The low food miles movement is more than a slogan at Restdown Wines and Walking Trail, about 40kms from Barham, Echuca, and Deniliquin. Spend a few hours or even a day exploring the farm and wetlands, tasting the expertly crafted wines and relaxing over a platter laden with treats from local producers or Restdown’s own kitchen garden.
All Saints Estate is a heritage-listed winery and working vineyard near Wahgunyah in Victoria. Savour a woodfired pizza on the terrace of Bonnie
restaurant while contemplating the lake or live it in Kin, with a view of the vineyards the perfect accompaniment to its modern Australian cuisine.
In the foothills of Woomargama National Park, you’ll discover Flyfaire Wines, makers of sustainable, low carbon, low chemical wines. Make your choice from the cellar door and enjoy it with a platter of local cheeses, fruit and specialties like smoked kangaroo.
Have you tried mead? It’s honey wine - possibly the world’s oldest fermented drink, and The Old School Winery and Meadery near Womboota practice the ancient craft of brewing it. As well as crafting a range of meads, The Old School also makes a range of fine wines, and you’re welcome to bring a picnic.
For families, Posh Plonk in Chiltern is a favourite; try the seasonal menu (the pizzas are always a hit) with gourmet platters and wine tastings also available. Posh Plonk is about more than sustenance; you’ll want to linger over a game of bocce, giant Jenga, or even badminton.
For decades, Monichino Wines has been a pocket of Italy in the Goulburn Valley. Still run by the family of founders Carlo and Margaret Monichino; the cellar door is open Wednesday to Sunday with the kitchen offering dishes with an Italian angle on weekends. Or you’re welcome to bring a picnic and relax with a view of the vines and a glass of one of the winemakers’ finest.
For more wineries like this, sip, swirl and sniff your way across The Murray’s finest vineyards.