High thread count cotton sheets. A generous king bed. As night makes way for morning frog song is quickly replaced by bird song. At home it’s usually early morning traffic that is your wake up call. Without opening your eyes you remember your not at home at all. This is Lancemore Milawa.
Lancemore sits in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. The King Valley is considered one of Australia’s premier gourmet regions with exceptional honey, mustard, chocolate, berries, olives and of course wine.
The King Valley
Once Kelly country then tobacco country, the area was settled by Italians who recognised the potential for wine-making. Dal Zotto, Pizzini, Politini, Primerano and Sam Miranda are the King Valley vignerons who grow outstanding Italian varietals including Sangiovese, Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Friulano and Barbera.
Lancemore Milawa sits proudly in the middle of it all. Across the road is Australia’s most visited winery – Brown Brothers Winery. Surrounded by 3 hectares of merlot vines the property has the Lancemore imprimatur. It is timeless Australian country chic, amongst tranquil Mediterranean gardens filled with outstanding Indigenous, Asian and contemporary Australian art.
Like most of the Lancemore properties there are plenty of lounge spaces ideal for reading with a mandatory glass of red in hand.
Here you can also relax under the trees where you can nearly touch the vines. WiFi is free if you really feel the need to connect to the real world.
Rooms and suites are sumptuously furnished with stunning views of either the vines or manicured gardens through the floor to ceiling shuttered windows. Bathrooms are filled with Australian bush scents courtesy of the Appelles soaps and lotions.
Restaurant Merlot is an expansive light-filled space adjacent to the vineyards. White linen clothed tables and Thonet chairs seem at home with the European leaning menu that draws inspiration from the region’s produce.
Lancemore Milawa’s restrained elegance makes it a popular weekend getaway for busy Melburnians seeking a break. Mid-week you can enjoy the food and wine trail and make Lindenwarrah seem like your own country home. The only interruption to your moment of bliss? The gentle croak of Lindenwarrah’s resident frogs.