A prize to savour

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JOIN the Post­cards team for a lit­tle bit of coun­try charm on Chan­nel 9 at 5.30pm to­day. Re­becca, Glen, Brodie and Shane all take a drive out of the city to dis­cover some of Vic­to­ria’s most di­vine coun­try re­treats and ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer.

From Lake Dayles­ford Coun­try House to an arts and crafts mar­ket at Lardner Park in Gipp­s­land, the de­lights of lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion on the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula and a road trip to the King Val­ley, you’ll love ev­ery­thing about this episode.

In Whit­field, about three hours’ drive from Mel­bourne, the fa­mous Pizzini fam­ily, fea­tured in this episode, is of­fer­ing a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence that cov­ers ev­ery­thing from di­vine wines to sen­sa­tional food, and fab­u­lous ac­com­mo­da­tion. The Moun­tain View Ho­tel, which has been in the fam­ily for many years, but not long ago came back un­der fam­ily man­age­ment, of­fers ev­ery­thing on site, and thus is the per­fect place for a full gas­tron­omy week­end es­cape.

There are four fully re­fur­bished king units, plus one two-bed­room unit, all ad­ja­cent to the main build­ing. Each of the rooms of­fers a king bed and the two-bed­room unit also features a queen bed in the sec­ond room.

Re­verse-cy­cle air­con­di­tion­ing, as well as new bath­rooms, LCD TVs and tea/cof­fee-mak­ing fa­cil­i­ties are all that you need when the real rea­son to visit is in the pub’s main din­ing room.

This gas­tro-pub is set among beau­ti­ful es­tab­lished gar­dens, and sur­rounded by Jessie’s Creek in the heart of wine coun­try, so it is only nat­u­ral that many splen­did wines are on the menu, along with won­der­ful Euro­pean-in­spired culi­nary de­lights care­fully cre­ated un­der the watch­ful eye of head chef Scott Bur­ness.

And with an abun­dance of pro­duce to be found in the re­gion, the reg­u­larly chang­ing menu, which features ev­ery­thing from lo­cal pork, olives, trout and beef, through to home­made ice cream for those with a sweet tooth, is a con­stant re­minder of just how amaz­ing Vic­to­rian food and wine truly is.

So if you’re a lover of great food paired with the per­fect wine then a north­east val­ley es­cape is for you, and we are giv­ing one lucky Es­cape reader the chance to win two nights at the fab­u­lous Moun­tain View Ho­tel in Whit­field for two peo­ple in­clud­ing break­fast both morn­ings, a six-pack of Lana wines, plus, for some­thing ex­tra spe­cial, a pri­vate cel­lar door meet­ing at Pizzini’s Win­ery with Al­fred Pizzini him­self. The prize is val­ued at up to $400.

To en­ter, sim­ply call 1902 552 403 (1-90 call cost 55¢ inc GST. 1-90 calls higher from mo­biles). Or SMS your name and ad­dress to 199 52 403 (SMS cost 55¢ inc GST).

Sal­mat Dig­i­tal Pty Ltd. Helpline num­ber: 1300 131 276.

Open to res­i­dents of Vic­to­ria only who are 18 years and over.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion book­ing is sub­ject to avail­abil­ity and black­out pe­ri­ods may ap­ply. The prize can­not be re­deemed dur­ing week­ends (Fri­day, Satur­day nights), the Aus­tralian school hol­i­days and spe­cial hol­i­days or pub­lic hol­i­days. Com­pe­ti­tion closes Tues­day at noon (AEDT), drawn the same day at 12.30pm (AEDT). Pri­vacy pol­icy and full terms and con­di­tions avail­able from Chan­nel 9 Re­cep­tion, ph 9420 3111.

The pro­moter is The Nine Net­work Aus­tralia Pty Lim­ited (ABN88 088 685 407).

For in­for­ma­tion on Post­cards, email Jo Ramage at: post­cards@nine.com.au or log on to vis­itvic­to­ria.com/post­cards More: mvho­tel.com.au or ph 5729 8270.

TASTY STAY: The din­ing room at the Moun­tain View Ho­tel (left) features dishes based on fresh lo­cal pro­duce; and one of the ho­tel’s bed­rooms (be­low left).

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