Little gems: Henty

By Halliday Promotion

20 Nov, 2019

Explore this lesser known Victorian wine region, flanked by the spectacular Grampians and the iconic Great Ocean Road. Sample the aromatic whites and finely-structured reds of Henty.


    The far southwest Victorian region of Henty grew to prominence through its successes with the wool and sheep farming industry. These days, Henty is famed for its cold-climate viticulture, resulting in fine and delicate wines. Aside from the allure of its winemaking virtuosity, Henty is a unique landscape nestled between the ancient Grampians and the Great Ocean Road. Plan your trip to include artisan cheeses, abundant seafood and fine-dining experiences.

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  • Basalt Wines


  • Basalt Wines

    En route to the Basalt Wines cellar door, take a detour to the “Tower Hill” volcano and nature reserve only a couple of kilometres across the paddock. At the stunning new cellar door and restaurant, taste Basalt’s range paired with local cheeses and seafood. The smoked eel on Killarney potato makes a perfect match to the Basalt Great Ocean Road Riesling.

    Winegrower & owner: Shane Clancey
    Key varieties: Riesling, pinot noir, and tempranillo
    Flagship wine: Basalt The Bream King Tempranillo

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  • Henty Estate

  • Henty Estate

    The wines of Henty Estate are characteristic of the Henty region – elegant, long-lived and well balanced, with fine natural acidity. All Henty Estate wines are grown, made and bottled on the property; the vineyards on the estate yield fruit that displays great regional flavour, producing aromatic whites and intense, finely-structured reds.

    Winemaker: Michael Hilsdon
    Key varieties: Riesling, chardonnay, shiraz, and cabernet sauvignon
    Flagship wine: Henty Estate Shiraz

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  • Herrmann


  • Herrmann Wines

    The Herrmann cellar door has attractions for wine and animal lovers alike, as you can wander through the surrounding ancient red gums and say hello to the resident rare-breed pigs and chickens. Visit the cellar door to take in the spectacular views of the Grampians mountain range, learn about traditional wine production and discuss food pairing. 


    Owners: Brent, Holly and Dot Herrmann
    Key variety: Pinot noir
    Flagship wine: Herrmann Pinot Noir 

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  • Pierrepoint


  • Pierrepoint Wines

    The Pierrepoint cellar door is open every day from 11am-6pm, offering its beautiful estate-grown wines alongside those from other Henty and Grampians producers. Enjoy giant games on the lawn in the sun or traditional games inside by the fire. Find a spot for a picnic with a grazing platter comprised of mostly-local produce, with local beers and ciders also available.


    Owners: Andrew and Jennifer Lacey
    Key varieties: Pinot noir, chardonnay, and pinot gris
    Flagship wine: Pierrepoint Sparkling Pinot Gris

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    *This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.