Gapsted Wines has been chosen as the Cellar Door with the Best Food in the Alpine Valleys region by leading independent drinks and lifestyle magazine Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine.
Selected by the country's top wine writers, this independent award highlights cellar doors that serve first-class food.
"It’s impossible to miss Gapsted winery as you drive along the Great Alpine Road heading towards Myrtleford. This large winery offers plenty of drinking options – do try the Tempranillo – but it also features an excellent restaurant with lovely vineyard views,” the magazine reports, citing one of the reasons for selecting Gapsted Wines as their focus on local produce. “Where possible, regional ingredients feature, such as Milawa chicken seasoned with Middle Eastern spices and served with a salad flavoured with Tolpuddle fetta from Tarrawingee.”
The winery continues to develop new and exciting food and wine experiences for customers that highlight the region’s abundance of quality fresh produce. Last month saw the inaugural sell-out Alpine Producers Festival Feast that kicked off the Myrtleford Festival with local producers showcasing their products at the winery and the Gapsted team creating dishes to highlight the ingredients.
Late last year, Food Safari’s Maeve O’Meara visited the winery for the High Country launch of her book Food Safari Earth Fire and Water. The evening featured food from around the world produced by the Gapsted Wines team to the acclaim of the guests and to which Maeve described as “absolutely first class - the ability to deliver such quality versions of food from many cuisines at the same event took a lot of planning and talent…it was a wonderful evening, paired of course with some of the beautiful wines from Gapsted.” She recently returned to the winery with her Gourmet Safari tour group for a food & wine tasting after exploring a number of producers throughout the High Country Region.
Head Chef Trent Krikken, who has been working Gapsted’s kitchen for two years now, is thrilled with the award. “It’s such a great team to work with and I’m really proud of what we create, particularly our new Autumn Taste of Season menu, which I’ve developed with Sous Chef Riley McDonald.”
“It’s not hard to come to work every day with this view and I love the variety of being able to change the menu with the seasons and work with such quality, fresh produce.”
The winery's event schedule also features the popular seasonal Long Lunches, with the Autumn Long Lunch being held on Saturday 25th May, where guests can expect lots of local, fresh seasonal dishes matched perfectly to Gapsted’s premium wine.
The award follows the winery’s 2018 win for Best Large Cellar Door in Alpine Valleys/Beechworth.