Wineries of Gippsland
The GippsIand Wine Industry beginning dates to the early part of the Twentieth century with vineyards scattered all over GippsIand as settlers to this new region experimented with different agricultural pursuits. Using techniques learned in their homelands they endeavoured to forge out a living in a new environment. Some succeeded and others failed but unfortunately due to the economic depression and variability of the climate, all vineyards and wineries failed to exist into the middle of this century It was not until the 1970s when wine popularity increased that people began planting vines in this region again. Armed with new technology and grape varieties suited to the GippsIand environment small vineyards started emerging once more. Some 30 licensed wineries now exist in GippsIand with up to another 40 Vineyards supplying grapes to the regions wineries and others farther afield in the Yarra Valley.
GippsIand is a unique Wine Zone recognised by the EEC for export that offers its winemakers the opportunity to produce premium cool climate wines. The GippsIand climate is influenced by the Great Dividing Range to the north, the Strzelecki Ranges in the mid& and Bass Strait to the south. This produces mild summers with sea breezes, cooling temperatures and prolonging the ripening process, allowing vines to develop more flavours in the grapes. The resultant wines have full fruit flavours and rich cool climate characters.
Although soil rainfall and individual microclimates vary from vineyard to vineyard throughout GippsIand the overall quality of the wines produced in GippsIand is obvious to the taste.
Full chardonnay, floral riesling, fruity pinot noir, grassy sauvignon blanc, peppery shiraz and spicy cabernet are just some of the varieties available to tantalise your taste buds.
The wineries of GippsIand offer you a chance to meet the people behind the label chat with the winemaker and make new friends as you discover this emerging hospitable wine region of GippsIand So dont miss the opportunity to taste and sample GippsIand finest with an endless platter to tantalise your tastebuds.
When you plan your tour of GippsIand, dont forget the gourmet delights of this rich Regional Area Fresh fruits, smoked meats, award winning cheeses, platters of fresh seafood and multitudes of flavours can be found just around the next corner at the many provenders, eateries & restaurants.
Glenmaggie Wines are delicate and yet full flavoured revealing their hand crafted nature.
Owned and operated by Fleur and Tony Dawkins, with all fruit grown in our own vineyards so we can have full control of the wine making process from vine to bottle, Glenmaggie Winery holds to the philosophy that great wine is grown in the vineyard first and best made simply in the winery later with only minimal interventions such as filtering and preservative additions.
Glenmaggie award winning cool climate wines will complement a menu that can range from a simple fare, to the more intricate - focusing on local produce, you choose.
Wine show success with three shows entered and five medals won for our 2004 reds. Winewise awarded our Carbernet Sauvignoon 2004 a Silver Medal and said of the wine that it was 'A beautifully textured varietal red, with a little bit of leafiness. The Palate is the strong point, offering persistent red and blackcurrent flavour and very fine tannins'.
Specialising in Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Noir & Chardonnay.
Glenmaggie Winery is easily accessible from the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail (exit at McKinnons Road, Tinamba West).
Directions: McLachlans Rd Maffra is located off the Upper Maffra Rd between Tinamba and Glenmaggie.
Our Opening Hours are Sunday & Pub Hol 11am-4pm or apptmt. Wheelchair access.
Street: 439 Mclachans Road
City: Tinamba West
Contact Telephone: 03 5145 1131 Mob 0437 318 460 Website: http://glenmaggiewines.com/
Avon Ridge Winery, Powerscourt
Avon Ridge is a well established winery located on Maffra-Stratford Road near Maffra.The Winery is the home of the annual "music in the vines" event held in February. It is accessible from the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail which passes the cellar door.The Vineyard specialises in Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir & Chardonnay.Winemaker: Directions: Located approx 4km from Maffra on C105 (Maffra - Stratford Rd)
Our Opening Hours are 10am-4pm Wed & Sat or by appt
Street: Maffra - Stratford Rd
Ph: 5141 1146 Website: http://www.avonridgevineyard.com.au/
Directions: Approx 13km South of Rosedale on the Rosedale-Willung Rd. Turnoff to Ronalds Rd is adjacent to Merrimans Ck bridge.
Our Opening Hours are 10am-6pm Thurs, Fri & Sun & 2pm-6pm Sat. Other times by apptmt
Narkoojee Winery's name comes from 'Narkoojee' meaning 'place of flowers'. This beautiful winery is located in Eastern Gippsland where the cool, long-ripening period produces classic, cool climate wines.
Nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, in a beautiful setting with magnificent views of the Strzelecki Ranges. The winery is approximately a two and half hour drive from Melbourne and a comfortable train ride from Melbourne to Traralgon. Narkoojee is a 12 minute drive from Traralgon.
At the Cellar Door, visitors can taste the hand-crafted wines and great food from the restaurant, by Jorg. The Mediterranean-inspired fare shows the delft touch of the high-skilled chefs, while the welcoming attitude of the front of house staff is constantly praised.
Narkoojee Winery's first vines were planted by Harry and Val Friend in 1980 on Harry's parents dairy farm. Now with 10.3 hectares of vine on-site, Harry and son Axel are the winemakers.
The vineyard has been established on deep alluvial soils with mixtures of clay, silt, sand and ironstone gravels. The vines are trained to a lyre trellis system, which increases sunlight penetration and air circulation, producing fruit at optimum quality.
Many of the wines have won medals and trophies, including the Michelin Trophy for the Reserve Chardonnay.
The distinctive appeal of Narkoojee's wines is earning it an impressive reputation, drawing acclaim from the top restaurants, wine shows, wine writers and wine consumers across Australia and overseas.
Narkoojee Winery produce wines such as Sparkling, Chardonnay,Viognier, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Merlot and Shiraz. their wines range from $13.00 to $60.00.
Please contact Narkoojee Winery or view their website for further details.
03 5192 4257
Nicholson River Winery
Nicholson River Winery was established in 1978 and is owned and operated by Juliet and Ken Eckersley.
They make small quantities of speciality wines intended to be enjoyed with food. Varieties include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Syrah or Shiraz, Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
There are sparkling, botrytis and preservative-free wines, whilst the styles are more European than traditional Australian.
The setting is picturesque with a commanding view of the Nicholson River and rolling hills.
Platters of local cheese and antipasto are available and on select occasions wood-fired pizza can be enjoyed alfresco with a glass of wine .
Nicholson River's Chardonnay is considered by many to be one of Australia's greatest Chardonny's. It is intense and powerful, but structure rather than really fruity like other Chardonnay's. It comes from a tiny little place on Victoria's east coast near Lakes Entrance.
Nicholson River also has an excellent Pinot Noir that is definitely worth tasting a few times.
'Ken and Juliet Eckersley's Nicholson River is one of Victoria's most distinctive and beautiful wineries. Above a cliff on one side overlooking a Streeton-like view of the beautiful Nicholson River valley, with a broad panorama across the distant Gippsland Lakes and Bass Strait on the other side, the cellar door, an 1880 farmhouse, is the perfect place to chat with Ken, whose thoughtful, intelligent views on wine are refreshingly out of the mainstream. The wines made here cross a broad range of styles, with Chardonnay the most famous, Pinot Noir too, but the whole range of wines makes a unique tasting experience.' Ralph Kyte-Powell
For any further information please contact Nicholson River Winery or view their website.
03 5156 8241
0409 568 241
Cannibal Creek Vineyard
Cannibal Creek Vineyard hand picks their grapes and their wines are crafted with a minimal amount of handling to produce a traditional style, premium wine.
Cannibal Creek Vineyard plan to open a new cellar door with kitchen and cheese room and is currently being planned. All updates will also be posted on their website, please view for further information.
'Cannibal Creek winery isn't very far from the M1 freeway that roars through the Gippsland countryside, but its countrified quiet takes you light years away. Pockets of forest, wide pastures, and the simple corrugated iron buildings of Cannibal Creek make it a great place to get in the mood for a tour of Gippsland's wine country. The natives are friendly and the wine quality is very high. The Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs made here have been regional stars for a long time, now a top notch sparkling wine has added fizz to the range, and a fascinating new fortified drop, made in the style of Pineau des Charentes from western France, tempts those with a taste for the sweeties.' Ralph Kyte-Powell.
03 5942 8380
0438 518 506
djinta djinta Winery and de Vine Restaurant
It is said that the problems of the world can be solved over a welcoming meal and a glass of good wine. If this is true, then there is no better place to do it than at djinta djinta Winery ensconced in the elegantly relaxed deVine Restaurant.
The Restaurant and cellar door The Wines of Armour Room are within an attractive double-storey sandstone and wood homestead that has expansive views across the vineyard. The 10.5 acre property is nestled in the Strzelecki Ranges in between Korumburra and Leongatha, just off the South Gippsland Highway.
At djinta djinta Winery on offer is house-made locally sourced Fine Food Range of condiments, preserves, pickles, relishes and breads, all of which can be found within our seasonal menu in the deVine restaurant and cellar door platters.
Lazy days can be spent enjoying the seasonal menu and sampling the estate's cool climate wine's surrounded by unspoilt countryside, clean air and panoramic scenery. The estate offers a large enclosed marquee that can be used for any function, boasts green luscious gardens and there is a singular King sized accommodation room available to book.
djinta djinta Winery is located a leisurely one and a half hour drive from the Melbourne CBD, 40 minutes from Cranbourne and not even a minute off the South Gippsland Highway.
03 5658 1163
Waratah Hills Vineyard
Waratah Hills Vineyard is a boutique vineyard operated by Judy and Neil Travers in the hills behind the renowned Waratah Bay, South Gippsland.
Located seven kilometres from Fish Creek, on the road to Wilson's Promontory National Park. The "prom" peninsula is a unique 50,000 hectare stretch of protected coastal parklands past the tiny township of Yanakie and centred around the village of Tidal River.
The vineyard faces north-east in a beautiful domed valley, formed by the Hoddle Creek.
03 5683 2441
Mt Moornapa Wines
Mt Moornapa Wines, owned by Peter Marsden offers cellar door tasting and sales from its unique vineyard and winery located in the foothills of Briagolong.
The winery offers barbeque facilities and a picnic area. They specialise in Chardonnay, Traminer, Pinot Noir, Reisling & Merlot.
The winery and vineyard have been specifically designed to obtain good quality wines at minimal growing and production costs. The vines are pruned to obtain around 1.5 tons per acre of fruit, giving quality fruit.
The winery has been designed as a tall building to retain low temperatures during summer months, and the vats are elevated to reduce the need for pumping during production procedures, with the intention of reducing energy costs.
The original plantings in 1980 were Merlot and Riesling. Further plantings have been Shiraz, Traminer and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Directions: Follow signs from the Briagolong-Stratford Road. Located approx 8km from Briagolong on the Briagolong-Stockdale Rd.
Our Opening Hours are Weekends, Public Holidays 10am-4pm Telephone 0407 049 675
Address Briagolong Stockdale Road Stockdale 3852