The King Valley & Milawa has the best of everything. Great views, waterfalls, mouth-watering food, prosecco and a stunning selection of whites and reds. It has more than 30 vineyards, producers and cafes/restaurants to visit. The area is well known for the Italian varieties of Prosecco, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Dolcetto, Arneis and Barbera to name a few.
The area is remarkable for its imaginative use of alternative grape varieties by winemakers who long ago recognised the regions cool-climate potential. The mix of steep slopes, soil types and micro climates provide a mosaic of vineyard opportunities for inquisitive winemakers to explore and develop the varieties and wine styles that are the hallmark of the regions wines.
Many cellar doors are open seven days in and around Milawa & the King Valley, some having their own restaurants with a distinct Italian, Mediterranean & Australian fusion flavours. Soak up generous hospitality, warming food and new release innovative wine styles.
The King Valley and Milawa Gourmet Regions climate and topography have cultivated an abundance of passionate producers and the area is a must do for foodies and wine lovers. All provide tastings and offer a healthy yet considered range.
Guests can select Beechworth or Milawa or combine both as time allows.
Beechworths’ historic wine region has some very boutique offerings and very high standards. You will find some excellent wines here, the first vines were planted in 1856 and the first wine shop was opened ten years later. The mineral rich hills around Beechworth are home to more than a dozen vineyards and all tended by winegrowing families. The hillside wine growing region with a range of altitudes and different topographical aspects provide for premium production of grape varieties.
Beechworth wine production is on a small scale, and the Vignerons can devote hands on attention to the winemaking, bringing out all the qualities and flavours that originate in their vineyards. Beechworth can lay claim to producing some of Australia's finest examples of Chardonnay, Shiraz and Italian varietals such as Sangiovese and Nebbiolo. Visit cellar doors and sample the best of the region with stunning backdrops and views out to the Warby Ranges, Eldorado ranges and Everton hills. Beechworth has high quality eateries and booking ahead is recommended.
Guests can travel further afield to Milawa (about 15 minutes from the last Beechworth vineyard). Milawa has a great selection of producers, wineries and eateries. Well known for Milawa Cheese Company, Brown Brothers, Milawa Mustards, Sam Miranda and plenty of other wineries and producers to taste your way around.
Milawa is suited to the growing of crisp white wines and savoury, spicy reds however many of the vineyards here have an amazing array of wines from sweet wines such the Botrytis Riesling (a bit of a fav of ours) to medium body all the way through to full body palate busters like Durif (such a great varietal). Views of the king river, vineyards and in the distance a glimpse of Mt Buffalo and surrounding mountains, bushland & the odd Kangaroo and Echidna.
Rutherglen... well established, historic and well known for big reds and fortified wines. From small to big wineries and fantastic eateries to choose from this makes for a great tour.
Rutherglen has a broad range of varieties however Duriff, Cabernet and Shiraz grow well in the hot and dry climate and present well in the glass and better on the tongue. Rutherglen boasts more than twenty wineries spanning 150 years. Fortified wines are world-class here: Port and Tokay are great and Rutherglen is also well known for its Muscat.
The Winemakers of Rutherglen are an inspiring collective wineries from one of Australia’s most historic and iconic wine regions.
Rutherglen is protected by the Great Dividing Range and is blessed with cool nights, warm days and gloriously long, dry autumns. In essence, the ideal viticultural conditions for pioneering varietals that are uniquely Australian in charm and in spirit. With Durif and Muscat at its heart – representing both innovation and tradition – Rutherglen is a region unlike any other.
You can taste your way around this wine region with ease as all wineries are very close to Rutherglen with the furthest being only 15 minutes away. Your driver provides everything you need for a great day out. All wineries provide tastings and offer a healthy yet considered range.
Beechworth is known for its boutique wineries that produce well balanced, considered and well rated wines. The following is an example itinerary:
Guests can broaden the experience by visiting Beechworths producers such as Bridge Road Brewery for a beer paddle and very tasty pizza and Beechworth Honey for a big range of honey tasting.
See also the "Beechworth Hidden Wineries Tour", that runs every month (details below).
Milawa is unique in the area given its great range of producers, eateries & wineries. Itineraries vary depending on the amount of winereis, producers a guest wisheds to visist, narrow down the following options if you can:
More can be found on route.
A great range of italian style wines are available in the King Valley including (but not limited to):
to name just a few.
There is so much to see in Rutherglen that we have listed the wineries, all you need to do is narrow it down a bit! Maybe you can narrow the list down by order of stickies, durif, shiraz or a a good mix of all, good luck...
On the second Saturday and Sunday of the months September through June this select group of wineries throw open their cellars (sheds, barrel halls, gardens and vineyards) for you to visit between 11:00am and 4:00pm.
There are cosy fires in winter and exceptional views in summer. Haldon Estate, Baarmutha, Indigo Vineyard and Weathercraft have picnic facilities where you can enjoy the grounds. Serengale Vineyard’s cellar door is set within their winery and Bowman’s Run and Star Lane lie in the sleepy hamlet of Wooragee.
Amulet has lunches from noon to 3:30pm whilst Indigo Vineyard does cheese and charcuterie platters. The Cellar Door Wine Store in Beechworth showcases a comprehensive range of Beechworth wines, some of which are available to taste.
For a personalised tour, barrel tasting or a tasting plate of local produce, message the Beechworth Hidden Wineries Facebook group or contact any winery directly.
Each month there will be a featured winery, such as Sorrenberg or Domenica that will also be open for that weekend only. Check the facebook page for details of this month’s featured winery.
You can tailor make tours, built just for you and your friends. This can be done by discussing your needs when booking or on the day.
River Tribe caters for small to large groups including bucks and hens parties through to business, family and team getting togethers. River Tribe is happy to pick up and drop off from any location and visits the following wine areas:
Some of the above regions have special day and weekend events, if you would like to visit these just let River Tribe know how we can help.
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More than 50 vineyards, producers, cafes and restaurants are available and dotted throughout Milawa, Beechworth, King Valley and the Rutherglen areas. River Tribe Adventures can help you have a great day visiting them and will provide everything you need for an easy day or half day out. River Tribe provides an experienced tour guide, a great vehicle and a ton of knowledge of the area. You can visit a few or do them all, you may want to stop for a spot of lunch, go fast, go slow… it is up to you.
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Most guests love to stop at one of the eateries on route. Your guide is happy to take in the scenery whilst you feast. There are some great options. If you have researched and booked lunch please provide the time of your lunch booking to your guide and River Tribe will work this into your day. Lunch bookings are recommended at any time of year - River Tribe Adventures can organise this for you at no additional charge.
River Tribe is here to provide advice and provide a great day out. If you want, ask for a set itinerary when booking. A popular thing to do is ask your driver to suggest the best wineries and producers and then you can visit them as you go, it is a very flexible and easy going day, there are no limits on the amount of cellar doors and producers that you can visit and the time is easily extended if you want more.
All tours/costs are inclusive of vehicle hire, driver and fuel. Purchases/food/wine/other is not included). Pick up and drop off options to/from your accommodation or campsite. Additional time can be provided for $69/hour. All tours and bookings are subject to River Tribe Adventures Terms & Conditions.
Great pubs, little restaurants and fantastic cafes are plentiful here and to many to mention. It is worth staying and for a few nights.
The Press Room is really great with cocktails, great wines & tapas to share.
The Ox & Hound is worth a look and they do lunch time specials.
Beechworth Brewery has amazing pizza and other food all with an amazing array their beer on tap.
Plenty of little gourmet providores serving great coffee and plates to excited about.
The Provenance is a "hat" restaurant and worth a visit.
Food & experiences for all with some fantastic offerings...
Brown Brothers offer really great 2 or 3 course lunch with matched wine.
Quality laid back country Bistro style is... King River Cafe, hearty, homey and quality in an old brick charming building.
Sam Miranda... is a winery with restaurant & interesting share and individual dishes.
Milawa also has Gamze smokehouse and Milawa Cheese company, they offer home made and local made offerings in a cafe style setting.
Local pub & bakery and Gelato are also available if your looking for casual/not wanting to stop, .
Australian, Italian style with a great mix of offerings from laid back platters to bistro comfort to restaurant style.
The BIG ones on the list are Christmont with restaurant and cellar door & Dal Zotto with the sam. Both are great, check out their websites for details.
Worth a look is Gracebrook , here they serve up an amazing platter for all to share as well as plates in a laid back deck, grassed seating areas all with shade and views.
King River brewing serves up pizza and of course a their own beer to break up the pallet.
On route is Mountain View Hotel and the Whitty Cafe.