Four local wineries join forces for the 2021 ‘Gippsland Dozen’

Oct 13, 2021 | Community News

After last year’s incredibly successful launch, Gippsland Grammar’s Foundation is pleased to announce the return of Grammar’s ‘Gippsland Dozen’ for 2021.

This innovative fundraiser sees four Gippsland wineries with links to Gippsland Grammar come together in every box of ‘Gippsland Dozen’ (or half-dozen), which is the only place customers can buy a carefully curated selection of premium Gippsland wines in a single transaction.

Last year the fundraiser sold more than 1500 bottles of local wine, which supported not only the School but also the partner wineries, which have withstood many turbulent years due to firstly the drought, then the bushfires then the uncertainty and restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

This this fundraiser is perfectly timed for Christmas and to make a ‘Gippsland Dozen’ even easier to gift to family and friends, a Christmas gift card option can be inserted in any boxes that can then be delivered, making a ‘Gippsland Dozen’ a unique COVID-safe gift option this Christmas.

Order your ‘Gippsland Dozen’ here: https://store.gippslandgrammar.vic.edu.au/

The ‘Gippsland Dozen’ includes seven wine selections in either white, red or mixed half dozen or dozen boxes. Each represents great value for money and is priced at less than the recommended retail price.

Gippsland Grammar is so grateful to the wineries who have generously supported this fundraiser, which include:

Lightfoot and Sons: The Lightfoot family has been a long-time supporter of Gippsland Grammar with father Brian serving on the Gippsland Grammar Board and sons Tom, Rob and Nick attending the School the 1990s. These days, Rob and Tom manage the vineyard and winery with Rob the General Manager of the business and Tom the Viticulturalist and Winemaker.

Tambo Wine: Tambo Wine’s vines were planted and are now tended by Bill Williams, with wife Pam Williams taking care of the winery’s cellar door. Pam is a former, much-loved teacher at Gippsland Grammar’s Bairnsdale Campus and Pam and Bill’s daughter Arabella is an Old Scholar (Class of 2011). Some of you may recognise Pam’s name as she was also one of the artists featured in our recent online art show.

Blue Gables: Blue Gables is a boutique vineyard owned and established by Catherine and Alistair Hicks whose three children, Lachlan, Ashton and Indiana are current students and recent alimni. It is very much a family run business with all the family actively involved in the work that goes into making Blue Gables wines, and the operation of the Cellar door on weekends.

Glenmaggie Wines: Glenmaggie Wines is owned by the Dawkins family, which has a long association with Gippsland Grammar, going back to the 1970s and ‘80s when winery owner Tony Dawkins and his brothers were students. This association strengthened more recently as Tony and wife Fleur’s son Jack is also an Old Scholar (Class of 2016). Tony’s late mother Ailsa was a member of the JJAGAN group, which has been an active fundraiser for Gippsland Grammar and his father Ray famously coached the School’s under 18’s football team to consecutive premierships in 1970/71. 

Tony Dawkins with pinot grapes at Glenmaggie Wines. Tom is a Gippsland Grammar Old Scholar and the Dawkins family has a lonstanding association with the School.

Orders can be placed until Thursday November 18 and wine can be either picked up from our Garnsey Campus in early December or delivered to select locations or via Australia Post.

View the wines available in each box and to order via this link: https://store.gippslandgrammar.vic.edu.au/

For further information, please contact Gippsland Grammar Development Co-ordinator Sarah Guinness at sarah.guinness@gippslandgs.vic.edu.au

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Gippsland Grammar Foundation
The Foundation is the fundraising arm of Gippsland and has played a crucial part in fundraising for the new Visual Arts & Technology Centre at the senior Garnsey Campus. Read more about the Foundation and about the new Centre via these links:
https://www.gippslandgrammar.vic.edu.au/foundation
https://news.gippslandgrammar.vic.edu.au/community-news/gippsland-grammar-announces-new-multi-million-dollar-visual-arts-technology-centre/

Gippsland Grammar background:
Gippsland Grammar is one of Australia’s leading co-educational Anglican schools, with a tradition of excellence in education extending almost 100 years. Located in the heart of Gippsland, the School has more than 1100 students across three campuses including St Anne’s junior campus and the Garnsey senior campus, both at Sale, and the Bairnsdale junior campus in East Gippsland. Enrolments at both junior campuses begin with a 3s and 4s kindergarten program at their respective Early Learning Centres (ELC) and Garnsey caters for students from Years 7-12. Gippsland Grammar is also the only boarding school east of Melbourne’s suburban fringe and is a home-away-from-home for students from far East Gippsland, South Gippsland, Victoria’s High Country and the Latrobe Valley as well as for a cohort of international students.

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