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Great Western

Raise a toast to a pretty little town that punches well above its weight. Visit world-renowned wineries featuring age-old vines and award-winning wine. Sample exceptional shiraz of the sparkling and still kind, and regional fare to complement both, at cellar doors and cosy cafes.

Big hitters

Located in the middle of the Western Highway between Melbourne and Adelaide, Great Western was settled by sheep graziers in the 1840s, then grew following the discovery of gold and later the planting of its now famous grape vines. The area boasts a crop of pioneering wineries, earning it a reputation for producing some of Australia's finest wine.

Sample varietals in Best's red gum tasting room and take a tour of the incredible hand-dug cellar, built back in the 1860s. Next stop is Seppelt's, where you can head underground and explore the three kilometres of labyrinthine tunnels or 'drives', which house the maturing sparkling wine. Share a bottle of Grampians Estate's famous sparkling shiraz and a cheese platter at the cellar door.

Perfect match

See how the grape is revered by all when you pause a while in Great Western village. Visit Stone Cutter's Cottage and tuck into elegant dishes inspired by the region's excellent wine. After lunch, amble leisurely past the town's historic local churches and buildings.

Turn it up

Get a taste of Victoria's Wild West when time your visit with the annual rodeo. Horse racing enthusiasts will want to hurry into to town on the Australia Day weekend for the popular Great Western Cup. For incredible views and the ultimate in winery-hopping transport, book a flight with Grampians Helicopters.

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Things to do

Great Western

Wineries

Best's Great Western

Get a taste for the best at one of Australia's oldest continually family owned and operated wineries with a reputation for producing exceptional shiraz.

Road trips & itineraries

East Grampians scenic route

Take in the magnificent views of the Grampians National Park and explore the towns of Ararat, Moyston, Halls Gap, Stawell and Great Western.

Restaurants

Steel Cutters Cottage

'The Tasting Room' at Steel Cutters Cottage is dedicated to showcasing a truly unique and regional food and wine experience. Steel Cutters Cottage...

Wineries

Grampians Estate

Visit the cellar door for tastings, tutorials and premium award-winning wines including the Streeton Reserve Shiraz and the Rutherford Sparkling Shiraz.

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