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Published July 2nd 2014
Top Macedon Ranges Tipple
Gisborne Peak Winery started life as a somewhat desolate, windswept 12 acre hobby block purchased in 1976.
The first vines were planted in 1978 and since then many years of hard work by owners Bob and Barbara Nixon have certainly paid off. The relaxed, welcoming atmosphere of their cellar door together with a tempting selection of quality wines has been attracting locals for years to tastings & light meals lake-side on the open air deck or, in cooler times, inside by the fire or in the heated marquee .
Gisborne Peak Cellar Door is open 7 days except Good Friday and Christmas Day
But now it's official. Gisborne Peak has been nominated as one of the Top 10 Cellar Doors in Victoria by the prestigious AGE Good Food Guide 2014. And that after taking a Gold Medal for their 2009 Riesling plus top-4 placings for two of their Chardonnays at the recent Macedon Ranges Wine Exhibition.
The cellar door is open 7 days with Friday to Sunday tastings complemented by wood-fired pizzas and a range of tasty treats, including their very popular Tasters Platter. 'Tutored Tastings' are also available at no extra cost and four on-site eco-cottages provide a convenient accommodation option.
These vines have helped earn for Gisborne Peak a spot in the AGE Good Food Guide Top 10 Victorian Cellar Doors
With its acreage planted out to a meticulously maintained range of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Semillon vines and the business driven by the owners' attention to detail and a desire to create the ultimate customer experience you can bet that Gisborne Peak will continue to produce an award-winning winery experience for a long time to come.
Gisborne Peak facilities make for all-year round tastings in comfort
Gisborne Peak is just a little bit off the beaten track, nestled in the foothills of the Macedon Ranges south of Gisborne, on the north east slopes of Mount Gisborne.
Northbound on the Calder Freeway take the Couangalt Road exit. Proceed 3.2 kilometres and turn right into McGeorge Road, a further 1.3 kilometres turn left into Watson Road. Proceed 850 metres and turn right into Short Road. Gisborne Peak is 350 metres ahead on the left.