August 30, 2021

High tea with meerkats anyone? How about a masterclass in pulling the perfect shot?

High Country at Home is back this Spring with a packed program of brand new and returning by popular demand online classes and entertaining sessions guaranteed to bring good vibes to Groundhog Day.

Providing the perfect excuse to get together and enjoy shared learning experiences with the family, a birthday gift for a friend, a special treat for Dad this Father’s Day or some team-building with a twist, High Country At Home offers a suite of fun, tasty, informative and interactive bookable experiences presented online by some of the region’s most talented makers, roasters, distillers and chefs leading classes, sharing their insights, expert knowledge, tips and tricks.

These virtual escapes to Victoria’s most spectacular destination have been a hit with hundreds of Melburnians since the first round of experiences launched in April 2020.

It’s as easy as browsing the program at, booking a session and waiting for the postie to deliver all the High Country at Home goodies you and your crew will need for the class. This time round there’s also a very special treat for kids who can also Zoom with the resident meerkats at Mansfield Zoo as they tuck into a specially prepared afternoon tea.

Here’s the lowdown for High Country at Home this September:
What’s NEW:
– Learn the art of the perfect cup of joe with Bright’s own Sixpence Coffee guru, Luke Dudley, (pictured) who’ll dive into the finer points of the grind, the blend, frothing and using different milk alternatives. The Sixpence package also includes a gorgeous cup handcrafted by local ceramic artist, Esther, of Little Cottage Creative.

– Join craft beer legend and founder of Bridge Road Beechworth’s Ben Kraus and head brewer James Dittko in a virtual tasting of their latest release, NEeD Vol.5 Virtual Tasting. They’ll delve into recipe development, brewing techniques, hop selection and the emergence of their controversial new IPA Cold style.

– Take a peek at Delatite Wines amazing new cellar door and learn the fine art of DIY Blending with owner, David Ritchie and maker, Andy
Bright-based Hatted chef turned lauded gin distiller, Hamish Nugent, will lead High Spirits by Reed & Co Distillery featuring online tastings of his superb range, timed perfectly for knock-off drinks at 5pm and 7pm on Thursday 9 and 16 September.

RETURNING by popular demand, including:
– Explore the magic of Muscat deep in the century-old barrel room at Pfeiffer Wines, tasting a range of luscious drops guided by the maker while learning the art of blending at this exclusive, hands-on True Muscat Experience.

– One of the most popular classes of Lockdown 2020, A Tavola Cooking School’s Katrina Pizzini, brings a taste of the King Valley back to High Country at Home with the Art of Gnocchi. Learn how to make delicious, hand-crafted and light as a feather little pillows of happiness at this gnocchi-making and guided wine class with Katrina and winemaker Fredo Pizzini of Pizzini Wines.

– Maker and distiller, Dirk Bester of Glenbosch Wine Estate near Beechworth also returns with his super popular and informative Gin Appreciation sessions. Dirk’s also reprising his 101 in how to concoct a Prohibition Era-style moonshine at home!

Click HERE to check out the full list of High Country at Home September 2021 classes.

High Country at Home is also an online Marketplace showcasing products from around the region including wine, beer, gin, honey, luxe granola, sauces, olives, locally roasted coffee and boutique wares from nearly 100 High Country businesses.