Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 53 TWIN RIVERS Tamberrah W I N D M I L L P I Z Z A R E S TA U R A N T A N D C O T TA G E S 6 3 1 S T E P H E N S O N R D , TA M B O U P P E R R E S TA U R A N T : 5 1 5 6 4 9 8 3 C O T TA G E S : 5 1 5 6 4 6 6 3 W I NDM I L L P I Z Z A R E S TAU R AN T • Licensed restaurant • Dine in or take away • Open from 5pm Tues - Sun • Local deliveries • Devonshire Tea,Wed - Sun 12 - 4pm • Lunches, Fri - Sun 12 - 2pm • Bookings Preferred COTTAGES ACCOMMODATION • Packages start at $150 per night per couple, includes a bottle of wine, chocolates and a breakfast basket on arrival • Nestled on five acres of landscaped gardens • All fully self-contained • Wedding chapel under construction • Ideal for garden weddings Open 10am - 4pm Holidays & Weekends Please phone for other times Bringing you the flavour of East Gippsland Ken and Juliet Eckersley. 57 Liddells Road, Nicholson Enquiries and Phone Orders 0409 568 241 Follow the signs from Princes Highway, Nicholson or Great Alpine Road, Sarsfield Email: nrw@nicholsonriverwinery.com.au • www.nicholsonriverwinery.com.au • Discover our food friendly wine styles • Enjoy wine by the glass in tranquil surroundings overlooking the Nicholson River • Alfresco eating area • Learn about enjoying wine and the food/wine experience • Try our delicious local cheese platters European influenced wines Established in 1978, Nicholson River Winery is one of the oldest wineries in Gippsland. It has long been renowned for its Chardonnays, being voted nine times Victoria’s most popular white wine and was recently awarded a gold medal by the British Sommeliers Association for its 2014 Chardonnay. Nine grape varieties are grown on the property overlooking the Nicholson River, crafted into small quantities of special European influenced wine styles - Syrah (Shiraz), Sangiovese, Cabernet-Merlot and Pinot Noir have distinctive regional charac- ter, being full flavoured and good compan- ions to the local produce and cuisine. Owner operators, Ken and Juliet Eckersley, also make a vintage sparkling wine and a rare sweet botrytis Semillon. The wines sold at the cellar door have all been grown, made and bottled on the property. Local cheese platters are available at the cellar door. Stop by and relax under trees as you watch the river winding through the valley below. An exciting development at the winery is the upcoming restaurant that will seat 60 or more guests. Diners will enjoy not only fine local wines and produce but also magnifi- cent views of the Nicholson River below from the wide windows or substantial deck. Watch this space for more in 2019. Cottage stays and unique dining Tamberrah Cottages and the Windmill Pizza Restaurant on Stephenson Road, Tambo Upper, is an ever-evolving busi- ness, owners Jeanne and Robbie Fraser constantly adding to what they can offer their customers and visitors to the area. They started off with two cottages about 13 years ago before building a laundry and a barbecue area, then a third cottage, followed by a two-bedroom cottage. A fifth cottage includes a spa. Expanding the dam to become an attrac- tive lake a number of years ago, bass, perch and rainbow and brown trout were added and in order to aerate the water for the fish, a waterwheel was installed. Robbie saw in pictures that waterwheels often have a windmill behind them, so a garden shed in the form of a windmill was built. Then, as guests sought a place to eat without having to go into Lake Entrance or Bairnsdale, the shed was transformed (and enlarged) to become a restaurant, primarily offering pizzas as the couple ran a very successful pizza shop in Bairnsdale for a number of years. A fully enclosed deck area overlooks the lake and hills, with clear blinds that can be opened on warmer days. It has become a popular venue to dine at for locals and visitors alike, with more than just pizzas, Jeanne cooking delicious cakes to enjoy with a coffee. Nicholson River Winery’s white wines are among the best you’ll find. Enjoy a cottage stay and a meal in a windmill in Tambo Upper.

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