The Pyrenees Wine Region, about half an hour outside Ballarat, is the sort of place you can visit on a day trip or quite happily potter around for a week – however long you manage to stretch your trip out for, you can’t really help but have your fair share of delicious food and locally produced wine.
There are dozens of cellar doors where you can pick up a bottle or two or enjoy a relaxing lunch. Five Pyrenees wineries have been awarded 5 red stars in wine critic James Halliday’s most recent Australian Wine Companion.
Eating and drinking isn’t all there is to do here – it’s a gorgeous part of the country, with great spots to picnic, bushwalk, mountain bike and 4WD in the Mount Cole and Pyrenees State Forests – some tracks most suitable for the super experienced.
There are some lovely towns in the area, with Moonambel, Avoca, Beaufort, the perfect places to use as your base. Many streets consist of leftover buildings from the gold rush, many now converted into cafes, gift shops galleries, and even artists’ studios.
You have a choice of year round Festivals and Events to attend in the region. To find out what country picnic race meetings are all about, Visit Avoca either in March for the Avoca Autumn Race Day or October for the Avoca Cup. These events are nice and friendly and down to earth.
For more than 50 years, Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally, 15km outside Beaufort, has been celebrating old vehicles. On the first weekend in May and November you’ll be able to watch a blacksmith at work catch vintage engines and a whole lot more.
To experience the Pyrenees Wineries in one location, the Pyrenees Unearthed Festival is one not to be missed. It is a fun filled day for all – couples, singles and families are very welcome to come along to enjoy an afternoon of fabulous local produce, live music and wines by the glass, as well as free kids activities.
For full details of all our events, click on our Events page.