A short drive around Gloucester takes you to several boutique wineries open all long weekend with beautiful views to match their wines. So there’s no need to travel all the way to the Hunter Valley for long weekend weekend wine tasting when there are options so close and so good!
Gloucester River Winery – 51 Stantons Lane, Gloucester
Make a good start at Gloucester River Winery and you’ll enjoy the most scenic setting of any winery in the Gloucester valley with intimate views of the impressive Buccan Buccans (the Bucketts Mountains). John is passionate about his preservative-free wines, do try his chardonnay! Open all long weekend 10.00am-4.00pm, no appointment needed. Details call 0411 112 072.
Faulls Ridge Winery – 611 Bucketts Way East, Gloucester
Open all weekend 10.00am-4.00pm for free wine tastings in their garden, no bookings required. This boutique vineyard is located atop the ridges above Gloucester, just like scenic European vineyards…but so much better! Don’t miss their new vintage ’William Carter’ red! Details 6558 1722.
Wallambah Vale Winery – 2696 Wallanbah Road, Firefly
Open all weekend 10.00am-6.00pm for free wine tastings or try a cheese platter with 2 glasses of wine for $30. No bookings required. Accommodation is also available if you’d like to spend a relaxing weekend amongst the vines. Wallambah Vale features handcrafted wines from a family-owned vineyard in a beautiful setting halfway between Gloucester and the legendary Pacific Coast. It’s a lovely drive, bring a picnic barbecue. Details 6559 1784
Tugwood Winery – 450 Mograni Creek Road, Gloucester
(Sorry not available, tasting wine in Europe, back in July!)