Thursday, 25 March 2021

A sustainable path for Victoria's oldest family owned winery


Tahbilk Winery, in the Nagambie Lakes region of Victoria, has long been committed to the environment, regenerating their internal wetlands and walking trails since 1995. This month sees the launch of an Indigenous Native Flora Walking Trail.

The trail will be opened on Wednesday, March 31, and is a collaboration between the Taungurung Land and Waters Council, the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and Tahbilk.

The Indigenous Native Flora Walking Trail is the culmination of Hayley Purbrick’s (fifth generation at Tahbilk) vision and her engagement with the local community to bring it to fruition.


The trail is two kilometres long (approximately 30 minutes of walking time), features 12 highlighted native species and follows the existing short wetlands walking track.

Informative signs dot the track and a keepsake brochure features stunning artwork by local Taungurung Elder Mick Harding and species illustrations by Tahbilk-based artist Rosa Purbrick.

The re-vegetation program at Tahbilk plays an important part in Tahbilk’s sustainability credentials – they have been accredited CarboNZero since 2012 – it also has a role to play in the local tourism offering and community.


With Tahbilk already a well-visited tourism destination, the Indigenous Native Flora Trail joins the historic cellar door and original underground cellars, iconic vineyards, Wetlands View Restaurant and the extensive Wetlands Precinct as a welcome tourism addition.

“We’re so delighted to see the Indigenous Native Flora Trail come to be and I give huge thanks to our collaborators – the Taungurung Land and Waters Council and the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority – whose experience, knowledge and wisdom were invaluable," says Hayley Purbrick.

"We could not have done it without them and I am glad they will be here to celebrate with us next Wednesday. We look forward to welcoming all community to Tahbilk, to learn more about our indigenous history.”

See www.tahbilk.com.au for more information.


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