Looking for attractions in Porepunkah? Try The Red Stag.
OThe Red Stag was originally established as a tourist farm & coffee shop in April 1992. Since then it has grown and expanded into a restaurant, function centre, gift shop & farm stay accommodation.
We offer visitors a fantastic dining experience which is situated on a 70-acre farm. It has stunning alpine views in all directions including the beautiful Mount Buffalo national park.
Our unique property offers great opportunities to feed, touch and learn about deer, emus and ostriches. Our restaurant is open every day with our la carte menu. The menu features venison, kangaroo & emu meat for our customers to try if you are “game”.
You can also have a sip of our Red Stag Label (Shiraz 2016, Savagnin 2016) while viewing snow-capped Mt Feathertop.
Robert and Grace are of Italian descent, Robert’s parents having migrated out of Italy in 1938 to Australia. After purchasing a 375-acre farm in 1952, they began dairy farming and in 1964 planted the first crop of tobacco. The dairy farm became a beef cattle farm.
In 1987 the farm purchased its first Red Deer for the property. The deer farm only continued to expand with the vision of catering for tourist coaches that came through the valley. From there The Red Stag Deer & Emu Farm was established in April 1992.
Another of the great attractions in Porepunkah is Ringer Reef Winery.
Ringer Reef is a winery and vineyard in Porepunkah, North East Victoria, developed by Annie and Bruce Holm. Bruce and Annie always have had a dream to hand craft their own premium wines. In 1996, whilst living in Mildura, Annie and Bruce holidayed in Porepunkah and fell in love with the Alpine Valleys.
Shortly after, they found their 35 hectare property. Bruce had an overwhelming sense of tranquillity. He knew that this was the place they would come to live and build a winery. First and foremost it was well suited to quality wine grape growing. It had deep well drained soils and elevation of 290m – 350m. With an average rainfall of approximately 1100mm and deep soils, grapes could be grown without the need for irrigation.
The land had spectacular views and commercial potential due to a vibrant tourist trade in the region. This property exactly what they were looking for. The farm was purchased at the end of 1996.
The farm had previously been run as a dairy farm, however it was run down and covered in blackberries. The first vines were planted in 1998. Since then, they have planted 13 varieties.
Cellar door was opened in 2006 and Annie & Bruce worked as a team. Together they did everything from planting vines, picking, bottling, labelling, and running their cellar door.
The property was named ‘Ringer Reef’ by Merry and Hooper who mined gold on the property in the early 1890’s. The gold rush played an important role in the Valley’s history. It brought with it not only wealth but also people rich in culture and diversity. Today, the mine lays dormant and provides crystal clear water supply to the property.
With 10 acres under vine, the rows laid beautifully out across the hillside, the views are simply breathtaking. The front gate is situated on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. This makes a lovely cruise by bike along the Rail Trail from Bright, Ringer Reef being one of two cellar doors to visit in Porepunkah.
Ovens River is only minutes from the winery, and is a glorious spot to pick up goodies from cellar door. Enjoy these at the water’s edge in the warmer months. Or from 12pm – 5pm daily you can sit on the terrace at the cellar door and soak in the views. There is a large lawn area for picnic style gatherings, or for the kids to run around and play games.
Address: 6835 Great Alpine Road, Porepunkah VIC
Phone: (03) 5756 2805