THREE Orange wineries have been named on a list of Australia’s best cellar doors chosen by some of the country’s most respected wine writers.
Patina Wines, De Salis Wines, and Philip Shaw Wines were on a list of 71 cellar doors named in Gourmet Traveller Wine’s Top Cellar Doors of Australia in the April/May edition.
David Cumming from Define Wine said the writers were asked to document Australia’s finest cellar doors for the list, which contains 18 NSW cellar doors and which is not ranked.
“Their primary focus was on quality of the tasting experience, the wines, how they were presented and the way those working at the cellar door engaged their customers and provided a memorable experience,” he said.
Patina Wines’ Gerald Naef said he was honoured to be named along some of the best cellar doors in the country.
“It’s really good to work hard at something, be passionate and get recognised,” he said.
“Being a boutique winemaker I go to extra lengths to make a style of wine I like.”
Mr Naef said artwork by his wife and the design of the house add to the atmosphere of the cellar door.
“The gardens are spectacular so people can feel really relaxed and feel like they’re doing something special,” he said.
“I also enjoy talking about the wines and I take time to tell the story and try to involve people in the process to let people leave feeling like they’ve learnt something.”
Mr Naef said he constantly experiments with the wine making process to express maximum flavour from the grapes.
“Wine isn’t a product that people buy and drink without thinking about,” he said.
The list was complied by some of the country’s most respected wine writers including Nick Stock, Jeni Port, Tyson Stelzer, Ken Gargett, Nick Ryan, Peter Bourne, Mike Bennie and Peter Forrestal.