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Sunday 3 December 2017

New cellar door destination for wine lovers visiting East Gippsland

There is a new gourmet destination for visitors to East Gippsland in Victoria - the new Lightfoot & Sons cellar door. 

Set on a bluff overlooking the Mitchell River, the family-owned winery and vineyard was established in 1995 by Brian and Helen Lightfoot, who fell in love with the stunning location. 

Chosen for its soil structure – terra rossa over limestone – the vineyard was planted to grow and supply grapes for other wineries, but Lightfoot & Sons launched their own wine brand when winemaker Alastair Butt joined the family business in 2007. 

Lightfoot & Sons is now run by two of the Lightfoot sons, businessman and marketer Rob and winemaker Tom, who share responsibilities for operating the business, managing the vineyard and cellar, and producing the wines, along with Butt. 

All wines are 100% estate grown, made and bottled, and reflect the Myrtle Point Vineyard and the Gippsland Lakes district with the Lightfoot & Sons’ 2015 Homeblock Chardonnay having gained much acclaim

The cellar door includes a top-floor viewing deck, which sits over a cellar carved into the side of the hill, providing natural, climate-controlled temperatures. 

The fruit is pressed on the top floor and gravity fed through stainless steel tubes into barrels in the cellar beneath. The cellar door fit-out also was a family affair, with Rob and Tom’s brother, Nick, a builder, directing the project. 

The interior and furniture feature locally sourced materials, including timber pallets from the winery.

“We have sourced reclaimed timber from the old Calulu Bridge over the Mitchell River and Gippsland Lakes jetties, along with concrete, steel and plywood,” Rob said. “The reclaimed timbers add a softness to the industrial building, in some ways referencing the vineyard and winery itself.” 

Lightfoot & Sons cellar door is open from 11am-5pm Friday to Sunday but will open every day from December 27 to January 31. Visitors can enjoy the wines with tasting platters of local Gippsland produce and cheese.

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