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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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Cathcart Collectables

Eden Street, Cathcart NSW 2632
Cathcart Collectables is home to an amazing collection of Monaro history and memorabilia from the past through to the present. There are displays ranging from tractors and farm machinery to coins and bottle openers. The collection was established by Eileen and Bob Walder in 1998. The family has a great interest in trying to save local history from leaving the district and displaying the items of interest. The museum is built on the site of the Federal Hotel and the family has also preserved the old post office and exchange which were located in what is now the front room of their home, next door to the museum. The business was closed in 1991 and it is also open to the public. Come along and enjoy the history at Cathcart Collectables. Admission is by donation.