Weekend Getaway: Balgownie Estate

I was recently down in Melbourne devouring some Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Oh yeah. So many LOLZ, so little time.

But even though I love stand-up like a Kardashian loves a mirror, I also love a little R&R.

So off to the Yarra Valley for a spot of wine and wonderment, it was…

I stayed at a little place called Balgownie Estate. A say little but it’s actually quite sprawling what with all the vines and dams and room for helicopters to land.

This place is basically a one-stop shop for the weekender of your dreams. If the weekender of your dreams involves staying put. Which mine does.

Cellar door, restaurant, spa, giant fluffy beds, on-demand movies, wine tasting, gym, pool and – if you’re so inclined – giant chess. All in one spot. You won’t have to leave EVER.

I mean, you could… You might want to visit the Chocolaterie across the road, I suppose. But you’ll be right back to eat in in front of the open fire, I’d wager.

After check-in, I suggest you get right down to business and head over to imbibe some grape soup. Also known as wine tasting in gastronomic circles. Despite being a shiraz drinker, the cabernet sauvignon was actually my favourite. And it was on the right side of $50. Generous pours and unhurried staff for the win.

My favourite place to hang out at Balgownie, however, was the restaurant. Stay in and go the full hog, three-course dinner, I say. I’ve even done the hard yards on the ordering for you.

Ready? Here’s how our dinner battle went down.

First course I had the Sweet Corn Pannacotta and my man-friend had the Hand Rolled Potato Gnocchi. Those glorious tiny dumplings were like little parcels of creamy joy. It was not unlike this dream I once had where I had a pillow fight with a stick of butter. So fair to say he won that round.

For the main event I had the Vine Smoked Prime Eye Filet and he had the Herb Crusted Lamb Rump. I won the ordering Olympics and I came back hard with a win in round two. The thing actually came out still smoking. Dinner and a show. Amazing.

Sadly, I lost round three (my Cheese Plate was trumped by his Caramelised Condensed Milk & Honeycomb Semifreddo). But a fair fight it was. We shook hands at the end. It was very civil. Then we drunk some more grape soup. Good times.

If you want to partake in your own supper throw-down, now is a good time to go. Balgownie Estate are running a Winter Warmer Package starting at just $175 a night – which is a sweet 50% off rack rates, wine tasting included. For a four-and-a-half star resort, that ain’t half bad. It’s valid from now all the way through until the end of August.

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