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ambience attracts visitors
Not surprisingly, Robe's lifestyle
attracts a large number of property-
hunters, with some surprisingly
affordable homes often coming onto
First National's Jeanette Mort says
that prices are quite reasonable, par-
ticularly when compared with simi-
lar locations over the border. "It's
possible to get a very pleasant three-
bedroom, two-bathroom home for
less than $300,000," she said. "But,
of course, the old saying 'location,
location, location' applies.
"Earlier this year we sold a very
nice home on a large allotment with
its own private walkway to the beach
for well over $1 million. That sort of
sale doesn't happen every day, but
anything with beach frontage and a
good view will attract top dollars.
"There has been a mistaken con-
cept of Robe as a place for retirees,
but it is increasingly attracting busi-
ness developers and enterprising
With its spectacular coastline,
booming tourism opportunities and
relaxed lifestyle, it's easy to see why.
Local produce is to the fore at the
dore, a bistro-style cafe
the centre of town.
al foodie Kate Napper has
working with manager
tos Stoios for more than
ears to present a mouth-
g display of breakfasts,
ning snacks and lun-
lus an extensive range of
s to take home and enjoy.
clude marmalades, mus-
elishes and olive oil.
e is never a shortage of
s to the town. In summer,
sco dining is the way to
go or, at the very least, a window-side
table is a must, but more and more
people are gravitating to the district in
"Robe is great in the winter
months," Christos said. "Of course
summer is our busy time, but there is
a real appeal about the town in win-
ter, with the lure of open fireplaces
and beach walks. Robe has its own
romance in winter."
Breakfast is a highlight of the
Providore -- particularly bacon and
eggs served with the famous
Providore relish, and Kate and
Christos are particularly proud of their
coffee -- a unique blend of about eight
different types to make their own dis-
At lunch time, visitors may choose
from local fish, hams, smallgoods and
a great range of local and imported
cheeses, or Wagyu beef supplied from
Mayura Station in nearby Millicent.
Lunch hampers are available and, as a
slightly unusual sideline, Kate and
Christos provide hampers for visitors
taking helicopter trips for a birds-eye
view of the region.
An old, deconsecrated church is just
behind the cafe, and is now used for a
variety of private functions.
District's fare a winner at Providore cafe
Part of the Providore's mouth-watering
fare and, inset, manager Christos Stoios.
THE South East has always been asso-
ciated with fine wines and the Robe
district maintains that tradition with
its range of premium grape varieties
from a top-class winery.
Karatta Wines, situated about 20
kilometres from Robe on the way to
Penola, was the first winery estab-
lished near Robe. David Gillespie
takes on the multi-faceted role of
winemaker, vineyard manager and cel-
lar door operator.
The winery and vineyards were set
up about 15 years ago, with the first
vintage produced in 2001.
There are two vineyards, 'Tenison'
and '12 Mile', occupying about 45
hectares, established on the famous
terra rossa soil over limestone.
"We grow our own shiraz, cabernet
sauvignon and pinot noir," David said,
"And we harvested our first chardon-
nay last March. This is an excellent
location for a winery -- the cool
weather means our vintage is a bit
later than other regions, so the vines
are not so stressed by unsuitably hot
"Our crush is usually about 150
tonnes each year, but we also take
fruit from other growers and make
their wine for them on a contract
"We are set up specifically for
small batches, and some of the
work we do for other people are
such small quantities they only
make up into a couple of barrels.
"We are always kept busy
because we have the only
crushing facility in the district."
About 70 per cent of
Karatta's wine sales are
through the cellar door
outlet, with large num-
bers of tourists travel-
ling through the
region, plus locals
the businesses down here," David
said. "We all support each other --
recommend restaurants, accommoda-
tion, other places of interest
to visit. We all work in
Karatta takes lead in fine wine production
Karatta's man-of-all-roles, David Gillespie.
• from previous page
The cafe scene is alive and well with alfresco dining in demand
Lot 202 Robe Penola Road, Robe Ph / Fax: 8735 7255
Karatta Wines has two vineyards, both have
the famous terra rosa soil over limestone . Being
close to the coast of the Great Southern Ocean ,
they have the benefit of a maritime climate
with long ripening periods.
-- David & Peg Woods, Karatta Wines
Karatta Winery & Cellar
en 11am to 4pm weekends & holiday
or by appointment
roup tours welcome by appointment
(11 tasted, 3 recommended)
- Winestate magazine
'12 Mile Vineyard'
(18 tasted, 9 recommended)
equal top in category
- Winestate magazine
Old Naracoorte Rd
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