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 at Big Spoon, Little Spoon, or time your visit with a class at String+Salt cooking school for a hands-on Gippsland culinary experience.
Resume your wine journey at Wild Dog Winery, producers of award-winning cool climate wines. 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
Big Spoon, Little Spoon: 59 Queen Street, Warragul
String + Salt: 42 Smith Street, Warragul
Wild Dog Winery: 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.
Round out your journey in Bass, at the Bassine Specialty Cheese farm gate shop: stock up on locally made artisan cheeses and fresh milk made directly from their dairy farm.
Loch Brewery: 44 Victoria Road, Loch
Prom Country Cheese: 275 Andersons Inlet Road, Moyarra
Koonwarra Store: Lot 2 South Gippsland Highway, Koonwarra
Moo's at Meeniyan: 89 Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan
Trulli Pizzeria: 93 Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan
Waratah Hills Vineyard: 20 Cottmans Road, Fish Creek
Basia Mille Vineyard: 1 Taylor Court, Fish Creek
The Coffee Collective: 50-52 McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi
Kilcunda Store: 3535 Bass Highway, Kilcunda
Bassine Specialty Cheeses: 2125 Bass Highway, Bass
Ease into East Gippsland with locally caught seafood and stunning waterfront views at Wildfish on the Port Albert jetty. From here, make your way northeast to boutique vineyard Toms Cap Winery. Sample wines and cheeses at the cellar door, and take in views of rolling green hills, vines and blue gums from the deck.
Continuing northeast, find pub classics on the bar menu at the Tinamba Hotel and refined pub fare showcasing regional produce in the bistro at the Criterion Hotel, Sale. At Lindenow, stop for a fresh, simple, breakfast or lunch packed with locally sourced produce at The Long Paddock.
Make your way to Bruthen for a 'beer with bite' at Bullant Brewery, where beers are paired with the best regionally sourced bites.
Heading south, explore local wineries: single vineyard Tambo Winery and Nicholson River Winery, perfect for a picnic overlooking the Nicholson River.
On the edge of the Gippsland Lakes, get a taste for Metung with breakfast classics, local fish and chips and housemade cakes at Bancroft Bites, or book in for popular High Tea by the Sea at Lakes Entrance restaurant Rudder and Fin.
Finally, dive into fine craft beers from the deep sou'east at Sailors Grave Brewery, Orbost, producers of of barrel-aged, cool-ship sours and wild fermented beers.
Wildfish: Port Albert Jetty, Port Albert
Toms Cap Vineyard: Corner of Toms Cap Road and Lays Road, Willung South
Criterion Hotel: 90 MacArthur Street, Sale
Tinamba Hotel: 4-6 Tinamba Seaton Road, Tinamba
The Long Paddock: 93-95 Main Street, Lindenow
Bullant Brewery: 46 Main Street, Bruthen
Nicholson River Winery: 57 Liddells Road, Nicholson
Tambo Winery: 96 Pages Road, Tambo Upper
Bancroft Bites: 2/57 Metung Road, Metung
Rudder and Fin: 203 The Esplanade, Lakes Entrance
Sailors Grave Brewery: 7 Forest Road, Orbost