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Published December 8th 2015
There's a Cottage in this Cottage Garden
The turn in to the driveway was slowed momentarily as vision of an old Barossa cottage took hold. For a budding photographer like me this looked like seventh heaven as the brain started the process of visualising some great photos. But the cottage was a bonus as we had originally made our way to Gibson Wines to indulge in some local wines at this popular, yet off-the-beaten track boutique winery.
Founded by Rob Gibson in the late 90's, Gibson Wines has carved out a unique niche in northern Barossa winemaking. Rob has been joined by his wife Anne, both of whom had extensive careers at one of the iconic learning centres in the Barossa, Penfolds.
The Gibsons own vines in both the Barossa and Eden Valleys, and complement those grapes with fruit from the other main grape growing areas of South Australia to produce wines that are regular award winners and feature prominently in the "best of" lists.
A mentioned earlier, entering the winery we are greeted by an old Angas worker's cottage which is believed to have been built in the mid 1840's. The rammed earth cottage and rustic surrounds with its old verandah and various cast iron fixtures are surrounded by several hectares of vines, with the majority growing some of the reds that the Barossa is so famous for.
Adjacent to the cottage is garage winery / cellar door, while between them both sits a modern iron and mud rendered cellar door area featuring a wood fired oven, BBQ and plenty of outdoor seating and umbrellas. The family friendly environment also has toys for the little ones, a large lawn area to run around, hopscotch, ring toss and a petanque court, enough entertainment for most picnics.
Like most cellar doors, the tasting choices are plenty and it becomes difficult to choose between them. Being a slightly warmer day, we settle on an Eden Valley Riesling, and a Pinot Gris from the Adelaide Hills, both of which were young and fresh, and didn't disappoint.
In addition to the wines, we chose a locally produced platter which featured several cheeses, dried fruits, preserves and nuts. With food and wine in tow, we then took our place under the shade of a tree in the garden, and settled in for a peaceful afternoon in the Northern Barossa.
Gibson Wines is located around 5km northeast of Nuriootpa on Willows Road at the small village of Light Pass. The cellar door is open every day from 11am until 5pm. Gibson Wines also hold regular "Sunday Fundays" and other special events during the year often featuring local musicians and pizzas from the wood fired oven. For further details refer to the Gibson Wines website or to their facebook page.