It was a wild and moody overcast morning when I created my way deep out into the Victoria Higher Nation in my zippy small blue employ auto, following the directions to Mount Ophir in Australia.
Wow, was I in for a treat!
Searching at these pictures from my keep at the Mount Ophir Estate, I’m instantly transported back to Australia. I close my eyes and I can see it all once more.
The tall golden grasses property to kangaroos (and god knows what else), the hot winds, gum trees lining historical farm estates and old wineries, the gold rush era towns, but most of all the red earth beneath my bare feet. What a spot!
When I reflect on my time in Victoria, this is what I try to remember. For me it felt so distinctly Australian, which I know sounds silly.
Iconically Oz, these area is the excellent escape for people today seeking for an genuine Australian encounter in a lovely spot with no the hustle and bustle of tourism in the extra iconic locals.
Punching in the code, I opened the farm gate at the entrance of Mount Ophir Estate, a spot as opposed to any other I’ve been to prior to or considering the fact that. And doubt I ever will.
Greeted by wide open fields of tall golden grass (wheat? not a farmer right here) tempting me to frolic via them barefoot in a flowy dress a la Instagram, which I of course resisted as frolicking in tall grasses in the summer time in rural Australia is very discouraged (cough, cough, snakes), I could see my location amongst the spaced-out restored buildings – a lovely brick tower.
A quite distinctive and specific bit of dirt, Mount Ophir Estate an exclusive house outdoors Rutherglen in North East Victoria. As soon as a thriving winemaking hub, it fell into disuse 60 years ago prior to getting lovingly restored by the regional Brown siblings.
1st constructed at the tail finish of the nineteenth century as a farm and vineyard, Mount Ophir Estate actually came into its personal when it was created by wine merchants, the Burgoyne household at the turn of the century, exactly where it speedily became the biggest winemaking facility in the southern hemisphere.
Harking back to their french culture, they constructed a beautiful french provincial tower on the estate, which nonetheless stands now and has been transformed into 1 of the coolest areas I’ve ever stayed.
Honestly, it was like a genuine life Australian fairytale.
For decades it was mainly forgotten, a lonely and an overgrown collection of winery buildings, prior to the land was purchased by Eliza, Angela, Nick Brown a couple of years ago, who have painstakingly restored creating by creating themselves, breathing new life back into a spectacular spot.
Owners of the nearby All Saints Estate and Terrace Restaurant, a ought to-cease on a trip to Rutherglen, the Browns have poured their heart and soul into revitalizing this remarkable region.
Really considerably a household owned and operated enterprise, everywhere you appear you can see small touches they’ve place into generating this a memorable keep and encounter.
Six of the buildings have now been restored and are obtainable to rent, or even to employ out the entire estate for functions, weddings and events. Some sleep up to 20 though other individuals, like the Tower, are for couples or solo travelers like me.
As quickly as I turned the old heavy crucial to the Tower to stroll inside, I feel I instantly fell in appreciate with this spot.
The extraordinary French Provincial tower at Mount Ophir Estate certainly is the gem of the house and 1 1 the neatest and most distinctive areas I’ve ever stayed, which I do not boast lightly.
Spread more than 3 floors, you stroll in and greeted by the loveliest dining space and kitchen, nicely-stocked with regional treats and every little thing you will need (hello Nespresso machine!) curving along the walls in the circular space. The walls are decorated with artwork by locals.
A beautiful narrow spiral staircase, leads you upwards to the second floor, a library and lounge with lovely views more than the estate. Chock complete of colorful books, cozy sitting nooks and a vibe that inspires you to make a cocktail and park up and keep awhile, after you sit down, it is not quick to get back up once more.
Saving the ideal for final, the prime floor is the bedroom comprehensive with a marble bathroom and the coziest bed inviting you for a small nap.
I’ll just note right here, the Tower at Mount Ophir is not for children and is suited for agile people today who do not thoughts getting out on their personal. As a stubborn and lifelong solo female traveler, I wasn’t phased staying out on the Estate alone.
I came back immediately after an remarkable evening out in the dark in a wicked thunderstorm which I completely enjoyed but I consider could freak out some people.
Probably what I appreciate ideal about this spot is that the household genuinely believes and practices sustainable farm management and are functioning to be guardians of this specific land. The winery will after once more be operating immediately after decades of silence, with the initial vintage getting released in a couple of years.
How cool is that? Bringing back Mount Ophir to its kind prestige and glory!
Now for the meals and wine lovers, this region of Victoria is identified for a regional range of grape referred to as Durif as nicely as Brown Muscat, a thing new for me. For more than a century, they’ve been harvesting grapes right here, and Rutherglen arguably produces the ideal durif in the planet. A late ripening range, it calls for a warm climate to create to adequate to “tame the tannins.” A large, bold red, I instantly fell in appreciate.
Even though not as in appreciate as when I got my initial sip of the regional Muscat. Holy hell, exactly where have you been all my life? Wealthy and ripe, this fortified wine won me more than instantly, and I left with three bottles.
Whilst I could wax lyrical about the wine of the Rutherglen region forever, I’ll leave you with the memory that this was 1 of my favored days in Australia. Perhaps it is the wine speaking, but I loved it!
Have you ever stayed anyplace like the Tower in Victoria? Do you travel for meals and wine as well? Have you ever attempted a Durif or Muscat? Spill!
Several thanks for Tourism North East for hosting me in Australia – like generally I’m maintaining it genuine – all opinions are my personal, like you could count on significantly less from me!