I HAVE just passed an echidna and lace monitor (tree goanna!) meandering along the St Helier roadside, after visiting The Gurdies Nature Conservation Reserve in search of Flying Duck Orchids. At last I have the time for this now that I have sold The Gurdies Winery.
A decade of working in the vineyard and making wine in this spectacular location has provided much to reflect on. As one of Gippsland’s oldest, the vineyard was established by dairy farmer Frank Cutler in 1982. His pioneering efforts led the Western Port Council to engage consultants to formally investigate the potential for commercial viticulture in region in 1987. The availability of cleared land with favourable topography and low frost exposure was viewed as compelling and, in the ensuing three decades, Bass Coast has become the home of several of Gippsland’s most recognised wineries.