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Published December 27th 2010
The northeast of the state is renowned, amongst other things, for its fine food and wine. Lush valleys, fertile soils and an abundance of water made it ideal for growers and producers to create a wide range of premium food and wine for our enjoyment.
While the magnificent Milawa region is perhaps the most widely known (and with very good, lip-licking reasons), a little food trek through the splendid Kiewa Valley will have you sighing and replete.
You might like to even tackle a section to start with. Even a relatively small section, say between Running Creek and Mt Beauty, will have you sipping and supping at the Tuscany-inspired Ceccanti winery, the Alpine Tea Company, Alpine Olives, Kiewa Estate Olive Oil, and the Sweetwater Brewing Company. Need I say more?
Take a look at this handy map of the food and wine delights of the region. If you hover over the marker at, say, Running Creek, it'll bring up Alpine Olives. Follow the trail north for a delectable journey of delicious proportions.
Throughout your travels, do keep you eyes open for farm gates offering up the freshest available seasonal produce.
Another good way of exploring the region is via the Northeast Valleys' Seasonal Indulgence Food and Wine Guide. Featuring six splendid regions brimming with cellar doors, farm gates, restaurants, bakeries, provedores and more, this free guide will also help you make the most of your gastronomic meanderings.