Star Cellar Door
Tumbarumba isn’t a magnet for wine tourism, but the stunning vistas, bucolic drives and cool alpine feel work like a siren’s song for the intrepid wine traveller. Despite the seclusion, Courabyra opened its cellar door in 2014 and exists in near isolation as far as wine producers go. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and proprietor Cathy Gairn delivers a charming cellar door experience
The homely setting at Courabyra is part of the appeal, though the gun barrel views over the undulating landscape surrounding the cellar door are equally captivating. Calling ahead yields a richer experience, during which the Gairn’s can engage with visitors at a more leisurely pace. While full lunch isn’t on offer, a hearty ploughman’s platter will satiate those seeking something alongside their wine tasting.
Sparkling wine is Courabyra’s métier, but there’s an extensive (and seemingly ever expanding) range of table wines available to taste. Those seeking an additional experience will be rewarded by booking a vineyard tour ($50 per couple with complimentary glass of wine), where Cathy Gairn espouses on the history of the Tumbarumba Wine Region, and their family vineyard. MIKE BENNIE
OUTSTANDING WINE: 2013 Courabyra 805 Sparkling, A$45