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Published March 22nd 2013
Drink, Eat, Sleep and Recharge Your Batteries
Kick off your high heels, loosen your tie and exchange the man-made sounds of passing cars, trucks and trains with bleating sheep and tree branches blowing in the wind. While you're at it, indulge in some wine tasting and have a chat to the locals. Expect this and so much more when you visit the Pyrenees Wine Region in the Grampians, Victoria, a scenic three hour drive from Melbourne.
If you like your reds, Eurabbie should be on your list. Upon entering the premises, expect to be greeted by an assortment of animals – stubborn swans, dogs and fenced-off dingoes. Inside the tasting room, the owner is pleasant and warm. She keeps a constant stream of conversation going – mainly chatter about their dingoes, which are involved in a captive breeding program.
A small way down the road will take you to the Blue Pyrenees Estate which is larger in size and offers a much wider selection than the cozy Eurabbie. There is a restaurant on the premises with a simple but tasty menu, so sip away and line your stomach at the same time. An entire afternoon could be spent at the Blue Pyrenees Estate alone, sipping on wine and champagne while chatting away with the staff, who are happy to answer all questions. No matter how amateurish.
Swing past the Blue Pyrenees Estate for more wine tasting - and this scrumptious share platter
Mount Avoca Winery, offers a range of renowned reds, but their crisp and delicious whites are not to be ignored. The owners are friendly, passionate and talented. As well as wine, they make their own rocky road and olive oil. If you don't want to leave, you don't have to. Stay at one of their modern eco-lodges with nothing but the vineyard to keep you company.
The view from a Mount Avoca eco-lodge - nothing and no-one to bother you for miles...
When dinnertime rolls around, head to The Avoca. Recently renovated by a Melbourne couple, the food is more than satisfying, the portions huge and the quality high. With a varied and delicious pub-style menu offering dishes such as chicken Kiev, fish and chips, and a divine pear, rocket and Parmesan salad, the only disappointment is being left with no room for dessert. This is when that Mount Avoca eco-lodge really comes in handy. Head back to relax and sleep off all of your indulgences in the impossibly quiet and isolated little part of the world that is the Pyrenees Wine Region, Grampians, Victoria.
A delicious way to end a wine filled day - at the Avoca Hotel