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Published September 2nd 2019
Local produce from the Fleurieu Peninsula
I had been wondering, for some time, about the shabby chic signs on the Victor Harbor Road near the Goolwa turn off. They advertise gin, grappa and limoncello so naturally, my curiosity was piqued.
After a Sunday afternoon walk near Mt Compass, I decided it was time to find out more. Having followed the signs past John Lacey's Green Tank Gallery, along a dirt road and through an expanse of grape vines we came upon a Cellar Door and a welcoming host.
We sat on a couple of stools near a brace of bottles and prepared for a tasting and a story.
The story goes that Joe Lenco and his family have been making wine and grappa for years and have recently moved their operation, Mt Compass Wines, to this new location and added gin and whisky to their repertoire.
Joe was born in Calabria, Southern Italy, so, as is culturally appropriate, he loves to drink grappa. His limoncello has grappa as its base. His spirits have already won awards internationally and he is preparing to enter his whisky and limoncello in an upcoming contest in Hong Kong.
Tastings are $10 per person and we were welcome to taste the whole range of spirits. We didn't because their potency is strong and I feared I may not find my way home. The tasting fee is deducted from any purchases made so we sipped and chatted and enjoyed the surroundings before heading off with our purchase.