Fallen Giants Vineyard - connecting with the land

Written By Rebecca Drummond Fallen Giants Owner   Fallen Giants is a beautiful old vineyard planted in the 1960’s with a wonderful history associated with some of the best names in Australian wine. It started out selling fruit to Penfolds and was included in multiple vintages of Grange. It was then purchased by Trevor Mast, the cool climate Shiraz pioneer and founder of Mount Langi Ghiran. While the vineyard is aesthetically pleasing with the beautiful backdrop of the Serra Range, this range actually plays an amazing part in growing high quality wine. First of all, over millions of years the...

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Clayfield Wines - Meet the Maker

Spring is a lovely time in the Grampians, particularly with the grapevines flourishing and wildflowers everywhere. The grass is still green, farmer’s crops of canola and other grains paint the land scape with bright yellow and green and the sparkle of reflected sun shine from the nearly full dams dot over the landscape. Currently it’s mid-November and our Moyston vineyard is looking terrific. The rains have ensured vigourous growth on the back of a frost-free start to the season. The only downside is that being an organic grape grower, the grass growing throughout the vineyard requires slashing several times and...

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Clarnette & Ludvigsen - Meet the Maker

Leigh Clarnette has been making wine for just short of 40 years now, having started in the Yarra Valley as the first qualified winemaker there in 1984. For the last 27 years he has been based in the Grampians & Pyrenees. Seppelt beckoned him in 1993 a dream which Leigh had since a teenager, all that history of Great Western... Tradition of vineyards and winemaking process teaches you how each parcel speaks of its own virtue. Seppelt makes so many great wines St. Peter’s Shiraz, Drumborg Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. A host of sparkling wines from cool climate Victoria and...

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How will the Grampians Wine Region remember 2020?

By Nancy Panter, SubRosa Wine Like many, the Grampians Wine Region has faced challenges in 2020, although there is still a lot to smile about, and with Victorians close to coming out of lockdown I thought it opportune time to reflect upon the year that has been. The way winemakers and wine lovers interact has changed this year, but the 2020 vintage looks superb, and will put Grampians wine on the map once again. We’ve missed our Melbourne and interstate friends, but overwhelming support has shown how much Victorians care for one another. From so much uncertainty, has come a...

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Best's Win 2021 Halliday Wine Companion Best Value Winery of the Year

Congratulations to Best’s Wines, named the Best Value Winery of the Year at the 2021 Halliday Wine Companion Awards. This accolade is not based on the most inexpensive wines, but rather the quality to price ratio. As Halliday explains, “the Best’s wines are consistently elegant and delicious, and for the world-class quality they provide, they’re exceptionally well-priced – they’re more than deserving of consideration as some of Australia’s best value.” With over 9000 wines tasted and 1165 wineries reviewed this is an outstanding achievement. Of special note is the 2019 Old Vine Pinot Meunier which received 97 points. Best's winery is one of the...

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ATR Wines - Meet the Maker

By combining global winemaking experience with a regional flavour, ATR is bringing a bold and pioneering winemaking approach to the cool-climate Grampians. Breaking the mould with cutting edge blends from alternate varieties and a modern approach to traditional varieties, ATR’s wines are a contemporary reflection of their place in the Australian bush. Continuing 160 years of Great Western winemaking heritage but focussed forwards to create modern wines that surprise with their combination of complexity, approachability, age-worthiness and value. Harmonious vineyard practices, small batch production with minimal intervention create wines with a vigorous focus on structure, balance and elegance, not just...

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