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Founded in 1866 in the Great Western wine region of Victoria, Best's Great Western is one of Australia's oldest continually family owned and operated wineries. Best's is known to have some of the oldest vines in Australia and produces extraordinary wines with great longevity. Throughout the history of the winery, there have only been two owners - the Best family who founded the winery, and the Thomson Family with a fifth generation Thomson is now running the winery.With a reputation for producing exceptional Shiraz, Best's makes authentic expressive regional wines with a strong sense of place. The Stables Cellar Door is a great place to taste their wines before experiencing the original underground cellar on their self-guided tour. Best's Great Western is located in the township of Great Western and it is an absolute must for any wine fancier. Few wineries are as historic or as atmospheric. The rustic timber winery building and underground cellar breathe history, and alongside is one of the country's most unusual blocks of vines, a Nursery Block planted in the 1860s which is a sort of living museum of ancient vines, some of them of obscure and mysterious origin. The wines are excellent, with outstanding Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, savoury Dolcetto, and fresh Pinot Meunier among the reds, and top quality Riesling and Chardonnay. Occasional specials, available only from the Cellar Door, are an added incentive to visit.
Best's winery is located just out of the town of Great Western heading towards Stawell, one kilometre off the Western Highway on the right.