While it's easy to get to Gapsted Wines by car, we've uncovered a number of other ways you can make the journey without having to get behind the wheel.
What the heck - if you're going to travel here, you may as well do it in style! That's where Kingfisher Limousines comes into the equation, particularly if your group consists of more than two people.
Operated by Greg George, his limousine is available for a variety of events, including winery tours, which include a wine adviser if required.
The limousine is fitted with an entertainment system, mini bar (on request), party lighting (if required) and front and rear air conditioners. It's licenced to carry eight passengers and the chauffeur (9 in all).
For a quote or booking, you can reach Greg on 0466 049 896 or email@example.com
There are a number of companies that operate wine tours throughout the North East region, some by bicycle and others using buses.
Tour De Vines is a regular visitor to the winery. This company operates a wide variety of cycling tours in the region, including the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail - Small Group Weekends. This two-day tour includes an exclusive food and wine tasting at Gapsted Wines, and has regular departure dates throughout the year.
A Taste of Wine Tours is another such provider. This firm offers a range of bus tours, from half day through to multi day trips, picking you up and dropping you off at your local residence or hotel.
There's a local taxi service that operates out of Myrtleford. Launched in August 2017, the Alpine Community Taxi is available from 8am-5pm Mondays-Thursdays. On Fridays and Saturdays their operating time extends until 1.30am.
The taxi services areas as far as 75-100km away from Myrtleford, which includes Albury, Wangaratta, Bright, Beechworth and Milawa.
You can reach the taxi driver on 0427 553 330, or via Facebook at @alpinecommunitytaxi
As a special offer, Alpine Community Taxi is offering Gapsted Wine Club members a $5 or $10 discount, depending on the length of your journey, when you are travelling to and from Gapsted Wines. Just mention to them that you're a Gapsted Wine Club member to secure this discount. Valid for 2018.
Being located directly on the sealed Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, Gapsted Wines is the ideal place to cycle to. The Trail, which extends more than 100km from Wangaratta to Germantown (just south of Bright) - with an off shoot to Beechworth - is almost completely off road and perfect for a short amble through to a long cycle tour adventure. The gradient is generally subtle, and the diversity in scenery is stunning - particularly as you edge towards the magnificent mountains in the south.
We have ample bicycle parking available, and if you reserve your table at our restaurant in advance, we'll ensure you have plenty of sustenance to continue your cycling adventure!
And if you don't have your own bike, or would rather not transport it here, there are plenty of places who can rent you one - including some accommodation providers. Here are just a few local cycle stores that rent bikes:
Myrtleford Cycle Centre - Ph. 03 5752 1511 (this shop also operates local cycle tours)
CyclePath - Ph. 03 5750 1442
All Terrain Cycles Bright - Ph. 03 5750 1372
Beechworth Cycles and Saws - Ph. 03 5728 1402
Bicycle and bus/van
If you would like to combine cycling with a lift back to your accommodation, then www.busabike.com.au might be for you. Catering for up to 13 people, this service can be tailored to suit your holiday needs - such as riding to Gapsted Wines and being collected after you've enjoyed our delicious Taste of Season lunch! Contact Geoff on 0409 806 458 for more information.
Or, The Bike Hire Company will deliver rental bikes to your accommodation in Beechworth, Bright, Myrtleford and Wangaratta, and they also offer a shuttle service that will drop you off or pick you up at designated locations. They can be contacted on 0400 345 648 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
It's possible to get close to Gapsted Wines using public transport. While public transport isn't necessarily a viable option to get to the winery itself, the various train and coach services do enable you to get from Melbourne to towns in the region quite easily.
It's even possible to do a day trip between Monday and Friday, assuming you get the first train service out of Melbourne, and the last service back. Or, make a long weekend of it - get a Friday service from Melbourne, and return Sunday afternoon.
If you're coming from Melbourne, there are currently three trains daily that leave Southern Cross Station for Wangaratta at 7.05am, 12.05pm and 6.02pm. Returning from Wangaratta, there are train services at 7.27am, 1.37pm and 6.12pm.
These trains connect with a coach that services Beechworth, Myrtleford and Bright, although on weekends this is limited to one coach service, which departs at 10.05am from Wangaratta Station and which links with the 7.05am train from Southern Cross.
From Albury, you can get a train to Wangaratta at various times of the day, although they don't necessarily link with the above coach service. You can also get a limited bus service to Myrtleford on school days only. You can learn more about this service here.
Public Transport Victoria has an online Journey Planner which is extremely useful in learning how to get here. We strongly recommend you check this website first, as the above departure times are subject to change and seasonal variations.
What? Really? Yes - you can get to Gapsted Wines by helicopter, landing at our top car park. A wedding party did exactly that last year, and you can too (giving us plenty of advance notice of course) using Hi Life Helicopters.
You can leave from Porepunkah Airport (near Bright), or from many other locations - contact Brian on 0418 573 764 for more information.
While the above list of suppliers isn't exhaustive, it's a good place to start planning your next High Country adventure. Gapsted Wines does not endorse or advocate for any of the providers mentioned in this article.