There is a number of small wineries operating with great success in the region. Blue Gables Vineyard, like some of the others wineries, has evolved from a cellar door tasting winery into a reception centre/weekend entertainment venue.
When you arrive at Blue Gables you drive down a gravel road surrounded on both sides with grapes growing. You head past the beautiful homestead manor and you arrive at the cellar door.
Most of the wineries in this region are still just a shed that has had balconies/decks built on to them and the inside of the shed enclosed for a more formal venue if need be. You would not know once inside that you were in a shed as the transformations they have undergone are amazing!
Blue gables was established in 2004 on land that was not suitable for farming, but has since lent itself to producing some amazing Gippsland Wines.
The vineyard consists of four grape varieties, namely Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Shiraz. The climate in the area of the vineyard is moderate to warm, with the vines planted in varying soils across the vineyard block under drip irrigation
Blue Gables bottled wine range includes Sauvignon Blanc ($25), Pinot Gris ($25), Chardonnay ($25), Sparkling Chardonnay/PinotGris ($30), Shiraz ($30), Sparkling Shiraz ($30), Cabinet Sauvignon ($25), Liqueur Pinot Gris (375ml $30), Unwooded Pinot Gris ($30) and Moscato ($25). I had the Moscato and it was a very nice drop. The friends we were with highly recommended the Sauvignon Blanc. They also had 2 beers and a cider on tap selling by the glass as well.
Blue Gable’s Vineyard also has an old style wood fired Pizza oven and they use it to churn out high-quality pizza. We had a Hawaiian Pizza (ham and pineapple for those of you from countries that don’t do this pizza). There were 7 different Pizzas on the menu including Meat Lovers, Salami, Margherita, Mushroom and Garlic and Cheese as well as a variety of gourmet pizza’s and two amazing looking dessert Pizzas!
Potato wedges also served from the pizza oven where fantastic, but once again the prices of the food let them down. $10 for what I would call a small bowl of wedges. You did receive a small dipping bowl with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce with it. They also feature a cheese platter showcasing local produce that looked amazing.
There are stools and wine barrels to sit around if you choose to sit on the balcony around the shed. If you prefer the lawn area there are many large wooden picnic tables with umbrella’s set up for you sit on and enjoy the day. Blue Gables Vineyard also features live musicians a few times a month on weekends. The day we attended they had a book launch from a local author.
There is also a play area for the little ones to play on at Blue Gables Vineyard. They had balls to kick around, cricket bats and even a Klopp set you could use for kids or adults
This allows the kids to have some fun so they are more than happy to make new friends while you sample the awesome wines and watch an afternoon disappear!
Blue Gables continues to go from strength to strength. Blue Gables now holds Gippslands biggest Oktoberfest party every year. They construct beer tents, get an authentic German band in and tap traditional German beers on the day.
A few times a year the winery hosts wine nights where they showcase a different style. Just last month in May 2019 they had a shiraz night. Blue Gables is one of the major wineries behind the hugely successful Tinamba Food and Wine festival that is held every year,
Overall I would highly recommend a visit to Blue Gables Vineyard if you are in the area.
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Blue Gables Vineyard
Maffra West Upper – VIC 3859