We all want to get back to life as normal, including going out to eat, meeting friends and staying for as long as we like. But, at the moment life is different. The latest lockdown may be lifted but the number of people in a hospitality venue has gone from 1 person per 2 sq metres to 1 person per 4 sq metres. That's a big change and we need to deal with it.
We have a very large venue which includes our group function marquee, our cellar door Fireside Room and Veranda and our upstairs Veranda. With all of that space it comes down to only 42 people allowed at one time - inclusive of all of the spaces. A business cannot be viable paying penalty rates to staff with only 42 people for a day. Therefore, it has come to this and this is the first time we have had to do two sittings.
I know the times are not what you would like, but may I suggest that if you have a family then book the early time slot, and for friends getting together have a late breakfast and book the 2:15 time slot.
If you have any questions or issues please phone me on 5428 2228. Barbara Nixon
Annual Pruning Day - New date confirmed!
Join us on Saturday 7th of August for our Annual Pruning Day at Gisborne Peak Winery!
The Pruning Day is one of several Hands-on Days we offer here at Gisborne Peak, and it is a fantastic opportunity for wine lovers and Adopt-A-Vine Parents to gain a ‘behind the scenes’ insight into the many vine-to-wine process.
The day starts at 9:15 a.m. with registration and coffee. Bob Nixon, owner and viticulturist, then runs a theory class in the different styles of pruning used in the vineyard. These pruning skills are very transferable to most bushes, plants and shrubs around the home garden. Three styles of pruning are used at Gisborne Peak Winery.
Armed with new knowledge, the participants can then practice their new skills in the vineyard, under supervision of course. You will be finished by 1:00 .
Morning tea, instruction and Lunch is included and pruners will be treated to some of the delicious wood-fired pizzas that the winery is known for, and a glass of estate wine. All of this for $30.00 per person. If you have an Adopted Vine here at the winery the cost is only $20.00 (to cover the cost of lunch and wine). The cost is $30 for all others. Give the winery a call to book in on (03) 5428 2228.
Dress in layers, dress warm, wear suitable footwear (the ground can be wet), and bring your own secateurs if you have them - Bob will sharpen them for you.
Bookings are essential. Book online or Call the winery on (03) 5428 2228 to book in, or email using the 'Contact Us' page of the website.
Paella and Pinot Long Lunch - Moved to 21st August. A few places still available.
This is going to be delicious. A 3-course lunch starting with a Tapas Platter for two, then two styles of Paella by The Home Plate Caterers who specialise in Paella. Served with the Paella is salad and toasted bread and a homemade paprika mayonnaise and pea puree as condiments. This is followed by specialty tea or espresso coffee served with an assortment of slices. A bottle of Pinot Noir per couple is included. Single bookings also include a bottle of wine. Additional wine, beer or soft drinks can be purchased thoughout the day.
The two paellas are:
HP Special: Free range Bannockburn Chicken with Spanish Chorizo Sausage (premium grass fed, free range beef is used in chorizo/sausages), tomato sofrito, Spanish saffron and garlic oil.
Terry Tomato: Roasted tomato, capsicum, bay leaf and thyme sofrito, garlic oil, Spanish saffron, roasted pumpkin, Swiss brown mushrooms, grilled zucchini, red peppers and artichoke hearts. This is Vegan and Vegetarian friendly.
Both paellas are Gluten and Dairy Free. All bases are covered!
PLEASE NOTE: As this is a set menu, if you have any special dietary requirements you must let us know when booking!
Cost is $150 per couple or $85.00 a single.
Note: you will NOT be sent any tickets via mail, but you will receive an email confirmation. However you will be asked for a shipping address. Can't help this. This is also where you can put any special dietary information. Tables wil be long, shared communal tables due to restricted space. Limited seating
Takeaway available Sat & Sun, pick up at winery only until 5:00 pm
'Pizza and Wine Deal': two pizzas and a bottle of wine of your choice $50.00
'Gisborne Peak in a Box': includes everything on our Taster's Platter (meats, cheese, dips, salad, bread), two pizzas, a bottle of wine, two etched wine glasses, and a bottle of wine) for $99.50, beautifully boxed.
'Heaven on Earth': two desserts and a bottle of Muscat $40.00
PHONE IN ONLY AS COMPUTERS WILL NOT BE MONITORED OVER THE WEEKEND. 5428 2228 or 0432 185 009
Wine Flights - the new wine tasting experience
Due to Covid regulations we cannot have people stand at the cellar door counter to taste wines. So the 'new' wine tasting is a seated Wine Flight. This is four 40ml serves of wines of your choice, served to you at your table. It is equivilent to a little over a full glass of wine, and the cost is $10.50 pp. It is served along side tasting notes so you can read about the wines you are tasting. No pressure to buy, no pressure to comment, no standing! It's like a tea party but with wine. You'll love it - it's here to stay. The NEW wine tasting experience!
Bob's interview on This Local Life
Listen to Bob on 'This Local Life', a podcast hosted by Gisborne local Pete Fraser. You can listen here and we encourage you to go to wherever you get your podcasts and subscribe to 'This Local Life' to hear more interviews with Macedon Ranges locals. Bob talks about the challenges of starting a vineyard from scratch, his passion for growing the best grapes to make the best wine that are true to this particular place, soil, altitude and 'terroir'.
Gisborne Peak in a Box is a 3-course Lunch, Dinner or Picnic. It contains all of the ingredients of our popular 'Taster's Platter' (3 meats, 3 cheese, 3 dips, garlic bread, salad), plus two wood-fired pizzas, plus two desserts, plus a bottle of wine of your choice, plus two Gisborne Peak etched wine glass and more! It is in a gorgeous presentation box.
It can be ordered online HERE with 24 hours notice or phoned in and it will be ready in 30 minutes. T. 5428 2228. It also makes a perfect gift too. We can issue a Gift Voucher for a 'Gisborne Peak in a Box' - excellent and thoughtful present.
Gourmet TravellerWINE Mag 2020 Best Cellar Door Winner!
We are so proud and pleased to be named in the Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine 2020 Best Cellar Door Awards. We have been gonged for the Winery with Best Accommodation, Macedon Ranges/Sunbury Region.
The GT Wine April/May issue has recognised and celebrated the best of our country's wonderful and diverse cellar doors. In this 10th edition of their Best Cellar Door Awards they flag the top destinations for food, wine, unique experience and accommodation in every State.
You can read about them by clicking here but there is a limit on browsing without purchasing. However it is only $.050 per week to have access to the digital version (6 issues) and it is a great read. I encourage you to subscribe.
We thank Judy Sarris, Editor Gourmet Traveller WINE and her team on giving the small, and large, wineries of Australia some much needed kudos at this trying time.
Stay & Play (Golf)
A great present for the GOLFER in your life. The Package includes an overnight stay in one of our lovely self-contained Winery Cottages, including breakfast. Then off to the Gisborne Golf Club for either 9 holes or 18 holes of golf. This is a beautiful golf course with views and even resident kangaroos. Also included is a Lunch for Two at the winery including a glass of wine each, a wood fired pizza each, dessert and coffee.
Conditions: golf is available Monday - Friday. Overnight stays are available Sunday - Thursday nights.
Phone the winery on (03) 5428 2228 to purchase. A personalised Gift Voucher will be sent to you.
Pruning Day - Class of 2019
We had a great time on Saturday 20 July with 22 willing and ready participants. After some class time with Bob and some not-to-be-missed morning tea by Barb, it was off to the vines armed with sharpened secateurs and blue twine. Watch out vines!! Trepidation and terror set in but after a little bit of practice and patience their skills and confidence were much improved.
Lots of laughs, fun and new friendships! Lunch of Taster's Platters, pizzas, wine (did I say more wine) was enjoyed by everyone. Join us for our next Hands-On day in January 2020 but first there is Picnic in the Vines on Saturday 7 December.
Duet - It's Back!
Due to popular demand our blend of Chardonnay and Semillon is back on the shelves this weekend. The 55% Chardonnay and the rest Semillon, both unwooded, is the formula and the Semillon was allowed to sit on lees to let it soften off. This is a 2018 vintage of both grapes. It is an ideal wine to have with tapas, cheese platters, Marinated white anchovies, roasted chicken with thyme, really anything light and delicious. It’s truly a ‘classic CDW – a Classic Dry White’. The two make a full-bodied white wine with waxy, tropical flavours.
We're Still Here!
It's funny how rumours get going isn't it! I guess this is how 'Fake News' starts. In our last newsletter we mentioned that GPW has just been listed on the market for sale. We realise that it is a unique property and it will take a while to find the right buyer. When we know, everyone will know, we promised that. But, I'm getting calls and emails with people saying they heard we were now closed, that we had to rip out the vines in order to sell, that they wanted to book for next week but the winery might not be here, etc, etc. Folks, it's business as usual until you hear (from us) differently. Even when we do sell it will be as an ongoing business with some changes no doubt. So don't listen to the rumours, continue supporting us and the resellers of our wines. We're still here! Hope to see you soon.
Groups Bookings - Birthday Parties, Family Gatherings, just no weddings!
Are you aware of our Group Packages for 10 + people and our special areas? Did you know that we have an upstairs area perfect for groups of 15-30 people? Just ask to see it. Obviously there is the heated marquee which holds up to 55 friends and family.
Natalie is our Group Coordinator or talk to any staff member for an information sheet. Look online here for our group packages, prices and private areas.
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and Hall of Fame Award
We have just been notified that our Winery Cottages have been inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame. The cottages have been given the Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row which puts them into the Hall of Fame. We’re thrilled and very proud of the cottages and the team that makes them so special. That includes our staff at cellar door who are generally the first point of contact upon check in and the behind-the-scene cleaners.
As a celebration we are offering a 25% discount for anyone who mentions ‘Hall of Fame’ and books direct with us for any stay in June, July or August. Call us for details. 5428 2228 or book a cottage online.
Our Facebook Page - a fountain of information!
Our Facebook Page has really come to life now that Caroline has taken custody of it! We hope you are following it as our newsletters are few and far between and there are always updates on what is happening at the winery on Facebook. If not, click hereto view the page and click on ‘Follow’. We’re also on Instagram with somegreat photos we’ve taken and some that our guests have taken and shared with us. How about you taking a photo, share it with us and it might get on the Instagram page. We love to share your photographic memories.
A Video of Bob - taken, edited and posted by son David
Giborne Peak Winery - a one-minute perspective
Gisborne Peak Winery in 60 seconds. Think Food, Fun and Friends and you've got it summed up. Then, toss in some excellent wines and Voila! A good time! Enjoy
Pruning the Lagrein vines
A video of Bob pruning the Lagrein vines. It is important to get this done before the end of the winter.