THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 11 MILAWA/OXLEY A third generation beekeeping business. Specialising in producing honey from our great native forests and surrounding areas. Products include honey, beeswax candles, honey cordial and mead. We look forward to meeting you at our Snow Road farm gate shop and cellar door. IF YOU’D LIKE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US & OUR YUMMY HONEY THESE ARE OUR BEE-TAILS: 1531 Snow Road, Milawa, VIC 3678 | 03 5727 3468 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.walkaboutapiaries.com.au Opening times: 9am - 5pm weekdays / 10am - 3pm weekends Celebrate wine’s diversity If you love a winery with history then John Gehrig Wines is for you. John, a fourth generation winemaker, established the vineyard and winery on the banks of the King River, Oxley in 1976, just minutes from the Milawa Gourmet Region. Now John’s son, Ross, has taken on the challenge of guiding the next winemaking generation of Gehrigs to craft fine wines. He has an obsession with producing the best grapes to produce wines of distinction that will pay homage to this iconic North East Victorian winery. In 2011, the allure of returning to John’s original birthplace - Rutherglen - was too strong and now Ross, with wife, Meghan, has expanded to a new vineyard and cellar door site in Gooramadda (east Rutherglen). If you are planning a trip to either cellar door this season you may see a flurry of activity as preparation begins for harvest, one of the busiest time of year. Why not visit the team at John Gehrig Wines, at Rutherglen or Oxley, this season as you experience North East Victoria and enjoy a wide range of diverse wines? There are plenty of upcoming events for the 2019 calendar at John Gehrig Wines. Visit them online to find out more about the Love + Light wedding festival in February when the rustic, historic and charming cellar door will be showcased; Tastes of Rutherglen in March; and Feast High Country in May. It’s the bee’s knees Head of the Walkabout Apiaries of Milawa, Rodney Whitehead, started what he calls a lifelong apprenticeship in bee keeping in 1972 as a 22-year-old and acknowledges his bees as his teachers and the canopy under a gumtree as his classroom. Now the entire Whitehead family is involved in the business in some form or other, whether it’s rearing queen bees, harvesting honey, producing beeswax candles or mead. Even the grandchildren help out on market days. An abundance of native flora keeps the Walkabout bees healthy, producing great honey with the delicious flavours of the area. The honey is cold extracted and packed by hand, care taken at each step to ensure the honey remains true to its origins. No blending takes place – it is simply spun from the comb, settled, strained once, then bottled. There are five varieties in the Walkabout range, from dry to very sweet. Each honey variety presents its own unique taste. Find your favourite with farm gate tastings available from 9am to 5pm week- days and 10am to 3pm on weekends. Beeswax candles are all hand-made on site and honey mead, which is now com- ing back into fashion for the Whitehead family, is once again being produced. Visit John Gehrig Wines for a number of events including the Love + Light wedding festival in February. Taste the sweet delights of local honey at Walkabout Apiaries.