ON TOUR WITH HALLIDAY: The High Country of Victoria holds appeal for wine, food and adventure lovers alike, with welcoming wineries, acclaimed restaurants and eclectic outdoor activities, all set against a striking mountain scene. Ahead, we pinpoint tasting experiences in three of its most popular sub-regions – choose your base camp and get going.
“The Italian-influenced King Valley is a dream destination for lovers of savoury, food-friendly wines, rustic, comforting cuisine and charming, family-run cellar doors. Chrismont is a leading winery in the region and embodies all of these appeals. The hospitality here is a highlight: expect a warm welcome and discreet service that allows you to go at your own pace, providing as much or as little information as you need. Known for producing diverse interpretations of Mediterranean and European varietals from its cool-climate vineyards, Chrismont offers a range of highly rated red and white wines. The estate’s restaurant is an inviting destination for a drawn-out lunch dining on flavour-packed dishes inspired by the family’s Sicilian and northern Italian backgrounds. Make a weekend of it and check in to the winery’s guesthouse – this sub-region is popular for bicycle tours, so with a base to stay you can easily explore the King Valley’s famous Prosecco Road, as well as natural attractions such as the Paradise Falls, King River and various bushwalks within minutes of your stay. Perfect for: Italophiles, fishing enthusiasts, food and nature lovers. Open daily from 10am to 5pm.”
Halliday Wine Companion I www.winecompanion.com.au I May 2018