Times have got a lot tougher in the wine grape Industry in recent times. Third, fourth and fifth generation Langhorne Creek growers have found themselves struggling to find a market for their premium fruit with many having no alternative but to accept rock bottom prices just to make ends meet. John has been a long time supporter of Langhorne Creek fruit. Along with great mate and local vigneron Bill Potts, they decided the time was right to take matters into their own hands and launch the Gipsie Jack brand.
Whilst Gipsie Jack has a serious mission to raise the image of Langhorne Creek and give a few mates a leg up by providing a small but ever increasing alternative market, Bill and John don't want their customers to take the wine too seriously. Is that because it's not a good wine? Hell no! It's a cracker. In every aspect it is vibrant, fresh and fun. Bill and John don't want you to worry about length, balance and mouth feel. Although it rates very highly in all of these categories, Gipsie is about friends, food and fun times.
You can choose Gipsie Jack off of a wine list in the company of the most knowledgeable wine drinker and know that there is no better value for money wine on any list. Gipsie Jack is a wine that lends itself perfectly to a lifestyle of friends, fun and food. Gipsie Jack is especially designed to drink today.
Gipsie Jack Wines are modern and stylish. Bill and John have captured the freshness and vitality of today's lifestyle and sealed it in a bottle. You don't need a degree in wine science or to have attended the latest wine sppreciation course doing the rounds to drink these wines.
Gipsie wines are made by people who are passionate about wine especially for people passionate about anything. There are a couple of key ingredients you should add to your Gipsie Jack wine for maximum enjoyment. Lazy weekend barbeques, fresh foods and best friends are all Gipsie moments.
The Glaetzer and Potts families share a long history together. Ben's great grandfather was the first Langhorne Creek grower to supply grapes to Wolf Blass. John became chief winemaker at Wolf Blass in 1974 and received four Jimmy Watson trophies for his peerless efforts in winemaking. Much of the secret to his success was the quality of the Potts family's fruit. John has been Ben's mentor for many years. They refer to their partnership as the old dog and the new pup, occasionally having the odd dispute over old tried and proven methods, versus the new way of doing things. At the end of day everyone's a winner, a glass or two of Gipsie Jack settles the debate and puts a smile on everyone's face.