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Ripping off the locals

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The King Valley has an ever growing number of winery based restaurants with another scheduled to be built at Pizzinis. Unfortunately, too many are targeted at the tourist dollar and the locals are being ignored.

Last weekend, we attended a private function at one of these establishments. Whilst most of us support local industry, we do not appreciate paying $6 for a stubby of beer. Guests, who would normally drink throughout the night at a football club function, limited themselves to one – or maybe two – for the night. But more importantly, the price being charged for the beer became a talking point amongst the guests.

Twenty years ago, on the Gold Coast in Queensland, the same ripoffs were being perpetrated on the tourists. However, they respected the local trade by giving them pub prices for both food and drinks.

For the King Valley residents, it is far cheaper to have a night out in Wangaratta than to support local industry.

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Written by Greg Naylor

30 December 2007 at 8:46 am

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  1. The winery is merely treating the locals the same way it treats the tourists. If you were a tourist and you paid $6 for a beer, how would you feel if the guy standing next to you in the blue singlet was charged $4 for the same product, just because he’s “a local”. In the end the winery would only get local trade and, as we all know, that is simply not viable.

    That said, I’m no great fan of our local wineries either. They ARE overpriced and some of them could do with a crash course in “how to treat the general public”.


    30 December 2007 at 4:56 pm

  2. Gotta agree with Ray here, it’s not actually legal to charge differential prices based on where a person lives. It’s considered discrimination.


    31 December 2007 at 7:03 pm

  3. Then the locals will continue to discriminate by going to Wangaratta

    Greg Naylor

    31 December 2007 at 7:41 pm

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