Alpine Valleys

The Great Alpine Road is one of Australia’s most picturesque and a driving tourist’s dream. And at its very heart is the Alpine Valleys, home to some of the most diverse grape varieties imaginable. Take time to explore our picks and more besides.

Billy Button Wines

Star Cellar Door

0418 559 344
billybuttonwines.com.au

While Billy Button’s winery is at Myrtleford, the convenience of a shop-front-cellar-door in the heart of Bright with its mix of restaurants and a constant flow of tourists heading to the snowfields or chilling out in warmer weather in the mountains seemed a sensible option. It’s casual, and now outdoor seating has been added.

What makes this place special is the array of wines almost exclusively from varieties grown in the Alpine Valleys and many of Italian origin. The diverse selection includes well-known varieties such as chardonnay, shiraz, tempranillo and vermentino to lesser known varieties such as refosco, friulano and saperavi.

Owner/winemaker Jo Marsh has put the spotlight on this special region and makes more than 30 wines with assistant winemaker Alex Phillips. Plus, Jo’s winemaking husband, Glenn James, lends a hand, and has a range of amphora wines, two made from locally grown fruit. Cellar door manager, Grant Williams is a top bloke and loves a natter; he, with wife Sandy, will suggest a taste or a glass or a bottle to match with a selection of excellent cheese, local trout or salami. JANE FAULKNER

OUTSTANDING WINE: Billy Button The Clandestine Schioppettino, A$32

Mayford Wines
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE

(03) 5756 2528
mayfordwines.com

Gapsted Winery Restaurant
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST FOOD

(03) 5751 9100
gapstedwines.com.au

Ringer Reef
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(03) 5756 2805
ringerreef.com.au

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0422 175 345
kilnhouse.com.au

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0455 293 551
thebuckland.com.au