PAGE 20 I THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE 213 Great Alpine Road, Myrtleford VIC 3737 Ph: 5751 1990 www.micheliniwines.com.au MYRTLEFORD/GAPSTED/OVENS Award winning vineyards and wineries The valley climate of North East Victoria makes it perfect for winemaking. So why not stop by one of the local cellar doors to award-winning drops? EAGLERANGE ESTATE Eaglerange Estate Winery, located in the Happy Valley less than a 10-minute drive south east of Myrtleford, has been in the Ivone family for more than three generations. Frank Ivone’s father, Luigi, selected the property in the late 1950s, the first Cabernet Sauvignon vines lovingly planted by hand in the spring of 1995 by Frank and Tiziana (Tish) with the help of Luigi and their three daughters, Natasha, Ashlee and Cassandra. The Cabernet Sauvignon was followed by Merlot and over the years other varieties such as Riesling, white Frontignac and Saperavi have been added to the vineyard. “The Saperavi has had a surprising uptake,” Frank said. “It is becoming our iconic wine. Wine lovers like its strong colour and love its flavour. It has a beautiful nose, too. “And because it’s not that common people are really searching for it.” Eaglerange is a regular on many tour stops with visitors enjoying not only a wine tasting but also a cheese platter including home made Ivone salami, a perfect match for a stunning red. The family’s motto, Set a Stout Heart to a Steep Hill, is very much a part of their everyday lives. In essence, it means that when faced with adversity we must be strong of heart and will. The family believes that the future of Eaglerange Estate lies within the talents of the next generation. MICHELINI WINES As another season of Michelini Wines events begins, the team looks forward to long summer days and nights and in turn, glorious autumn weather. The summer series begins on December 1 with an art exhibition at the cellar door by talented local artist, Frances Worsnop- Solosy, which runs through until January 31. Meet the artist on the evening of Friday, December 7 to discover where she draws her inspiration from to create wonderful watercolour works of the surrounding beautiful Alpine valleys. On Sunday, January 27, Adam Lindsay plays live and free at Michelini Wines - the perfect way to spend your Australia Day long weekend in Myrtleford. Relax with a seasonal cheese platter and your favourite Michelini wines as you enjoy a great summer weekend. Moving into autumn, Myrtleford comes alive with the Myrtleford Festival on the Labour Day weekend, March 7 to 11, and then again at Easter with more live music from Adam Lindsay at the cellar door Easter Saturday, April 20. May brings cooler weather as Michelini Wines host the artworks of internationally renowned artist, Jim van Geet, with an art exhibition from May 1 to June 30. From May 14 to 19 Michelini Wines is the proud corporate sponsor of the La Fiera festival – a celebration of Italian culture, heritage, food and wine. Join Michelini for six days of fun the Italian way. Indulge in local produce and wines as you gaze across majestic valleys.