1. Brown Brothers, Milawa
The most well known of the region’s winemakers, Brown Brothers is known for its bustling cellar door and variety of mainstream and quirky varietals on offer, from sauvignon blanc to tempranillo. Sample the sparkling wine range and ensure you try the limited release vermentino.
2. Pizzini, King Valley
Long live prosecco! Up at Pizzini, that’s the first wine you’ll tuck your beak into and you’ll most likely leave with some nebbiolo, sangiovese and riesling as well. At Pizzini, you can make a real experience of it, thanks to its cooking school and B&B on site.
3. Campbells, Rutherglen
Rutherglen is most well known for its fortified wines, but the shiraz and durif are also top notch at Campbells, a winery that has been producing top drops for 140 years, spanning five generations of winemaking.
4. Boynton’s Feathertop, Alpine Valleys
Flanked by Mount Feathertop, Boynton’s is worth a visit for its stunning location alone. It’s here you come for the alpine air and a range of reds, particularly the shiraz, and the cabernet blend.
5. Ringer Reef, Porepunkah
Along the famous High Country Rail Trail, Ringer Reef is a cyclist-friendly, family-owned winery that produces wines a bit different from the standard riesling-sauv blanc-pinot you find at most cool-climate wineries. Definitely try the Nebbiolo and the Petit Manseng, and if you arrive by bike, the staff can deliver your wine to your accommodation so you don't have to try to balance a case on your handlebars.