A nice slice of Italy complete with wine and a mountain aura, The Myrtleford region, North-east Victoria, is number 77 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet‘. Nominated by: Maeve O’Meara, foodie, TV presenter and author.

The Myrtleford region is Italy with gumtrees,” says Maeve O’Meara. “It’s a place I come with my family because of the beautiful fresh air and mountain scenery – a perfect antidote to city life.”

And, yes, it’s also a place with amazing food – not to mention wine. The region is fast growing a reputation for its boutique Italian varieties, including sangiovese, nebbiolo and barbera.

Worth visiting in particular, she says, is the picturesque Pizzini family winery: “They make really memorable Italian table wines.” And their cousins up the road, the Dal Zottos “have a huge bocce pitch [at their winery], so you can have a game with your glass of local prosecco in hand.”

There are also any number of alfresco produce markets, farm gates and Italian cooking classes to try – “I love Patrizia Simone’s” – but if you really want to get into the Italian way, hire a bike and try the local ‘seasonal food foray’, a progressive lunch of five destinations (four of which are wineries), with a course served at each. Buon Appetito! $55 per person; pickledsisters.com.au




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