Victoria’s Alpine Valleys is quickly becoming well-known for our artisan food and wines. Local Vanessa Lipscombe not only provides an exceptional selection of local cheese to enjoy, but also shares her fount of cheese knowledge in our Billy Button cellar door.
Whether you’re in search of relaxed rail trails that you can explore with the kids, challenging road climbs or high-octane mountain biking, Victoria’s High Country is the ultimate pedal-power destination.
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.