Gapsted Estate 2023 Harvest Diaries 3rd Edition

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Gapsted Estate 2023 Harvest Diaries 3rd Edition

We are well and truly into vintage now with about 50% of our whites harvested and in the winery. This week has been critical with cool nights and mild days allowing us to harvest the balance of our sparkling and white varieties at optimum ripeness – Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. A few more days and the sparkling and white varieties harvest will be finished and towards the end of the week we will make the transition to our Rosé and Pinot Noir fruit parcels.

Depending on upcoming weather events, we’ll have a mini break before we transition to our red varieties. If the sparkling bases and white varieties are anything to go on, we are looking at an exceptional quality 2023 vintage.
“Be careful to trust a person who does not like wine.” – Karl Marx
Andrew Santarossa
CEO & Chief Winemaker


Andrea, another member of our international vintage crew, hails from Napoli in Italy. He has worked vintage at a small family winery in Italy, but this is his first international vintage. Andrea has been in Australia for 4 months, having worked in hospitality in Sydney before heading down to Melbourne to prepare for his vintage at Gapsted. Andrea is interested in learning about the different technology we use at the winery, and being partway through a sommelier course, is really enjoying exploring the difference in wines here compared to Italy. When he returns to Napoli after vintage, he has plans to start his own business with a particular interest in growing Catalanesca del Monte Somma a variety that only grows in Vesuvio - the rich volcanic soils of Mount Vesuvius. Welcome to the team Andrea and we look forward to trying your wine someday!

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