Sue Wallace goes indoors to discover some of Victoria's most inviting firesides.
The delicious aroma of Nanna Jones's steaming chicken pie greets us at Jones Winery and Vineyard, near Rutherglen.
David Reyne falls for the authentic charm of a gold town now famous for its wine.
Sue Wallace sets off on the thirst-quenching trail of seven country microbreweries.
If the overseas trip is out of reach, Sandy Guy offers some alternatives closer to home.
Wineries are now as much about palettes as they are about palates, writes Patricia Maunder.
A new generation of winemakers is reinvigorating a region with a rich history, writes Sue Wallace.
Important wine growing district in northern Victoria.
Although Rutherglen is a former goldmining town it is best known as the centre of Victoria's long-established and most important wine-producing district. Fortified wines and dry reds are a specialty of this region. Rutherglen's charming atmosphere is conjured by the main street - an historic precinct with old timber buildings, verandah-fronted pubs, antique and bric-a-brac shops and tearooms. It is located in the easterly corner of the Murray River valley plains, 275 km north-east of Melbourne via the Hume Freeway and just 10 km from the Murray River, which forms the state border. Aside from wine production, tourism, wheat-production, wool, dairy products and stock further buttress the local economy. The current population is about 2500.