Experience the finest local food, wine and beer in the heart of Victoria. From markets, farm gates, breweries and cellar doors, the region offers a diverse range of produce.
Discover gourmet delights in the heart of Victoria.
Blue Tongue Berries
Blue Tongue Berries offers blueberries and organic vegetables grown by sustainable means. The farm has several varieties of blueberries that ripen at different times throughout the season. Harvest time is typically late November to February and blueberries are available for sale during this time. Call the farm to organise collection at the farm gate or for larger orders delivery can be arranged. Short tasting tours of the various varieties of blueberries can be arranged by appointment.
Address: 445 Northwood Rd, Seymour VIC
Telephone: 0403 831 520
Chapman Hill Extra Virgin Olive Oils
Chapman Hill is located at Glenaroua on the Northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range in Central Victoria. The olive farm is located on the gentle ironstone slopes of Chapman Hill, at an elevation of 300 metres. Eight hectares of ordered rows of olive trees thrive in the rich soil and are bathed in a climate that is typically Mediterranean. Cool sunny winters and long, warm, dry summers allow the olives to ripen perfectly, creating fresh, fruity extra smooth, extra virgin olive oils. Chapman Hill is open by appointment only.
Address: Glenaroua VIC
Telephone: (03) 5785 1207
McIvor Estate Olive Oil
The McIvor Estate olive grove was established in 1999 and now has 7.5ha of different varieties, all perfect for olive oil production. Varieties include the Italians frantoio and corregiolo olives as well as the Spanish-bred manzanilla olives. A small amount of nevadillo blanco and kalamata are also planted. Extra virgin olive oil and preserved olives are available for purchase from the cellar door or online.
Address: 80 Tooborac-Baynton Road, Tooborac
Telephone: (03) 5433 5266
Stokes Orchard is a Fruit & Vegetable shop that is located on the Stokes family farm in Upper Plenty. The Stokes family are 3rd generation farmers who grow stone fruit, apples, pears and more. Stokes Orchard has recently opened a cafe, selling great coffee, homemade cakes, slices, and gelato, as well as fresh juices & smoothies. Cafe opening hours: Thursday - Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 9am - 4pm
Address: 995 Whittlesea-Wallan Rd, Upper Plenty
Telephone: 0409 005 873
Tooborac General Store
Peter and Emma Ryan are the owners of Tooborac General Store. They purchased the old store in December 2010 and have since been busy rejuvenating the building. In November 2013 the Kitchen was re-opened and Peter and Emma believe good food is a good for everyone, helped by using premium local ingredients. They make their own milkshake syrups, cakes, biscuits, sauces, pickled vegetables and chutneys.
Address: 5015 Northern Highway, Tooborac VIC 3522
Telephone: (03) 5433 5313
An authentic paddock to plate experience from producers supplying quality restaurants and direct to the public through Victorian Farmers’ Markets.
McIvor Farm Foods is owned and operated by Belinda & Jason Hagan. The Hagan family has farmed in the Tooborac area for over 100years and both Jason and Belinda are passionate about farming, regenerating land, teaching people about food production and most of all love pigs. McIvor Farm Foods current specialises in Old Breed Pork, from Berkshire pigs. The McIvor Farm Shop is open by appointment only.
Address: Corner of Northern Highway & the Lancefield Road, Tooborac.
Telephone: Belinda 0419 422 238, Jason 0428 414 547
Seven Hills Tallarook
Seven Hills Tallarook are Breeders of Australian Boer Goats and Purveyors of Fine Quality Goat Meat. Situated just 5 minutes off the Hume Hwy in Tallarook, the property is over 600 acres and as the name suggests sits on seven magnificent hills viewing the valleys of Broadford, Seymour, Pyalong and Puckapunyal. Seven Hills Tallarook sell their meat and smallgoods to restaurants and delicatessens throughout Melbourne and at a range of shows and markets.
Address: 160 Scotts Road, Tallarook VIC
Telephone: 1300 744 557
The Meat Room
The Meat Room, Bespoke Butchers James is an artisan butcher who is passionate about working with local pork, lamb & beef producers, to better assist them to supply their customers with premium, local produce. With a Primesafe approved boning room, & proximity to local abattoirs, TMR is well located to service local producers, minimising food miles. James is also influenced by his Italian heritage, & passing on the skills involved in making sausages, salami, pasta & cheese. TMR regularly holds classes, with groups limited to 12, to ensure participants can be hands on, learning skills required to make your own food.
Address: 26 O’Gradys Rd, Kilmore East VIC
Telephone: (03) 5781 1235, James 0419 850 731
Warialda Belted Galloways
Allen and Lizette Snaith have been breeding Belted Galloway cattle for 30 years. Using quality stud genetics, the Snaith family believes in a paddock-to-plate approach to cattle breeding, now providing 100% grass fed, dry aged beef to restaurants and direct to the public through Victorian Farmers’ Markets. Warialda Belted Galloways have a sustainable philosophy of ‘nose to tail’ and ‘paddock to plate’. They sell their fresh beef and smallgoods predominantly through Accredited Farmers’ Markets within Victoria as well as delivering directly to cafes and restaurants.
Telephone: Lizette 0438 871 560, Allen 0408 348 732
Wineries and Breweries
Two wine regions combine to make up Mitchell Shire - the Upper Goulburn River Winegrowing Region and the Heathcote Winegrowing Region. Both regions are home to some of Australia’s oldest vines including centuries-old Shiraz and other varieties brought from France’s Rhone Valley such as Grenache, Mourcedre and Viognier. The area’s many varied microclimates produce some sensational wines including some unusual varieties such as Gamay and Malbec.
If wineries aren’t your thing, stop by the Tooborac Brewery and sample one of their award winning beers while enjoying some local produce and taking in the breathtaking surrounds.
Brave Goose Winery
The Brave Goose Vineyard is tucked away in the foothills of the Tallarook ranges in Central Victoria. The initial plantings occurred in 1988, starting with Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Shiraz, Merlot, Malbec, Gamay, and most recently Viognier. The soils are predominantly weathered ironstone loam, with very little topsoil, ideal for growing low yielding, top quality vines. The family-run boutique vineyard produce all of the wines in a boutique cellar using traditional winemaking techniques. The reds are fermented in small open topped fermenters, followed by basket pressing, and maturation in quality French oak barrels.
Address: 8803 Goulburn Valley Highway, Whiteheads Creek VIC
Telephone: (03) 5799 1229, 0417 553 225
Cellar Door: By Appointment
McIvor Estate has been producing great vinous things since 1997, and owners Gary and Cynthia Harbor have modelled their place on an Italian mixed farm, paying homage to Cynthia's Italian heritage. The property yields award-winning wines, an olive grove producing oils and fruit, and a small herd of Murray Grey breeding cows to keep an eye on things.
Address: 80 Tooborac-Baynton Rd, Tooborac VIC
Tel: (03) 5433 5266
Cellar Door: Open weekends and public holidays, 10am to 5pm, or by appointment.
Merindoc Cafe and Cellar Door
The Merindoc Café and Cellar Door is located at Tooborac, the gateway to the Heathcote region, a short 90 minute drive from Melbourne CBD. Take in the views of Tooborac’s beautiful rolling hills, whilst enjoying a relaxed lunch and a glass of award winning Merindoc wine. Choose to dine outside in the garden or under the verandah in the summer, or sit by the cosy open fire in the winter, and enjoy the smell of homemade wood-fired pizza. The kitchen team carefully prepare a seasonally inspired menu, with produce sourced from the organic kitchen garden, and Merindoc grown beef and lamb always a feature.
Address: 2905 Lancefield Road, Tooborac VIC
Telephone: (03) 5433 5188
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Open from: Thursday & Friday 10am to 1pm (tastings only) and Saturday & Sunday 10 – 4 (Lunch served 11.30 – 2.30)
Rocky Passes Winery (Vitto Oles Wines)
Rocky Passes Estate is a cool-climate vineyard and boutique winery that produces award-winning, artisan-made red wines. Located in the Upper Goulburn winegrowing region of Victoria, the cellar door was inspired by the cosy simplicity of the cantinas of Europe and South America. It is the heart of Rocky Passes serving Spanish tapas and hosting intimate wine tastings, art exhibitions, private functions and special events. Enjoy tastings and the delicious food from the tapas bars of Spain on Sundays 11am-5pm; the last Friday of the month from 6pm or by appointment.
Address: 1590 Highlands Rd, Whiteheads Creek VIC
Telephone: (03) 5796 9366
Rowanston on the Track Winery
Rowanston on the Track Winery is located on the northern foothills of the Macedon Ranges on the Burke and Wills track between Lancefield and Heathcote. The family-run boutique vineyard produces Shiraz, Riesling, Merlot, Rose, Sparkling Merlot, a sparkling white, Blanc de Noir and a Sparkling Pinot. Consistently producing top quality boutique wines, all wines from Rowanston on the Track are hand-picked and made using traditional techniques which include gentle crushing, open vat fermentation, and basket pressing, followed by maturation in oak barrels.
Address: 2710 Burke and Wills Track, Glenhope VIC
Telephone: (03) 5425 5492
Cellar Door: Monday – Sunday, 10am to 5pm
Tooborac Brewery and Hotel
The Tooborac Brewery and Hotel is a Historical Heritage listed Pub that is renowned for being family friendly with a warm and inviting atmosphere. Located just one hour journey from Melbourne along the Northern Highway you will find an onsite working brewery producing award winning craft beer and a kitchen producing fantastic country style pub meals. Enjoy a hand crafted beers by the open fire or relax on the lawns of the brewery while taking in the breathtaking scenery. The old Cobb and Co stables brewery were refurbished in 2008 and now produce beers such as the Shearers, Stonemasons, Gunslingers, Ca$hed Up, Woodcutters and Blacksmiths. The brewery uses local produce and ingredients to brew clean unfiltered beer, making that truly local experience. Brewery Tours can be arranged by appointment.
Address: 5115 Northern Highway, Tooborac VIC
Telephone: (03) 5433 5201