Gapsted Wines showcase
LOCATED in the picturesque rolling hills near Myrtleford, Gapsted Wines is a local name that is going from strength to strength.
Wine enthusiasts and critics alike are talking about their Limited Release range of wines.
Produced in small quantities from fruit grown in meticulously managed vineyards, the result is wines designed to challenge the mind and tastebuds.
The flagship varieties of this range are Petit Manseng and Saperavi.
Petit Manseng, a white wine variety which originated from the foothills of the Pyrenees, is a variety that until now has been virtually unknown in Australia. It has unique flavors and an approachable palate which pairs well with a variety of Asian flavors.
Saperavi, a grape variety which originated from Russia, is a red wine variety with complex flavors of spearmint, star anise, and fleshy plum.
Other wines in the Limited Release range include Fiano, Tempranillo, Barbera, and Cabernet Franc. These trend setting varieties as well as premium traditional favorites are available for tasting every day at the cellar door.
Gapsted Wines’ senior winemaker, Michael Cope-Williams, who has been with the winery since 1999, is the winemaker responsible for this limited release range.
As well as working in the Australian wine industry, he also has a wealth of experience working vintages in such iconic wine regions as Napa and Oregon in the USA, and Champagne and Burgundy in France.
“Gapsted is owned by a group of grape growers who, like me, are fascinated by the grape varieties that step outside the norm,” Mr Cope-Williams said.
“Their viticultural passion, coupled with the climatic conditions of the region, allows us to try new things, but also gives us the ability to deliver premium cool climate wines, and exceptional aromatic white wines.”
The Limited Release range of wines are not the only attractions at the winery heading into the summer months.
The winery will be closing out 2013 with a variety of live musical acts between December 28-January 1, coinciding with the well known clearance sale offering bargains for wine lovers.
There will also be regular live music throughout January (January 4, 11, 25 and 26) including bands such as Cutest Little Monster, Brock Shirley, Sensation and more.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, March 1, visitors can indulge their passions for wine and theatre when the Essential Theatre Company returns once again for Shakespeare in the Vines, performing one of the playwright’s most beloved creations, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bookings are essential at $45 per person (hamper packages also available) and can be made by calling (03) 57511383.
Gapsted Wines’ cellar door is situated on the Great Alpine Road, Gapsted and is open 10am-5pm daily.
Lunch is available at the cellar door restaurant from 12-3pm daily and bookings are recommended.
The winery can be contacted on (03) 57511383 or you can find them on www. gapstedwines.com.au, Facebook or Twitter.
Gapsted winemaker Michael Cope-Williams.
Gapsted Wines produces a wide variety of wines from its vineyard in the hills near Myrtleford.