Food & Wine
Gippsland has been blessed with the perfect combination of a climate with a consistent rainfall and rich, fertile soil which produces some of the very best dairy products, potatoes, asparagus, onions and wine to name a few.
The fine array of food and wine can be experienced in many different ways in Gippsland. Gippsland Gourmet Country, located one hour east of Melbourne includes destinations such as Drouin, Warragul, Yarragon, Neerim South and Noojee. Enjoy superb gourmet delights by picking your own fruit and berries, sampling a local wine or indulging in the region's award winning cheeses, wines, specialty breads, home made jams and condiments.
The region is scattered with a huge variety of cafes, restaurants, B&Bís and bakeries, which cater to all styles of dining. From a quick and refreshing coffee and cake to a grand dining experience in one of the many fine restaurants, there is a style of eatery to suit every occasion. Many of the restaurant, motel and B&B operators pride themselves in offering delicacies from the area as a part of their menu. In some areas, specialty shops that are devoted to showcasing food and wines of the area can be found.
Seafood in Gippsland can be an adventure as well as a delicious dinning experience. Whether its purchased fresh from the jetty at Port Albert, caught at the trout farm in Noojee or ordered in a fine restaurant just the way you like it, visitors will not be disappointed.
Gippsland restaurants can be located in heritage buildings and often provide a history lesson while dining. For example, the Courthouse Cafe in Warragul is in the building that originally was the old courthouse
As with the food, local wines are also produced in the finest forms. Cabernet, Merlot, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Traminer are among the varieties produced throughout the western and southern region along with Australiaís top Pinot producer in Leongatha. Coopers Creek, near Walhalla and Drouin West both produce boutique fruit wines. The Strzelecki Ranges produce clear mountain water which is used in the production of range of boutique beers at the Mirboo North brewery.
Vineyards and wineries are spread throughout this vast region and the resultant wines are attracting more and more fans. Climates throughout the region are diverse, but generally cool, producing wines of great character, finesse and intensity of flavour.
Gippsland has some of Victorias most diverse and scenic natural attractions yet its close proximity to the CBD is often overlooked. Approximately a mere 45 minutes from Melbourne will introduce you to the first delights of Gippsland.
The region is still very much the realm of the family winery, so turn off the highway and spend some time getting to know the people behind the labels. Meet the winemaker and discover the individuality of each winery and its wines, then match the wines with Gippsland's famous produce and be prepared for a gourmet adventure.
The wineries are predominantly small, personally owned and managed operations where you will find real affinity for the land and genuine passion for the production of quality produce. Gippsland is blessed with amazingly rich soils, reliable rainfall and the cleanest of environments all adding to the mix that is a joy to discover.
Wineries such as Holley Hill near Rosedale; Acreage, Ada River, Boola Boola, Gypsy Creek, Kouark, Brandy Creek, Parnassus, Piedmont, Lillico and Wild Dog in West Gippsland and Narkoojee in Glengarry, offer the visitor the opportunity to taste and buy quality Gippsland wines at the cellar door. Opening hours are varied but most are open during the weekends and holiday periods.
Call any of our Visitor Information Centres or check the website at www.wine.gippslander.com for more information.
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