This is your opportunity to step into the culinary heaven you see on our TV show – Italian Food Safari. Join the extended families as they celebrate the Italian culture they brought to this incredibly beautiful part of Australia. We journey into the King and Ovens Valleys where many Italian families settled initially as tobacco farmers. Plus we’ll have a day in the very pretty Kiewa Valley with two fabulous food experiences.
The lush soil and high altitude is now perfect for growing Italian varietal wines such as prosecco, nebbiolo, sangiovese, pinot grigio, dolcetto, arneis and barbera…Join us and taste these wonderful styles of wine that match so well with food. Meet many of the winemakers who are really putting these areas on the map.
Plus we will have a walk through pine forests and forage for pine mushrooms with Angelo Bonacci – the king of Fungi in Myrtleford, and we’ll visit chestnut and walnut groves, explore the gardens of private estates and the kitchens of great cooks.
You will have an exceptional week of luxurious accommodation in country Victoria (Lindenwarrah in Milawa) combined with “kiss on both cheeks” warm Italian hospitality, countless “money can’t buy” experiences including making our own pasta at a cooking school, enjoying time with 3 generations of food and wine loving families, al fresco lunches at long tables in the clear country air, visits to Italian winemakers in the King and Ovens Valleys, feasts prepared by legendary chefs, visits to producers, and much more…all with a backdrop of those lovely mountains – the beautiful Victorian High Country at its best.
5 nights luxury accommodation in Milawa, coach transport to the Victorian High Country, meals as specified – 5 breakfasts, 6 generous lunches, 1 generous dinner, wines included, all tastings.
Twin share: $3595.00 (TBC) per person twin share – land content only
Single: $3895.00 (TBC) per person – land content only
Deposit: $500.00 per person, non refundable deposit at the time of booking. Balance due 60 days before departure
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“We had a wonderful tour experience in the Victorian High Country with the lovely Liz. It was wonderful exploring that part of our own country and appreciating what the locals produce with passion, love and some a great family history. Travelling as a Gourmet Safari group does give you access through a secret door going onto the properties and seeing the hard work and versatility that these primary producers deal with 24/7. Their land and farms and dealing with the environment are their life. It isn’t something you would appreciate hopping into your car on your own and driving through the district. Liz made sure we were all taken care of and each one of my family group enjoyed it very much. The weather turned it on for us and every family we visited was very welcoming. The food and wine were exceptional. Long lunches in the sunshine were perfect, we felt like we were experiencing gourmet lunches you see in magazines. Till our next tour.” Catherine.
“it was a wonderful trip beyond my expectations. I just loved meeting all the small farmers who are just so passionate about their products, and great to see so many female farmers. Franca was absolutely outstanding, and her personality and knowledge of the whole region was just such an added bonus. She was also lots of fun and very caring to all of us. My first experience with the lovely Liz Kaydos, and hopefully not my last, as she was just a joy to be with, and very knowledgeable, a great sense of humour, and a wonderful way of telling stories. Our two days at the wineries of Pizzini’s and Dal Zotto’s with the Italian families was also an absolute highlight. The accommodation at Lindenwarrah was very comfortable.” Susan
-------------------------------------------------“It was fabulous, actually it surpassed my expectations! Not only delicious, delicious food and wines but the very personal experiences of families and traditions and the welcomes we received that we could not have got on our own. Accommodation was great, big rooms and good breakfasts. I think we were very fortunate to have Liz as our experienced and warm and delightful guide. Franca too was brim full of local knowledge and enthusiasm.
To cap it off the group was friendly and all mixed in. I will certainly recommend this trip to friends. Many thanks for all the organisation!” MG