The highly anticipated annual Grampians Winemakers Reserve Shiraz Barrique Auction

Always a hit with connoisseurs and collectors, be one of the winning bidders lucky enough to take home a rare ‘taste of the Grampians’ on the Saturday of Grampians Grape Escape.

A major fundraiser for the Grampians Winemakers, the 2019 vintage Barrique Auction will be held at 2:15pm on the Saturday in the Festival Masterclass marquee, so be sure to get yourself there to bid big and bold. Tastings will occur prior to the auction at the Barrique Bar, located close to the Masterclass marquee.

So what is a Barrique?

The word ‘barrique’ refers to a specific size and shape of oak barrel. The auction at Grampians Grape Escape provides a unique opportunity for wine collectors to invest in something spectacular as to produce the barrique, the wineries involved are to donate a limited volume of their best Shiraz from that vintage.

The barrique showcases all that is great about Grampians Shiraz. Grampians Winemakers select wines that display beautiful aromatics and lift, others that have incredible concentration and structure and others that are vibrant and have silky tannins, this process guarantees that the Barrique Shiraz will age gracefully and always drink superbly.

The job of blending ensures a wine that is harmonious and one that allows the greatness of Grampians Shiraz to shine.


This year the Barrique will be a blend of eight wineries premium Shiraz, bottled as a unique offering from 2018. This release will be the winemakers 28th since 1991, so the legend continues.

The brainchild of Trevor Mast from Mount Langi Ghiran and Ian McKenzie from Seppelts Winery back in 1992, the present day winemakers are making good on that tradition.

The wineries involved in the 2019 blend for the 2021 Grampians Grape Escape Barrique auction include:


Adam Louder  Mount Langi Ghiran

Justin Purser  Best’s Wines

Leigh Clarnette  Clarnette & Ludvigsen Wines

Simon Fennel  Montara Wines

Tom Guthrie  Grampians Estate

Andrew Toomey  Miners Ridge

Shane Goninon  Mountainside Winery

Adam Richardson  ATR Wines

Simon Clayfield  Clayfield Wines

Andrew Davey Melbourne Polytechnique


The Grampians wine region is one of Australia’s most historical and acclaimed wine regions. The soils can range from grey-brown and brown loam to red sandstone and red clay quartz.


The start of the Great Dividing Range, by the 1880’s the region was famous for its sparkling wines, but it was soon realised that the cool climate viticulture, influenced by the Grampians mountain range, could also produce wines of intense varietal definition.


From famous sparkling wines to the region’s signature Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Dolcetto, the region’s award-winning wines are nothing short of spectacular. All Grampians wines are renowned for their ageability. Shiraz the region’s signature variety.


From the quirky to traditional, each cellar door offers a unique experience – from classic wine tastings and sales, to cheese platters, great coffee and local produce. It is the diversity the Grampian’s award-winning wineries that makes touring the Grampians wine region so appealing.