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GIPPSLAND

Perhaps one of the regions hit the hardest by Victoria’s many lockdowns of the past two years, the sheer distance between Gippsland’s borders make visiting its many cellar doors a more ambitious day trip than most. In recent years, an ever-increasing number of small producers have launched a variety of visitor experiences, with classic winery cellar doors joined by hip cider, spirit and beer set-ups exploring the best this vast region has to offer. Take your time to engage with the down-to-earth hospitality of local producers while taking in the splendour of the various beaches, waterways and local wilderness.  Christina Kaigg

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LIGHTFOOT & SONS

Star Cellar Door

(03) 5156 9205
lightfootwines.com

Established in 1995 with the planting of the Myrtle Point vineyard by Brian and Helen Lightfoot, this humble family producer has been a stalwart of the Gippsland winemaking scene for over 20 years.  Now run by sons Rob and Tom Lightfoot, the estate is located on terra rosa and limestone slopes in the heart of the Gippsland Lakes, with sweeping views of the Mitchell River and the Lindenow Valley. The small but airy cellar door offers seated tastings for small groups every weekend, with their full range of classic and reserve wines available to taste for a modest fee. For those wanting to deep dive into the local terroir, the Taster of Gippsland Experience includes a platter of goods from local cheese and small goods producers matched to a selection of the label’s wines. Grab a bottle of the estate’s beloved Myrtle Point Pinot Noir and enjoy the view of the vines from the sunny wooden verandah outside. 

TOP DROP: 2018 Lightfoot & Sons Home Block Chardonnay, A$55

CANNIBAL CREEK
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR

(03) 5942 8380
cannibalcreek.com.au 

NARKOOJEE
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR

(03) 5192 4550
narkoojee.com 

DIRTY THREE WINES
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE

(03) 5606 8128
dirtythreewines.com.au

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