Restaurant Spotlight: The Avoca

Local wines are the star at this charming hotel and gastropub in Australia

Restaurant Spotlight: The Avoca
The Avoca is a hotel-restaurant with an eclectic, contemporary menu. (Alison Chapman)
Jun 20, 2019

Located in Australia’s Pyrenees region, a western part of Victoria, the Avoca is a hotel-restaurant with regional fare and a plethora of local wines. The property, owned by Alison Chapman and wine director Ian Urquhart, occupies a renovated hotel built in the mid-1800s. Its retro charm meets chef Caitlyn Murrell’s contemporary menu of small plates like cauliflower doughnuts and steamed prawn dumplings, and larger ones like duck leg in a red curry sauce and 12-hour, slow-roasted lamb shoulder. The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence–winning wine collection of 225 labels spans the globe, but local picks are the focus here. Producers such as Redbank, Summerfield and Taltarni are well-represented among the Australian selections, which showcase numerous verticals. Another highlight of the program is its inexpensive pricing; most selections cost less than $100 and many cost less than $50, and 19 wines are served by the glass.

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