Gapsted Wines has been chosen as the Best Large Cellar Door in the Alpine Valleys and Beechworth region by leading lifestyle magazine Australian Gourmet Traveller.
Selected by the country's top wine writers, this independent award is based on cellar doors that have great wines on taste, excellent food, knowledgeable staff and a pleasing overall experience for visitors.
"With access to 256 hectares of grapes across the Alpine Valleys and King Valley, Gapsted has both regions covered whether it’s pursuing Mediterranean grape varieties like Sangiovese and Tempranillo, high altitude, cool climate styles of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, or a bunch of limited releases," said judge Jeni Port.
"No tasting is complete without a look at the Saperavi.”
The award comes as Gapsted Wines, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, invests more into its Cellar Door and restaurant experience, with a greater emphasis on using local produce and building on its portfolio of special events.
The winery's event schedule already features the much loved Shakespeare in the Vines - a sell out again this year, seasonal Long Lunches, the La Fiera-themed food week, and Winemakers Dinners, among others. More recently, the Cellar Door added an intimate wine tasting event to its calendar, Gapsted Wines Uncovered - specifically tailored to small groups.
Weddings and functions are also becoming more popular, and not solely due to the spectacular Ovens Valley and Mount Buffalo views, and superb wines. Customers commonly refer to the efficient, flexible and friendly nature of our functions team for the ultimate success of their event.
A key focus of Gapsted Wines' Cellar Door experience has been its relaxed and informal approach to wine tasting.
"We encourage our staff to not only understand our wines, but to ensure they don't over complicate the wine tasting process," said Cellar Door manager, Anissa Griffiths. "This means giving customers an honest and tangible appraisal of how our wines relate to their palate and food preferences.
"We also give them the time and space in which to enjoy our wines."
"Add to this our A La Carte and well-priced Taste of Season menus, often enjoyed on our external deck overlooking the vineyard, and we believe these are key reasons why Australian Gourmet Traveller voted us the best Large Cellar Door in the local region."
Gapsted Wines' CEO and Chief Winemaker Matt Fawcett said the award was testimony to the hard work and dedication of the entire Cellar Door team, many of whom have been with Gapsted Wines for more than five years.
"The high level of senior staff retention reflects how committed the team is to Gapsted Wines, and its customers," he said.
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