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Best's Wines

Best's Cellar Door 

Temporarily Closed 

Thank you for visiting Best’s Wines. We’re currently in the midst of vintage 2020, with grapes actively coming into the winery from all around the Great Western region. Our winemaking and viticultural teams remain committed to producing exceptional wines through these challenging times.  Vintage is always an action-packed time at Best’s Great Western. As custodian of some of the world’s oldest vineyards we take our responsibility very seriously.

With a historic cellar door attached to the winery, we’ve made the decision to close our Great Western Cellar Door, until the end of vintage or until such time that we’re confident it’s safe to re-open. This change is effective immediately.

It’s not a decision that we’ve made lightly, however the safety of our staff and customers remains the paramount consideration. Producing world class wines in an environment that’s safe for our staff is our focus, and unfortunately with a winery built over 100 years ago and we cannot separate our cellar door from our winery operations.

If you’re in need of wine never fear! We’re offering free delivery on any case orders within Australia until the cellar door re-opens. Simply use the code WINE2U for your shipping discount to apply.

Built in 1866, the Cellar Door is the heart of Best’s Wines’ operation. Situated in the picturesque Grampians in the undulating central Victorian countryside between Stawell and Ararat, Best's Wines lies in the historically rich wine-growing region of Great Western.

The old red gum slab tasting room is housed in the original stables and showcases old winery equipment, maps of the area, as well as Henry Best’s original journal dating from 1866. Visitors can take a tour of the 1860s cellars, which were hand dug by miners, and the original Nursery Block plantings, both of which represent a significant piece of Australian wine history.

Wines for tasting and sale include Best’s current range of wines as well as limited-release wines available through cellar door only. Rare and old vintages are often on display and, at times, releases of back vintages are available for purchase. 

Winery tours and private tastings can be organised in advance and bus tours can be accommodated by prior arrangement. Be sure to check out if we have any events on while you're in the area.

Tasting Experiences

 

Cheese & Wine Experience

Our winemaker and cellar door team have carefully selected three award winning wines and paired them with three perfect cheeses, presented on specially designed tasting sheets with notes on each pairing. 

There are two different pairing sheets to choose from and each includes 3 different wines, cheeses, artisan salami from The Meat Room and locally made grape marc crackers from The Great Western Granary

Available 7 days a week at 1pm and 2:30pm (max 6 people per sitting).

$35* per person

BOOK NOW

For further information, contact cellar door on +61 3 5356 2250.

*Discovery, Magnum, Magnum Red and Imperial Wine Club members receive their club discount for this experience. 

Premium Tasting 

This tasting experience includes wines from both our Growers Collection and premium Concongella Collection.

Available 7 days a week. We are open Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday11am-5pm.

$10* per person. 

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For further information, contact cellar door on +61 3 5356 2250.

*Includes 10% off any mixed six-pack of wines, excluding fortified wines. No further discounts apply. The tasting fee is waved for all Discovery, Magnum, Magnum Red and Imperial Wine Club Members

 

Private Tasting Experience

Best's Wines offers a unique private tasting experience inside our old concrete white wine maturation tank which was constructed in the 1940's and now forms part of the historic underground cellar walk. Learn about Best's Wines wines in a private setting and ask the questions you have always wanted know about wine.

The package includes a full tasting including wines from our premium Concongella Collection. For an additional cost cheese platters can also be arranged. 

Available 7 days a week (up to 6 people per sitting).

$35 per person

For further information or to book contact cellar door on +61 3 5356 2250.

Vertical Bin No. 0 Tasting Experience

Exclusive to Easter Weekend 2020, another of our 'Best's Kept Secrets'. A vertical tasting of Best's Wines premium Bin No. 0 Shiraz from 2012 through to 2017. Hamish Thomson will guide you through the history of our Bin 0 Shiraz as well as learning the specifics about each of the different vintages, their flavour profiles and nuances. The experience includes a sharing platter of assorted cheeses and crackers.

THIS EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHULED TO A LATER DATE. 
$55* per person. 

For further information, contact cellar door on +61 3 5356 2250.

*Discovery, Magnum, Magnum Red and Imperial Wine Club members receive their club discount for this experience. 

 

Underground Cellar Walk

While visiting our cellar door, we invite you to explore our historic cellars in the Concongella Cellar Walk – the home of our Best Kept Secrets.

Discover the underground section of our cellars that was renovated in the 1940s for white wine maturation and bottling. Continue through the hand-dug tunnels into the original underground cellars – a truly amazing and magical experience. Uncover for yourself why this winery holds such a memorable and nostalgic place in the history of Australia’s wine industry.

This is a complimentary self-guided tour available for all visitors at our cellar door.

Grampians Helicopters

Were you aware that Grampians Helicopters offer flights over our historical vineyards? They provide scenic flights and the very popular Best’s Picnic Lunch. You’ll fly over our door and land between the vines.

Enjoy a tasting of the complete line-up of our award-winning wines before taking a guided tour of the underground cellar door – it’s like stepping back in time. You’ll learn about the long history of Best’s and see some very old bottles and winemaking equipment.

Then it is time for your picnic hamper, which is supplied by a local restaurant. Why not add one of our bottles of wine to enjoy while you relax on a picnic rug?

Grampians Helicopters will then fly you back to the airport as you take in views of our vineyards and Grampians National Park.

BOOK A HELICOPTER FLIGHT

HAPPY VISITORS

 

"Even if not a wine person, a stop at Best's Cellar Door is worth it for the free self guided tour of their historic wine building and cellar. Loads of parking plus tables and lawns for picnics. Toilets on site. The cellar door do a good tasting range with friendly staff to guide you. Wines are excellent quality."
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

"We had a very enjoyable wine tasting at Best's. The cellar door is situated in the original stables of the vineyard and has a special atmosphere. The lady who served us was very knowledgeable about the wines and the history of the vineyard. The tasting serves were more than sufficient. We particularly liked the white blends and their interesting back-story. We also liked the Shiraz, especially the Bin 0 Shiraz. We then went on the self-guided tour of the old winery including the original cellars. The whole experience was very enjoyable and will be recalled by us when we consume the bottles we purchased."
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

"Interesting old winery established back in the very early 1800's. You can take a self tour into the old wine cellars and view antique tools for wine making. Free admission. Excellent wine and nice garden to eat a cheese plate you can purchase."
FLORIDA, USA

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HOW TO FIND US

 

Address
111 Bests Road, Great Western, Victoria 3374
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Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday and public holidays from 10am to 5pm.

Sunday from 11am to 5pm (Dec-Apr)
Sunday from 11am to 4pm (May-Nov)

Closed Christmas Day

Phone
03 5356 2250

Email
info@bestswines.com

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