Blue Gables is a small boutique vineyard in East Gippsland and boasts four varieties spread across 7 acres: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris & Shiraz.
We strive to produce premium quality wine, year on year.
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 extremities are perfect for viticulture and this unique microclimate has resulted in the wines displaying intense varietal flavour and elegance.
The vineyard is appropriately named after the picturesque farmhouse on the property where Alistair & Catherine Hicks and their three children live.
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.
We crop at lower yields to concentrate the flavour of our fruit which is hand-picked to ensure we end up with wines of premium quality and character.
Our first vintage was 2009, with wines initially made by Mal Stewart, who continues to make our sparkling wines. Our new winemaker Alastair Butt has set a high benchmark for us with his first 2 vintages, commencing 2015. The 2016 Pinot Gris won Gold & Best Alternate White at the 2016Gippsland Wine Awards. Both the 2016 Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc also made the 2016 VIC100 awards.
100 Lanigan Road
Maffra West Upper, VIC
Ph: (03) 51480372