WINE EXPERIENCES

We offer a range of wine experiences from the traditional wine tasting in our cellar door, to several different experiences centred around our wine sensory garden, and seasonal winemaking experiences.

 

If you would like to delve a little deeper into the amazing world of wine, then we would highly recommend booking into either our Pick + Sip or Behind the Scenes  wine experiences.

 

WE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 24th TO 30th MAY APRIL DUE TO UNFORESEEN FAMILY CIRCUMSTANCES. IT IS A DIFFICULT TIME FOR US WHICH IS WHY WE NEED TO CLOSE OUR CELLAR DOOR FOR THE NEXT WEEK. WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE.

 

WINE TASTING WITH THE WINEMAKER

This is our wine tasting in our cellar door, guided by Cathy the winemaker.

Perch up at the bar, relax in a sofa, or share a table for a guided tasting of 5 wines of your choice from our Odyssey Garden and Single Vineyard wine ranges.

It’s the perfect way to discover our passion and the story behind how we grow our grapes and make our wine. This tasting gives you some secret insights into our small batch winemaking.

Stay a little longer and add on a gourmet platter made by local cafe Hippo Lakes when you book your tasting.

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WINE SENSORY GARDEN - PICK + SIP

Our Wine Sensory Garden is a totally unique wine experience, being the only one of it’s kind in Australia.

The Garden is the centre piece of our wine experiences, with it’s plantings of fruit trees, herbs, flowers and seasonal vegetables which describe and match the flavours, textures and styles of our wines.

Our Wine Sensory Garden was designed and planted in 2014, by Cathy and Neil. It is designed in an infinity (figure 8) pattern, with sections devoted to 7 different grape varieties. The Garden is enclosed by tall hedges and covers an area of just over 1000 square metres.

You can take yourself on a self-guided tour of the Garden, however, to gain the most out of your visit, we do recommend booking into one of the garden or wine experiences with Cathy.

Our  Pick and Sip Experiences have received national awards and acclaim as being a totally unique, educational, and immersive wine experience. The Garden plantings have been chosen to immerse all of your five senses in the combined wine education, and food and wine pairing experience.

Specifically for the gardeners, on the Wander in the Garden tour in the Wine Sensory Garden you will learn how the idea for the garden came about, and how it has translated into becoming the centrepiece for our award winning tasting experience, by spending 1 hour wandering around, on a guided tour with Cathy.

As the seasons change during the year, so do some of our wine experiences.

In Winter when the rain and wind can be a challenge to do the Pick + Sip Experience, we offer two, Wander in the Garden Tours a day. Wander through the wine sensory garden with Cathy, learn how the idea for the garden came about, and how it has evolved into becoming the centrepiece for our award winning tasting experience.

In late Spring right through until late Summer, is when our Soirée in the Garden is happening! Booking in for a Soirée is a superb way to wind down after a day busy of sightseeing, work, or simply an excuse to catch up with friends sharing a gourmet platter.

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BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE WINEMAKER

Experience what it’s like to be a winemaker and vigneron by joining Cathy for a guided walk in the vineyard and the winery.

These special tours are held on the first Saturday of every month, and gives you an insight into the work that goes into growing and making small batch wines. It’s extra special as we usually do not allow access to our vineyard and winery.

There is always something different happening out in the vineyard or the winery depending on the time of the year, and each month, this experience will be different, depending on the time of the year that you join us.
This is an in-depth, immersive experience to find out more about how grapes are grown, what characters each variety has, and how the wines are cared for, to make sensational small batch wines that you enjoy sipping from a glass.

You will discover how much work goes into producing a bottle of wine, and how much of what you are tasting, depends on the skill of the vigneron and winemaker.

The tour in the vineyard and winery ends with a tasting of four of the wines that you learned about during your wander.

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DOG FRIENDLY

Our wine experiences extend to include your doggy friends!

 

Dogs are a large part of our winery and vineyard life. Our dogs over the years have included kelpies, a border collie, and a beagle.

Polly the Wine Dog, is our black kelpie who loves visitors! She is a valuable and hardworking team member, and she is our customer happiness manager.

When you arrive at Whicher Ridge and park your car, you will receive a very warm welcome to our place from Polly, and she will guide you over to Cellar Door, a self taught skill which she loves doing!

Bringing your dog along to visit us is welcomed, by all 3 of us. Our only requirement is that you keep your furry best buddy on a leash.

WINE EXPERIENCES GIFT CARD

Give the gift of an unforgettable wine experience!

 

Our Wine Sensory Garden is the centrepiece of our unique wine tasting and garden experiences. Take the guess work out of gift giving, and purchase a wine experiences gift card. The Gift Card can be for a set value between $50 and $200, or a custom value that exactly matches one of our wine experiences.

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EVENTS

We are launching the first of our 2024 small events series with an event on the Anzac Day long weekend in April. Vintage is now finished, and it’s been a super early, quick and hot one! To celebrate the 2024 vintage we have our very first picnic event! On the afternoon of the 27th April from 1pm to 5pm. Various picnic set-ups will be scattered around our wine sensory garden, and on the edge of our vineyard area close to the cellar door. Your ticket includes a 2 course lunch, small batch wines by the glass, and the opportunity to go on a tour of the wine sensory garden with Cathy, followed by a barrel and tank tasting of some of our 2024 vintage wines. There will also be museum wines and Odyssey Garden wines on sale, and everyone who comes along goes into the draw for a lucky door prize!

Our small events will be 20-30 people, so our advice is to book early so that you don’t miss out.

We will be following up with our next small events in Winter, which will include a couple of virtual tasting events, plus another small event in the wine sensory garden with a combination of firepits, wine and food.

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