Photo: Gippsland Produce
On the East Coast of Victoria, Gippsland is a region of natural beauty and coastal wilderness. Stretching from Melbourne’s suburban fringe east to the Gippsland Lakes, and inland from Mt Baw Baw to Wilsons Promontory, this region offers incredible diversity of landscapes - from snow-capped mountains to lush rolling hills and wide sandy beaches.
Gippsland is gourmet country, and at the Australian mainland’s southernmost point is Wilsons Promontory National Park. Vineyards are spread throughout the vast Gippsland area and their wines are making headlines with powerful Chardonnays and exceptional Pinot Noirs.
Gippsland is also the centre of dairy production in Victoria and green farm produce like fruit, vegetables, flowers, wine and livestock. The area has become renowned for its wonderful range of cheeses.
There are a number of wineries located here - Gippsland is home to more than 30 wineries. Here is a short list of some of the more notable ones: Signature wine styles found in the region: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but there are others that are beginning to grow in popularity.
Of the growing variety of grape styles: Traminer, Cabernets, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Rose and Ports.
Wa-Da-Lock Cellar Door is located on the Princes Highway in Stratford. Dining: Snacks, platters, light lunches specialising in local produce. Cellar door sales: 10am - 6pm Thurs - Tues. Closed Wed.
76 Tyers Street (Princes Hwy), Stratford VIC 3862
Phone: +61 3 5145 7050
This is a haven for tourists and visitors to Lakes Entrance. You can take a boat trip right to the winery departing from the local Visitor Information Centre.
Dining: Henry’s Winery Café adjoining the tasting room provides lunch and morning tea seven days. Dinner available Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Cellar door sales: 9am - 5pm daily.
Baades Road, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909
Phone: +61 3 5155 1508
Harry and Axel Friend have proven to be a remarkably successful father and son winemaking team with their recent wines, winning multiple trophies, significant awards and medals.
Dining: BBQ and picnic food available with prior notice. Cellar door sales: Most days but please phone first.
170 Francis Road, Glengarry VIC 3854
Phone: +61 3 5192 4257
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