As the apple belt of Australia, Goulburn Valley may have a place in your heart for providing all that thirst-quenching apple juicy goodness, but it's also one of the region's prettiest winery destinations. That's largely due to Mitchelton Wines, a winery that's also home to a new $16 million luxury boutique hotel — so now you can indulge in that second glass and stay overnight.
The winery is nestled in a crook of the Goulburn River and surrounded acres of fertile grape land that produces top-notch shiraz, chardonnay and marsanne. You can taste them at the cellar door or, if you have more time, over lunch at the on-site restaurant, The Muse. The menu showcases both produce and wines from the Nagambie area, pouring both its own wines and the best from the region. The restaurant opens at 8am for breakfast, and the cellar door opens at 10am.
The hotel and adjoining spa was designed by the good folk at Hecker Guthrie and they've gone hard on the natural textures — expect a lot of divine linen and exposed timber — and tied it all together with a dark, muted colour palette. With an in-room selection of the vineyard's finest drops, you may never want to leave your suite but you definitely should to take a stroll through the stunning grounds.