Milawa’s greatest asset may be its phenomenal hand-made cheese factory, in our completely unbiased opinion. However, our little country town is littered with many other wonderful businesses that’ll make a day trip to Milawa the perfect getaway for every man and his cheese-loving dog. Here are some of our favourites:

Brown Brothers

Perhaps one of the most iconic tourist hotspots in Milawa (besides the Milawa Cheese Factory!) is the Brown Brothers Vineyard. Nestled amongst fields of crawling grapevines is the wine label’s ever-popular Cellar Door. Here, with the help of their friendly and wine-savvy staff, you can taste your way, free of charge, through the Brown Brothers family of award-winning wines, and then can load up your car boot with all your favourites (this part you have to pay for).

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the Cellar Door is the Brown Brothers Epicurean Centre where the focus is on pairing a smorgasbord of local produce delivered by head chef, Douglas Elder with their delicious wines. They only serve the best-of-the-best at Patricia’s Table Restaurant, so don’t be surprised when you encounter our Milawa Cheese Company goodies on your plate!

The Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard also a great place to get married if you were thinking of doing that this weekend.

Image Credit: Visit Victoria

Milawa Mustards

Another fantastic local business in the area is Milawa Mustards, located in the town centre’s Old Emu Inn. Clocking up their 34th year in the mustard business, these guys are the connoisseurs of seeded mustard, boasting seventeen different varieties, in addition to various other delicious condiments including jellies, chutneys, dressings and marmalades to name a few. Better yet, it’s all made with locally sourced fruits and herbs.

So do your tastebuds a favour and drop into Milawa Mustards to spice up your next steak or salad, but also to show your support for our hard working Aussie farmers.

Image Credit: Milawa Mustards
Image Credit: Milawa Mustards

Wood Park Wines Cellar Door

There is no excuse not to visit the Wood Park Wine Cellar Door, especially because it’s connected to our wonderful Milawa Cheese Factory (have we mentioned that it’s the best cheese factory in the world?). After you’ve had your cheese fix, head over to the cellar door to take in the superb range of Wood Park wines, which come highly recommended by the Gourmet Traveller Wine Journal.

And remember, nothing pairs better with a cool-climate Wood Park Chardonnay than a slice (or six) of Milawa Brie.

Image Credit: James Williams
Image Credit: James Williams

Hurdle Creek Still

The Hurdle Creek Still is a must-see for all lovers of gin, or at the very least people who appreciate beautiful labelling. Nestled in the heart of the Milawa Gourmet Region, the team behind the distillery are the new kids on the block, having only opened in March of last year. Though they’ve only just joined the Milawa produce game, they’re already making a name for themselves as local leGINds (sorry, we’ll stick to making cheese).

Like it says on their website; “somewhere in the world, it’s Gin Time”, and we have a feeling it’s somewhere between half-past twelve slices of Milawa Camembert, and a quarter to one wheel of Milawa King River Gold, but we could be wrong (we’re not).

Image Credit: James Williams

Walkabout Apiaries

The Whitehead family know everything there is to know about honey because it’s been in their blood for years (not the honey, the trade). Starting out as one man’s hobby forty-four years ago, Walkabout Apiaries is now a top-shelf, family-owned, bee-keeping institute that’s been setting the standard for honey in Victoria for over four decades. Some would say they’re almost as good at making honey as we are at making cheese, which means they’re a must-see stopover in your trip to Milawa.

Image Credit: James Williams

The Olive Shop

The Olive Shop is (unsurprisingly) your one-stop shop for everything olives. Situated on Snow Road, a short distance from the Brown Brothers Vineyard, this little shop is jam-packed with oils, condiments, vinegars, tapenades and local souvenirs that’ll make Christmas shopping a dream. Oh and olives, they sell those too.

Image Credit: Visit Victoria

The Milawa Bakery

You don’t have to travel far for Victoria’s best freshly made bread, because The Milawa Bakery is right next to us on Factory Road! Using a slow fermentation process adopted from French methods, the bakers at The Milawa Bakery ensure their bread is the best by sourcing all their produce from local producers and making sure no additives or preservatives make their way into the dough, which is how you know it’s the best. Make sure to pick some up some of their sourdough, semi-sourdough or Viennoiseries bread the next time you’re in the area for some delicious cheese.

Snow Road Produce Café & Bar

The only thing left to do after a hard day of stockpiling award-winning cheese, is to drop by the Snow Road Produce café & bar for a hard-earned platter of delicious grub. The team behind the venue operate on a rule of thumb that everything on the menu at Snow Road Produce is grown or produced within an hour’s drive which means Milawa Cheese is once again a show-stealer at yet another local food hub.

Image Credit: Snow Road Produce

By Millie Lester

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