Tiny centre with some interesting primary
Milawa is a small service centre to a farming
and wine-producing area. It is located 239 km
north-east of Melbourne and 15 km south-east of
Wangaratta. The centre of Milawa is, and always
has been, The Crossroads where Snow Rd (the road
to Myrtleford, Bright, Mount Buffalo, Mount
Beauty and Mount Hotham) and Factory Rd (to
Wangaratta) meet. Settlement of the area began
in the 1840s.
Today the town is a centre for a range of
craft activities, interesting food industries
and vineyards - the most famous of which is
Things to see:
Here you will find Milawa Mustards located in
the Old Emu Inn building (1861) which once
served goldminers en route to the Ovens Valley,
bullock teams supplying the goldfields and Cobb
& Co coaches which once used it as a stopover.
The musical accomplishments of the licensee's
daughters made the inn something of an
The building later served as the Milawa
police station. The old lock-up (brought from
Beechworth by bullock team at the end of the
19th century) is still on the property, as is a
19th-century barn made of handmade bricks from
clay dug out in the cellar.
Milawa Mustards offer a wide variety of
mustards, herb vinegars and preserves made from
locally grown ingredients. The tasting room is
open Thursday to Tuesday from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00
p.m., tel: (03) 5727 3202.
Also at the Crossroads are the Commercial Hotel,
a country bakery, and a general store cum coffee
lounge situated in some old and much altered
buildings. A couple of doors west of the hotel
is 'Ercildoon' (c.1858), an attractive house
which is now a bed-and-breakfast. The old
stables, blacksmith's shop, shearing shed and
original horse-drawn transport are still to be
seen on the property.
Milawa Cheese Company
Just to the north of The Crossroads, along
Factory Rd, is the Milawa Cheese Company which
sells award-winning cheeses, including a variety
of sheep and goat's milk cheeses. Sales,
tastings and a ploughman's platter are available
daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., tel: (03)
Brown Brothers Winery
The oldest winery in the district is the Brown
Brothers Winery which has operated since 1889.
It is slightly south of The Crossroads along
Snow Rd and produces an extensive range of
table, sparkling and fortified wines. Brown
Brothers is open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00
p.m. with a restaurant, picnic-barbecue
facilities and a children's playground, tel:
(03) 5720 5547.
Former Flour Mill
West along Snow Rd is an enormous old
four-storey steam-driven brick flour mill
constructed in the 1860s of local bricks.
Surrounding the ground floor of the mill is a
timber apron. A large brick chimney has been
Further west again, on the Snow Rd, are
Walkabout Apiaries who have fresh honeys
available for tastings and sales. They are open
most days from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., tel:
(03) 5727 3468.
The shire hall at Oxley (4 km west of Milawa) is
an attractive structure built of coloured local
bricks in 1875 with side wings added in the
1890s. It is set well back from the road and
features moulded arched openings.
King Valley Cellar markets wines from local
vineyards such as Moyhu Estate, King Valley
Vineyard, Lana-Trento and Chrismont Wines (see
entry on Whitfield for listings on these
individual vineyards). It is open every day but
Tuesday from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., tel: (03)
At the corner of Green and Simpson Sts in
Oxley are Willandra Orchids who specialise in
Cymbidium orchids. They are open all day every
day except Tuesdays when they open at 1.30 p.m.,
tel: (03) 5727 3563.
Reads Winery is located at Evans Lane by the
King River. It offers chardonnay, sauvignon
blanc, crouchen, cabernet, shiraz and ports and
is open daily, tel: (03) 5727 3386.
Also in Evans Lane are Ciavarella Wines
(signposted from the Snow Rd), established in
1978. They produce dry and semi-sweet wines and
ports from shiraz, cabernet sauvignon,
chardonnay, chenin blanc and semillon. The
cellar door is open from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
every day but Sunday when it opens at 10.00
a.m., tel: (03) 5727 3384.
John Gehrig Wines, established in 1976, is
also signposted off the Snow Rd. It has produced
award-winning dry whites, medium to full-bodied
reds, methode champenoise pinot noir and
traditional fortifieds. The cellar door is open
from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. every day but Sunday
when it opens at 10.00 a.m., tel: (03) 5727
6 km east along Snow Rd is Markwood. A signpost
directs you to Morris Lane where you will find
Markwood Estate which is open daily. They have
small plantings of cabernet sauvignon shiraz,
chardonnay, semillon, specialising in soft dry
reds, whites and ports, tel: (03) 5727 0361.
Wood Park Wines
Wood Park Wines, established in 1989, is a
picturesque vineyard located in wooded hills
below the Victorian Alps at Bobinawarrah in the
Lower King Valley. To get there follow the Snow
Rd east of Milawa for 7 km. 1 km beyond
Markwood, take the signposted right onto the
Carboor Rd. After 7 km you will reach an
intersection. Turn left here onto the Whorouly
Rd and, after 3 km, a signpost will direct you
into the winery's driveway on the left. It is
noted for its cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and
chardonnay and the owners are happy to see
visitors but it is best to ring first , tel:
(03) 5727 3367.