Embrace the great indoors this winter and raise a toast to good food, in good company. Now's the time to enjoy fireside dining, cosy cellar doors, hearty meals and bold red wines.
Settle in for a hearty pub meal at one of Victoria's renowned country pubs. It's time to revisit old favourites such as the Yarra Valley's Healesville Hotel or Trentham's Cosmopolitan Hotel, where fabulous local produce and fireplaces await to warm you up. Relax on old-world Chesterfields within the country charm of Beechworth's Empire Hotel or Gippsland's Tinamba Hotel. Tiny town Creswick is a great spot for a paddock-to-plate experience at the Farmers Arms Hotel.
Swap the winter blues for a bold red at winter wine weekends across Victoria's wine regions. Book ahead for Heathcote on Show, the Rutherglen Winery Walkabout and Red Hill's Winter Wine Weekend. Gather the clan and make your way to the King Valley wine region for the season's best family feast weekends.
Cellar doors are made cosy at this time of year with roaring fireplaces, ready for long lunches and afternoon tastings. In the Yarra Valley, energise with food, wine and art at TarraWarra Estate. Head for Gippsland to settle in by the wood fire at Cannibal Creek Vineyard. On the Bellarine Peninsula, Jack Rabbit will keep you toasty, as will The Whiskery at Bellarine Distillery.
While you're out and about, stop off at provedores and roadside farm gates to stock up on local produce for home. Don't miss Yarra Valley Dairy, Merricks General Wine Store, Daylesford's Cliffy's Emporium, and Gippsland's Udder & Hoe.