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Nicholson River Winery was established in 1978 and is owned and operated by Juliet and Ken Eckersley.

They make small quantities of speciality wines intended to be enjoyed with food. Varieties include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Syrah or Shiraz, Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

There are sparkling, botrytis and preservative-free wines, whilst the styles are more European than traditional Australian.

The setting is picturesque with a commanding view of the Nicholson River and rolling hills.

Platters of local cheese and antipasto are available and on select occasions wood-fired pizza can be enjoyed alfresco with a glass of wine .

Nicholson River's Chardonnay is considered by many to be one of Australia's greatest Chardonny's. It is intense and powerful, but structure rather than really fruity like other Chardonnay's. It comes from a tiny little place on Victoria's east coast near Lakes Entrance.

Nicholson River also has an excellent Pinot Noir that is definitely worth tasting a few times.

'Ken and Juliet Eckersley's Nicholson River is one of Victoria's most distinctive and beautiful wineries. Above a cliff on one side overlooking a Streeton-like view of the beautiful Nicholson River valley, with a broad panorama across the distant Gippsland Lakes and Bass Strait on the other side, the cellar door, an 1880 farmhouse, is the perfect place to chat with Ken, whose thoughtful, intelligent views on wine are refreshingly out of the mainstream. The wines made here cross a broad range of styles, with Chardonnay the most famous, Pinot Noir too, but the whole range of wines makes a unique tasting experience.' Ralph Kyte-Powell

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Signposted three kilometres off the Princes Highway between Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance, and seven kilometres off the Great Alpine Road between Bairnsdale and Bruthen.

  • Car park
  • Child activities
  • Picnic area
  • Public toilet
  • Shaded area
  • Sheltered area
  • Wine tasting
Opening hours:

Open until 5pm during holiday period. Please phone outside holiday periods.

  • Visitor Information Centre
  • Victorian Wineries Council
Access to Cellar Door