Wine regions guarantee a relaxing break. Gwen Luscombe finds the most indulgent accommodation nestled among the vines in Victoria.
Gorgeous views, fine wines and luxury accommodation, it’s the perfect combo for an indulgent weekend escape. If you’re looking to getaway, these three Victorian wineries tick all the boxes with gorgeous vineyard surrounds, delicious food and wine pairings and luxury accommodation, all right on your doorstep. So check in and indulge in a gourmet escape at one of these incredible properties.
Jackalope, Mornington Peninsula
This incredibly stylish, multi-award-winning hotel is a little bit artsy and glam, and completely different from your typical luxury hotel. Dark and moody inside and filled with quirky artworks indoors and out, Jackalope sits next door to Willow Creek Vineyard.
The property opened roughly two years ago to much acclaim, winning Australian tourism’s most revered accolades, and it just keeps impressing. Guests arrive to valet parking and can settle into the alchemy-inspired bar, Flaggerdoot, for a welcome cocktail before checking in to what Jackalope refers to as its Lairs.
Rooms here are spacious, smartly designed and oh-so-cosy with gorgeous views from the balconies. There’s a complimentary (and generous) mini bar, free in-room movies, enormous Japanese-style stone baths, heated bathroom floors and many extra little designer touches, leaving your room might take some convincing.
With two dining options on site, casual dining at Rare Hare (which also offers the opportunity to do some tastings) or Jackalope’s signature hatted restaurant Doot Doot Doot, you’ll be well looked after. Overnight guests have breakfast in the restaurant included, but if you truly want to experience the remarkable atmosphere of dining under their well-known ceiling of light globes, then dinner is a must.
Art is a signature theme throughout and it’s easy to get lost among the pieces, so take your time and wander the corridors. The on-site spa offers a range of treatments including a signature wine therapy package with a pinot grape foot immersion, grape skin body scrub, rain shower and massage.
Mitchelton Estate, Nagambie
Located along the Goulburn River, Mitchelton Estate, with its iconic 55-metre vineyard tower, has been much loved for their award-winning wines. In late 2017, the property expanded to offer foodies a way to check in and enjoy more than just their cellar door.
The Hecker Guthrie designed hotel at Mitchelton Estate is a calming retreat with its subtle design and earthy tones reflective of the nearby river and its surrounds. But what’s most surprising about staying here is that guests get free access to one of the area’s best kept secrets, the largest Aboriginal art gallery in Australia.
Located in basement level of the Mitchelton Tower, the gallery is full of remarkable pieces waiting to be discovered. Curated by Aboriginal art specialist and consultant, Adam Knight, who’s also president of the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia, says it’s a collection nearly three decades in the making, and one the country desperately needed.
Also on site is the cellar door and restaurant Muse, which highlights local produce on their modern farmhouse-style menu. Executive Chef Daniel Hawkins takes great care designing a menu reflective of his local, ethical and sustainable food philosophy. Working with suppliers in the region, Muse serves up a true taste of the Nagambie region with warm hospitality. While Muse is open to the public for lunch and dinner, overnight guests can also enjoy breakfast here.
Don’t skip the independently run family-owned chocolatier, Ministry of Chocolate, also located on site. Here, they produce more than 120 chocolatey treats – it’s the ideal way to indulge in an afternoon sugar hit.
Seville Estate, Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley has always been a popular choice for vine hoppers and recently Seville Estate has completely and smartly transformed the original 1970s family homestead into a sophisticated option for a group of up to eight to stay in gourmet style. With a private pool, native garden and four bedrooms, lovers of great design are certain to swoon over the interiors. A perfect mix of rustic and modern with clean white interiors and plenty of original character.
For those travelling as a couple, the winery also offers three self-contained Vineyard Apartments. The double-storey, loft-style apartments offer a king-size bed, kitchen and private balcony looking out over the vineyards. While both options include access to your own kitchen with the abundance of farmgate and fresh produce available nearby, make it appoint to visit the cellar door and restaurant.
Named the 2019 Winery of the Year at the Halliday Wine Companion Awards, the tasting menu at the cellar door, paired with some bites from the kitchen, is the perfect way to spend the afternoon. It’s also worth noting that all wines at Seville estate are rated 94 points or more by James Halliday, so you know you’re in for a good drop.
The restaurant is open on weekends and has an ever-changing menu reflective of what’s seasonal and readily available from the local producers near the winery. It’s the perfect place to sit back, enjoy freshly baked bread, locally sourced fare and some seriously spectacular views of the upper Yarra Valley with an award-winning glass of wine in hand.