Highlands recognised in Australia's Best Cellar Door awards

Best wine experience: Say hello to Mark Blaog and Sanne Van Der Lubbe at the award-winning Artemis Wines cellar door, recognised in Australia's Best Cellar Door Awards. Photo: Claire Fenwicke

Best wine experience: Say hello to Mark Blaog and Sanne Van Der Lubbe at the award-winning Artemis Wines cellar door, recognised in Australia's Best Cellar Door Awards. Photo: Claire Fenwicke

Five Highlands cellar doors have been hailed as some of the best in the business in Australia’s Best Cellar Door Awards for 2017.

Artemis Wines won Star Cellar Door for their “delightful” outdoor area and corrugated iron-clad cellar door, where guests can sample their wines, Sunshack Cider and BEE Mead.

Artemis Wines cellar door manager Sanne van der Lubbe said the team was extremely chuffed to have won the award.

“As the cellar door manager, I walk around just smiling and being so proud,” she said.

“We think we won this award because we have quite a unique setting in comparison to other cellar doors in this region.

“We wanted to create an laid back atmosphere with good food and wine in abundance, a friendly and professional team and a beautiful setting where everyone – from wine connoisseurs to 'first time wine drinkers’ – feel comfortable, and this is exactly what we achieved.”

When visiting Artemis Wines, you can taste the wine alongside local produce tasting boards designed to be paired with wine.

“The share platter is full of locally-produced cheese, charcuterie, pate, chutneys, smoked duck and much more. Most Sundays we also offer delicious wood fired pizzas,” Ms van der Lubbe said.

“We are known for our Pinot Noir (which we grow onsite), and we also make a pretty unique Sparkling Riesling. Besides wine, we also make Sunshack Cider and Australia’s first sparkling BEE mead onsite.”

The Best Tasting Experience was awarded to Tertini Wines. A spokeswoman said she felt they won the award because of their total focus on showcasing their wines.

“Our wines are the hero of our operation, and our cellar door is an avenue to present our wines in a friendly relaxed atmosphere,” she said.

Best Large Cellar Door went to Centennial Vineyards, Best Small Cellar Door was awarded to Cherry Tree Hill, and Cellar Door with the Best Food was given to Bendooley Estate.

The results were published in the April/May edition of Gourmet Traveller Wine. Editor Judy Sarris said the cellar doors recognised delivered an experience that would “dance in your memory for years to come”.

Details: http://gourmettraveller.com

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