Comfort Inn Benalla
48 Bridge Street West
Benalla, VI 3672
Phone: (61) 3 57624088
Fax: (61) 3 57624539
The Victorian Pyrene specializes in red wine. Because the grapes develop over a long, dry growing season, the flavors are concentrated and deep. Redbank Winery makes superior quality dry red wines, including Cabernet and Shiraz. The winery also produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling. The winery's unique character is established not only by the wines, but also by the building itself. The rustic colonial feel complements the bushland setting. Call ahead for more details.
The Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard is well worth the nearly three-hour trip. The family-owned Brown Brothers has been produces award-winning wines, having been in business since 1889. The grounds features a restaurant featuring delectable cuisine, the Cellar Door, where much wine-tasting takes place and much more. Love wine? Why not visit one of Australia's best wineries!
To the north east of the city, in the gateways to the Victorian snowfields, you will find the King and Alpine Valleys, which are now becoming recognized for their cooler climate fresh, crisp table wines. Nestled in the center of the Lana Trento vineyards is the Pizzini wine label's winery and cellar door. Here visitors can taste the wines, as well as purchase by the bottle. Pizzini specializes in Italian varietal wines Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Vernaccia and Bianco. They also produce mainstream varieties a rich Shiraz, a rounded Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. The cellar door is marketed in conjunction with the local Mountain-view Hotel, where you can find accommodation, a bar and beer garden, and a warm and welcoming dining room with great food such as the delicious gourmet pizzas. Pizzini Lana Trento also has bed and breakfast accommodation a cozy cottage which sleeps four people.
Nearly 180 kilometers north of Melbourne makes it a bit far for a day-trip. However if you are driving in the area this is a great leg-stretching spot. In fact the playground has so many activities, the little ones are sure to sleep well afterwords. There are monkey bars, giant slides, swings, a flying fox, sandpit, maze and a bike trail, just to name a few. In case you were unaware that you were in the fruit canning capital of Victoria, there is even a climbing pyramid made of fruit bins. Barbecues, picnic tables, a cafe and toilets are available.
The Rutherglen wine region is probably the most well known for its country hospitality and delicious fortified wines and powerful reds. Pfeiffer Wines is a family owned historic winery, specializing in individual and rare styles of wine. These include Frontignac, Gamay (a fruity, light red), Fino Sherry (crisp and light), Vintage Port, Tawny Port, Rutherglen Tokay, and Rutherglen Muscat, as well as Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz. The winery itself is housed in a 19th century distillery building, amongst some of the most beautiful scenery of the region. Gourmet picnic hampers are available with prior notice, or bring your own and enjoy the gardens and barbecue facilities. Dine on the Sunday Creek Bridge, then discover the walking trails. This vineyard is child-friendly, with playground facilities.
A sandy beach combined with tranquil air, Thompsons Beach is a place to refresh your mind. Enjoying the natural beauty, one can relax under the open sky or try water sports and fishing. The beach along the Murray riverside is one of the beautiful sights on earth.
Lake Eildon National Park is where the water friendly people and outdoor enthusiasts come to play. Enjoy fishing, boating and house boating, bush walking, camping, barbecues, swimming, canoing, kayaking, wake boarding, water skiing, mountain biking, rafting, and four-wheel driving. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see a wide variety of wildlife along the way (for example koalas, wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, bandicoots and tons of birdlife) with many historic and natural features worth stopping for. Be sure to check out the Eildon Dam Wall while in the area. The Victorian National Parks Association organizes many guided walks and activities throughout the region, located 2.5 hours from Melbourne.
Near the popular summer resort town of Lake Eildon (2 hours from Melbourne), this vineyard produces an amazing variety of high quality wines. Dip your toes in the Goulburn river at their riverside picnic grounds, watch whitewater canoe enthusiasts and fishermen working their craft and enjoy a bottle of award winning Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz or Sparkling Merlot. Attend the annual Vintage Launch, an event starting every December 27th and lasting for one week. At the launch you can sample regional produce like local trout, cherries, caviar, tasty wines and enjoy good company along with the festive season. Tastings any time of the year are fun, informal, and educational. Call for open hours and group bookings.
This area, where much of 'The Man from Snowy River' was filmed, is scenic and spectacular in both summer and winter. Known for cross country skiing, with more than 65 kilometers (40.38 miles) of trails, Mount Stirling is also great for snow play. However, snow boarding is not allowed. Village facilities include seven day ski hire and ski patrol, a bistro and a ski school.
On this pleasant property are a variety of scenic ponds in which salmon and two kinds of trout swim. Keep what you catch and pay by weight; your fish is cleaned and gutted for you. Fishes are sorted according to size, so you can choose which pond to fish from and you won’t be surprised by too large or small a catch. Also, stop in and buy some reasonably priced gourmet smoked trout, smoked salmon, smoked trout pate, as well as local cheeses, olives and wines.