A short drive around Gloucester takes you to several boutique wineries open for wine tasting throughout the long weekend with beautiful views to match their wines.
Gloucester River Winery – 51 Stantons Lane, Gloucester
Open Saturday to Monday inclusive 10am-5pm. 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! Call ahead to ensure availability of tasting times, call 0411 112 072.
Tugwood Winery – 450 Mograni Creek Rd, Gloucester
Open Saturday to Monday inclusive 10am-4pm. 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! Call ahead to ensure availability of tasting times, call 0401 771 902.
Faulls Ridge Wines – 611 Bucketts Way East, Gloucester
Sorry, closed this long weekend.
Gap Hill Winery – 8 Gap Hill Rd, Stroud Road
Located in the village of Stroud Road south of Gloucester, Gap Hill Winery grows awesome veldelho. Vigneron Brian Eastoe loves his work: “We find that the Stroud “terroir” is just right for producing quality verdelho. We continue to pay careful attention to soil, microclimate and vineyard management so that our artful winemaker receives quality hand-picked grapes each February.” Open this long weekend on Saturday 2pm to 4pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm, Monday 10am to 5pm. No appointment necessary. Details 4994 5137.
Villa d’Esta Winery – 2884 Wallambah Rd, Dyers Crossing
Open Saturday to Monday inclusive 10am-5pm. 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.