Our 22-hectare Concongella Vineyard was established by Henry Best in 1866. It has the soil and climate that are ideal for the production of wines with elegance and longevity. Owned and operated for five generations by the Thomson Family, many of the original vines in this vineyard are still producing fruit today.
The Concongella Blanc is produced using Henry Best’s original Nursery Block, planted in 1868 and other vineyard blocks from subsequent plantings. The Nursery Block is a veritable vineyard museum, bursting with history – with no less than 39 separate varieties, eight remaining unknown and un-named to this day. The Concongella Blanc speaks of this vineyard’s heritage and produces an entirely unique dry white wine encapsulating Great Western’s wine history.
The vines, sourced from early growers Trouette and Blampied at St Peters Vineyard Great Western, and possibly from the Geelong region, were planted randomly throughout the block.
Excerpts from ‘Our Vineyards’, The Ararat Advertiser, 7 June, 1870:
“Mr Best is of the opinion and his determination is to produce nothing but wines of the very best description: with this view he has spared no expense in procuring wines of the choicest description. In his grounds may be found almost every known variety, and if by chance he should hear of some particular one which is not already among his collection, he leaves no stone unturned until he has procured it.”