PAGE 82 I LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE BAIRNSDALE PAYNESVILLE BRUTHEN NICHOLSON TAMBO UPPER JOHNSONVILLE SWAN REACH Open 10am - 4pm Holidays & Weekends Please phone for other times Bringing you the flavour of East Gippsland Ken and Juliet Eckersley. 57 Liddells Road, Nicholson Enquiries and Phone Orders 0409 568 241 Follow the signs from Princes Highway, Nicholson or Great Alpine Road, Sarsfield Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • www.nicholsonriverwinery.com.au • Discover our food friendly wine styles • Enjoy wine by the glass in tranquil surroundings overlooking the Nicholson River • Alfresco eating area • Learn about enjoying wine and the food/wine experience • Try our delicious local cheese platters Reward your palate with a fine drop Among the delights of the Twin Rivers district are award winning wineries including Nicholson River Wine and Tambo Wine. Established in 1978, Nicholson River Winery is one of the oldest wineries in Gippsland and has long been renowned for its Chardonnays, being voted nine times Victoria’s most popular white wine and recently awarded a gold medal by the British Sommeliers Association for its 2014 Chardonnay. Nine grape varieties are grown on the property, crafted into small quantities of special European influenced wine styles that have distinctive regional character, are full flavoured and are good companions to the local produce and cuisine. Owner operators, Ken and Juliet Eckersley, also make a vintage sparkling wine and a rare sweet botrytis Semillon. Local cheese platters are available at the cellar door. Stop by and relax under trees as you watch the river winding through the valley below. An exciting development at the winery is the upcoming restaurant that will seat 60 or more guests. Diners will enjoy not only fine local wines and produce but also magnificent views of the Nicholson River below from the wide windows or substantial deck. Watch this space for further developments. A 10-minute drive away is Tambo Wines. After living in Europe for a period and examining the areas that had over time been recognised as producing distinctive classic wines, Bill and Pam Williams came to a view that new classic wines could be produced in parts of Australia. Their extensive search for the perfect property led them to a former dairy farm in the Bumberrah hills where they established their small vineyard in 1994 followed by a winery in 2005. The vines and viticulture have stabilised over time and now, under the direction of winemaker, Alastair Butt, the wines have become exceptional. Bill and Pam believe the primary purpose of winemaking is to capture the fruit characters that express the site and maintain the essence of this fruit character to the bottle. “A striking wine of very high quality, white peach with a twist of limey acidity, the oak extract to detail that makes it special, the palate so long” acclaimed wine critic, James Halliday, said of their 2015 Tambo Reserve Chardonnay, who also said “A combination of pure varietal expression and intensity of flavour permeates all Tambo wines”. Enjoy award-winning wines from the hillsides of the Twin Rivers district. GIPPSLAND LAKES WINE #'## $&' %+* #'$* $## +(& +) %#$* $$ ! ( ! "