Get a taste for Gippsland's best on a food and wine trail across the region's west, south and east. Discover cafes, restaurants, cellar doors and breweries serving up award-winning cool-climate wines, mouth-watering farm-fresh cheeses, small batch craft beers and gins, and menus packed with the best regional produce. Bring a basket – you'll want to take these flavours home.
Get off to a great start at the gateway to the Gippsland wine region, Cannibal Creek Winery at Tynong North. Sample award-winning chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir matched with French fare at the cellar door and restaurant.
In Warragul, get a taste for fine regional food with a class at String+Salt cooking school for a hands-on Gippsland culinary experience.
Resume your culinary journey at Hogget Kitchen. In summer, the deck's glorious vineyard views beckon; in winter, the open fire produces perfect dinner-and-red conditions. Further east, Narkoojee Winery offers magnificent views of the Strezlecki Ranges with its range of handcrafted wines. Make time for the seasonal Mediterranean inspired menu at the winery's restaurant By Jorg (rated in The Age Good Food Guide).
Finish your West Gippsland culinary journey with innovative flavour combinations and fresh Gippsland produce fit for a feast at Neilsons Kitchen, Traralgon.
Cannibal Creek Winery: 260 Tynong North Road, Tynong North
String + Salt: 42 Smith Street, Warragul
Hogget Kitchen: Warragul Korumburra Rd, Warragul
Narkoojee Winery: 220 Francis Road, Glengarry North
Neilsons Kitchen: 13 Seymour Street, Traralgon
Lock in the start of your south-coast food and wine discovery with a trip to Loch Brewery and Distillery. Housed in the village’s former bank building & butcher’s shop, the brewery and distillery produces small batch traditional ales, famous gins, and a single malt whisky.
In the picturesque Moyarra Valley, to treat yourself to handmade specialty cheeses at Prom Country Cheeses. Sample cheese in the tasting room and enjoy a farm-fresh home-cooked meal with valley views on the verandah. Continue south, stopping at the Koonwarra Food and Wine Store for local seasonal fare and wines.
Meander down to Meeniyan, where Moo's breakfast classics, lunches and regional weekend dinners feature locally sourced produce (try the South Gippy tasting plate) and just across the way, Trulli Pizzeria offers a slice of quality local and Italian ingredients with vino.
Enter prime pinot noir country at Waratah Hills Winery. Sample a tipple at the cellar door and stay for cheese boards, tapas platters and lunch specials with views of the Hoddle Ranges. Next pinot stop: Basia Mille Vineyard and Olive Grove. Overlooking the spectacular Wilson's Promontory National Park and islands of Bass Strait, the winery and olive grove is an ideal spot to savour a wine with platters of antipasto and cheese.
Returning northward, Wonthaggi's community-minded cafe The Coffee Collective will see you fixed for caffeine and a range of locally sourced and house-made menu treats. As you make your way along the Bass Highway, stop at the Kilcunda Store for breakfast, lunch and legendary brownies; fill a basket with fresh produce at Udder and Hoe at the rear of the store.