Boutique style winery
East Gippsland is fast becoming a renowned wine region incorporating several boutique style wineries. Ours is one of them.
Blue Gables boasts four varieties spread across 7 acres: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Shiraz. We strive to produce premium quality wine, year on year.
The vineyard, Blue Gables, is appropriately named after the picturesque farmhouse on the property where Alistair & Catherine Hicks and their three children live.
Situated high on a hill, we have an exposed site that is warmer than most in Gippsland by day, yet with the absence of any sea breeze, our nights cool off significantly. These day/night temperature extremeties are perfect for viticulture and this unique microclimate has resulted in the wines displaying intense varietal flavour and elegance.
The inspiration for building a vineyard on this site all began when visiting Catherine's family home at Upper Maffra West. Catherine's father Keith, a dairy farmer of some 42 years on the property, wanted an idea for utilising the infertile ground that he could not irrigate. The "hill", as it was commonly known, had an ideal north facing slope, so the possibility of growing grapes was a topic always of much discussion. The first vines were planted in 2004.
The vineyard consists of four varietals, namely Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Shiraz.
The vineyard macroclimate is moderate to warm, with the vines planted in varying soils across the vineyard block under drip irrigation.
Our first full vintage of table wines was in 2009. The Sauvignon Blanc 2009 produced an extraordinary balance of tropical fruit and herbacious character and was awarded a GOLD MEDAL in the Gippsland Wine Show.
Subsequent vintages of our Sauvignon Blanc have mirrored the delightful flavours of the '09 and continue to medal at wine shows around the country.
Our cellar door is air conditioned for the hot summer months and has an open fire for your winter comfort.
We also have an enclosed deck area, where our newly appointed cafe blinds can be up or down whilst providing magnificent views of the vineyard and the surrounding landscape.
Along with wine tastings, we serve amazing wood fired pizzas and cheese and antipasto platters from local producers.
We regularly have LIVE MUSIC on weekends.
Bookings are Essential.
Since planting our vines in 2004, our mandate has always been to produce the best wine we possibly can.
We believe we are getting better at this as each year passes, as we improve our industry knowledge, viticultural practices and wine making techniques.
We were fortunate enough to win a coveted Gold medal at the Gippsland Wine Show in 2009 for our first ever vintage of Sauvignon Blanc, a wine that also received a trophy for best “Dry White” at the same show.
Since then we have received medals for all of our varieties at either the Gippsland &/or Victorian Wine shows.
Perhaps our biggest recognition of our wines to date was the recent announcement of the 2016 VIC100 awards, where both our 2016 vintages of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris made the list of Victoria’s top 100 wines, as judged by a highly credentialed industry panel.
We have been fortunate enough to win the Best Winery category on 3 occasions as part of the Wellington Regional Tourism awards.
Another wonderful point of recognition was making it as a finalist for the Weekly Times Farmer of the Year awards in 2014.
We have great hopes for further medals for our current stable of wines.
|2009 Gippsland Wine Show||Sauvignon Blanc 2009||Gold Medal|
|2009 Victorian Wine Show||Sauvignon Blanc 2009||Bronze Medal|
|2009 Gippsland Wine Show||Sauvignon Blanc 2009||Trophy - Best Dry White|
|2010 Gippsland Wine Show||Hanratty Hill Shiraz 2010||Silver Medal|
|2010 Gippsland Wine Show||Sauvignon Blanc 2010||Bronze Medal|
|2011 Gippsland Wine Show||Hanratty Hill Shiraz 2010||Bronze Medal|
|2011 Wellington Regional Tourism Awards||Blue Gables Vineyard||Winner - Best Winery|
|2011 Victorian Wine Show||Hanratty Hill Shiraz 2010||Bronze Medal|
|2012 Gippsland Wine Show||Sauvignon Blanc 2012||Bronze Medal|
|2012 Gippsland Wine Show||Jesse Chardonnay 2012||Bronze Medal|
|2012 Gippsland Wine Show||Pinot Gris 2012||Bronze Medal|
|2014 Weekly Times||Blue Gables Vineyard||Finalist - Farmer of the Year|
|2014 Wellington Regional Tourism Awards||Blue Gables Vineyard||Winner - Best Winery|
|2015 Gippsland Wine Show||Pinot Gris 2015||Bronze Medal|
|2015 Gippsland Wine Show||Sauvignon Blanc 2015||Silver Medal|
|2015 Gippsland Wine Show||Sauvignon Blanc 2015||Best in Class|
|2016 Wellington Regional Tourism Awards||Blue Gables Vineyard||Winner - Best Winery|
|2016 Tinamba Food & Wine Festival||Hanratty Hill Shiraz 2015||Peoples Choice - Best Red Wine|
|2016 VIC100 Awards||Pinot Gris 2016||Top 100 Victorian Wine|
|2016 VIC100 Awards||Sauvignon Blanc 2016||Top 100 Victorian Wine|
|2016 Gippsland Wine Show||2016 Pinot Gris||Gold Medal - Best in Class|
|2016 Gippsland Wine Show||2015 Chardonnay||Silver Medal|
|2016 Gippsland Wine Show||2016 Sauvignon Blanc||Bronze Medal|
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