a 'must try' is St Ali's 'chompy' blend at Larder Fromagerie & Provisions, made from the highest quality Arabica beans, lightly roasted in small batches.
For coffee with a view, stop just before Bright at Boynton's Feathertop Winery, for a special blend of Witham coffee made from hand-picked, high quality green beans.
Leave the mountains and head to the mighty Murray for Rutherglen's, Pickled Sisters Café
. Strong fully bodied coffee with nice malty notes, packs a punch with melt in your mouth Scottish shortbread, by Glaswegian chef Stewart Gilchrist, baked to his mum's recipe.
Read more about Beechworth's great coffee.
Ask Pat Ciccone if a life dedicated to wine was his first choice and he'll surprisingly admit attempting accounting - 'But, I realised I didn't like it at all,' he divulges, 'Unfortunately, I decided that at the end of my degree.'
Luckily for Pat, such a back flip proved anything but detrimental. The lure of the King Valley convinced this self-confessed country-boy-at-heart to head back from the big smoke and jump into an initiation in viticulture.
Read more about Pat Ciccone
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