The name Hamill tells a multigeneration story of the Thomson family, beginning with Emily Grace Hamill, who married Fredrick Thomson. Hamill Shiraz is produced from the Sugarloaf vineyard, which is situated amongst the rolling hills surrounding the black ranges.
Bart’s Block is a very special parcel of dry grown Shiraz in the Concongella vineyard. Planted in 1966 with Best’s Old Block Clone Shiraz and named to commemorate the birth of Hamish “Bart” Thomson in the same year.
This sparkling wine was inspired by Christine Mary Thomson (C.M.T.) who for many years has worked alongside her husband Viv, continuing the Thomson family traditions as custodians of Best’s Wines at Great Western.
A brief run through of Riesling at Best’s, what, when, why and how? Riesling at Best’s Great Western has a long and illustrious history. Henry Best planted Riesling in our Concongella Vineyard in 1868.
For more than 150 years we’ve proudly produced world-class wines in Victoria’s Great Western region. Planted in 1868, the vines at our Concongella vineyard are some of the oldest surviving pre-phylloxera wines in the world.
The Australian wine industry is rich in family histories that weave together to create a unique story about Australian wine. There are many family-owned wineries that remain in family hands, with the fourth, fifth or even sixth generations.
There’s an old saying that “behind every great man is a great woman” and that’s certainly the case with Viv and Chris Thomson. In the 100th year that the Thomson family has been custodians of Best’s wines, we thought it was time to ‘raise a glass’ to our treasured Chris. She’s very much the fabric of our winery and the local Great Western community.
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