Flavours of Central Victoria
Private touring taking you off the beaten track
Fowles Wine Cellar Door and Cafe is located at the foothills of the stunning Strathbogie Ranges in central Victoria, just 1.5 hours north of Melbourne. The nearby winery facility, located on Upton Hill, offers tours by appointment and spectacular views across the central Victoria plains.
For a relatively young winery, in the context of Australia's 200 year wine heritage, Fowles Wine has been grabbing attention with its winemaking prowess and wonderful hospitality. Named as a 'Winery to Watch' by Wine Spectator Magazine, a Five Star winery by James Halliday and Victoria's Best Tourism Winery (three years in a row), Fowles Wine crafts elegant cool climate wines that can be enjoyed alongside freshly prepared modern European dishes featuring the finest local produce in the relaxed atmosphere of their Cellar Door Cafe.
These wines are inspired by Chief Executive Matt Fowles' love of 'real food' - wild meat and home grown vegetables from the Strathbogie Ranges. A responsible hunter and avid food and wine man, Matt wanted to create wines that would match the texture and intensity of wild game (which is quite different from commercially reared meat). While slightly eccentric, the philosophy that underpins Ladies who Shoot their Lunch and Are you Game? is genuine and honest and the wines themselves modern and exciting.
In fact, the Cellar Door Cafe team have created a specialised food and wine flight called 'The Gamekeepers Platter' that features four tastes of game matched with their food wines to provide insights into their wild philosophy.
Fowles Wine also produces Stone Dwellers, a wine range that showcases the best varietal examples from the Strathbogie Ranges. All of their wines can be enjoyed in the welcoming and friendly atmosphere of the Cellar Door Cafe. Head Chef Adele Aiken presents the best local produce in freshly prepared and wonderfully presented dishes. The passion and warmth of the Fowles Wine team makes for a truly memorable food and wine experience.
The Strathbogie Ranges are located about 100 kilometres north of Melbourne. High altitude and ruggedly beautiful, the ranges are characterised by ancient granite boulders - statues of a turbulent geological history that goes back 360 million years. Today, the nutrient poor granitic soils and cool continental climate are ideal for producing intense wines that are full of character and elegance. At elevations of up to 600m, the Strathbogie Ranges is one of Australia's highest wine regions and offers stunning views across the central Victorian plains.
Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Arneis, Vermentino, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.