Gippsland forging ahead
While many a visitor will seek its unspoilt beaches, lakes and mountains, waterside villages and green rolling hills - for those seeking the vinous path, Gippsland can offer some spectacular and surprising wines.
Being the largest Victorian wine region stretching from the border of NSW, to just below Melbourne, it is also the least populated with about 50 small family owned wineries. Gippsland was firmly put on the map by Phillip Jones of Bass Phillip wines, who anchored its reputation for premium pinot noir over two decades ago. However, what could be seen as an offering lacking critical mass on the national wine scene, Gippsland has recently reaffirmed itself with a cast of talented winemakers invigorating the scene with new energy and talent.
There is still this feeling of discovery when heading there, unearthing liquid treasures, as many of the best performing wineries are still a shy secret that are waiting to be trumpeted around. The region is more than on its way there, offering an array of truly great and exciting wines from biodynamic Pinot Noir crafted by William Downie, fresh mineral Chardonnay from The Wine Farm, surprising elegant Phillip Island shiraz from Purple Hen, site specific pinot noir expressions at Dirty Three, to a rare and seductive sparkling Cuvée from Lithostylis and of course many more waiting to be discovered. You just need to know where to look or linger a bit longer next time you are immersing yourself in this idyllic and captivating region.
Club and Resorts Sommelier