Gippsland is the name given to the vast rural landmass which begins immediately east of the suburbs of Melbourne and stretches to the New South Wales border, lying between the Great Dividing Range to the north and Bass Strait to the south. It is roughly the area of Belgium and is divided arbitrarily into three sub-regions East, West and South. The Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation recognises the whole of Gippsland as a single Wine ‘Zone’ and provides useful information here.
The climate of South Gippsland is distinctly maritime, with moderate summers and cool, wet winters. The dominant south-westerly winds provide cool respite during the heat of summer afternoons, and the fairly dependable rainfall (800-1000mm) is not limited to the cooler months.
The Wilson’s Promontory National Park is the jewel in South Gippslands crown, attracting both international visitors and nature-loving locals. It is a truly spectacular and majestic site of great significance to the Bunorong and Bratowoolong people; original inhabitants of South Gippsland. Look here for more information.