Mulled wine is a classic cool weather recipe that sees red wine gently heated with warming spices and citrus for an ultra-cosy winter drink. Mulled wine dates back to the 2nd century, when it was drunk by the Romans who used it to fortify themselves against the cold winter days and nights. As the Romans conquered much of Europe, their love for mulled wine spread across their empire and the regions they traded with.
Baked cheese is the ultimate foodie indulgence, and yet it’s so simple to make! Gooey rivers of cheese infused with the aroma of fresh truffle are the star of a winter cheese platter. This popular recipe can be made with a number of different soft cheeses, such as camembert or brie.
Nicknamed black gold or black diamonds, black perigord truffles are one of the most elusive ingredients of the culinary world. Whilst they can be found all over the world, we’re lucky enough to grow some of the finest truffles in the world here in Australia. June to August is truffle season Down Under, where these black fungi are dug up and shaved over dishes to add their unique aroma to anything from creamy risotto to oozy baked cheese.
Cheese and wine are a timeless pairing, but picking the best combinations can be tricky when there are so many options. Of course, it’s important to start with flavours you like, but a little expert knowledge can go a long way when it comes to picking a cheese that will amplify the flavours of your favourite wine, or conversely, a complementary wine to pour with a cheese you love.
Autumn in the most popular time to visit Victoria’s Alpine Valleys as the region is ablaze with the copper hues of the autumn leaves. While summer is a great time to visit for hiking and water sports, and winter for skiing and all things snow-related, autumn is the perfect time of year to plan a roadtrip through this picturesque region to enjoy the changing colours of the season.
This is a favourite recipe of ours, adapted from Matt and Lentil’s Grown & Gathered. We like to cook ours in our bakers’ wood oven over winter, so we can cook it at a lower temperature over a longer time. We love the range of herbs and the resulting flavour is amazing.
With around 30,000 tourism beds in the Alpine Valleys region of Victoria, there is certainly no shortage of places to stay when visiting Bright. In fact, the hardest part about choosing where to stay is navigating the bounty of options to find the accommodation that best suits your needs. From camping to family-friendly stays, secluded luxury villas and boutique alpine cottages, navigate where to stay with our insider’s guide to Bright’s best accommodation.
Prosecco is the world’s most popular sparkling wine and is gaining prominence here in Australia. In this article, winemaker Jo Marsh discusses all things Prosecco – from how they are made to how they taste – and introduces the five unique styles of Prosecco she makes here at Billy Button.
Victoria’s alpine country offers snow-capped mountains, skiing and cosy chalets in winter; hiking, mountain biking, fishing and wild swimming in summer; and excellent eating and drinking throughout the year. The High Country is a diverse landscape that offers plenty of activities for adventure seekers, couples, food and wine lovers, and families, and the charming town of Bright is at the heart of the action. Surrounded by mountains and located on the Ovens River, Bright and its nearby villages of Porepunkah and Wandiligong offer a huge selection of experiences year-round. Here are 10 things to do in Bright right now.
Welcome to Bright, the home of the Billy Button Cellar Door in the foothills of the Australian Alps. Not only have we been blessed with an abundance of natural splendour, we are also spoilt for choice when it comes to local dining options. Looking for the best places to eat in Bright? Here are a few of our all-time favourite local venues to discover.