Victoria Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren
Wines Ready To Pour At Fyansford’s Old Paper Mill
Victor P Taffa
Award-winning Provenance Wines is set for a surge in visitors as it prepares to open its new winery and cellar door at the historic Fyansford Paper Mill site.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren and Member for Geelong Christine Couzens visited Provenance Wines today to tour their new facilities ahead of the winery’s grand opening.
“Provenance Wines will soon attract more visitors, create new jobs for winery workers and strengthen the Old Paper Mills precinct and we’re proud to have backed their expansion.” Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren said.
Provenance Wines received a $332,000 grant through the Federal and Victorian Government’s joint Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) programme to build a new working winery, cellar door and functions space on the banks of the Barwon River.
New development will create new local jobs and a large function centre will allow Provenance Wines to attract and host events.
Fyansford Paper Mill has emerged as a popular arts and cultural precinct in recent years, with Provenance Wines joining an art gallery and studios, mosaic workshop and cafe at the site.
Project is part of the Barwon Paper Mill redevelopment, which has created a modern experience while retaining the authenticity of the 1870’s bluestone building.
“Provenance Wines is part of the historical Fyansford Paper Mills redevelopment as an arts, food and wine destination. This means more jobs and more tourists for Geelong, which is great for our local economy.” Member for Geelong Christine Couzens said.
Tourists bring serious business to Geelong and the Bellarine, with more than 5.1 Million visitors spending $942 Million in the 12 months to September 2017.
That is why the Andrews Government is working to boost these numbers and make this region an even better place for visitors from around Victoria, and around the world.
TDDI programme invests in major tourism infrastructure projects that boost local economies, create jobs and entice visitors to come to our regions.
“We are looking forward to sharing our premium Geelong wine in this beautiful building with tourists and Geelong locals. We appreciate the support of the Victorian and Federal Governments in helping us to realise this vision.” Provenance Wines owner Scott Ireland said.
Wine industry plays a vital role in regional and rural Victoria, delivering an estimated $7.6 Billion to local economies and employing nearly 13,000 people.