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Montara Grampians Wines

76 Chalambar Road, Ararat, Vic 3377
Grampians VIC 3377
(03) 5352 3868
(03) 5352 4968
Opening Hours
Fri-Sun 11-4
Simon Fennell
19.2 hectares

James' Review

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. Between 1984 and 2006, when he was appointed chief winemaker at Montara, Leigh Clarnette had an exceptionally intense and varied career. He worked at Chateau Yarrinya (now De Bortoli) and Tarrawarra Estate, and helped produce base wine for Domaine Chandon's first venture in the Yarra Valley. He moved to Padthaway Estate in 1990, installed the first traditional wooden champagne press in Australia, returned to Vic to Seppelt Great Western's production of sparkling wines and top-class Shirazs, joined McPherson Wines in '99 as chief winemaker, thence in 2003 to the Pyrenees as chief winemaker at Taltarni. Exports to the US, Canada, Indonesia, Hong Kong and China.

Author: James Halliday

About this winery

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 acquired the vineyard in 2006 after a long history in the Australian export and agribusiness industries. This dynamic group of six siblings has given Montara a youthful exuberance, where tradition meets a new era of winemaking.

Montara's handcrafted wines are 100 percent estate grown and truly express the elegant, intense fruit characteristics reflective of the cool climate Grampians region. Wines include Chardonnay/Pinot Noir sparkling, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz.


Cool climate Shiraz & Riesling

Cellar Door

Sun: 11:00am till 4:00pm
Fri: 11:00am till 4:00pm
Sat: 11:00am till 4:00pm

Food - Restaurant

Sun: 11:00am till 4:00pm
Fri: 11:00am till 4:00pm
Sat: 11:00am till 4:00pm

Cuisine: local produce / light fare

Our cellar door cafe serves light fare, tea and coffee.


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Outstanding winery capable of producing wines of very high quality, and did so this year. Also will usually have at least two wines rated at 95 points or above.

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