A wine stay! Inside the stunning boutique-style accommodation of the year at the Mitchelton Hotel in Nagambie

It just won ‘Boutique Style Accommodation of the Year’ and upon checking out Victoria’s Mitchelton Winery, it really isn’t hard to see why.

Located in Nagambie, about an hour and a half drive north of Melbourne’s CBD, Mitchelton is not only one of the most beloved wineries in the state, but it is also home to a hotel, day spa, art gallery and restaurant.

As you walk through the cellar entrance, there are two amazing features of the site that are impossible to miss.

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The first is the historic 55-metre tower that overlooks the vines and has become the Mitchelton logo. The second is the River Goulburn, which meanders behind the hotel and restaurant.

The historic 55m tower overlooks vineyards and the Goulburn River winds its way behind the hotel and restaurant. Credit: 7NEWS.com.au

The boutique hotel

The 54-room boutique hotel opened in Mitchelton in 2018 and was designed by famed Hecker Guthrie.

The hotel’s style has the perfect touch of modern luxury, while staying true to its quaint backyard with earthy touches throughout.

There are several types of rooms offering either a view of the vineyard or a view of the river.

The breathtaking view from Mitchelton’s iconic 55m tower. Credit: 7NEWS.com.au

The intimate rooms are perfect for a romantic getaway and each feature a private terrace or balcony, wireless sound system, smart TV, Grown Alchemist amenities and gourmet mini-bar .

There is a choice of a king size bed or a single king size bed.

There is a swimming pool which overlooks the River Goulburn with exclusive access for guests. Credit: 7NEWS.com.au

While a comfortable stay may appeal to many during the winter months, there is also a swimming pool which overlooks the River Goulburn with exclusive access for guests when it is warmer outside.

Rooms start around $355 for a one night stay.

The day spa

While staying at the Mitchelton Hotel, guests can take advantage of the on-site day spa, which also opened in 2018.

First put on a bathrobe and slippers which are provided in the room, then simply stroll down the hotel hallway to access a wide range of services, each perfectly tailored to the individual.

It can be easy to drink, eat, and relax in Mitchelton, but visitors should keep 10 minutes free to take the elevator to the top of the 55-meter tower with picturesque views of the winery.

While staying at the Mitchelton Hotel, guests can take advantage of the on-site day spa, which also opened in 2018. Credit: 7NEWS.com.au

Restaurant

Mitchelton’s on-site restaurant, called The museoffers breakfast, lunch and dinner services with versatility and fresh local produce at its heart.

The kitchen is ‘modern farmhouse’ and the current winter menu includes dishes such as homemade ciabatta with parmesan butter, corn and manchego croquettes, heirloom beets with cashew cream and candied nuts, wild game and saltwater barramundi.

Pancakes of chickpeas and old beets with cashew nut cream. Credit: 7NEWS.com.au

Dessert should never be skipped.

Diners can find fun and tasty treats like Honey Joy Cheesecake with Poached Rhubarb or Dark Chocolate Mousse with Feuilletine and Raspberry Jelly.

And diners can, of course, pair all their dishes with the award-winning Mitchelton wines they’ve spent 50 years perfecting.

Dark chocolate mousse with feuilletine and raspberry jelly and risotto with herbs and peas Credit: 7NEWS.com.au

The cellar door

Those who want to try a sip before ordering their meal should drop by the award-winning cellar door before lunch or dinner.

Tasters can choose their own experience by selecting the wines they wish to taste or be guided by the knowledgeable staff.

There’s a huge wine list on offer, including Mitchelton Estate single-vineyard chardonnay and Mitchelton Estate-grown Heathcote Shiraz.

The Mitchelton Cellar is open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The gallery

Perhaps the most unique and special part of the winery is the fact that it has the Mitchelton Gallery of Aboriginal Art.

The space is Australia’s largest commercial Aboriginal art gallery and almost all of the works can be purchased.

It currently features works by Gabriella’s Possum Nungurrayi, who uses vibrant colors to express her strong connection to the country.

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi’s artwork is also featured on some of the wine labels that can be purchased at the cellar door.

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