More locals, tourists and wine connoisseurs can experience the award-winning wine and gourmet food available at Glengarry s Narkoojee Winery, with extensions to the winery and cellar door, and a new casual dining room now open to the public.
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Member for Morwell Russell Northe visited Narkoojee Winery today to open the new facilities, developed as part of a $400,000 expansion project.
Mr Ryan said the project, which benefited from a $50,000 investment from the Victorian Coalition Government s $1 billionRegional Growth Fund, included extensions to the existing winery and cellar door, and construction and fit-out of an adjoining casual dining room.
Mr Ryan said the project also included electrical works, upgrades to pathways and the main driveway, new external lighting, new signage, landscaping and improvement to the winery s waste water system.
The Narkoojee Winery is one of Gippsland s and regional Victoria s most highly regarded wineries and currently enjoys a five-star status as rated by James Halliday, Mr Ryan said.
Winery founder Harry Friend, who currently operates the winery with son Axel, has been producing high quality wines for almost 20 years, after planting his first grapes at the property in 1980.
The winery has built a strong reputation on the back of its wonderful cellar door area which provides wine tasting, sales and delicious platters of great tasting local Gippsland cheeses, and also its popular Mediterranean inspired restaurant.
With the growth in popularity and awareness of Narkoojee Winery, requests for larger functions have become more frequent. To accommodate these functions, Narkoojee have needed to outsource some of its catering, which has created the need for the new casual dining room.
With the casual dining room now open, and other parts of the award-winning facility now even better, more locals, tourists and wine connoisseurs will have the chance to experience this magnificent Gippsland product.
Attracting more visitors from Melbourne, interstate and overseas will strengthen the business, and provide a strong boost for tourism in the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland.
Mr Northe said the expansion was another terrific example of a the Coalition Government enabling local businesses to become even more successful.
This investment has enabled Narkoojee Winery to employ an additional six full-time staff, with local catering businesses set to benefit from having access to this wonderful facility, Mr Northe said.
In addition to the new jobs, Narkoojee Winery is also investing in the skills of its new and existing staff members by partnering with TAFE to provide access to training courses, apprenticeships and traineeships.