Victoria | Grampians

Our Review

Montara gained considerable attention for its pinot noirs during the 1980s and continues to produce wines of distinctive style under the ownership of no less than 6 siblings of the Stapleton family. As I can attest from several visits over the years, the view from the cellar door is one of the best in the Grampians region. Simon Fennell, with an extensive winemaking history, including assistant winemaker at Best’s Wines, and with direct knowledge of the Grampians region, has replaced long-serving winemaker Leigh Clarnette. Exports to the US, Canada, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.


Established in 1970 in the Grampians region Victoria. Montara wines first bedded out with what is now its recognised Pinot Noir plantings, before setting in place the foundations that are the legacy of Montara wines today. Situated 200 kilometres west of Melbourne, nestled within a landscape indicative of the region, expansive in views, panoramic plains, mountains and vines. Owned by the Stapleton Family since 2006 the wines have grown in both international recognition and prestige. Honouring the tradition of its heritage, knowing the terroir and natural environment, winemaker Simon Fennell guides the wine into its position of contemporary significance. Emphasis is placed on meticulous vineyard practises, resulting in low yields, intense fruit concentration and cool climate wines exemplary of the Grampians region.


Pinot Noir first plantings over 50 years. Cool Climate Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon

Cellar Door


Visit Montara’s Cellar Door during the day and you will find it warm and welcoming, rich in rustic charm yet surrounded in stunning and expansive natural beauty. Framed by vineyard the cellar door is a comfortable, serene location for a guided tasting or a quiet sit with a glass of wine and cheese platter. Visit Montara at night, the first Friday of each month and be hosted under the stars at “Wine Down”. Experience the vineyard and mountain scape back drop as live music takes centre stage. To joyously sip the night away at any of the upcoming Wine Down Fridays, simply stay up to date via Montara’s website Instagram and facebook.


Seasonal Cellard Door Hours - check website or email

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Open the first Friday of every month from 11am.


local produce / light fare

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Winemaker Simon Fennell
Established 1970
Dozens 3000
Vineyards (area) 19.2 ha
Opening Hours First Fri each month 11-late or by appt
Address 76 Chalambar Road, Ararat, Vic 3377
Telephone (03) 5352 3868