Granite Belt winery with no kitchen wins best food award
IT'S not often winning a national accolade for a cellar door would leave a winery owner confused, but that's exactly what happened to Twisted Gum's Tim and Michelle Coelli.
They've taken home the Gourmet Traveller Wine's Cellar Door with Best Food award - only Twisted Gum doesn't have a kitchen.
Mr Coelli said they realised the award had to be for all of the events the winery has held where they are joined by independent caterer Jason Costanzo.
Receiving the award came as somewhat of a shock to Mrs Coelli.
"The honest reaction was 'really?'" she said.
"Which was closely followed by 'oh that's fantastic, that must mean it's about the events'
"We put so much effort into those, I was just absolutely thrilled and really humbled."
She said winning the award showed how well the community comes together.
"It's really an example of how this community is really amazing and how much we do all help each other," she said.
"It's nice to be a part of a group that get together regularly and play to each others strengths."
Mr Coelli said they were also pleased for Mr Costanzo, who they spend a lot of time with matching their wines to his food.
"I think that's the key," Mr Coelli said.
"Because our vines are dry grown they can change quite substantially.
"We sit down with Jason each year and work out what will taste good with this wine which is different to last years."
Twisted Gum are joined by five other Granite Belt wineries who have won various Gourmet Traveller awards.
"We're really pleased to be associated amongst those other wineries in the district," Mr Coelli said.
Cellar Door Awards
Savina Lane: Star Cellar Door
Ballandean Estate: Best Large Cellar Door
Symphony Hill: Best Small Cellar Door
Twisted Gum: Cellar Door with Best Food
Golden Grove Estate: Best Tasting Experience
Summit Estate: Best Additional Experience (Sunset Sessions and Winter Solstice Event)