The Bank serves as a cafe and the cellar door for Mitchelton Wines’ Central Victorian range. The Ryan family has run Mitchelton Winery since 2011, but the original vineyard near Nagambie dates back to 1969.
The circa-1886 bank building was given a fresh coat of white paint and a hand-carved tree-trunk bar-top for its current iteration. The former vault now houses the winery’s museum releases. The winery produces a range of both red and white wines, which are available to taste and take home from the cellar door.
The cafe is both a shop for the Ministry of Chocolate range of artisan couverture chocolates, and a cosy spot for breakfast and lunch. The kitchen dishes up simple meals such as focaccia, pizza, soup and sweet treats.
Gluten-free bases are available for the pizzas, which come topped with the likes of pumpkin, fetta and spinach; or pear, prosciutto and blue cheese. Enjoy these with a glass of wine at lunch, or just stop in for a carrot cake or brownie at morning tea. Take your coffee (which comes accompanied by a square of silken dark chocolate) inside next to the fireplace, or outside on the sprawling back lawn.
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