Published on 17th February 2022
by Dan Cunningham

Once a booming goldfield, the Grampians is now a mecca for hiking trails and cool-climate grape growing. The sparkling shiraz is arguably the region’s crowning jewel, but the national park – packed with undulating paths, rock formations, wildflowers and a wealth of Aboriginal cave paintings – is a treasure unto itself. In partnership with Visit Victoria and Grampians Tourism, here’s where to eat, drink, stay and what to do in the Grampians.

A three hour drive west of Melbourne, the Grampians is widely known for its towns that boomed during the gold-rush era in the 1800s. But when the gold ran dry at the turn of the century, the region flooded with a new prize, as pioneering vignerons turned their hand to méthode champenoise to create the first sparkling shiraz in Australia. This peppery, medium-bodied varietal is still lauded today, along with other cold-climate styles such as chardonnay and shiraz.

Rich in history and cellar doors, the Grampians is one of the oldest and longest continuing producing wine regions in Australia. Some of the world’s oldest grape vines thrive here, matched with the historic and largest underground cellar in the Southern Hemisphere at Seppelts. Meanwhile every Easter long weekend the region booms with athletes and visitors for the Stawell Gift, followed by the gathering of food and wine lovers at the annual Grampians Grape Escape in May.

Most impressive, though, is the astonishing collection of Aboriginal rock art at the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park. It’s home to over 80% of all Victorian Aboriginal rock ark – including Bunjil Shelter in the Black Range scenic reserve, which is considered one of the most significant Aboriginal rock art sites in southern Australia. The wilderness of Halls Gap and the Black Range is sacred among naturalists too, who take to the rugged trails in search of spring wildflowers, native wildlife and picnic spots with views for miles.

But if you ask the winemakers, brewers and proprietors of the region, they’ll all tell you the same thing: ask lots of questions and take it slow so you can truly appreciate the history, world-class wine and quality eating the Grampians has to offer. Stories are gold here, and you’ll find plenty among the cellar doors and sacred ranges of this Victorian escape.

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Food and wine tour of the Grampians

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