The day of my visit to Arlewood Estate, I turn into Calgardup Road and am greeted by a view that wouldn’t appear out of place in the latest European rom-com. Glorious sunshine casts it’s rays over rows of olive trees, a stretch of silver poplars framing the grove. In the next paddock, baby lambs are frolicking nearby under blue skies; while busy winery workers are pruning vines in readiness for the next stage of growth. Did I also mention those horses peacefully grazing by the cellar door entrance?
The estate is very much a family affair at the core of the Gosatti family. Gary Gosatti purchased the current property in 2008, where the winery is now located. With their home overlooking the vineyard, olive groves, and farming pasture; it is easy to see why Garry’s son and his partner, Jordan and Paris, are happy to take the reins of the cellar door and hold the fort in between family visits. “After we won the 2017 Halliday Dark Horse of The Year Award we decided to open up the cellar door officially. Prior to that we were only open for private tastings and on Saturdays when Garry could be here. So that’s when I really started in cellar door – almost three years ago now, and I haven’t looked back”, shares Paris.
With a wide grin, it is clear that country life suits Paris as she welcomes me into the cellar door. “Take a breather and relax, that’s what we are all about. Often our visitors arrive just one at a time so it’s never crowded here, we can give everyone lots of attention.” After meeting Jordan, it didn’t take much convincing to swap her heels of inner city Melbourne life for her working boots. “Every day I’m learning something new, especially with the sheep and the farming aspect. I mean I was assisting a lamb’s birth the other day. It’s these crazy situations you get yourself into! Jordan actually studied Viticulture, he’s taught me a lot about how to look after the vines. We just get out there and make the most of it – what’s the worst that can happen?!”, she adds with a laugh.