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Spring sipping in the Grampians

25 Oct 2022

Spring is in the air, and with it comes the promise of warmer days, blossoms and the count down to next year’s grape harvest. What better way to celebrate the new season than sampling some of the Grampians elegant wines, craft beers and cider

Only a two-hour road trip west of Melbourne, the Grampians region is dotted with a mix of large and boutique wineries as well as innovative breweries.

Plan your visit with our guide to spring sipping in the Grampians.

Pomonal Estate Outdoor

Pomonal Estate

Pomonal Estate is a winery, microbrewery and cider house situated in the beautiful town of Pomonal, just a 10-minute drive from Halls Gap. Against the spectacular backdrop of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park, it’s the perfect destination for a refreshing drink this spring. Sample their range of Shiraz and Riesling, as well as small-batch beers and ciders which are brewed on site. Linger a little longer and enjoy a local produce platter as you soak up those mountain views.

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Barangaroo Wines

Located just a short drive from Horsham, Barangaroo Wines is an impressive spot to revel in glorious spring weather. With rustic timber cellar door, an expansive deck that overlooks a beautiful timbered creek and a view of the mountains, the atmosphere is truly relaxing. Try sampling their world first Vermentino wine flight which features five different Vermentino vintages matched with delicious tapas. Vermentino is an Italian dry white which was introduced into Australia in the 1990s, featuring honeysuckle, citrus and pear flavours. Their one metre produce grazing board is also a must!

Fallen Giants

Fallen Giants

For delicious food, refreshing wines and jaw-dropping views, Fallen Giants Vineyard is a must-visit. The vineyard offers a spacious deck and wide-open spaces, perfect for gathering with friends and family. Enjoy a glass of their estate grown Shiraz, Cabernet and Riesling, or a try their new release Rosé. If all that spring sipping has your stomach rumbling, Fallen Giants also offers delicious produce platters.

Jane and Shane on TBH Deck 2

Mountainside Wines

After a visit to Mountainside Wines you’ll understand why this family-run winery chose its name. Located at the base of Mount Cole at the south-eastern end of the Grampians wine region, Mountainside Wines produces premium wines from hand-tended vines and hand-picked grapes. Bask beneath the sun with a glass of their full-flavoured Shiraz as you overlook views of Mt Cole, Mt Buangor and Mt Langi Ghiran.

Mount Langi Ghiran Picnic

Mount Langi Ghiran

Mount Langi Ghiran is known as one of the most beautiful vineyard sites in Australia. If you don’t believe us, it’s time for a visit this spring. During your visit be sure to try their iconic 2019 Langi Shiraz. This wine is a celebration of forty years since its first vintage release back in 1979 and is the first to be completely crafted under Chief Winemaker Adam Louder.

Visitors can also soak up the glorious sunshine by treating themselves to a signature Mt Langi Ghiran Picnic. Find a space among the rolling hectares of the vineyard and taste your way through the estate collection while grazing on a picnic of local produce.

Clayfield Wines Simon Clayfield on left

Clayfield Wines

Moyston’s hidden gem, Clayfield Wines, offers visitors a unique and personalised introduction to Grampian’s wine. Vigneron Simon Clayfield welcomes guests to his small cellar door and vineyard, taking them on a journey sharing his wine knowledge and experiences. Enjoy a glass or two of their 100% estate-grown and produced Shiraz to truly savour the regional flavour.

Bests Wines

Bests Wines

Uncover a piece of history this spring at Bests Wines in Great Western. Few wineries are filled with such rich history. Best’s has some of the oldest vines in Australia and continues to produce extraordinary varietals, including Pinot Noir, Rosé, Riesling and Chardonnay. Nothing exudes the essence of spring more than a glass of crisp award-winning wine in the sun.

Seppelt vineyard

Seppelt Wines

Also located in Great Western, Seppelt Wines is simply perfect to visit in the spring. Begin your visit with a tour of the heritage-listed cellars, The Drives. These date back to 1868 and are the longest in the Southern Hemisphere. Afterwards, watch as the sun glisten across picturesque country Victoria as you sit back with a glass of their iconic Shiraz, Chardonnay or Riesling.

Grampians Estate3

Grampians Estate

Explore Great Western further with a visit to Grampians Estate. Established in the late 1870s, Grampians Estate features some of the oldest vines in Victoria. Settle in at their relaxing cellar door for a delicious lunch and sample their award-winning wines. There’s nothing better than breathing that fresh spring air while sipping a glass of Riesling or Sparkling Shiraz.

Paper Scissors Rock Brewing

Paper, Scissors Rock Brew Co

If wine isn’t your thing, never fear, because the Grampians is also home to some amazing breweries. Paper, Scissors Rock Brew Co is a microbrewery located in the town centre of Halls Gap. It offers the perfect atmosphere for relishing the sunshine with a tipple or two. All beers are brewed fresh on site and taps rotate seasonally to keep things fresh and fun. If you can’t decide on just one, why not try them all with a tasting paddle.

Take the stress out of driving and enjoy your afternoon by booking a wine tour with Grampians Wines Tours or transfers with Ambush Grampians.

If you’re thinking about extending your stay in the Grampians, now’s the time to book. Hemley House or Heath House offer guests a slice of luxury and spa relaxation in Halls Gap, while Grampians Getaway provides an unforgettable stay in unique free-standing pyramids. Nature lovers should head to Breeze Holiday Parks, Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park or Lake Fyans Holiday Park for a genuine bush-camping experience. Grampians View Cottages and Grampians Pioneer Cottages offer a private, comfortable stays for families and groups of friends.

If you‘re looking for nature-based activities for the family, book a rock climb with Absolute Outdoors or Hangin’ Out with Earl, hit the bike trails with Halls Gap E-Bike or try your hand at golf with Grampians Adventure Golf. Rosehaven Farms and Halls Gap Zoo offer unforgettable animal encounters while JWARD brings fascinating, historic tours.