Wine, as any aficionado will tell you, is a holistic experience – you taste, smell, swirl, describe, hunt for metaphors, tell other people about it, look for the quirkiest or most picturesque cellar door, then go liking to find out how the wine was made and by whom. Wine is ultimately about connection. To the story in the bottle, to the land from which it came.

Gundog Estate is a winery with stories aplenty, and a thriving social and environmental conscience to go with it. Its cellar doors are located in an historic schoolhouse and stables in Pokolbin and Gundaroo respectively. Grapes are sourced from the Hunter, Hilltop and Canberra wine regions. Gundog is proud of its semillon, shiraz, rose and fortified wines. It is also justifiably proud of its social and environmental commitments.

 

Australian Conservation Foundation planting trees/shrubs kindly donated by Gundog Estate.

 

Alongside its partnership with Path2Change, which aims to combat homelessness in the Newcastle region, Gundog has recently partnered with Fifteen Trees to combat climate change in, well, the planetary region. Gundog has come up with a range of ways to encourage its customers to get in on the action: Fifteen Trees currently plant one tree for every new membership to Gundog Estate’s Barrel Club and ten trees per year for every employee at Gundog Estate. Customers are also given the option to purchase a tree at checkout (online and at the cellar door). Via the Wine Club, members are also given the opportunity to purchase tree vouchers during quarterly distributions.

 

 

Our ongoing supporters give our sustainable enterprise stability and the capacity to plan, and we’re so happy to have Gundog on board. So far we have arranged for their first lot of trees to be planted under the Westgate Bridge in Victoria, with the second lot to be planted at a yet to be determined site in NSW (stay tuned).

The committed winemakers behind Gundog Estate aim to leave their land in better shape than it was when they walked on to it. By partnering with Fifteen Trees, they are also doing the same for the earth. A refined and earthy cheers to that!

 

Article by Sarah Hart.

 

Sarah is a self-taught artist whose passions include the stories and experiences of women and narrative driven creative work. Her aim is to delight, to reveal glimpses of everyday beauty, and to celebrate flights of the ordinary. Sarah works across a range of media, with an abiding interest in pen and ink, mixed media and the human form.