Golden Plains is blessed to have some outstanding wineries, producing spectacular wine working with the perfect geology of the region. While locals have known about this quality product for a while, it’s always great to be recognised outside our region as well. Two wineries -Bannockburn Vineyards and Wines by Farr - have achieved the ultimate with their name in red along with 5 ‘red stars’ in the most recent Halliday Wine Companion. Three more wineries, Austins & Co, Clyde Park and Lethbridge estate were also rated with five ‘red stars’.
Wineries with a 5 star rating are considered an outstanding winery capable of producing wines of an exemplary quality. The best of the best, which are wineries that have a long track record of excellence, also have their name in red. Only 3.5% of the more than 2,800 wineries that are featured in the Halliday Wine Companion database reach this status, and 2 of them are in Golden Plains.
In terms of wine quality, eight individual wines from Golden Plains were scored at 96 or 97 out of a possible 100, with one wine from Wines by Farr scoring a 98. With only one wine from across the country scoring 100 points, and a further one wine scoring 99, it’s easy to see that any score above 95 is an outstanding wine of gold medal standard.
Renowned vigneron and wine critic James Halliday has had a career spanning 47 years, including writing and contributing to more than 70 books. He is the well-respected author of the bestselling and definitive guide to Australian Wine, Halliday Wine Companion. Now in its 32nd year, the book boasts over 6,000 different wines from wineries across Australia.
For more information and to visit many of these wineries and more, go to www.mooraboolvalleytastetrail.com