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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