You don't become a first-generation winemaker without a passion for all things vino, which Simall's Simon Hall clearly possesses. Since 2013, he's been crafting locally made drops on the New South Wales South Coast. And, since early 2020, the company has been doing tastings and takeaway sales from its urban cellar door, The Wine Hub, in Wollongong.
While Simall's range spans a number of labels, Take a Gander tops the list. It also has both a community focus and a community following. A regular feature at nearby markets and festivals, Take a Gander specialises in easy-drinking tipples, as you'd expect given the region — which is great news for lovers of shiraz cabernet, sauvignon blanc, rosé and pinot grigio.
Located on Victoria Street, The Wine Hub also serves up wine by the glass, platters heavy on local produce and wine cocktails — because who says spirits drinkers get to have all the fun?
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