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“Seppelt specialises in cool-climate wines that express the unique personalities of some of Victoria’s finest vineyards.”

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Seppelt WOV11

Seppelt

Seppelt

From the cool-climate Grampians countryside, to the wild Henty hinterland and the famous Cambrian soils of Heathcote, Seppelt specialises in cool-climate wines that express the unique personalities of some of Victoria’s finest vineyards. The vineyard produces an extensive range of sparkling and table wines, including chardonnay, shiraz and riesling, as well as some of Seppelt’s best-known wines, including the Seppelt St Peters Grampians Shiraz, Chalambar Shiraz, Drumborg Riesling and Jaluka Chardonnay.

Founded in 1851, and established in the heart of Victoria’s picturesque Grampians region in 1864 by Joseph Best, Seppelt remains one of Australia’s pioneering wine producers, with more than 160 years of history that dates back to the gold rush. In the 1890s and under the leadership of Hans Irvine, Seppelt began making some of Australia’s first sparkling wines, and now has more experience with Australian sparkling wine than any other winemaker in the country.

This legacy continues today, as Seppelt’s winemaker, Adam Carnaby, guides the team to craft a range of Victorian wines from its highly esteemed vineyards, with a particular focus on shiraz, chardonnay, sparkling white and sparkling shiraz. With a number of function areas available, including the underground cellar, Barrel Room and winery, Seppelt is the perfect place to host your next event.

Visitors can explore the beauty of the Victorian countryside at Seppelt’s historic cellar door. With tours leaving every hour from 11:00am–3:00pm, guests are invited to venture deep beneath Great Western’s ancient soils to explore Seppelt’s historic 148-year-old Shaft House and maze of underground cellars. The Drives are utterly unique and heritage-listed, spanning more than three kilometers underneath the cellar door, and were first excavated by gold miners in 1868 for wine maturation. Guided tours of the tunnels provide a fascinating glimpse into Victoria’s wine pioneering history.

Seppelt also offers one of Australia’s most atmospheric gourmet dining experiences – Dine Deep in the Drives – where groups of twelve or more can book an exclusive dinner in The Drives.

The vineyard won its first international award in 1873 at the London International Exhibition, and has since continued a long record of success on the Australian and international wine show circuit. Seppelt has won Australia’s most famous wine award, the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy, three times.

A visit to the Grampians is not complete without a taste of sparkling shiraz, which is a uniquely Australian wine for which Seppelt is a pioneer, and has been making longer than anyone else in the world.

Tasting Notes

Seppelt Drumborg Pinot Noir
Seppelt Drumborg Pinot Noir

This pinot noir will fill your nose with complex, perfumed aromas of spiced cherry, raspberry and a hint of smoked meats. On the palate, it sits bright and is accompanied by subtle oak, which allows the amazing red berry fruits to flow. Flavours of dark cherries and mulberries combine with complex charcuterie notes and fine tannins, with a backbone of spicy, well-integrated French oak.

Seppelt Great Western Riesling
Seppelt Great Western Riesling

The Great Western region has a long history of producing classic and age-worthy rieslings. Enjoy aromas of fresh lime and camomile flowers, combined with ginger and a hint of lemongrass. Textural elements and chalky acids result in a wine with balance and delicacy.

Seppelt Original Sparkling Shiraz
Seppelt Original Sparkling Shiraz

Delivering aromas of mulberry and blue fruits, with exotic spices and a lifted floral nose, the palate follows with a fine sparkling bead, bright red fruits and strawberry shortcake, and finishes with savoury and spicy taste.

Seppelt St Peters Shiraz
Seppelt St Peters Shiraz

This wine is the flagship shiraz in the Seppelt portfolio, and is sourced from the finest and most intense fruit that is grown on the Great Western vineyards. Made in very small quantities, this wine is carefully balanced and combines complex flavours that reflect the local terroir. Blueberries and Satsuma plums combine with tight, fine tannins and a core of graphite-like mineral texture.

VISITOR’S GUIDE

 

Getting There
36 Cemetery Road,
Great Western

Contact Details
Tel: (03) 5361 2239
Email: info@seppeltgreatwestern.com.au
Website: www.seppelt.com.au

Cellar Door
Open 10:00am–5:00pm daily

Restaurant
Café open for lunch daily

Weddings & Functions
Max seated 150 and 200 cocktail

Accommodation
The Homestead, The Winemaker Quarters, Bests Cottage

Additional Features

Three kilometres of underground tunnels, which are the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and were handcrafted by miners