Victoria | Great Western

Our Review

Seppelt once had dual, and very different, claims to fame. The first was as Australia’s foremost producer of both white and red sparkling wine, the former led by Salinger, the latter by Show Sparkling and Original Sparkling Shiraz. The 2nd claim, even more relevant to the Seppelt of today, was based on the small-volume superb red wines made by Colin Preece from the 1930s through to the early ’60s. These were ostensibly Great Western–sourced but – as the laws of the time allowed – were often region, variety and vintage blends. Two of his labels (also of high quality) were Moyston and Chalambar, the latter recently revived. Preece would have been a child in a lolly shop if he’d had today’s viticultural resources to draw on, and would have been quick to recognise the commitment of the winemakers and viticulturists to the supreme quality of today’s portfolio. Ararat businessman Danial Ahchow has leased the cellar door and surrounds, including the underground drives. Winemaker Clare Dry took over from Adam Carnaby from the 2021 vintage. -JAMES HALLIDAY


Founded in 1851 and located in Great Western in the heart of the Grampians, Seppelt is one of Australia’s most important and most historic wineries. From the cool Grampians country, the wild Henty hinterland and the famous gold-bearing soils of Heathcote, Seppelt specialises in crafting cool-climate wines that express the personalities and unique terroirs of some of Victoria’s finest vineyards.

The Seppelt portfolio includes some of Australia’s most lauded wines, including the flagship St Peters Grampians Shiraz, the Seppelt Show Sparkling Shiraz and the mythical Drumborg Vineyard Riesling. The winery also has a rich heritage in sparkling wine – producing Australia’s first vintage in 1890 – and today is the country’s most awarded producer of sparkling wine. Seppelt is also a pioneer of sparkling shiraz – a uniquely Australian wine style for which it is considered by many to be the benchmark of.

Today winemaking is led by Seppelt Senior Winemaker Adam Carnaby who continues to build upon the Seppelt legacy, with a particular focus on shiraz, chardonnay, riesling, sparkling white and sparkling shiraz.

Cellar Door


Experience the beauty of country Victoria at Seppelt’s historic winery and cellar door set against a backdrop of spectacular vineyards and mountain ranges. Take a guided tour through the heritage listed ‘Drives’ – a three-kilometre labyrinth of excavated tunnels that lie hidden beneath the Seppelt winery. The longest in the southern hemisphere, gold miners began excavating the ‘Drives’ in 1868 and continued for over sixty years.

The rustic cellar door is open for tastings seven days a week where you can taste Seppelt’s current vintage wines, or take a seat in the Drives Café and enjoy a coffee, light lunch or cheese platter.


Sun: 10:00am till 5:00pmMon: 10:00am till 5:00pmTue: 10:00am till 5:00pmWed: 10:00am till 5:00pmThu: 10:00am till 5:00pmFri: 10:00am till 5:00pmSat: 10:00am till 5:00pm

Details are correct at time of writing

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Winemaker Adam Carnaby/Clare Dry
Established 1851
Dozens NFP
Vineyards (area) 648 ha
Viticulturist N/A
Opening Hours 7 days 10–5
Address 36 Cemetery Road, Great Western, Vic 3377
Telephone (03) 5361 2239