The Grampians, the amazing historic underground cellars, sparkling wines, especially sparkling shiraz, are probably the first things that come to mind when you mention Seppelt Wines, but the Seppelt’s Henty vineyard in Drumborg, vintage by vintage since the 1970s has gained a reputation deserving of the awards the wines from the Seppelt vineyard have won.
The Henty wine region is located on the southern side of the Grampians, approximately 300km west of Melbourne. The first commercial vineyards were planted by B Seppelt & Sons in 1964 after they purchased a 190ha parcel of land in Drumborg, just a few kilometers from Heywood. It wasn’t without controversy, but has history has shown us, the Seppelt name has often been associated with innovation in the wine industry. The Drumborg vineyard endured very wet winters and faced blustering winds from the Indian Ocean. It was for this reason that third-generation Seppelt, Karl chose the area. Karl Seppelt had recently returned from California where he learnt about a European table wine. At the time, South Australia had phylloxera quarantine restrictions that stopped the importation of vines into the state.
With the Seppelt Great Western winery only being 200km from Drumborg, it was cooler and had more rain than the Grampians vineyard. It wasn’t surprising that there were no other vineyards in the Drumborg region, with such harsh southerly cold conditions. The risk was worth taking and Seppelt has been bottling its rewards for over 50 years now. The first wine produced from the Drumborg vineyard was a 1972 Rhine Riesling.
The vineyard’s custodian Larry Sadler has worked on the Drumborg vineyard for a quarter of a century and the winemakers who have made wine from this vineyard include Ian McKenzie, Emma Wood & for the last decade, Adam Carnaby. The winemakers have all taken a “hands-off” approach to the winemaking, allowing the vineyard signature of naturally balanced minerality and elegance to be fully expressed.
All of the Drumborg wines have a unique purity, structure, intensity of flavour and remarkable cellaring potential. Wines available from the Seppelt Drumborg vineyards are Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, all part of the Drumborg collection and in 2019 Seppelt released a Gruner Veltliner. The Drumborg Riesling has always been the most sort after from the vineyard and in the Halliday Wine Companion (2021 edition) awarded the 2019 Drumborg Riesling with 98 points and named it as “Australia’s Best Riesling.”
The home of Seppelt wines is situated in the Grampians at Great Western. You can taste the fantastic wines produced from the Seppelt Drumborg vineyard at their cellar door as part of the luxury wine tastings available 7 days a week.
Whilst in the region, book your ticket for an underground cellar tour, for a glimpse into Australian Winemaking history. Seppelt Wines is open all March Long weekend, bookings would be advisable.
To Book you Seppelt Experience, please visit www.seppeltgreatwestern.com.au