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Montara Wines

76 Chalambar Rd, Ararat VIC 3377

Montara Wines is captivating with its panorama of plains, mountains, vines and old-world charm of the Ararat gold rush days. Situated 200 kilometres west of Melbourne with a dramatic backdrop of the rugged sandstone Grampians mountain ranges, it is a feast for the eyes and the spirit. Established in 1970, Montara Wines is today owned by the Stapleton family. This dynamic group of six siblings has given Montara a youthful exuberance, where tradition meets a new era of winemaking. Montara's wines are 100 per cent estate grown and truly express the elegant, intense fruit characteristics reflective of the cool climate Grampians region. Wines include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir sparkling, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz. "Cruise up the entrance avenue, through Montara's imposing gates, and head up to the quaint, old-worldly cellar door. Sit on the veranda to take in the dappled, ever-changing landscape towards the Pyrenees and the Sleeping Princess ranges. This is one of the best views from any Victorian winery. Specialities are Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc." Ralph Kyte-Powell "A picturesque cellar door and beautiful vineyard setting augur well at Montara. The Pinot Noir has won many admirers over some years now; and a typically regional - and very good - Shiraz, showing pepper and smoke and a hint of eucalyptus." Ben Canaider

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Best's Great Western

Stawell side of Great Western , 111 Bests Rd, Great Western VIC 3374

Best's Great Western was founded in 1866, they are one of Australia's oldest family owned wineries with some of the oldest vines in the country. The fifth generation of their family now runs the winery. They strive to make elegant and well balanced wines with great longevity. They hope you will enjoy their wines and discover some Best Kept Secrets for yourself. "A visit to Best's Great Western is located in the township of Great Western. It is an absolute must for any wine fancier. Few wineries are as historic or as atmospheric. The rustic timber winery building and underground cellar breathe history, and alongside is one of the country's most unusual blocks of vines, a Nursery Block planted in the 1860s which is a sort of living museum of ancient vines, some of them of obscure and mysterious origin. The wines here are excellent, with outstanding Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, savoury Dolcetto, and fresh Pinot Meunier among the reds, and top quality Riesling and Chardonnay. Occasional specials, available only from the Cellar Door, are an added incentive to visit." Review by Ralph Kyte-Powell.

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Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre

31-33 Lambert St, Ararat VIC 3377

Imagine life 150 years ago amid the excitement of the travel weary Chinese prospectors who had just discovered one of the world's richest shallow alluvial goldfields. The world-class Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre tells the story of those miners and their arduous journey from Southern China to Australia where they dreamed of finding gold. Relive their great trek on foot from Robe in South Australia to the goldfields upon which Ararat now stands and learn how life was for these resilient explorers in a strange land. Designed in the traditional Southern Chinese architectural style and incorporating the principles of Feng Shui, the dramatic two-storey building with its authentic Chinese tiled roof houses a fascinating selection of interactive audio-visual and static displays. See the wonderful textiles, embroideries and relics of this rich culture. Discover the fun and delight of gold panning, try your hand at calligraphy, learn about the Chinese language and play traditional Chinese games. Become engrossed in the courthouse stories and see the replica of the mining tunnel uncovered during the construction of the Centre. The Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre provides an authentic snapshot of the Chinese culture from the 1800s through to the modern day. A truly interactive experience for visitors of all ages.

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Ararat Gallery TAMA

82 Vincent St, Ararat VIC 3377

Located in the heart of Ararat in the landmark Town Hall, Ararat Regional Art Gallery offers a varied program encompassing national touring exhibitions, aspects of the permanent collection and exhibitions by visiting textile fibre and regional artists. The Gallery was established in 1968 and has a unique place amongst Australia's public galleries through its longstanding commitment to supporting and promoting textile and fibre art - a curatorial and collection focus that began in the early 1970s. While the permanent collection is not always on display, the Gallery maintains its dedication to highlighting excellence, innovation and diversity in contemporary textile fibre art practice through an annual exhibition program that features visiting artists and touring exhibitions.

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Grampians Estate

1477 Western Hwy, Great Western VIC 3374

The Grampians Estate Great Western wine centre is a great venue to discover some of the Grampians region's finest wines. The cellar door offers wine tastings, wine tutorials, cheese platters and espresso coffee in a warm and friendly environment. Experienced staff will ensure your visit is a rewarding one. Grampians Estate owns two vineyards, the Great Western vineyard, having been established in the late 1870s resulting in the vineyard's shiraz and riesling vines being amongst the oldest in Victoria. The Mafeking vineyard to the south of Moyston produces classic cool climate peppery spicy shiraz, best exemplified in the multi awarded Streeton Reserve Shiraz label. Grampians Estate is a proud supporter of local community organisations. It has been a long time sponsor of the local Moyston-Willaura Football Netball Club and more recently has become a major sponsor of the Stawell Gift. Grampians Estate is continually working towards becoming more environmentally responsible in its activities both in the winery and in the vineyard as it adapts to climate change and looks for environmental sustainability. 'The old Salinger Hockheim winery operated here for about 75 years, closing in 1945. A brick-topped underground tank out the front is the only remnant of those days. Now Grampians Estate occupies the site. A friendly, relaxed cellar door just off the main road, it's a great place to taste some of Great Western's best wines, especially outstanding Shiraz, in either still table wine form, or the sparkling type that's a regional speciality. Cheese platters are available, or if you prefer, just chill out on a lounge, read the paper, and sip one of the best espresso coffees for miles around.' Ralph Kyte-Powell.

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Seppelt Great Western

36 Cemetery Rd, Great Western VIC 3374

For more than 150 years, Seppelt Great Western has been a leader in Australian Winemaking. From the early days in the Barossa Valley in 1851, through to the purchase of the Great Western winery in 1918 and to the present. Seppelt has been an engine driving the Australian wine industry forward with a spirit of innovation and dedication to quality. Seppelt Great Western proudly presents one of the most versatile portfolios of any winery. A complete showcase of wines spanning sparkling and table styles, combining an old world pedigree with the new world vision of our winemakers. Great Western, and its world famous "Drives", are the home of sparkling and table wine production. This diverse range of classics includes such iconic wines as Seppelt Great Western "Salinger" Pinot Noir Chardonnay, Great Western Show Sparkling Shiraz and "St Peters" Great Western Shiraz. Great Western Winery was established in 1865, and in 1868 more than one and a half kilometres of underground tunnels were dug by miners for sparkling wine maturation, known as "Drives". Once completed in 1932 the "Drives" reached three kilometres in length. These unique underground cellars are home to some iconic wines produced throughout the years at Seppelt Great Western. Amongst these wines guests can enjoy a dinner to remember or maybe say "I do" for that ultimate Wedding Experience. 'The original vineyard was established in 1865, and in the last century more than three kilometres of underground tunnels were dug by miners for Sparkling wine maturation. Two real jewels here are the complex and intriguing Show Sparkling Shiraz and the polished and integrated St Peter's Shiraz. Both from 'St Peter's Vineyard', they proudly and loudly proclaim their Great Western origin.' Ben Canaider

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Grampians Estate

1477 Western Hwy, Great Western VIC 3374

The Grampians Estate Great Western wine centre is a great venue to discover some of the Grampians region's finest wines.

The cellar door offers wine tastings, wine tutorials, cheese platters and espresso coffee in a warm and friendly environment. Experienced staff will ensure your visit is a rewarding one.

Grampians Estate owns two vineyards, the Great Western vineyard, having been established in the late 1870s resulting in the vineyard's shiraz and riesling vines being amongst the oldest in Victoria.

The Mafeking vineyard to the south of Moyston produces classic cool climate peppery spicy shiraz, best exemplified in the multi awarded Streeton Reserve Shiraz label.

Grampians Estate is a proud supporter of local community organisations. It has been a long time sponsor of the local Moyston-Willaura Football Netball Club and more recently has become a major sponsor of the Stawell Gift.

Grampians Estate is continually working towards becoming more environmentally responsible in its activities both in the winery and in the vineyard as it adapts to climate change and looks for environmental sustainability.

'The old Salinger Hockheim winery operated here for about 75 years, closing in 1945. A brick-topped underground tank out the front is the only remnant of those days. Now Grampians Estate occupies the site. A friendly, relaxed cellar door just off the main road, it's a great place to taste some of Great Western's best wines, especially outstanding Shiraz, in either still table wine form, or the sparkling type that's a regional speciality. Cheese platters are available, or if you prefer, just chill out on a lounge, read the paper, and sip one of the best espresso coffees for miles around.' Ralph Kyte-Powell.

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Fratin Brothers Vineyard

36 Byron Road, Cathcart VIC 3377

Fratin Brothers Vineyard is nestled between the rolling hills and picturesque surrounds of the Great Dividing Range in Western Victoria, 50 km south east of the Grampians National Park.

With viticulture background and a strong family tradition the vineyards were planted by Dino and Michael Fratin in 1998, thirty years after their father Serge and his brothers Don and Lino established the well renowned Mt Langi Ghiran Vineyards.

Shiraz cuttings were taken from Mt Langi Ghiran and planted with the initial idea of selling the grapes to neighbouring wineries, but with the exceptional quality of the grapes and encouragement from a family friend and local winemaker, the brothers followed in their father's footsteps making wine under the Fratin Brothers label. Serge still oversees the vineyard operations today combining years of viticulture expertise and careful nurturing of the vines to continually produce fruit of premium quality.

Traditional grape varieties Shiraz, Merlot, Italian varietal Sangiovese along with the most recent plantings of Chardonnay make up the 8-acre boutique style vineyard. The high altitude allows for a long and gradual ripening season allowing for slow berry development. With a commitment to quality we continually ensure that the vineyard produces lower yields of the highest quality.

The wines are made in shallow, open top fermentation tanks, the skins hand plunged to extract intense colour, then basket pressed and the wine allowed to settle before being stored in a variety of American and French oak then carefully blended to produce award winning wines. Traditional winemaking methods and minimal handling of the wines allow us to capture the true characteristics and intense flavours of the vineyard.

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Seppelt Great Western

36 Cemetery Road, Great Western VIC 3374
For more than 150 years, Seppelt Great Western has been a leader in Australian Winemaking. From the early days in the Barossa Valley in 1851, through to the purchase of the Great Western winery in 1918 and to the present. Seppelt has been an engine driving the Australian wine industry forward with a spirit of innovation and dedication to quality. Seppelt Great Western proudly presents one of the most versatile portfolios of any winery. A complete showcase of wines spanning sparkling and table styles, combining an old world pedigree with the new world vision of our winemakers. Great Western, and its world famous "Drives", are the home of sparkling and table wine production. This diverse range of classics includes such iconic wines as Seppelt Great Western "Salinger" Pinot Noir Chardonnay, Great Western Show Sparkling Shiraz and "St Peters" Great Western Shiraz. Great Western Winery was established in 1865, and in 1868 more than one and a half kilometres of underground tunnels were dug by miners for sparkling wine maturation, known as "Drives". Once completed in 1932 the "Drives" reached three kilometres in length. These unique underground cellars are home to some iconic wines produced throughout the years at Seppelt Great Western. Amongst these wines guests can enjoy a dinner to remember or maybe say "I do" for that ultimate Wedding Experience. 'The original vineyard was established in 1865, and in the last century more than three kilometres of underground tunnels were dug by miners for Sparkling wine maturation. Two real jewels here are the complex and intriguing Show Sparkling Shiraz and the polished and integrated St Peter's Shiraz. Both from 'St Peter's Vineyard', they proudly and loudly proclaim their Great Western origin.' Ben Canaider
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Grampians Estate

1477 Western Highway, Great Western VIC 3374
The Grampians Estate Great Western Wine Centre is a great venue to discover some of the Grampians region's finest wines. A James Halliday 'Five Red Star' winery, Grampians Estate has collected over 30 trophies for its wines. The cellar door offers wine tastings, wine tutorials, cheese platters, muffins and espresso coffee in a warm and friendly environment. Experienced staff will ensure your visit is a rewarding one. Grampians Estate owns two vineyards. The Garden Gully Vineyard at Great Western was established in the late 1870s, with the vineyard's shiraz and riesling vines being amongst the oldest in Victoria. The Mafeking vineyard to the south of Moyston produces classic cool climate peppery spicy shiraz, best exemplified in the multi awarded Streeton Reserve Shiraz label. Grampians Estate is a proud supporter of local community organisations. It has been a long time sponsor of the local Moyston-Willaura Football Netball Club and more recently has become a major sponsor of the Stawell Gift. Grampians Estate is continually working towards becoming more environmentally responsible in its activities both in the winery and in the vineyard as it adapts to climate change and looks for environmental sustainability. Ralph Kyte-Powell recalls how the Salinger family operated its Hockheim winery on the Great Western site for about 75 years, closing in 1945. A brick-topped underground tank out the front is the only remnant of those days. Now Grampians Estate occupies the site. A friendly, relaxed cellar door just off the main road, it is a great place to taste some of Great Western's best wines, especially outstanding Shiraz, in either still table wine form, or the sparkling type that is a regional speciality. Cheese platters are available, or just chill out on a lounge, read the paper, and sip one of the best espresso coffees for miles around.
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Langi Morgala Museum

48 Queen Street, Ararat VIC 3377
The Langi Morgala Museum holds large and varied social history collections in trust for the town of Ararat and district. The large eclectic collection covers a wide variety of themes of local importance, and includes objects from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Some of the individual collections are comprehensive and have been gathered with intent to demonstrate the history of a movement or an organisation over time. Others are less complete, and some items are without provenance. The museum includes some collections and individual items of a wider than local significance. The museum artifact, photographic and document collection is made up largely of donations by individuals within the Ararat district. The museum collection is mainly displayed under glass in cabinets with larger items on open display. Some domestic items are on open display in four themed "rooms". Large pieces of machinery are displayed outside, along with the refurbished blacksmiths shop. The collection is strong in aspects of the nineteenth and early twentieth century history of the town and district. Some more contemporary items, such as those relating to local World Champion & Olympic Cyclist Shane Kelly OAM and other local community organisations are also in the collection. The museum also houses the largest collection of Aboriginal artifacts in Victoria, (the Mooney & Best collections), and items provenanced to the Ararat goldfields as well as objects from the large squatters estates in the district, items relating to farming, commerce, war, social, domestic and community life. The surviving collection of an earlier Ararat Borough Museum set up around 1900 also form part of the collection. A rare 1603 James I silver shilling is also exhibited in the Museums coin collection Ararat's Premier value for money venue
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J Ward Museum

Girdlestone Street, Ararat VIC 3377
J Ward is a museum that explains the early history of the goldfield times and later, the incarceration of the criminally insane. J Ward is the premier tourist venue in the Victorian town of Ararat, visited by more than 10,000 people annually (greater than Ararat's population). Relive its past by taking a guided tour conducted by the Friends of J Ward volunteers. These people are passionate about J Ward's heritage. J Ward is not just dry history. The volunteers tell its story of people who lived, who broke the law, who could not help themselves, who feared and who died.
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Ararat Railway Museum

Corner of King Street & Birdwood Avenue, Ararat VIC 3377
The Ararat Railway Museum is managed by the Ararat Railway Heritage Association, who formed in 1995 to preserve some of the history of the railways from the region. The Museum contains two historically significant signal boxes. Signal Box 'A' was one of two signal boxes at the Ararat Station which were commissioned on 26 October 1891. The Box was located at the Melbourne end of the Ararat Yard (east end). The other 'B' Box stood at the Stawell end of the Yard (west end). 'B' Box remained until 10 November 1984 when alterations in the Ararat Yard forced its closure and demolition. 'B' Box was originally built with 65 levers in February 1921, a further seven levers were added, bringing the total to its present number of 72. The levers are painted red for signals, blue for lock bars and black for points to operate the movement of trains at the Melbourne end of the Yard and were interlocked to prevent unsafe and conflicting train movements, thus ensuring the impossibility of trains colliding. Ararat Signal Box 'A' was decommissioned May 1995. The Historic Buildings Council has determined Signal Box 'A' and signal posts Ararat Railway Complex are of special significance to the State of Victoria. They were included on the Historic Buildings Council Register on 14 day of September 1995. New members to the Ararat Railway Heritage Association are welcomed.

Ararat and Grampians Visitor Information Centre

91 High Street, Ararat VIC 3377
Open seven days a week, Ararat and Grampians Visitor Information Centre is situated on the Western Highway between Melbourne and Adelaide, Located just 40 minutes from the Grampians. Immerse yourself in the serene environment of the neighbouring Pyrenees Ranges, Mount Cole, Mount Buangor and Ararat Hills Regional Park. Accredited though Tourism Victoria, the centre offers a range of services including detailed information on the region and it's attractions, quality publications, then browse the souvenirs and range of local produce on display. Ararat and surrounding townships provide and abundance of diverse cultural and historical attractions, including the chilling dark side of the J-Ward Gaol, an institution that will captivate all who walk through its ghostly doors. Delve into Ararat's heritage at the Langi Morgala Museum and the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre not to mention the Aradale Lunatic Asylum . Learn more about the importance of the railways at the Railway Heritage Museum or amble through the beautiful Alexandra Gardens, a botanical haven with a tranquil lake, walk, barbecues an the Orchid House. Visit the Ararat Regional Art Gallery presenting diverse exhibitions of national significance. Or take in the ambience of Green Hill Lake located on the outskirts of the town....

Bluewhippet Art

65 Queen street, Ararat VIC 3377
Fine art gallery, art supplies and art studio of Geoff Todd and Janette Lucas. Bluewhippet Art showcases internationally acclaimed artists based in the Grampians. Discover paintings, prints, etchings, ceramics, drawings, sculptural glass and homewares in the intimate Bluewhippet gallery. Get creative on your holiday with artist quality sketch pads, pencils, colouring books and other art materials. Internationally acclaimed artists showcased: I n a l u x e Geoff Todd John Eagle James McMurtrie Rosemary Eagle Janette Lucas Zooblast Knits Located in the historic Terminus hotel (1877) opposite KFC in Ararat, just off the Western Highway. Custom framing also available. ...

Langi Morgala Museum

48 Queen Street, Ararat VIC 3377
The large eclectic collection covers a wide variety of themes of local importance and includes objects from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Some of the individual collections are comprehensive and have been gathered with intent to demonstrate the history of a movement or an organisation over time. The museum artefact, photographic and document collection is made up largely of donations by individuals within the Ararat district. Some domestic items are on open display in six themed 'rooms'. Large pieces of machinery are displayed outside, along with the refurbished blacksmiths shop. The collection is strong in aspects of the nineteenth and early twentieth century history of the town and district. Some more contemporary items, such as those relating to local World Champion and Olympic Cyclist Shane Kelly OAM and other local identities are also in the collection. The museum also houses the largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts in Victoria, (the Mooney and Best collections), items with provenance to the Ararat goldfields, objects from the large squatters estates in the district, items relating to farming, commerce, war, social, domestic and community life. The surviving collection of an earlier Ararat Borough Museum set up around 1900 also form part of the collection....

Wine Down Fridays at Montara Cellar Door

76 Chalambar Road, Ararat VIC 3377
Kick off your weekend at Montara Cellar Door. Enjoy breathtaking views, Montara Estate range, Red Duck beers, local tasting platters and live music. This relaxed and intimate environment is the perfect way to wind down into the weekend. The last Friday of every month....