Otway Harvest Trail

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Otway Harvest Trail 2017

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Otway Harvest Trail

The unique combination of aspect, soils, climate and farming practices create flavours unique to the produce harvested in the Otway hinterlands. The Otway Harvest Trail is a celebration of the seasons that bestow their rich bounty on a luscious part of Victoria.

Spring is a time of plenty and promise. As the winter gives way to warm sunny days, see the bright patchwork of yellow canola fields appear. The first berries appear. Green shoots can be seen in the vineyards as the vines burst their buds and flowers and spring vegetables appear at farm gate stalls.

Summer is all about being outdoors. All the berry farms have opened and their sweet juicy berries are ripe for the picking. The lush emerald green of the vineyards become more distinctive as the land around slowly turns a golden brown. People clamour for outdoor tables and chairs at cafés and restaurants to soak in the warm days, mild evenings and glorious pastel sunsets.

Autumn is a time of harvest. The days become still and warm, and the crisp cool nights are perfect for sleeping. With the winter rains not far away, the wineries are busy harvesting their fruit and the vignerons hands become garnet red as they nurture the new wines through their ferment. It is also time to harvest the olives from their groves before the first frosts of winter arrive.

Winter is a time for taking stock of the seasons passed and making ready for the farming year ahead. The farmers plough their fields and sow their winter crops. Vineyards, olive groves and orchards are pruned and readied for a new season. Fences are mended. The days shorten and become colder. Cattle turn their backs to the wind. Dams pent over the summer begin to refill. Root vegetables appear at the farm gate stands. It’s a time for reflection and for savouring the joys of recently harvested produce.

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Berry Good

Numerous berry farms surrounding Pennyroyal Valley offer pick your own (PYO) berries. Apart from being scrumptious, PYO is a lot of fun, especially for the littler ones. Fill your buckets with vine fresh strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries and bramble berries within the November to March season. Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm is the oldest working berry farm in the south west of Victoria and grows everything organically. After working up a country appetite, most of the berry farms have an onsite cafes that know just the trick.

 

Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm & Cidery 

Since 1985. Organic PYO berries and Teahouse in season. Light lunches, Devonshire teas, artisan preserves. Real cider – “Crucible” – and farm made berry Gins. Fully self contained cottages available all year.

Open 10am - 5pm, Mon - Sun (Dec - Jan)

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Wineries & Breweries

The Otways are littered with wineries opening their doors to the general public for tastings and grommet treats. Most of the wineries are set in the lush and fertile belt between Moriac and Forrest, offering scenic outlooks to enjoy as the perfect after taste of a delicious, award winning wine.

Blakes Estate

Specialising in Pinot Noir & award winning Pinots & ‘Blanc de Noir’ made exclusively from estate grown fruit. Enjoy a platter & glass of wine at cellar door.

Open 11am - 5pm weekends & Mon - Sun during peak season

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Brown Magpie Wines

The estate produced wines are hand crafted using traditional techniques. Limited & pre-releases are available exclusively at the cellar door.

Open 11am - 4pm weekends & Mon - Sun during peak season

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Dinny Goonan Wines

Visit the cellar door to experience medal winning wines of exceptional quality; enjoy a vineyard platter & soak up the atmosphere of our boutique winery.

Open 11am - 5pm weekends 7 Mon - Sun during peak times

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Gosling Creek Winery

Premium estate made wines, light seasonal food at the cellar door. Free live music every Sunday afternoon. Great views. Free BBQs.

Open 11am - 5pm weekends & Mon - Sun during peak times

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Otway Estate

Home to the Prickly Moses Handcrafted Beer and Forbidden Fruit Ciders, as well as the Estates own range of wines, you be sure to find a favourite beverage during your visit.

Open 11am - 5pm, Fri - Sun.

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Yeowarra Hill

Enjoy award winning Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Sparkling wines from our vineyard. Function centre & gourmet catering available on and offsite for that special occasion (including full party hire).

Open 11am - 4pm Thu - Mon (phone ahead)

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All these wineries plus restaurants, pubs, breweries, farm gates and markets can be found on the Otway Harvest Trail.

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