BEST VALUE: Best's Great Western, Ben Thomson and father Viv Thomson. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

BEST VALUE: Best's Great Western, Ben Thomson and father Viv Thomson. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Grampians winery wins at Halliday Wine Companion Awards

Best's Great Western wins Best Value Winery at the Halliday Wine Companion Awards 2021

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The winery has some of the oldest and rarest vines in the world.

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Grampians winery Best's Great Western, which has some of the oldest and rarest vines globally, was named Australia's Best Value Winery of the Year at the Halliday Awards.

During an online awards ceremony last Wednesday night, the family-owned winery was recognised for their quality to price ratio.

Best's wine club manager Nicole Thomson has worked at the winery for 10 years and said the prices have not changed.

"The Thomson family pride themselves on delivering high-quality wine at an affordable price," she said. "Normally the awards are held at the Arts Centre Melbourne with a formal dinner but this year due to COVID-19 it was in our lounge room," she said.

"I presented the award to fourth-generation winemaker Viv Thomson and his son, managing director Ben Thomson.

"It was an informal evening but it was lovely to have all of the family there."

Halliday and a select panel of experts taste over 9000 Australian wines to create the Halliday Wine Companion, with six major awards and 16 varietal winners crowned.

Best's Wines has a 154-year history with only two families involved. The Thomson family purchased it from Henry Best's son in 1920.

"The Thomson family has owned Best's for 100 years this year, we are now up to the fifth generation," Mrs Thomson said.

"We have some of the oldest and rarest vines in the world right here. We are very lucky to have such old grapevines."

Mrs Thomson said during the COVID-19 pandemic they have focused on online sales which have increased since the win.

ANCIENT VINES: The Thomson family has owned Best's for 100 years. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

ANCIENT VINES: The Thomson family has owned Best's for 100 years. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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