With our annual Cheese Ball just around the corner, we’ve planned out a weekend itinerary so you can enjoy the very best of Milawa while you’re here!
12pm: Checking In
Check yourself into the tranquil boutique hotel, Lindenwarrah. Recognised as one of Australia’s best regional hotels by Luxury Travel Magazine, this classic country-house accommodation is located in the heart of the Victorian High Country and provides the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the surrounding world-class food and wine, Australian history and breathtaking landscapes.
With 40 elegantly designed and spacious guest rooms, Lindenwarrah captures the relaxed and informal lifestyle that comes with Victorian country living. It allows for the serenity of its surrounding landscapes to capture your full attention with rooms opening out onto manicured gardens or overlooking neighbouring vineyards with distant alpine peaks rising in the background.
1pm: Wine Tasting & Lunch
Brown Brothers Milawa Cellar Door, Vineyard & Patricia’s Table
Pop across the road and spend your afternoon relaxing in the historic atmosphere of the Brown Brothers Cellar Door and surrounding vineyard. Enjoy a leisurely tasting as staff guide you through the range of Brown Brothers wines, from light and fruity whites to bold and juicy reds.
Once you’ve had a taste of Brown Brothers delicious wine offerings, pop into their restaurant, Patricia’s Table, for an award-winning, fine-dining experience. Head Chef, Jarrod Kelley, is passionate about using fresh and local produce and the menu is regularly changed to reflect produce availability and freshness, as well as to allow for new wine releases to be showcased.
Image: Victoria’s High Country
Milawa’s 31st Annual Cheese Ball
Join us for one of the High Country’s most distinguished nights – the annual Milawa Cheese Ball! With this year’s theme announced as ‘Diamonds and Pearls’, this is the perfect event to experience the glitz and glamour of the High Country.
On arrival you will be presented with champagne and cheese on the terrace, followed by a mouth-watering, French-inspired five-course banquet with all meals paired with local wines by the King Valley’s finest. There will also be jazzy tunes all night long by one of our favourite bands, the NightOwls (as well as plenty of our Milawa cheese!).
As it’s our 30th anniversary, we will also have a very exciting surprise for this year’s guests so book your tickets quickly!
Restaurant Merlot (at Lindenwarrah)
Lindenwarrah not only provides beautiful boutique hotel accomodation, but also a critically acclaimed restaurant which will entice you with the mouth-watering contemporary Australian cuisine. Named after the grapes in the vineyard the restaurant overlooks, Restaurant Merlot will provide the perfect meals and relaxing view to nurse your Cheese Ball hangover.
11am: Morning Activities
Follow breakfast with a relaxing stroll through the delightful Milawa township and rub shoulders with the locals. As Milawa is known for it’s gourmet food and drink, we recommend to make the most of it and visit Milawa Mustards, Wood Park Wines Cellar Door, Walkabout Apiaries and The Olive Shop. If you enjoy art, pop into Muse Gallery to view a range of pieces including paintings, sculptures, glass-ware, ceramics and jewellery all by local artists from North-Eastern Victoria.
Image: Visit King Valley
The Milawa Kitchen provides an array of modern regional cuisine (with a decidedly french lean) such as freshly-baked Milawa breads and house-made butter, delicious gourmet pizzas, hand-made pasta and a mouth-watering range of French pastries. If you’re still feeling keen on more cheese after the Cheese Ball (and really, who wouldn’t?) then you can also order a cheese flight paired with the best local wines.
With Milawa Cheese Co’s shop right next door you can stock up on your favourite cheeses and take home a taste of the High Country!
It’s time (sadly) to leave, but we know you’ll be back soon – it’s hard not to retreat back to the stunning Victorian High Country and all of its world-class temptations. And don’t forget to book your Cheese Ball tickets for a night of High Country glitz and glamour you won’t soon forget!
See you there!