The Gallows Wine Co. Margaret River
There are two reasons why people travel to Margaret River: for world-class wine and world-class surf. The Gallows Wine Co. is perfectly positioned for both – just down the road is one of Margaret River’s best surf breaks, ‘The Gallows’, a powerful and intense wave that packs a serious punch.
The perfect location for fine wine
Charlie Maiolo’s family have been in Margaret River region since the 1950s, and planted the first vines at their Carbunup River property in 1988. It’s an ideal place for premium wine production, as Geographe Bay to the north and the Indian Ocean to the west have a moderating effect on the climate, bringing cooler temperatures at night that provide perfect ripening conditions. Once, The Gallows Wine Co. used to sell their grapes to local wineries including Cape Mentelle, but now all are used to make the range of estate-grown Gallows wines.
Margaret River quality in every glass
The Margaret River region enjoys a maritime-influenced Mediterranean climate that provides ideal conditions for grape growing. The Margaret River climate is similar to Bordeaux in France, which shows why the region is so famed for its Bordeaux-style reds made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. While the region only produces around three per cent of Australia’s total wine volume, it accounts for over 20 per cent of the premium wine market. So when it comes to Margaret River, you can say it’s all about quality, not quantity.
The Gallows, pure Margaret River style
The Gallows range highlights the styles that have made Margaret River world famous. White wines include the vibrant, fruit-driven Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc blend and a stylish, elegant Chardonnay which ranks alongside Margaret River’s finest at a fraction of the price. The reds include an elegant, refined Bordeaux-style Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend (and standalone Cabernet Sauvignon), luscious spicy Shiraz. The Gallows range always offers outstanding value from a region know for its quality and prestige.
I planted and started my vineyard in 1988. Attended Charles Sturt University in 1992 and completed Wine Science Degree in 1998 and built my winery in the same year. For years, some of my harvest went to Cape Mentelle to be used in their award-winning wines. I decided that I’d like to see what I could do with my own label using fruit grown entirely on my own vineyard (not blended with fruit from other vineyards). The Gallows Wine Co. range was released exclusively through Cellarmasters in 2007 and has since won a range of awards, including Cellarmasters Wine of the Year.
Charlie’s favourite wine moment
Opening the first bottle of Cabernet I ever made a 2000 vintage. I still enjoy opening one every now and then.
Charlie’s winemaking Philosophy
1. Correct vineyard management, pruning, soil management, canopy management etc.
2. Produce the best possible grapes.
3. Turning those grapes into the best possible wine.