Best’s has bought 400 hectares of premium land in Great Western – the most significant vineyard investment in the company’s 150-year history.
The property, to be known as Sugarloaf Creek Vineyard (currently trading as Hyde Park) has 114 hectares under vine and is predominantly planted to Shiraz with some Cabernet and a small parcel of Merlot.
Fruit from the vineyards will help supply Best’s Bin No. 1 Great Western Shiraz and Great Western Cabernet and will also continue to support other wine companies in the area who already purchase fruit from this vineyard.
As custodian of some of the oldest vineyards in the world, it’s been important to the Thomson family to keep this significant regional vineyard in family hands and to further build the reputation of premium Great Western Shiraz and Cabernet.
Managing director Ben Thomson said, “Great Western has always been the home of Best’s and this vineyard acquisition helps to guarantee the supply of wine from our region for future generations.
“The Sugarloaf Creek Vineyard is two kilometres from the site where William Thomson bought the 138-hectare St Andrews orchard and vineyard in Rhymney in 1893, and will help to bolster the quality of our wines for years to come.
“We could not be more delighted to be custodians of this special parcel of land.”
Great Western has always been the home of the Best and Thomson families, with 38 hectares of vines currently owned.
“Continuing to source high-quality fruit is fundamental to the long-term success of the Best’s brand,” Ben said.
While small by Australian standards, Best’s is the largest winery to have the Geographical Indicator of ‘Great Western’ on their wines.
Best’s Wines was founded in Victoria’s Great Western wine region in 1866 by Henry Best and bought by the Thomson family in 1920.