If the collection of concrete vats at the top of the winery could talk, they would tell a story of endeavour back to 1933. Year after year producing award winning Esk Valley wines.”Winemaking doesn’t get much more ‘hands on’ than this” says Esk Valley’s Senior Winemaker, Gordon Russell as he pushes a long-handled wooden plunger down into a concrete vat containing four and a half tonnes of grapes harvested from the winery’s famed The Terraces vineyard. This gentle extraction of colour and tannin from the grape skins is a signature of the Esk Valley red wines. Esk Valley is not only a red wine producer. High quality white wines are also an important part of the portfolio. Complex Chardonnay fermented in barrel with wild yeasts are complemented by aromatic varieties such as Pinot Gris, Verdelho and Sauvignon Blanc.