The drive in to Beaufort from Ballarat will soon look vastly different without the name Michael Unwin Wines.
The Beaufort shed that has been home to Michael Unwin's winery and cellar door since 2004 sold at auction for $315,000 on Friday.
Johan Debast, owner of Beaufort based Lemlex Joinery, purchased the 4300 square metre block of land and shed with intentions to expand his business to furniture making.
"I have outgrown my current premises and am also looking for more exposure," he said.
Mr Debast moved to Lexton from Belgium 14-years-ago and first started his business in his workshop at home.
I have outgrown my current premises and am also looking for more exposure.Johan Debast, Lemlex Joinery
He has since moved the business to 11 Willoby Street in Beaufort while completing joinery work locally and in Melbourne.
Lemlex Joinery currently employs one staff member, but Mr Debast said he was always looking to hire more.
"That has been my biggest issue business wise - I can't get enough staff," he said.
"Even dedicated apprentices are hard to come by. I am hoping having a nicer workshop will attract more staff when we move."
The settlement date for the property is June 28, but Mr Debast and current tenant Michael Unwin have agreed Mr Unwin will continue renting the space until the end of the year.
By that time his new winery and cellar door is expected to be completed in Cardigan.
The state government will retain ownership of the rest of the site for development of a new fire station.
Ballarat Real Estate commercial agent John Stevenson said his last three commercial sales in Beaufort were to manufacturing businesses.
"That will hopefully create jobs for the town," he said.