Produce to Platter: Geelong and surrounding regions by Jonette George and Daniele Wilton

Geelong's food and wine secrets revealed

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Produce to Platter – Geelong and Surrounding Regions

Produce to Platter – Geelong and Surrounding Regions

Produce to Platter – Geelong and Surrounding Regions
Produce to Platter – Geelong and Surrounding Regions


Only one hour’s drive from Melbourne, you can tour a delicious array of food and wine regions. Showcasing these rural delights is mother and daughter team, Jonette George and Daniele Wilton, with their series of books, Produce to Platter.

The regions around the industrial city of Geelong come to life in their latest book, Produce to Platter – Geelong and Surrounding Regions. The book covers local produce, restaurants, cafés and vineyards in the regions of the Bellarine Peninsula, Moorabool Valley, the Surf Coast, the Otways and Geelong’s CBD.

This stunning 328-page digest is the third volume in the Produce to Platter series, following editions on Greater Noosa and the Mornington Peninsula. Striking photography by Brad Hill captures the essence of each region, filling the book with an indispensible guide of where to visit in each area.

Jonette says, 'The book allows you to experience the best of this region through the eyes of its locals. Vineyards, restaurants, producers and provedores open their doors to give you a glimpse of their individual lifestyles, their passion for food and wine, and their reasons d’être.'

A foreword by industry icon, Rita Erlich, positions Geelong as the hub of a gastronomic wheel spoked by the many and varied venues.

Rita says, 'Geelong and its surroundings make for an unusually delicious area. It is blessed by its combination of geography and climate. Everything is here: the ocean, the bush of the Otways, the broad agricultural plains.'

Rita points to the small, family run characteristics of most of the food and wine producers, providing the distinctive flavours of the region.

City of Greater Geelong Tourism, Major Events and Strategic Development portfolio holder, Cr Bruce Harwood, said, 'Produce to Platter is a book that will be enjoyed equally by residents and visitors to our region. It uncovers the true local gems which have earned our region a reputation as a premier food and wine destination.'


Produce to Platter - Geelong and Surrounding Regions (Smudge Publishing 2010 HC RRP $49.99) is available from leading Geelong and regional bookshops, newsagents, restaurants, vineyards and provedores and online at or phone 0403 680 571. subscribers and Members are invited to enter here to win one of 10 hard cover copies of Produce to Platter - Geelong and Surrounding Regions in April 2011, courtesy of the publishers.



  • Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula (VIC)

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