Shop Local: Regional Victorian Producers & Operators to Support
Take advantage of Victoria’s world-class food and beverage offering and support regional businesses by shopping local.
With lockdown restrictions keeping us tucked away at home, there has never been a better time to support local and take advantage of Victoria’s world-class food and beverage offering. Boasting a treasure trove of wineries and farm gates, everything you need to eat, drink and be merry can be found right here. So, let’s raise a glass and ready the plates as we run you through some of the many regional Victorian operators to support during lockdown and beyond!
Specialising in sustainable sips across Victoria’s great wine regions, Handpicked Wines award-winning drops are as easy on the planet as they are on the palate. Today you’ll find Handpicked vineyards peppered throughout Australia, but its Victorian origins run deep with the original Mornington vineyard remaining the centre of activity. Work your way through the long list of regionally expressive wines from the online store before heading down to the city’s first urban cellar door when things reopen.
Mornington Peninsula & Yarra Valley
Decision making not your strong suit? Spread the love and sample the best in the biz with the Co-lab Pantry’s Regional Victorian Box. From mouth-watering marmalades to Bellarine brownies, sit back and let the gourmet goodies come to you. Eat and drink your way across the state while supporting the top local producers of each region. Inside you’ll find ten locally sourced products carefully curated by the Co-lab team.
From $100 per box
Things change when you leave the city. Time moves a little slower, food tastes a little better, and the air is just a little fresher. Uncover the crème de la crème of regional Victoria without having to venture too far from home - in fact, you don’t have to leave home at all. Curating a collection of foodie experiences from outside of the city, One Hour Out Markets lets you choose your own culinary adventure. Shifting to mostly online during lockdown, treat yourself to the ultimate farm to couch experience - think dry-aged Wagyu and Nebbiolo delivered to your door...
Prices vary based on the offer
Like many of Victoria’s esteemed eateries, Tedesca Osteria has hit the pause button on its fixed menu dining experience based on Mornington Peninsula. Helping hungry Victorians enjoy fresh, locally sourced meals at home, chef Brigitte Hafner’s lockdown survival boxes will have you excited about staying in. This week’s line-up will transport you to the rolling hills of Tuscany for the Ultimate Chianti Experience. Snack on focaccia, olives, and cheese before tucking into a warming bowl of veal and mushroom pappardelle for main. Naturally, there’s Tiramisu for dessert and options to add wine and cocktails as well.
$195 per box
Limited delivery to Melbourne
Keeping true to its roots as one of the region’s oldest vineyards, Bianchet oozes old-world charm. While a trip to the Yarra Valley for a day amongst the vines is off the cards, Executive Chef Paul Cooper’s French flavours can now be enjoyed at home. Turn up the heat with a romantic French Feast for two or for a no-fuss midweek meal, the Family Feast Hamper is perfect for four.
Deliveries Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
Order by 5pm the day before
OG’s in the craft game, Red Hill Brewery has been tapping some of Victoria’s best brews for over 15 years. Instead of heading to the bottle-o and grabbing whatever is on special, opt for one of the Peninsula’s finest pours made right here on home soil. Treat yourself to a hop-tastic tipple with the Brewers Choice Mixed Carton featuring everything from the light and bright East Coast Session IPA to the creamy Imperial Stout.
Red Hill South
Foodies looking for a fine dining fix, this is not a drill! Delivering to the Mornington Peninsula and selected Melbourne and South-Eastern Suburbs, Pt. Leo at Home has been designed by Culinary Director, Josep Espuga to bring their ultra-luxe, two-hatted dining experience to you. Best enjoyed over two or three courses, be sure to pair your meal with a bottle (or two) of your favourite Pt. Leo vino.
One of Victoria’s top artisanal producers of olive oil-based goods, Rich Glen Estate grows, picks, presses, creates, and packages 150 food and skin-care products on its Yarrawong farm. Owned and operated by the Vodusek family since 1982, be sure to pop into the charming providore along Yarrawonga’s main street if you find yourself in the area. For now, you can try their endless assortment of salad dressings, flavoured olive oils, dukkahs, sauces, condiments, and more via their online shop.
Loving our roundup of regional Victorian operators to support in lockdown? Continue your culinary adventures and check out the best make-at-home meal kits and food delivery spots for the ultimate foodie night in. Thirsty? Pair your feast with a delicious drink from one of Melbourne's best bars that deliver.
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