The Grampians is one of Australia’s most historical and acclaimed wine regions. Many consider the Grampians the birthplace of Australian sparkling, and wineries such as Seppelt and Best’s Great Western have operated here since the mid-1800s, making it one of our oldest wine regions.
Despite our early reputation for sparkling, the Grampians is a red wine region first and foremost, particularly famous for our elegant, spicy shiraz. Being a cooler climate wine region, it is our sunny autumn days that are the ideal period for harvesting grapes - a process known as “vintage”.
According to Wine Companion:
Vintage refers to the process of harvesting grapes from their vines once they’re perfectly ripe. Winemakers measure grape ripeness, sugar, acid, and tannin levels to determine when they are ready to be picked.
Vintage occurs each year, and in Australia it runs for about two to four months, depending on the region and grape varieties involved. In the Grampians, vintage season tends to take place in March – April.
As our winemakers wrap up their 2021 vintage season, we thought it’d be the perfect time to give you the inside information on the process.