Gapsted Wines' History

Our Story

Gapsted WinesWe are seven wine industry families who came together and invested ourselves in the region that we love. Although our skills, talents, and personalities are varied, we made the decision to build our winery based on the single idea of 'excellence'. It’s this idea that drives and makes us uncompromising in all that we do.

Over a planned weekend away in 1996 the founding partners - Shayne Cunningham, John Cavedon, Pat and Kevin Murtagh, the Bailey family, Jim Moularadellis, Bill Moularadellis and Richard Carson - got together to discuss the winery partnership. Their decision to embark on this business venture saw the birth of Gapsted Wines on that same weekend.

Why Build Gapsted?

The founding families were involved in the wine industry and all saw the potential of the region to produce stunning aromatic white wines and elegant complex reds. From growing the fruit to selling the wines, the partners sought to control all elements and create high quality wines of distinction. Our winery site was selected for its stunning alpine views and proximity to the region’s best cool climate fruit. 

In 2001 the cellar door was built and over the years it has won numerous awards. Some of these include 'Best Alpine Winery' for six consecutive years and the Victorian Tourism Awards for 'Best Winery Cellar Door'. Our wines have also been acknowledged and to date Gapsted Wines have had great show success both locally and abroad - winning a staggering 26 Trophies and 83 Gold Medals.

Our goal remains the same today as it was when we started - to produce affordable wines of the highest quality from this unique wine region.