Best’s Nursery Block within the Concongella Estate is undeniably one of the most significant patches of vines in Australia. Established by Henry Best in the late 1860s, this block is a 1.2-hectare vineyard believed to feature the most extensive pre-phylloxera plantings in Australia, and possibly the world. Within the collection, there are more than 39 separate varieties planted, eight of which remain unknown and un-named to this day. International viticulturists visit often, looking to research and take cuttings. It’s a living museum and a vital part of our history – Best’s takes very seriously its role as the custodians of this important piece of earth.
Today, the vines are hand picked, beginning with the white varietals, then followed by the red. The Nursery Block fruit is made into two wines, a dry white called Concongella Blanc and the Nursery Block Dry Red – these are only available at Best's Cellar Door. Wine is not produced every year but when it is made, the resulting wine is incredibly unique, a classic ‘field blend’ giving an amazing sense of place.
More information is available in our Nursery Block Handout.
Our Managing Director and Fifth Generation Ben Thomson takes you through this special vineyard in this short video.
In 2010 we commenced a project to protect these vineyards and take cuttings of such historical vines. Our Managing Director Ben Thomson talks about the Nursery Block replanting project and why it’s so important in preserving these vines by taking cuttings and replanting.