Win­ery to of­fer lux­ury ho­tel


Shepparton News - - SN NEWS - By Bar­clay White

High-end ac­com­mo­da­tion for trav­ellers look­ing for lux­ury will be com­ing to Nagam­bie within weeks.

The fi­nal touches are be­ing added to Mitchel­ton Wines’s lux­ury ho­tel ahead of a planned mid-Oc­to­ber open­ing.

The Mitchel­ton Ho­tel prom­ises a bou­tique tourism ex­pe­ri­ence for trav­ellers want­ing a hol­i­day with a dif­fer­ence.

Mitchel­ton Wines’s manag­ing di­rec­tor Andy Ryan said the idea had been float­ing around for a long time — ever since the win­ery opened in the 1970s.

‘‘The orig­i­nal own­ers ac­tu­ally wanted to put a ho­tel in back then, but I think there were bud­get con­straints,’’ Mr Ryan said.

‘‘This is like clos­ing the loop on a 45-year-old dream.’’

Con­struc­tion has been on­go­ing at the site since Strath­bo­gie Shire Coun­cil ap­proved plans in June last year.

Tradies were busy putting the fi­nal touches on the floor­ing and plas­ter­ing and other in­te­ri­ors in what Mr Ryan said would be the high­est stan­dard of ac­com­mo­da­tion in Strath­bo­gie.

‘‘The build cost is somewhere north of $15 mil­lion,’’ he said.

‘‘Peo­ple will be very im­pressed.’’

He could name only a hand­ful of winer­ies across Aus­tralia that had lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion, but he pre­dicted it would be a suc­cess due to every­thing Nagam­bie has to of­fer.

‘‘From the horse studs to the winer­ies, there is more than enough things to do to keep peo­ple here a few days,’’ he said.

The town of Nagam­bie is al­ready pop­u­lar with tourists who flock to Nagam­bie Lakes Leisure Park, but Mr Ryan said the park op­er­a­tors should not see the ho­tel as com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘I be­lieve we will not be as fam­ily fo­cused as the park,’’ he said.

‘‘You will see a lot more guests for wed­dings, and peo­ple com­ing up for con­fer­ences.

‘‘This will raise the per­cep­tions of Nagam­bie.’’

Lo­cals should see strong ben­e­fits, with Mr Ryan pre­dict­ing dozens of new jobs would need to be filled once the ho­tel was op­er­a­tional.

The ho­tel will of­fer a lux­ury day spa, swim­ming pool and easy ac­cess to the win­ery and the Goul­burn Ex­plorer river cruiser via a jetty on the Goul­burn River.

Al­most ready: A lux­ury ho­tel in Nagam­bie will soon open to the public.

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