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The Grampians Wineries
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For further tourist information about the Grampians region of Victoria

For further information on the wine regions of the Yarra Valley in Victoria

The Grampians describes the viticultural region once known as Great Western. The first vines were planted in the 1860s and the little town of Great Western is famous as the birthplace of sparkling wine.

The three major wine growing areas of The Grampians are Great Western, Ararat and Stawell. Each has its own particular characteristics and the region is diverse and outstanding.

At Best's Great Western vineyards, first planted in 1868 by Henry Best, fine red and white table wines are produced.

The driveway into Seppelt Great Western is lined by massive palm trees. Inside the winery you can take a fascinating guided tour through the three kilometres of underground galleries, excavated last century by experienced gold miners. Here, up to two million bottles of champagne can be stored, slowly maturing in the cool environment.

In 1988, an enterprising group of former Seppelt employees purchased two historic vineyards from the company. The Salinger and Chalambar vineyards now produce grapes for wine under the label Garden Gully, which has already produced some award-winning wines. You can sample their labours in their tasting centre which was constructed to reflect the origins of the area.

Montara Vineyards, three kilometres south of Ararat, spreads over the slopes of the relatively frost free Mount Chalambar. The winery has a reputation for its wines and the tasting rooms, which overlook the spectacular Pyrenees Mountains.

Just five minutes from Ararat is Cathcart Ridge Estate which is set in the hills of Cathcart and operates wine tastings in the midst of a working winery.

On the eastern slopes of Mount Langi Ghiran, 'home of the yellow-tailed black cockatoo', is Mount Langi Ghiran Winery.

In the Stawell region are the renowned Donovan and Boroka wineries. Boroka will prepare delicious gourmet picnic baskets for those planning a day's indulgence in the hills.

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