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Kimbarra Wines - Great Western

It was in the 1850’s that vines, sourced from Geelong were first planted in Great Western by Frenchman Louis Metzger. He was shortly followed by fellow immigrants Blampied and Trouette before the more famous brothers Joseph and Henry Best established vineyards and wineries on opposite sides of the main road from Melbourne to Adelaide and adjacent to Concongella Creek. Back then the road was still being used by Cobb & Co. as a stage-route, transporting gold from the area. By the turn of the century there were over 100 vignerons in the district cultivation about 2000 acres of vines. These vineyards are still productive and contain some of the oldest vines in Australia, if not the world.

Great Western known as the home of the famous Sparkling Shiraz and “Champagne”, what was then for many years, Australia’s top selling sparkling wine. This along with the premium Red and White wines produced in this region.  The Leeke family established Kimbarra wines with the inherent promise to uphold this tradition and become part of the history. Great Western has recently been officially declared a phylloxera free area.



Kimbarra Winery - Grampians

The Grampians National Park forms the spectacular backdrop of the birthplace of Australia’s sparkling wine industry and the one of the country’s oldest wine regions.  The best known sparkling wine in Australia gets its name from Great Western, a small town located between Ararat and Stawell.

Today the region includes vineyards and wineries around the city of Ararat and the townships of Buangor, Great Western and Halls Gap. The region is best known for table wines, especially Shiraz and Riesling, with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon adding to the richness and diversity.