Frosty mornings over green rolling hills will put you in the mood to relax in front of a toasty fireplace with wine in hand!
Shorter days and cooler weather are now setting in and there is the temptation to curl up at home and stay warm until the chilly weather departs but we recommend rugging up and exploring the Pyrenees outdoors and then perching yourself in a cosy cellar door to savour the rich red wines the region is famous for.
Keep warm with our guide to the best things to do in the Pyrenees during the cooler months.
Head indoors and explore Pyrenees Galleries
For the perfect way to spend a winter day, head indoors and explore galleries hidden inside historic Railway Stations. Beaufort is home to a fantastic arts community so we recommend kicking off your day at Beaufort’s Art Trax Gallery, housing wonderful pieces of art created by local and regional artists. Further down the road you will find the private art studio of Angela Gerrard where you can attend workshops or even enjoy afternoon tea in the studio on Sundays. The neighbouring town of Avoca is home to Gallery 127 which is located in the restored Avoca Railway Station. Here you will find monthly exhibitions from some of Victoria’s most talented artists. Be sure to drop into Tiny Lola fibre arts Café on the station platform which features a knitting service. The menu tempts you with sourdough toasties, nurture bowls, cakes, muffins and coffee. Local and organic is the theme here.
Sit down, place your order, enjoy and experience the wool, and be creative.
To finish off your art tour, drop into Dawn Lim’s private studio in Moonambel who gets a lot of her inspiration from the landscapes around the Pyrenees. A great place to pick up a one of a kind local souvenir.
Snuggle up and stay awhile
As the temperature drops, curl up in one of the regions hideaways. Just a 45-minute drive from Ballarat, cosy up in Graylings Gift, a lovingly restored 19th century church. Relax in the vintage clawfoot bath by the wood fire and then snuggle up with a good book. Boasting epic views of Mount Cole, The Glut Farm is the perfect base to get out of the city for a magical winter escape. Try cooking woodfired pizzas in the outdoor oven or wander through the extensive kitchen garden to pick your ingredients fresh for dinner. After a day sipping your way around the Pyrenees Winery, cuddle up at Grape Farm Wineries cosy 1 bedroom abode with a bottle of the estates finest. Check out our variety of cosy winter stays for a winter getaway in the Pyrenees.
Warm you up winter walks
From waterfalls to wildlife, the cooler months are the perfect time to explore Mount Cole and Pyrenees State Forests. Winter isn’t just for curling up inside. With meandering paths through lush rainforests and green bushland, discover the Pyrenees on foot where you can listen to the birds, encounter native wildlife, stop to take in the views or find a secret waterfall. Here are some of our favourite walks.
Cosy Cellar Doors
Nestled among the rolling green hills of the Pyrenees Ranges, just an hour’s drive from Ballarat, Taltarni Vineyards award-winning cellar door with an open fire place is the perfect place to defrost and unwind this winter with a glass (or two) of seriously good wine. Housed in modern architecture in a rustic shed, this cellar door is a surprise in all the right ways. Here you will be filled with warm vibes in historic charm.
The award-winning Blue Pyrenees is the ultimate destination for an epic winter feast. Indulge in their platters that have a strong focus on local produce. Sallys Paddock is a boutique winery that offer warm friendly service and on Saturdays over lunch-time, you can find local musician, Graeme Akers, playing his guitar and banjo in the Cellar Door. Check out the Pyrenees Wine Map with over 25 cellar doors to explore.
Indulge in a Winter Feast
As winter sets in, so does the urge to cosy up with food, and lots of it. From decadent platters, to fine-dining in historic hotels, wood fired pizzas in cellar doors and casual lunch spots curled up by the fire, winter feasts await in the Pyrenees. For the ultimate comfort food, head to The Avoca Hotel, they’ve got you covered. We can’t go past the house smoked duck breast with chestnut gnocchi, kale and baby beets. Tucked away in Moonambel, Summerfield Winery is the ultimate place to enjoy gourmet wood-fired pizzas featuring locally sourced and foraged produce and an impressive range of the estates award winning wines. For the sweet tooth, Skinny Sister Café is a must stop with an enormous variety of sweets and cakes baked daily.
Here is our full list of cosy places to eat this winter.
Wander Local Produce
There’s no better way to experience the Pyrenees food culture and gourmet offerings than taking a self guided tour around the Pyrenees Farmgate Trail. Meet the makers and creators and be immersed in the stories and tastes of Pyrenees produce.