Ah! I think I see a light at the end of the tunnel. A small one, but it shining and is only going to be brighter. We are delighted that we can open as of 1 June to have 20 visitors. However, there is even better news. As we have two distinct areas that are not connected, we can have up to 40 visitors! More about this here.
The rules are ‘Single spaces mean an undivided space of a restaurant or cafe premises. Venues with multiple divided spaces can have up to 20 patrons in each space as long as they comply with density requirements and there are careful controls in place for shared spaces, e.g. foyers and bathrooms. More information will be provided in the guidelines on 25 May.’
So with the Marquee and the Fireside Room including verandas we can accommodate up to 40 visitors from 1 June. However the marquee is getting a facelift and will not be ready by June 1 so we will be using the Fireside Room and verandas, which limits us to 20 visitors.
Here is our general plan with more details to come in a newsletter next week. We will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with our regular full menu. Obvious conditions will apply such as bookings absolutely required with credit card, a minimum spend per person, three seating times (even one from 5:00 – 7:00 pm) and wine tastings conducted at the table via a ‘flight’ of wines. There’s lot of devil in the detail of all of this, but that’s the general thoughts here so far. More details once Daniel A gives us the lowdown on 25 May. We can’t wait. We want to make our opening weekend fun for all of you who book and will put on something special.
'Gisborne Peak in a Box' now available
We had an enormous response to our ‘Mother’s Day in a Box’ promotion. So much so that we had to stop taking orders by 5:00 on the Thursday. So we thought, ‘Why just on Mother’s Day’? So we’ve adjusted the package a bit and now offer ‘Gisborne Peak in a Box’, a 3-course lunch/dinner or picnic for two. It includes all items that you get on our Taster’s Platter including 3 smoked meats, 3 cheeses, 2 dips, house-marinated Kalamatta Olives, semi-dried tomatoes, Salad and dressing and a loaf of Turkish bread ready for you to warm (just like at the winery). It also includes 2 pizzas, 2 desserts with cream, 2 etched GPW wine glasses, a bottle of wine and even a tea towel to set it all up on and boxed up in a classy box. Price: $99.50 and that’s a real deal. Once we can reopen and have people sitting around the grounds you can picnic with it here. Right now it is takeaway only and pre-ordered. Order online here (24 hour notice please), or Phone 5428 2228 with one hour notice.
'Pick-Up Pizza & Wine Service'
$50 - Two Pizzas and a Bottle of Wine. Add Garlic Bread $7, Cheesy Garlic Bread $8.
PLUS, you get a voucher for when we reopen for a 'Buy One, get one free pizza and/or glass of wine' Valid to 31 December 2020. No valid during any restricted visitor period.
Available 12:00 - 7:30 pm FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS ONLY
Still want one of our delicious wood-fired pizzas and an excellent bottle of our wine? Fear not... we are now offering a phone in, drive through pick up service of pizza and wine.
Please phone for details. Phone (03) 5428 2228 or 0432 185 009.
Add $10 get two GPW etched International Taster's wine glasses to keep.
The cost is $50 and you get two pizzas of your choice and a bottle of wine.
Add Garlic Bread $7.00 or Cheesy Garlic Bread for $8.00
Upgrade to $60 to include a bottle of our Premium Sparkling Pinot Noir
Pizza Choices: (no changes, no gluten free available): See full description of pizzas here
Tuscan - Hot calabrese salami, roasted red capsicum, red onion, olives
Ham & Cheese
Char grilled Pumpkin and spinach Vegetarian with sun dried tomatoes
Semillon, (Classic Dry White)
Sparkling Pinot Noir ($10 surcharge)
Order your pizza by phone. Have a credit card ready when ordering and we will process it prior to your arrival to avoid extra handling.
When you pick up your pizzas and wine park your car and enter the cellar door via the ramp.
EXTRAS AVAILABLE: ADDITIONAL GOURMET PIZZA ONLY $15.00, ADDITIONAL BOTTLE OF WINE ONLY $25
Garlic Bread $7.00 Cheesy Garlic Bread $8.00
Add $10 to get two Gisborne Peak etched International Wine glasses to keep.
SOFT DRINKS AVAILABLE $4.00 Coke, Coke no Sugar, Fanta, Sprite, Solo or Flavoured Mineral Waters.
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.
Bob and Barb
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.