Posted: 28 Apr 2015

Matt Preston’s top 5 reasons to visit the Grampians

MasterChef judge and all-round bon vivant Matt Preston is heading west for the annual Grampians Grape Escape, a celebration of food and wine in Halls Gap on May 2 and 3.

More than 125 region’s food, wine, beer and cider artisans will join forces at the foot of Mount William, with entertainment from the legendary Tex Perkins and other performers over the weekend.

Just days before MasterChef returns to our screens, Matt will host cooking demonstrations using Grampians produce across the weekend. He will also lead a panel of experts charged with finding out if wine makes a difference to your meal.

These are Matt’s top five reasons to visit the Grampians, and what better time to do it than during the Grape Escape.

1. Eating out

Whether it’s something funky and fine like the Royal Mail at Dunkeld, or somewhere a bit more casual like Tosca Browns in Hamilton for their zucchini cake, there are many places to find a great meal.

2. Wines

The region has a fabulous history in the wine – especially the wonderful shiraz that tastes like plums… madness. There are so many… Seppelt, Best’s Great Western, Barangaroo Wines, Pierrepoint Wines, Montara Wine, Sally’s Paddock, Grampians EstateNorton Estate and Blue Pyrenees Estate.

3. Salty stuff

Capers, olives, local pink salt and goats’ cheese are just a few of the delicious salty goodies in the Grampians region.

4. The people

There are some real characters in the Grampians region – the kind of people who have made the region what it is today. Not to mention that strange influx of the French that have moved in.

5. The Grampians

The Grampians themselves have stunning beauty that’s up there with the blue mountains. There are 800 different plant species including 20 that are truly unique to the region, such as the Grampians Gum.

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