A rich viticultural and winemaking history dating back to the gold rushes of the 1850s featuring influential early French wine pioneers and the establishment of a great sparkling wine tradition, is just a small part of the Grampians’ wine story to be discovered.

A.T. Richardson Wines

Star Cellar Door

0438 066 477

Of all the wine regions that experienced international winemaker Adam Richardson could have chosen upon his return to Australia from the US, he chose the Grampians. Take that as a major endorsement of the area and its noteworthy, cooler climate style of elegant shiraz. Outside of shiraz, he’s also pursuing Durif, tannat and nebbiolo in addition to producing a small range of white wines, pinot gris and riesling.

Richardson produces a number of excellent shiraz under his Chockstone label and premium Hard Hill Road label, which is the home source block. The latter wine from the 2016 vintage took out the Champion Shiraz Trophy at the National Cool Climate Wine Show last year. Newly-opened at 103 Hard Hill Road, Armstrong, the winery also operates as the cellar door (open by appointment), but Richardson intends to move to standard opening hours. JENI PORT

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2016 A.T. Richardson Chockstone Shiraz, A$25

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