Gippsland Wine Region

It's hard to describe the Gippsland Wine Region...

First it is not a region, it is a zone under the Australian GI system, rather than a region.

And then area is so large and vineyards are so dispersed that each vineyard tends to have its own climate. 

Moondarra Vineyard in GippslandMoondarra Vineyard in Gippsland

The Gippsland Zone stretches 500 km from the outskirts of the Melbourne's eastern suburbs to the border with New South Wales.

At the western end of the region the vineyards on Phillip Island share much more in common with the Mornington Peninsula wine region than with the rest of Gippsland. Towards the eastern edge of the region the climate is in transition from the winter rainfall pattern of the rest of Victoria to the summer rainfall pattern of coastal New South Wales.

To the north east of the Zone is the Yarra Valley Wine Region

The region is bounded on the south east by Bass Strait and by the Great Dividing Range and the Victorian snowfields to the north. The South Gippsland sub-region has a more maritime climate, while on the other side of the Strzelecki Ranges West Gippsland is more remote from the sea.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are the most common varieties grown in the region. An increasing number of wineries are using Pinot gris, the success story of the nearby Mornington Peninsula.

Total production in the region is low and it seems that the future of Gippsland wine will be dominated by small wineries which need to produce very good wines to remain viable.

Brandy Creek Estate in Gippsland are noted producers of Tempranillo

The Gippsland Zone was badly affected by bushfires over the summer of 2019-20.

Alternative varietal Wines in Gippsland

  • Ada River Gewurztraminer, Malbec
  • Bass Phillip Gamay
  • Blue Gables Sangiovese
  • Brandy Creek Wines Tempranillo
  • Dirty Three Wines Gewurztraminer
  • Djinta Djinta Malbec, Marsanne, Roussanne, Ruby Cabernet
  • Entropy Savagnin
  • Gippsland Wine Company Sangiovese
  • Jinks Creek Winery Marsanne, Sangiovese
  • Lightfoot Gamay
  • Moondarra Friulano, Nebbiolo, Petit Manseng, Picolit, Pinot Blanc, Ribolla Giallo
  • Nicholson River Sangiovese
  • The Wine Farm Gewurztraminer
  • Toms Cap Gewurztraminer
  • Wild Dog Cabernet Franc
  • Tambo Nebbiolo
Updated 3 Feb 2023

Victorian wineries on Pinterest

I have a Pinboard showing some of the wineries in Victoria who use alternative varieties.

Visiting Gippsland's Wineries

staying in the Gippsland Region

There are many options for those wishing to tour the Gippsland region.  I suggest that you save yourself some time by checking out the deals offered via Vinodiversity's Wine Country hotels comparator. You will be able to  compare the deals available from most of the popular booking services in just one screen

Gippsland includes some of Victoria's most stunning scenery

There is an abundance of tourist attractions in the region. Some of the things that you can see while touring the cellar doors in this region include

  • The Ninety Mile Beach
  • The Gippsland Lakes
  • Several National Parks showcasing rainforests and the and the wild beauty of the mountains in The Great Dividing Range
  • The rugged coastal scenery of Wilsons Promontory
  • The great Alpine Road connects Gippsland to North Eastern Victoria where you can visit the Alpine Valleys and Beechworth Wine Regions.

Gippsland's mild climate supports a wide variety of agriculture and artisanal producers of high quality food products, and of course the Bass Strait fisheries are just offshore.

Many restaurants specialise in the local produce, just the thing to enjoy with Gippsland wine.

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