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Udderly inspired at Kilcunda
THERE is now even more reason
to stop by the seaside town of Kil-
The much-loved Kilcunda Gen-
eral Store welcomes the opening
of their new produce shop, ‘udder
Once a dilapidated granny flat,
the new space at the back of the
store has been cleverly designed
using reclaimed windows, iron,
wood and bricks.
It’s now a warm and welcoming
space designed to showcase the
abundance of produce grown with-
Come and discover local, spray-
free fruit and vegetables, dairy and
preserves as well as Gippsland
grown saffron, macadamias and
new season garlic.
You can stop in for picnic supplies,
a cheese platter, or a weekly shop of
fresh produce and bulk goods.
You’re welcome to roll your
own oats, mill your own flour and
crack your own nuts.
A visit to udder & hoe is not
your typical grocery shopping ex-
Mindy Grumley and Rachel
Russo are the passionate duo to
look out for.
You will recognise Mindy from
the Kilcunda General Store while
Rachel is a new resident to Kil-
cunda after spending many years
as a weekend visitor.
Together they endeavour to
showcase local growers and pro-
ducers, honour their hard work,
share their stories and embrace
their way of life.
In doing so, they hope to in-
spire local communities to adopt
a ‘slow food, slow living’ lifestyle.
In line with udder & hoe’s phi-
losophy, packaging is kept to a
minimum, with paper and glass
as alternatives to plastic.
Mindy and Rachel hope to
promote waste free living and
encourage individuals to bring
along their own bags, bottles and
udder & hoe is the perfect
destination for local produce, a
friendly chat, a light read through
the in-store library, and a coffee
at the Kilcunda General Store.
Mindy and Rachel look forward
to meeting you.
udder & hoe
Kilcunda General Store
Shop 2, 3535 Bass Hwy
Mindy and Rachel look forward to meeting you at a new produce store in the heart of Kilcunda.
GRAND Ridge Road, advertised and
promoted around Australia as an iconic
and breath-taking road-trip, will finally
Four kilometres of the road were inex-
plicably left unsealed for years.
Works are now progressing to seal
Grand Ridge Road and it is expected to
be completed by mid-March 2016.
Along with the sealing, the road works
have established an eight metre road for-
mation with a six metre seal.
The project was identified as a priority
in South Gippsland Shire Council’s capi-
tal works program.
South Gippsland Shire Council’s Engi-
neering Coordinator Paul Challis said it
was vital this section of road was sealed
for the safety of visitors and the commu-
“Council wants to encourage our visi-
tors to utilise Grand Ridge Road as a
tourist drive down to South Gippsland,”
“Sealing this section of the road pro-
vides our visitors with a safer access
route to our region while allowing them
to enjoy the history and sights during
“Due to the priority of the project it has
been fantastic to see it progress since
works began in November.
“At this stage we expect the works to be
completed by March.”
Works are progressing to seal the last four kilometre section of the Grand
Tourist road to
be sealed at last
THERE’S a surprising-
ly steady stream of traffic
loch Road, travelling be-
tween Wonthaggi, Inver-
loch and all points north
to Korumburra, Warra-
gul and beyond.
cially so over the sum-
mer holiday break and,
in increasing numbers,
they’ve found their way
to Harman Wines which
was officially open to the
passing trade, at 612
Road Wattlebank, in No-
Their first summer was
very much a test run for
David and Nicole Har-
man but they’ve still been
delighted with the visitor
growth they’ve seen this
“We’ve actually been
growing grapes here for
six years now and we had
our first vintage in 2015,”
said David this week, in
between tastings for the
latest group of visitors.
“We planted the Pinot
Noir and Chardonnay
first but since then we’ve
also put in several other
varieties and we’re now
making Chardonnay, Pi-
not Gris, Riesling, Sauvi-
David and Nicole Harman have welcomed a busy round of visitors to their cellar door and winery on
Korumburra-Inverloch Road at Wattlebank over the summer and are branching out into woodfired pizzas
and live music on Sunday afternoons over the next few weeks. m090216
While holidaying at Kilcunda, the McDonnell and Troise families have also
embarked on several day trips around the area, stopping off to taste the wines
produced at Harman Wines, on Korumburra-Inverloch Road at Wattlebank,
situated between Inverloch, Wonthaggi and Korumburra. m100216
Happy days at Harman Wines
gnon Blanc, Rose and, of
course, Pinot Noir.”
David has an IT back-
ground and still works as
a professional in that field
but increasingly, the work
at the vineyard is taking
over, which is just as he
“The fruit set well this
year and everything’s go -
ing pretty well although
we could certainly do with
a good drop of rain soon.”
It’s a tricky business
though. You want rain,
but not too much and
even temperatures with-
out too many of those
stand- out hot days.
The wine is getting fa-
vourable reviews by the
visitors and with that
side of the operation go-
ing steadily, it’s time to
branch out into more
hospitality in the form of
wood-fired pizzas and live
music on a Sunday over
the summer, starting last
“We fired up the pizza
oven last night for a test
run and it was great.
“With the Kongwak
Market, the bike riders
and those just going for
a weekend drive through
the hills; there’s a lot go-
ing on out here and we
think this adds to what’s
on offer,” said David.
Ultimately talk with
visitors comes around
to what wine grows best
here, what other vine-
yards are worth visiting
and the tourism options
in general and David’s
happy to oblige.
With a glass or two of
Harman’s finest, it all
washes down very nicely
during a leisurely tour
of discovery through the
South Gippsland area.
Harman Wines’ cellar
door is open daily over
the holidays from 11am-
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