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!
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! Reds, whites and rose are all so good, you’ll want to but them all. Details 6558 1722.
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, try his reds, whites and rose too! Open all long weekend 10.00am-5.00pm, no appointment needed. Details call 0411 112 072.
Tugwood Winery – 450 Mograni Creek Road, Gloucester
Located in a scenic valley under the stunning Mograni Mountains to the east of town. Enjoy very appealing wines just 10 minutes from Gloucester in a purpose-built winery with film-set looks! Open all weekend 10.00am-4.00pm, no appointment necessary. Details 0401 771 902.
Villa d’Esta Winery – 2884 Wallambah Road, Dyers Crossing
The scenic drive east from Gloucester towards the coast on Wallambah Road takes you to Villa d’Esta Winery. The journey is well worth it, with a selection of easy-drinking styles suitable for the table and ready to be enjoyed in the short term. The proprietors, the manager and the winemaker all share a Hungarian heritage and have adopted traditional Hungarian winemaking techniques. Fenékig! Details 0403 166 500.