The landscape of the Grampians wine region is renowned for its natural beauty and produces wines with a rare combination of elegance, beauty and power. Vineyards were first planted in 1867 and included grape varieties so rare that several have defied all attempts at identification and are, in all probability, the sole surviving examples in the world.

 

Nowhere in Victoria is the link between gold and wine more pronounced than in the 1.6 kilometres (one mile) of underground drives that run through Seppelt's Great Western. These drives were excavated by hand by unemployed miners after the gold rush was over in the 19th century. 

37° 09'S
Latitude
240-440m
Altitude
240mm
Growing season rainfall

Cabernet Sauvignon

Often blended with Shiraz (and other varieties), Cabernet Sauvignon performs well in adverse conditions. Blackcurrant, blackberry and even raspberry flavours dominate without threatening the elegant style of the wine. 

Riesling

The style shows tropical lime juice aroma and flavour in the warmer years, with reserved, toasty wines in the cooler vintages. 

Shiraz

The style ranges from silky smooth wines with red cherry and plum flavours through to strikingly concentrated wines, redolent with spice, pepper, liquorice and game. There is a common thread to these wines in their elegance and fine tannins, no doubt deriving from the cool conditions under which the grapes have ripened. 

Top varieties grown in Grampians
Climate
  • The climate of the region is Mediterranean and the proximity to the Southern Ocean (between 100 -200 kilometres) provides a cooling influence during summer. 
  • Recognised as a cooler climate grape growing region, the growing season in summer is characterised by warm to hot days and cool to cold nights. 
  • Autumn is mild and reliably produces the most pleasant weather, perfect for ripening grape. 
  • The region is especially well suited to later ripening red varieties, such as Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. 
Soil
  • There are two principal soil types.  The first includes quite acidic grey and grey-brown loamy sands and clay loam soils; the second comprises a hard yellow soil with structured clay subsoils, which is also quite acidic and requires lime adjustment.  
  • None of these soils is especially fertile and unless the pH is significantly increased with the addition of lime and/or gypsum, vine vigour and crop levels will be restricted.