Gippsland

The Gippsland region sweeps along spectacular coastlines and through picturesque rolling hills and is home to several small, family-owned vineyards and wineries. The region, while not as well known as many other regions, has produced fine table wines as far back as the 19th century.

The Gippsland wine region covers a large area extending from the NSW/Victorian border, along the coast to Wonthaggi just below Melbourne, then west to the edge of the Great Dividing Range.

Wine production ceased prior to World War I and didn't reappear until the 1970s. Development has been dominated by small, family-owned vineyards and wineries. 

37° 30'S - 38° 29'S
Latitude
20-50m
Altitude
420-530mm
Growing season rainfall

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot

These are usually but not invariably blended, doing best in parts of West Gippsland, but also in the East.  By and large medium-bodied, the wines do best in warmer vintages.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is successfully made across Gippsland. In East Gippsland, low yields produce wines of exceptional flavour, structure and overall impact.  More conventionally structured and balanced Chardonnay is made in West Gippsland, with finer and more elegant versions in South Gippsland. 

Pinot Noir

Styles vary somewhat throughout the zone, tending richer and somehow slightly more rustic in East and West Gippsland. South Gippsland Pinot Noir is regarded by some to be among Australia's greatest; fine and elegant, but with a deceptive length and intensity. 

Top varieties grown in Gippsland
Climate
  • The climate is influenced by the weather systems moving across the south of the continent from the west to the east. 
  • The East Gippsland area has the added complexity of systems moving down the coast from the north. 
  • Winter droughts are not uncommon in the east, as these two systems can block each other.
Soil
  • Soils vary significantly, ranging from dark black loams to lighter sandy soils in the grey to grey-brown spectrum with mottled, yellow to red clayey subsoils.