When you think food and wine destinations in Victoria, where do you think of? The Mornington Peninsula? Gippsland? There is some very good eating and drinking to be had in those places, but you should definitely also consider the King Valley, in northern Victoria.
If you're on your way to the snow, the King Valley is a very appealing option for a foodie stopover on the way to or from the mountain. It's also a destination in its own right, offering award-winning wineries, food and oh my God, that cheese. The King Valley is also a wine lover's paradise, specialising in Italian varietals like nebbiolo, sangiovese and of course, King Valley calling card prosecco.
According to advice from the Department of Health, overnight stays are allowed across regional Victoria, cultural venues are permitted to reopen and restaurants and cafés can offer dine-in service. Some restrictions apply and physical distancing measures remain in place.
All of the venues mentioned in this article are open in some capacity at time of publication, but call ahead to learn individual restrictions.