Wines pour at Fyansford’s Old Paper Mill


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.

The new development will create new local jobs and a large function centre will allow Provenance Wines to attract and host events.

The 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.

The project is part of the Barwon Paper Mill redevelopment, which has created a modern experience while retaining the authenticity of the 1870s bluestone building.

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.

Victoria’s Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren and Geelong MP Christine Couzens visited Provenance Wines today (9 March 2018) to tour the new facilities ahead of the winery’s grand opening tonight.

Provenance Wines received a $332,000 grant through the Federal and Victoria government’s joint Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) program to build a new working winery, cellar door and function space on the banks of the Barwon River.

The TDDI programme invests in major tourism infrastructure projects that boost local economies, create jobs and entice visitors to come to our regions.

The 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.

Minister Eren said Provenance Wines would soon attract more visitors, create new jobs for winery workers and strengthen the Old Paper Mills.

Provenance Wines owner Scott Ireland said the winery was looking forward to sharing its premium Geelong wine in the beautiful building with tourists and Geelong locals.

He acknowledged the support of the Victorian and Federal Governments in helping the winery to realise its vision.

The search for vineyards of special provenance began in the mid '90s when Scott settled in the Geelong region.

Keen to work with excellent vineyards west and south of Melbourne, it didn't take long for him to realise that a great prospect existed in the Geelong region.

An opportunity to bring under the one umbrella, a patchwork quilt of vineyards where the match of grape variety to vineyard site produced great fruit.  Provenance Wines was born, the name chosen in recognition of the source vineyards.

When it was built on the banks of the Barwon River during the 1870’s, the Barwon Paper Mill at Fyansford was considered a great feat of engineering.

In its heyday, it was the largest and most complete paper mill in the southern hemisphere. The passage of time saw papermaking techniques change but the quality and strength of construction, has ensured this Victorian era industrial complex remains.

The heritage bluestone buildings that house the Provenance Wines winemaking operations will locate a new cellar door in the maturation cellar, originally the home of the 100 foot long (30.5m) paper making machine.

Source: Based on a state government media release and material from Provenance Wines