East of the Grampians - where mountain ranges give way to spreading farmland - cool nights and warm days combine to produce distinctive wines. The historic Grampians wine region produces some of Australia's finest sparkling wines and outstanding cool-climate table wines.
It was the turbulent gold era that spawned the vineyards and wineries of the Grampians region. The settlers, Blampied and Jean Pierre Trouette planted vines near Great Western in 1863 and by 1867 were winning awards in England, France and America. By the turn of the century there were thousands of acres under vine. Seppelt Great Western Cellars and Best's Great Western Winery began in the 1860s.
Seppelts offer underground cellar tours. These 'drives' were hacked out of clay by unemployed mines in the 1860s. They have been used ever since for the maturation of Seppelts sparkling wines.
Bests have a self guided tour through their historical homestead cellar
Today, the Grampians produces some of the country's finest Shiraz and Riesling. Visit Grampians Winemakers and Pyrenees Wineries for more information.
The Mount Langi Ghiran Gap Vineyard, taste local and Mt Langi wines; its just two kilometres from Boroka Downs and a great place to kick back with glass of the local and some cheese; fireside in winter on the deck in summer.
There are numerous other vineyards and cellar doors within easy reach of Boroka Downs is including:
Guided Tours are available from your Boroka Downs residence door with Grampians Regional Wine Tours.
The Grampians region is blessed with several first class and famous olive groves. Each offers a variety product experiences including tastings, snacks and coffee.
A visit to any or all can be easily can easily be included in a 1/2 day tour or hiking experience.
Stawell hosts an extensive Farmer's Market on the last sunday of each month
Attend the Grampians Grape Escape in early May to experience the best of the region's food and wine in lively combination with music and varied entertainment including the popular "Scarecrows in the Vineyard" display. Ask about the infamous Barrique Auction.