The cellar door has a fairytale-like setting as you drive past the lily pond and park beside a small paddock, which is home to Bella, the kunekune pig. Other cellar door animals to keep the kids occupied include chickens, sheep, highland cattle and Maggie the cocker spaniel. Catherine Hannagan is the smiling face that will greet you and she’ll have you navigating the wines like an expert in no time. Relax at a picnic table under the trees and, if it’s Friday, Saturday or Sunday, scope the menu at the cafe – the Pruner’s Platter is huge and the lamb shanks are rib-sticking.
Things To Know
Native Glaswegians, IT professional Christine Kernohan and her architect husband David took over Gladstone in 1996; when the original owners planted it in 1986 it was the first vineyard in the area. Alexis Moore is the winemaker behind the new breed of Gladstone wines, which are well on their way to organic certification.
Lovers of barrel-fermented sauvignon blanc must try a glass of the Reserve Sophie’s Choice. The viognier is also superb, as are the pinot noirs.
Gladstone hosts the University of Victoria’s Summer Shakespeare performances (summershakespeare.wordpress.com).