Wine industry professionals are often asked to predict the next big trend or which region has great wines they might not have tried. What started as quiet murmurings among pinot noir lovers at tastings has now become shouts above the din, as more people are looking towards Gippsland and beginning to realise there’s something special happening in this largely undiscovered region in Victoria’s south-east.
You could say this is our final frontier – there are not many genuine cool-climate regions left in Australia that are untapped the way Gippsland is.
Dan Sims, CEO and founder of wine events and media company Revel (and new Gippsland resident), thinks part of Gippsland’s charm is the building energy. “When you travel down there you can’t help but think something’s emerging, it’s coming of age – all the pieces are on the board, and it’s all about to come into its own,” says Sims. “It’s why we had to move down here, to be a part of it.”
Gunaikurnai people are the traditional owners of Gippsland and have five recognised major clans. In dreaming time, the first Gunaikurnai came down from the mountains in Victoria’s northwest carrying his canoe on his head. He was known as Borun, the pelican. Alongside his wife Tuk, the musk dusk, they are the parents of the five Gunaikurnai clans.