The first vines were planted at Best’s Wines in 1867, making it one of the oldest wineries in the Grampians region. Because it's on the Western Highway, it’s an ideal rest stop on a drive between towns.
Tastings are held inside a cabin built by the Best family in 1869. The wide range includes riesling, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir and dolcetto. But Best’s strength is shiraz. Its top-of-the-range versions – the Thomson Family Shiraz and the Bin 0 Shiraz – are only produced during selected vintages.
Some vines are so old they can’t be identified, so they’re blended into Nursery Block Dry Red. Knowledgeable staff will tell you the characteristics and history of each drink, and perfectly match it to a cheese board.
There are a few tables and chairs inside. Outside there’s a park bench where you can enjoy a glass in the sun while taking in the surrounding vineyards.
Don’t leave without a tour of the Concongella cellar, named after a nearby creek. It was hand dug by the Best family in the 1860s. It houses huge wine barrels and walls of dusty bottles.
Explore the Grampians further using our detailed Out of Town to the Grampians guide.