By John Rozentals.
A virtual escape to one of Victoria’s most spectacular regions is a click away though the website High Country at Home, which showcases a range of fun, tasty, informative and interactive bookable experiences.
Sample the region’s famous food, wine, craft beer, cycling and nature-based offerings with High Country chefs, winemakers, brewers and adventurers leading classes and sharing their insights, expert knowledge, and tips and tricks.
It’s as easy as booking a date, checking the mailbox for all the High Country goodies you’ll need for the class then getting the crew together (a maximum of eight per class) to zoom into:
— Making delicious hand-crafted gnocchi, followed by a guided wine tasting and lunch with the King Valley’s legendary Katrina and Fredo Pizzini of Pizzini Wines.
— The Spa at Beechworth, offering calming, immersive, sensory foot reflexology classes, and demonstrating therapeutic self-foot massage techniques using their own range of luxe artisanal scrubs, soaks and oils.
— Bright Brewery’s Barrel Series experiences — two interactive sessions each week hosted byowner/founder, Scott Brandon — tasting the range of exclusive Barrel Series ales with the expert guidance of head brewer Reid Stratton.
— Renowned chef and distiller Hamish Nugent, of Bright’s Reed & Co/Remedy Gin fame, is offering bookable cocktail-making classes and guided gin tastings as part of a suite of new intimate interactive classes with eight High Country businesses now available on the site.
High Country at Home is also an online marketplace showcasing products from around the region, including wine, beer, gin, honey, luxe granola, sauces, olives, locally roasted coffee and boutique wares from nearly 100 High Country businesses. And for Melbourne shoppers, there’s also a current list of metro stockists of a range of High Country products.
After a tough year for tourism businesses feeling the twin impacts of the summer 2020 bushfires and now covid-19, High Country at Home offers a great way for visitors to take a virtual journey to this beautiful region this autumn, at a time when travel may not be an option.
NOTE: Potential travellers should check the status of individual events and establishments with regard to the coronavirus outbreak.