Viticulture was pioneered in Henty in 1964 by Karl Seppelt, who accurately conceived it as an ideal cool region for the production of sparkling and delicate, aromatic wines. This is undulating terrain and prime grazing country, long famous – like much of western Victoria – for the quality of its wool.
A gentle autumn ripening period with low but high-quality yields produces elegant crafted wine. The region is situated to the east of South Australia's Coonawarra. Riesling is the stand-out variety, with each of the wineries producing its own unique style.
In this far south-west corner of Victoria, local produce – lamb, beef, seafood, cheese and more – marries magically with wines from this region, which was named after the first family to settle in Victoria in the early 1800s. The Henty wine region covers a large area of Victoria and extends from the Hopkins River across to the South Australian border. Wine production is concentrated in two parts of the region, Hamilton and Tarrington in the north east and Heywood, Condah and Drumborg in the south west.