Meet the Makers and Growers
Small artisan producers and award winning wineries are making exquisite food and wine in this long established gourmet region.
The cool climate and hot summers in the Alpine Valleys is ideal for growing a range of delicacies: raspberries, blueberries, cherries, grapes, olives, walnuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts.
If you would like to try any of the individual products or restock your pantry after visiting the area, please browse the online shop.
The following is a short introduction to some of the wonderful people and products from the region.
Boynton’s Feathertop Wines
Feathertop Wines captures the essences of nature and the beauty and crispness of the Alpine Valleys which surround the winery. Feathertop represents Mountain Feathertop which is the commanding feature in our Alpine Valley region. The mountain not only visually shelters our valley and influences the air currents, but it has defined the soil structure in which we grow our grapes, as well as providing us the fresh Alpine spring water that flows and nourishes our vines. These environmental conditions are integral in the process of our wines, they form the rock that we stand on. Many of the wines available have received reviews of 93+ points.
Since establishing Milawa Mustards in 1982, Anna and David Bienvenu have extended their range of home made seeded mustards from five varieties to eighteen.
The mustards are handmade on the premises by David and are made using only the finest ingredients grown on their farm, one kilometre out of Milawa. Anna and David have successfully retained the cottage industry approach.
All of Milawa Mustards condiments are handmade by Anna and David themselves on the premises, thus preserving the quality of this authentic cottage industry by growing, preparing and selling their range of more than 100 different seasonal condiments.
For winemaker-vigneron couple, Eleana Anderson and Bryan Nicholson, the small range of Mayford Wines is the culmination of many years of toil together, which accounts for a large number of lost weekends and fishing opportunities.
The creation of limited quantities of handcrafted wines is underpinned by a unique site in the foothills of the Victorian Alps, sensitive vineyard management and traditional wine making practices. Awarded 5 stars and 5 wineglasses in James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion, their wines are available through exclusive, selected outlets and restaurants.
Ringer Reef Wines
Ringer Reef is a small winery crushing less than 30 tonnes each year. All of our wines are handmade and bottled on site from handpicked grapes grown on either our own or neighbouring vineyards in Porepunkah, Victoria. Owners Bruce and Annie Holm purchased an old dairy farm covered in blackberries and spent 2 years clearing the property and planted their first vines in 1998. Since then, they have planted 13 varieties, with a focus on Italian & French. They opened their cellar door in 2006 and both work as a team doing everything from planting vines, picking, bottling, labelling, and running their cellar door.
Located in Markwood in the Milawa Gourmet Region, EV Olives, a pioneering company in the Australian commercial olive industry, is owned and operated by Eberhard Kunze and Maureen Titcumb.
EV Olives produce a range of certified premium extra virgin olive oils; lemon and lime agrumato oils; infused oils and Kalamata table olives.
Mt Buffalo Olives
Owned and operated by Colin and Elisa Bertuch, this is a working olive grove, renowned for producing award winning extra virgin olive oil and table olives from their hand harvested crops.
The grove is located at the foothills of Mount Buffalo near Porepunkah.
Our Craft - small batch chocolate making from bean to bar.
Our beans - ethically sourced, hand harvested single origin cacao.
Our way - sort, roast, crack, winnow, conche, temper, mould and pack by hand.
Our factory - old brick stables perched next to the Ovens River in Bright, North East Victoria.
Mt Buffalo Hazelnuts
One of the largest producing hazelnut properties in Australia. We have 4000 mature trees on 50 acres situated at the base of Mt. Buffalo in the beautiful Buckland Valley near Bright in NE Victoria.
The naturally roasted hazelnuts from our pristine environment have a rich aroma and a fresh full taste that is in marked contrast to the more readily available imported nuts that so many people have become used to.
Bright Berry Farm
A family owned and operated business, growing a variety of delicious berries, which are used for jams; syrups and fruit wines.
Located at Eurobin (between Myrtleford and Porepunkah) on the Great Alpine Road, this is also a great place for a berry topped ice cream; sorbet or berry pie, if you are passing by.
The first and only pumpkin seed growers in Australia - Sharan and Jay bring you nature's best homegrown pumpkin seeds; oil and pumpkin seed meal from their factory and shop outlet at Ovens near Myrtleford.
Committed to running an ecologically sustainable business supporting Australian farmers to build the Australian pumpkin seed industry their range of products include chilli coated pumpkin seeds and dark couverture chocolate coated pumpkin seeds.
We are a family of beekeepers. Our business has grown from one man's hobby into a lifetime love of bees and bush for all the Whitehead family. Our honey is cold extracted and packed by hand. Care is taken at each step to ensure the honey remains true to its origins. Our honey is not blended; only spun from the comb; settled; strained once and then bottled. Located in Milawa Gourmet Region on the Snow Road.
Blue Ox Berries
With an abundance of homegrown berries and vegetables, Helen and Wayne create delicious flavour combinations in jams; chutneys and relishes - all handmade on their family farm. Located in Oxley in the Milawa Gourmet Region.
Our handcrafted pasta evolved from the rustic tradition of Valli Del Pasubio, a region of Vicenza in Northern Italy, homeland of my mother Adele. Adele Pasta is produced on our rural property, situated at the foot of Paradise Falls in the small hamlet of Cheshunt, in the picturesque King Valley wine region of the North East Victoria.
It is handcrafted using only wholesome natural ingredients; Free range eggs, durum wheat flour and is proudly free of artificial preservatives, colours and flavouring. Prior to packaging it is hung and allowed to dry naturally, maximising freshness and shelf life.
Alice Langton's Sauces
Still handmade the old fashioned way Alice Langton's Sauces makes Real Chocolate Sauce, superb Fresh Fruit Sauces and delicious and spicy Savoury Sauces – top quality products – at the best possible price.
Only the very best quality ingredients are used – French liqueurs from the houses of Cointreau, Grand Marnier and Marie Brizard; Swiss or Belgian chocolate couverture; rich Cocoa powder – high in cocoa butter content; pure, clean, Australian sugar, fresh dairy cream and butter; corn syrup from the USA and fresh Australian sun ripened, fruit.
Every bottle is hand finished ensuring that both the contents and the very distinctive Alice Langton presentation make it the best product of its type.