Milawa Cheese Company has been operating on the historic butter factory site in Milawa since 1988 and has developed an internationally award winning range of hand-made cow and goat milk cheeses that have become Australian classics. The addition of the traditional artisan Factory Bakery perfectly complements the ethos of the business, making the highest quality traditional hand-made foods that take time and immense care to produce. Visitors to the Milawa Cheese Factory can expect to find the full range of cheese produced on-site available for free tastings, a warm welcome to be had in the Bakery where light meals, cakes and coffee are available through to the restaurant for a wonderful array of menu options highlighting the strengths of the regional produce. Also on-site is Wood Park Wines Cellar Door, The Muse Gallery of Milawa, The Walnut Tree Collection and Eucalypt Wood Works. The Milawa Cheese Factory is great place to come and while a way a few hours with something for everyone. For any further information please contact them or view their website.
It’s little wonder the cellar door experience at Brown Brothers is so finely tuned – they’ve had 125 years to perfect it. Now with the fourth generation entering the business, this family-run winery in North East Victoria epitomises all that is great about Australian wine: it’s relaxed, accessible and of the highest quality.
At the Milawa winery, over 40 varietals are on offer, spanning popular Prosecco, easy-drinking whites and the acclaimed Patricia range. Named after the family matriarch, this premium collection is made only in vintage years, using the finest oak and minimal handling.
Innovation is at the heart of everything Brown Brothers do and is celebrated through cellar door exclusives such as Montepulciano, Malbec, Graciano and Durif, plus limited-release wines from the experimental Kindergarten Winery.
With fine wine comes fabulous food, available at Patricia’s Table and Epi.Curious, where local ingredients are matched to new-release wines and back vintages.
Established in 1998, Silent Range Estate produces full bodied wines that are characteristic of the Glenrowan wine region. Since the first vintage in 2000, Silent Range Estate has consistently produced medal winning quality wines. Silent Range Estate is a small vineyard and Cellar Door nestled on the eastern side of the Warby Ranges, minutes from Glenrowan, the town made famous by the Bushranger Ned Kelly. The area is the gateway to the Gourmet Region of Milawa, the Wine Regions of Glenrowan, the King Valley and Rutherglen, the historic towns of Beechworth and Eldorado and the Victorian Alpine resorts. Silent Range Estate wines, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Merlot, Shiraz and Sparkling Shiraz deliver flavour and depth of character that makes the Glenrowan region distinctive to North East Victoria and around Australia. The well sited vineyard is characterised by deep granite soils providing exceptional conditions for vine root development resulting in outstanding fruit quality. Anyone interested in the processes of viticulture or wine making is welcome to a walk-through of the vines and winemaking facilities and to ask as many questions they can. Throw Tim a bone and he'll hold back no secrets, well almost no secrets, from pruning, vine health and growth to the methods of fruit testing and the bare-bone mechanics of winemaking. Take a private tour through the barrel room and be one of the few people to sample an unreleased vintage. Not many wineries offer this level of intimacy with the wine but, at Silent Range Estate, it is all about getting up close and personal.
Ciavarella Oxley Estate Winery is a small gem at Oxley in Victoria's King Valley wine region. The Ciavarella family established a vineyard in 1978, initially selling grapes. The step into winemaking was in 1992. Ciavarella Oxley Estate Winery has achieved a reputation as a maker of fine, hand-crafted wines. Their winemaking philosophy is for the vineyard and grapes to express themselves in the bottle, through effort in viticulture, patience and attention to detail in the winemaking. The winery is only one kilometre off the Snow Road, a scenic route to many attractions and gateway to the King Valley and Milawa Gourmet Region. Wines include Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Durif, Dolcino (a sweet red), Late Harvest Semillon Aucerot, and a range of fortifieds. The Ciavarellas are custodians of the variety aucerot. Cuttings collected from Europe by Varley Bailey in the early 1900s were planted at Bailey's near Glenrowan. Cyril Ciavarella obtained cuttings before their removal in the 1980s . The name aucerot is not used in Europe; exact heritage is unknown. The planting, thought the only one in Australia, is prized for the fine dessert wines that come from it.
The Olive Shop, Milawa does not just sell olives. They also sell gourmet foods, boutique wine, beer and gifts from the Milawa gourmet region. When visiting The Olive Shop, Milawa be sure to taste their seasonal olive oil, olives and their other local produce grown and hand made in Victoria. They are dedicated to supplying gourmet quality Australian olive products. Their new space offers 100 per cent Merino wool, women's apparel and fashion accessories. For any further information please contact The Olive Shop, Milawa or view their website.
John Gehrig Wines is a fifth generation run family winery located in two great North East Victorian locations in the King Valley at the cross road of the Milawa Gourmet Region only 15 minutes from Wangaratta or also now located in Rutherglen in the historic Snarts winery shed on Gooramadda road. They have a wide range of wines from Sparkling right through to Fortified's. So why not visit either cellar doors and try a family favourite, their Riesling. John Gehrig's winery is like a little oasis in a pretty glade by the King River. Stands of mature trees shade a rose garden, geese and ducks roam the grounds, and the tasting room has a rustic, countrified, timeless feel. John Gehrig specialises in unusual varietal wines like Durif, Petit Verdot, Gamay and Pinot Meunier, as well as Chardonnay and Merlot, and a popular Border Blend of Bordeaux varieties. John Gehrig Wines now has a new Cellar Door and Vineyard in Rutherglen please visit the website for more details on location and operational hours.