Wyanga Park Winery – Art, Food & Wine in Gippsland

Art at Wyanga Park Winery Cafe Lakes EntranceMy Mum and Dad to decided to visit us in our new home in Gippsland for my Dad’s birthday recently. His birthday fell on a Monday which is not ideal when you live in country Victoria. This is because, in the country, you’re hard pushed for any of the ‘special occasion’ restaurants to open for meals, let alone any wineries. 

So the plan for the day was to take a drive to Lakes Entrance, where we could potentially get a nice lunch with lake views. We were all pretty sure this would end up being at the local pub. However before we committed to the idea, I thought I’d do a quick Google search as I knew there was a winery near the town of Lakes Entrance that Mr Spittoon and I had yet to visit (this is the 23rd Victoria winery we have visited so far). After a quick Google, it said the winery had a restaurant and they were OPEN!

I didn’t believe it. So I gave them a call. And lo and behold, they were open and still serving lunch at 2pm!! Jackpot! Happy birthday Dad!

Cellar Door and Cafe at Wyanga Park Winery

The winery in question is called Wyanga Park Winery, which is apparently Gippsland’s oldest family owned winery! And I am happy to share that these guys are open 9am to 5pm not 2 but 7 days a week! Wohoo!!

Wyanga Park Winery Lakes Entrance

The cellar door

It would be rude to go straight through to the restaurant without stopping for a cellar door tasting right? It must be a winery rule surely – if you’re going to a winery for lunch, then a mandatory tasting at the cellar door pre-lunch has to be done. It’s the only way to make sure you pick the right wine to order with your lunch ;)

Wyanga Park Winery Tasting Menu Wyanga Park Winery Wine Bottle Lamp Shade

It’s safe to say Wyanga Park Winery has a bit of quirk. They are arty souls with a love of wine and food. There is something to look at and admire in every crevice of this Gippsland winery.

The wine line up at the cellar door included:

  • Unwooded Chardonnay
  • Riesling
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Traimner Riesling
  • Sweet Gewurztraminer aka the “Gee Wizz”
  • Sweet and fruity Sauvignon Blanc aka the “Boobialla”
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

And then there was a couple of fortifieds to finish off the tasting, a port-style red fortified and a muscat fortified.

Tasting Glass at Wyanga Park Winery at Lakes Entrance

It was really interesting actually because we tried the muscat as per your normal tasting and then we tried some from a bottle which is kept in the freezer. It doesn’t obviously fully freeze, but just enough to give it a slight slushy type texture. Intriguing!

Tasting Menu at Wyanga Park Winery

Henry’s winery cafe

I was happy to see they deliver on what they advertised on their sign outside the cellar door, “hearty winter tucker, open fire”. It’s delicious home cooking that leaves your belly full and content.

Herny's Winery Cafe at Wyanga Park Winery Gippsland

After we all decided what we were going to order for lunch, we decided the best bottle to share between the 4 of us that would go with most of our meals was the 2016 Estate Riesling.

Wyanga Park Winery 2016 Riesling

I really enjoyed sipping on this wine as I looked down into the winery from the barrel windows in the cafe – what a cute touch!

Wyanga Park Winery Cafe Wyanga Park Winery Cafe Wine Barrel Windows

So here is what we dined on:

Bullant Brewery Pale Ale Beef Pie with Roasted Garlic Mash and Tomato Relish ($22.50)

Wyanga Park Winery Cafe Beer Pie

Chicken & Cauliflower Curry with Green Rice, Coconut Yoghurt & Garlic Naan ($24)

Riesling and Curry at Wyanga Park Winery Cafe

Lakes Entrance Whiting in Beer Batter with Chips, Salad and Tartare ($26)

Fish and Chips at Wyanga Park Winery Cafe

I really enjoyed the curry and would definitely recommend! In fact I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this spot for a bite to eat if you are in the area. I also hear there are boat cruises that can take you up the lakes to the winery, I think I will try that next time!!

Wyanga Park Winery Cafe Menu - Lakes Entrance

More about Wyanga Park Winery:

Address: 248 Baades Rd, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909
Phone: 03 5155 1508
Website: www.coastalstays.com/wyangapark/
Social Media: Facebook & Instagram

Bird in Vineyard at Wyanga Park Winery

5 thoughts on “Wyanga Park Winery – Art, Food & Wine in Gippsland

  1. Haha I’m glad to help with understanding the Aussie wine lingo Robin! Yes you’re correct, Gippsland is in Victoria – the region is south-east of Melbourne. And ‘hearty winter tucker’ means warm, delicious winter food :) Thanks for popping by the blog Robin!

  2. As I prepare to travel to Australia next year, I need to get with the lingo! I was pleased that thanks to a little education through Travelling Corkscrew when our MC spoke with a guest during the show last night they found they were from Australia and when asked where, responded WA. I think I was the only person in the room who knew what they meant! So now I just need to get out a map and find Gippsland…it’s in Victoria right? And just for safe measure can you translate “hearty winter tucker”?
    This place is adorable and I love all the art!

  3. Alright Casey, in preparation for a trip to Australia I am going to have to start learning the lingo! We had a guest at the show the other night that told our MC that she was from Australia and when asked where said WA! I was proud that I knew what this meant (no one else did) so thanks. Now I need a little primer on Gippsland which I take it is in Victoria? Got to get out my map!
    And this place looks adorable! I love the sign! Just to be sure can you translate “Hearty Winter Tucker”?

  4. You’ll definitely have to come and explore Gippsland at some point! Actually, there are many great wine regions in Victoria and Australia, so perhaps an extended AdVINEture is needed :)

  5. This looks like such a fun spot! I’m going to be in Yarra for 24hrs leading a group of 22 agents (for my travel job). so a quickie but we’ll be back for a proper AdVINEture soon!

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