Discover the stories behind the exceptional producers of Victoria’s High Country. From all-natural smallgoods, cultured butter and aquaculture, to beer brewing, winemaking and award-winning restaurants, the High Country region is a destination rich in history and local industry.
Join us as we take you on a journey to Put Victoria on Your Table.
A TAVOLA COOKING SCHOOL AT PIZZINI WINES
Katrina’s hands on classes will leave participants relaxed, empowered and inspired by the end of each session.
All cooking classes are taught in the purpose built A tavola! Cooking School at Pizzini Wines.
The kitchen is equipped for up to ten participants in each class. Cooking classes run annually excluding the months of August and September. Each class runs for approximately four hours.
Standard Class Price: $155*
Vino e Vita Club Member: $145*
Additional guest for lunch only: $33
* Some speciality classes cost more, see class timetable for prices.
Pastries and Puds
Master the art of making different types of pastry for use in both savoury and sweet dishes. Not just about pastry – learn how to make some lovely dessert dishes too.
Pasta, Gnocchi & Risotto
A hands-on class with recipes describing fail proof methods of making beautiful silky pasta and pillow like gnocchi, plus pasta sauces which suit carnivores and vegetarians.
All the myths of making delicious risotto are debunked proving simplicity equals perfection.
Lunching Ladies… & Lads
Ladies who lunch will love this class. A combination of our cooking classes, prepare entree, main and dessert, then sit and chat with old and new friends over lunch. Lads are welcome!
Antipasti, Tapas & Dumplings
Prepare an array of entree sized dishes to serve as starters, from dumplings, gyoza and tapas and lots in-between.
& Social Groups
Gather work colleagues, like minded friends and family
or study groups and choose your own class from the
classes listed. Start either 10am or 4pm.
Whistle Stop Tour of Street Food
A world tour of dishes enjoyed by the populous including curries, noodles, kebabs, fishcakes and salads.
Pasta and Pizza
Making pizza at home is fun and will get the family involved, from the making of the dough to decorating your pizza. This is a hands on class teaching the know how to create a lovely stretchy dough and the art of balancing toppings.
We also make lasagne and ravioli in this class.
Getting Ready for Xmas
Class $175 per person, Vino e Vita wine club $165
Join Katrina to learn how to make a selection of dishes that can be added to your family’s new food traditions for Christmas Day.
Blokes, Broads & Barrels
Class $175 per person, Vino e Vita wine club $165
Alfred makes a cameo appearance in this class, so gather your mates and have fun while learning new recipes and skills. After lunch Alfred takes you to his inner sanctum where you will have an educational wine experience you will never forget.
Salting, Smoking and Curing Meat
Class $245 per person, Vino e Vita wine club $245
Join Alfred Pizzini and a professional butcher in the A tavola! kitchen and explore the art of salting, smoking and curing meats. This hands-on class will include breaking down a whole pig, learning the best uses for the different cuts and using modern methods and ingredients as well as age old techniques to preserve and mature the meat.
ON THE NED KELLY TOURING ROUTE
Harry Power, last of Australia’s infamous bushrangers, was captured at his hideout on 5 June 1870. Today it’s a popular spot to visit both for the superb view of the King Valley 300 metres or so below and for its part in Australian bushranger history (and its connection with Ned Kelly, in particular).
Transported in 1840 at the age of 21 for theft, Power served his seven-year sentence and then had no trouble with the law for 13 years. He had learned to ride very well as a boy, helping his father as gamekeeper to the Marquis of Waterford.
One day he was falsely accused of horse theft by a pair of drunken troopers, resulted in an exchange of gunshots, for which Power received a 10-year sentence. He had been released and gaoled again when he escaped from Pentridge Prison in 1869 when he was 50 years old and decided to become a bushranger.
Harry had met some of Ned’s uncles, Jack and Tom Lloyd, in gaol and went to see them while on the run after his escape. Thus he met the Quinns (Ellen’s parents) and made arrangements to build his base camp on the escarpment behind their property, which was surrounded by a loop of the King River like a moat. The way to Power’s Lookout lay across a small bridge which was just behind Quinns’ and a peacock tethered on their roof was always ready to shriek a warning of interlopers.
Power enjoyed storytelling and the attention it drew and it’s likely the Kelly boys hung on his every word as he regaled listeners with tales of his involvement in peasant uprisings against the British troops and Parliament back in Ireland (from which he bore sabre scars on his face).
Power’s lasting fame was guaranteed when he took on 14-year-old Ned Kelly as his ‘apprentice’. Together they carried out a string of robberies and holdups in which Ned learned the tricks of the trade, including bushcraft, as they moved from one crime scene to the next at bewildering speed.
After his release in 1885 Power led an honest life for the next six years and accidentally drowned while fishing in the Murray River at Swan Hill in 1891.
At the Lookout’s car park you’ll find interpretative signage, shelter and toilets.
Hume & Hovells’ 1824 exploration of the North East opened the door for European settlers to begin to move to the North-East in large numbers. It was the discovery of gold at Beechworth and in the Ovens Valley in the 1850s that spurred a temporary population boom that included thousands of Chinese migrants seeking their fortune.
Predominantly originating from the Guangdong Province, the miners brought their own customs and culture with them. Their encampments contained places of worship, as well as shops, opium dens, and market gardens.
Unfortunately, the arrival of Chinese migrants was not always met with welcome and tensions mounted causing a number of incidents, most notably The Buckland Riot of 1857, which occurred when a large number of Europeans violently stormed a Chinese camp. In reponse, the Victorian Government provided compensation to the miners after the riot and encouraged them to return under the protection of police and an appointed Chinese Protector.
Eventually new cross-cultural interactions such as the first celebration of Chinese New Year in the area, met with awe and curiosity, with many locals joining in the festivities and sampling new food and music.
After the Gold rush, many Chinese migrants returned home. However, a number settled in the area as merchants, market gardeners and, notably, as tobacco and hops farmers both in the Ovens, King and eventually Buffalo River Valleys.
The names on the headstone read:
EN POW AH SAM
The Whitfield Golf Club is a 9 hole PAR 64 course with undulating sand greens . Each hole presents its own challenges, they are so variable,it makes for an interesting and challenging course.
Should the Club shed be unattended, there is an ‘Honour box’ and score cards are available. The nineteenth hole is the MountainView Hotel adjacent to the course.
WHITFIELD DISTRICT GOLF COURSE
10 King Valley Road Whitfield
03 5729 8270