Indulge in a gastronomical journey through the stunning state of Victoria, Australia where every bite and sip are an invitation to explore the rich flavours and textures of the land. From the verdant vineyards of the Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley, to the fine-dining eateries and modern bars of Melbourne, the options for culinary exploration are endless.
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A Sip Of Fine Wine
Discover the best of Victoria Australia’s diverse wine regions – from the world famous to the upcoming and coming. With 21 wine regions, Victoria, Australia is home to more regions, innovative wineries and distinct climates. In each Victorian wine region, you will find unique wines and tourism experiences – from dramatic mountains and picturesque coastline to friendly country towns and delicious local produce. Travellers can delve deeper into their love for the reds and whites by interacting with the passionate vintners who have mastered the art of creating the sublime pinot noir, chardonnay, and other varietals like pinot grigio, pinot gris and shiraz.
Nestled just an hour away from the bustling city of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula beckons with its pristine beaches, rolling hills, and delights for wine enthusiasts. More than 50 boutique cellar doors dot the region, each offering a tantalising taste of the renowned pinot noir the area is famous for. With each sip, you'll taste the unique characteristics of the region's climate, topography, and soil, which combine to create distinct microclimates around the hinterland villages of Red Hill, Main Ridge, and Moorooduc, and along the coastal towns of Merricks, Balnarring, and Dromana. There's no better way to cap off a day of wine-tasting than with a memorable meal at one of the many celebrated restaurants such as Laura in Pt Leo Estate, Ten Minutes By Tractor, Port Phillip Estate, Montalto, and Paringa Estate, where the chefs expertly pair local ingredients with the region's finest wines.
Even the wineries in the picturesque Yarra Valley offer an incredible range of experiences while reflecting the region's unique style. Wine lovers can indulge in masterpieces crafted by over 70 wineries scattered throughout the stunning hill country of Nillumbik, Hurstbrudge, Kangaroo Ground and Healesville.
You can also visit the cellar doors of revered pioneers like DeBortoli, Fergusson, and Yering Station, whose legacy inspires new generations of winegrowers.
Wineries, Eat and drink, Victoria, Australia (visitmelbourne.com)
Delicious Food Trails
Victoria lets you embark on a journey of decadence and indulgence with a road trip like no other. Set your sights on the hidden gems that adorn the majestic 12 Apostles Food Artisans Gourmet Trail.
Wander through the picturesque coastline, immersing yourself in the world of the gifted artisans and producers that call this place home. With every step, relish in the divine taste of the gourmet food and exquisite wine that this trail has to offer, while you venture inland towards the crater country. Pluck the plump berries straight from the patch at Berry World or savour the perfection of single malt whiskey at Timboon Railway Shed Distillery, just a stone's throw away. Get up close and personal with chocolatiers, cheesemakers, and curate your own picnic basket or Esky, brimming with fresh local produce. Take a moment to unwind with a glass of locally brewed beer at Sow and Piglets Microbrewery or indulge in the silky smoothness of freshly churned ice-cream from The Timboon Ice Creamery. Relish in the cool-climate wines and pizza at Keayang Maar Vineyard's cellar door, as you soak in the scenic beauty that surrounds you. With every passing moment, you'll discover new favourites that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more. All this while being just moments away from the breath-taking landscapes that adorn the country's most magnificent scenery.
If that has you wanting more, savour the essence of the Bellarine Peninsula with the Bellarine Taste Trail. Indulge in the region's finest wineries, farmgates, provedores, restaurants, and cafes, treating your taste buds to an epicurean delight. Leave the foraging and preparation to the experts and sample the region's produce at celebrated restaurants and cafes. Discover the best fresh, local, and regional produce at local farmers' markets and food stores. Sip on wines at Bellarine winery cellar doors and breathe in sweeping views of the bays and hinterland.
In Victoria, Australia a thriving collective of independently owned boutique breweries awaits. From small batch to seasonal beers, Victoria boasts many establishments specialising in crafting artisanal brews. Exploring Australia's beer culture is an adventure. The High-Country Brewery trail is one such journey that takes beer lovers through some of the best spots. From Billson's Brewery to Rutherglen Brewery, with stops at Black Dog Brewery, Blizzard Brewing Company, Bridge Road Brewers, Bright Brewery, Crank Handle Brewery, King River Brewing, and Mitta Mitta Brewing Co, this trail offers an unforgettable insight into Australia's ever-growing brewing culture.
Although Mornington Peninsula is best known for its fine wines, there are many craft breweries across the region where you can grab a glass of gold. After sampling seasonal brews at Mornington Peninsula Brewery and Red Hill Brewery, make your way down to the coast and pause for a pint at Geelong's Little Creature's Brewery or Otway Estate Winery and Brewery.
Take your beer expedition a notch higher with refreshing fruity ciders across Victoria Australia's many boutique cideries crafted from locally sourced fruits. Make sure to visit the region's apple capital, Harcourt, to delight your senses with the best cider.
Breweries and distilleries, Eat and drink, Victoria, Australia (visitmelbourne.com)
Foodie Trails, Tour, Victoria, Australia (visitmelbourne.com)
Melbourne City Eats
Melbourne's gastronomic scene is a feast for the senses, offering culinary delights that are both exquisite and exhilarating. With a reputation for exceptional cuisine, the city boasts an incredible range of dining options for epicureans. Whether you're booking ahead for a restaurant or joining the queue for iconic street food, Melbourne's food culture is truly exceptional.
For a fine dining experience, head to Attica, Flower Drum or Vue De Monde or recent entrants in Victoria Australia’s dynamic culinary scene – Gimlet at Cavendish House, Victoria by Farmer’s Daughters, and Big Esso by Mabu Mabu. If you prefer a casual dining experience without missing out on nuanced flavours, inventive dishes, and drinks, head to Embla's chic wine bar.
There's more to Melbourne's culinary scene that extends beyond the fine restaurants and onto the streets. Its multicultural character is reflected across the several culinary precincts surrounding the city. For the best Italian food, head to Lygon Street in Carlton, while Victoria Street in Richmond is the place to be for authentic Vietnamese fare. In Sydney Road, Brunswick, treat yourself to delicious Lebanese flavours; in Chinatown in the heart of the city, grab a bite of the best dumplings; and in Footscray, indulge in authentic African creations.
Restaurants, Eat and drink, Victoria, Australia (visitmelbourne.com)
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