Gardners Vineyard open cellar door at Boston

VINEYARD: Rob and Chris Gardner display two of Gardner's Vineyard's wine varieties, which can be sampled at the vineyard's cellar door. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
VINEYARD: Rob and Chris Gardner display two of Gardner's Vineyard's wine varieties, which can be sampled at the vineyard's cellar door. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

Local winery owners Rob and Chris Gardner are seeing the fruits of their labour ripen after years of hard work with the long awaited opening of their cellar door at the weekend.

Gardner's Vineyard, located 10 kilometres north of Port Lincoln, has been growing since 1996 with 45,000 vines planted across 15 of the property's 26 hectares.

After about six years of development approvals, planning and realignment of plans to meet with expectations, the cellar door was built in July last year and was opened to the public at the Easter long weekend.

For Mr and Mrs Gardner, who had built up the vineyard themselves while juggling work and other commitments, their hard work had paid off with plenty of interest already being seen from locals and interstate visitors.

Mr Gardner said it had been great to see the reactions from people visiting the new cellar door.

"It's actually been heartening for us and eye opening for us to see people's reactions because their reactions are reflecting all the hard work we've done," he said.

Mrs Gardner said said they had advertised the opening of the cellar door on Facebook which generated a lot of positive feedback.

Across the vineyard's 45,000 vines the Gardners grow shiraz, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, grenache, riesling and chardonnay and have developed other wine varieties from blends of these grapes.

In the last few years Mrs Gardner has transitioned from tending to the vineyard part time to full time while Mr Gardner is now transitioning out of working full time in the mining industry.

After achieving so much already and now with the cellar door door in place, Mrs Gardner said she was "absolutely excited" about the future of the vineyard.