In 1978, Ken and Juliet Eckersley decided to follow their hearts (and stomachs!), plant a vineyard and make wines. They were pioneering times and vineyards were being planted in all sorts of new, ‘cool’ locations. Many were inspired by the ‘Great Wines of France’ and asked ‘why not here?’ Ken noticed strong similarities between the Gippsland Lakes and South-West France. So they said “Forget the cost, let’s just make great wines!”
Since then, Ken and Juliet have aimed to create wines reminiscent of the great European styles, with a character that reflect the intense flavours unique to the area. The extensive range of wines on offer is ideal for people wanting more than the mainstream can offer, and are great with food. We make small quantities – 30 to 200 dozen – of wines that suit our soils and climate, and that we find interesting. Varieties include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernets, Semillon and Viognier.
One word sums up the typical local character – flavour – distinctive, varietal ones that linger. This is a feature that Ken and Juliet believe is the hallmark of quality wine.
Visit our Cellar Door for a tasting and a chat. We are open most days, 11-4. Or by appointment.
We have a picnic area that is ideal for enjoying lunch or a snack over-looking the lovely Nicholson River while the kids play.
Local cheese and anti-pasto platters are now available at Cellar Door. Bookings are appreciated.
Nicholson River Winery welcomes group bookings and functions. Please email or phone for further information.
A restaurant is currently being planned.
57 Liddels Road
Nicholson, VIC, 3882