Victoria | Grampians

James' 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 six 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, Montara is captivating with its panorama of plains, mountains, vines, and old-world charm of the Ararat gold rush days. Situated 200 kilometres west of Melbourne in the Grampians region, it is a feast for the eyes and the spirit. Montara is owned by the Stapleton family, who fell in love withboth the property’s scenic location and suitability for premium wine production back in 2006 after a long history in the Australian export and agribusiness industries. Montara Wines speak of integrity, family, and heritage, showcasing wines that are reflective of the Grampians region.


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