IT'S ALL GREEK TO
By Olivia Condous Photos Gary Sissons
any of us are yearning for international travels and exotic holidays that seem so far out of reach, but it only takes a short stroll past Portsea pier to be transported to a picturesque Greek island. A new wine bar and café with European flavour, Limani Portsea, offers all the beauty of the Mediterranean. No expensive air fares required! Limani co-owner and Melbourne-educated artist Allison Ermogenis spent nine years living in the Greek village of Firostefani on the island of Santorini. It was there she worked as an artist and started her art gallery, Aegean Designs. When she decided to head back home, she wanted to bring a piece of Greek life back with her.
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"I wanted to bring a touch of Greece to Porstea," Allison said, “Portsea is such a beautiful place; it lends itself to a little bit of the Mediterranean,” she said. After running her seaside art gallery in Portsea for the past two years, Allison said the “natural progression” was to open a food and wine venue next door, with her partner Steve as co-owner and venue manager while she continued to run the art gallery. Limani Portsea opened last December and already the venue has garnered a great response from the community. The café and wine bar has a variety of offerings to enjoy, from wine tasting events showcasing local wineries to live music every Saturday night. continued next page...