Embrace the great indoors this winter and toast the season. Now's the time to embrace fireside dining, cosy cellar doors, hearty meals and bold red wines.

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Embrace the great indoors this winter and toast the season. Now's the time to embrace 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. Revisit old favourites the Yarra Valley's Healesville Hotel or Trentham's Cosmopolitan Hotel, for fabulous local produce and fireplaces. Settle into old-world Chesterfields and country charm at Beechworth's Empire Hotel or Gippsland's Tinamba Hotel. Visit tiny town Creswick 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 make your way to the King Valley wine region for the season's best family feast weekends.

Find cosy cellar doors with fireplaces for long lunches and afternoon tastings. In the Yarra Valley, warm heart and soul 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.

While you're out and about, stop at provedores and roadside farm gates to stock up on local produce for home feasts: the best of both winter worlds. Don't miss Yarra Valley Dairy, Merricks General Wine Store, Daylesford's Cliffy's Emporium, and Gippsland's Udder & Hoe.

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