This is one of those OHO wow moments. You’ll have followed the quirky directional signage to a carpark in what looks like an abandoned paper mill (because that’s what it was), and you’ll be wondering where the heck One Hour Out has led you. Trust is everything, and it pays off here. Walking through the big old timber doors into the winery and cellar door at Provenance and you’ll know why.
The venue is a heritage-listed industrial building, situated above the river that once powered the paper mill. The site is still industrial, now housing an array of artistic endeavours from galleries to studios. The large building occupied and expertly restored by Provenance Wines holds their winery on one end, kitchen and cellar door in the middle, and restaurant/event space at the other. It’s a vast space, made cosy by the large central wood heater and lounge area.
The business is named for the concept of honouring the place where the grapes are from. The French call it ‘terroir’, here the crew from Fyansford call it provenance. The wines are named simply for their place of origin: Henty, Golden Plains, Ballarat, Geelong. Even the blends are named by the region covering the sources – Western Plains, Geelong Region, Ballarat Region.
Worth the visit. Trust us.