As the leaves start to turn and the weather begins to cool, there's no better time to indulge in the rich and complex flavours of autumn wines. When it comes to top-quality drops, few regions in Australia can compete with the Grampians.
Nestled in the heart of Victoria, the Grampians wine region boasts a rich wine-making tradition that dates back over a century. From bold Shiraz to full-bodied Viognier, the Grampians offers a diverse array of wines that are perfect for sipping on a chilly autumn evening.
The Grampians region shines in autumn. Crisp and cool mornings and balmy long afternoons mean the Grampians vineyards are awash with colour, with grapes ripening on the vines as the leaves begin to change. The weather is ideal for exploring the region.
In autumn, we move away from crisper whites like Riesling and towards slightly richer and full-bodied whites such as Viognier. Spend your afternoons enjoying lighter reds such as Grenache, and cooler evenings with the ever popular Grampians Shiraz and some of the lesser-known, but potentially more interesting blends and grapes.
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Simon Freeman is a Grampians wine expert who spends his time immersed in wine at Grampians Wine Cellar. We recently sat down with him to find out what makes Grampians wine so special in autumn. He was also kind enough to share 5 of his favourite Grampians wines to try this autumn.
- 2018 ATR Wines 'Chockstone' Pinot Gris
Softer and creamier in texture with ripe apple and pear notes. This wine would be perfect at a picnic as the sun goes down over the stunning mountain ranges.
- 2021 SubRosa Viognier
One of the best richer whites in the region. Aged in oak, this is a textural white with typical varietal characteristics of stone fruits and delicate floral aromas. Pure hedonism alongside some prawns or lobster.
- 2021 The Story Wines 'Super G' Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre blend
Medium-bodied style, this is a wine bursting with black and blueberry notes, with a touch of red liquorice and violets. Definitely a red that can be enjoyed on its own, or with a charcuterie selection
- 2021 Black & Ginger 'Cinco Rojas'
A blend of five Spanish and Portuguese grapes, grown in minuscule quantities at the Arrawatta vineyard in Great Western. This wine is packed with black fruit backed up with baking spices and a touch of savouriness on the finish. A great alternative for Shiraz lovers. Great alongside barbecued meats.
- 2020 Best's Great Western 'LSV' Shiraz
Shiraz grapes from the Ludvigsen Vineyard, with a 'little splash of Viognier' (LSV) added. This is a fantastic example of what Grampians Shiraz can be. Plush and velvety on the palate, complex flavour profile and a balance of richness and freshness on the finish. A great wine to share with good friends around a campfire, or alongside a great roast dinner.
All of the above wines are available for purchase at Grampians Wine Cellar.
A veritable paradise for wine aficionados seeking to discover the finest autumnal wines, the Grampians have a rich legacy of wine-making that spans over a century. The Grampians produces exceptional wines imbued with unique character and flavour and as the cool autumn air sets in, there's no better time to bask in the opulent and complex flavours of Grampians wines. When next you venture into the Grampians, lose yourself in the captivating beauty of the local vineyards and savour some of the luscious wines that this romantic region has to offer.