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Best's Wines Pty LtdIn 1866, Henry Best purchased 73 acres of land in Great Western and a property named Concongella. With the first vines planted in 1867, Best’s became a functioning winery by 1869. Meanwhile in 1893, Scottish born William Thomson settles in the Great Western districts and purchases a winery at Rhymney. By 1907, the Best’s trademark is registered, one of the first Australian wine companies to do so. In 1913, Henry Best aged 81 passed away and was laid to rest in the Great Western cemetery. In 1920, William Thomson and son Frederick Pinchon purchase the Best’s vineyards and winery for £10,000. In 1924, William Thomson died, passing the property to his son Frederick, who looked after it during The Great Depression of the 1930s. In 1908, Frederick (Eric) Hamill Thomson was born, forming the third generation. Then in 1938, a son Eric Vivian (Viv) Hamill Thomson was born, the fourth generation of the Thomson family. Frederick Pinchon Thomson died in Hong Kong in 1949. In 1961, Viv joined the family winery for his first vintage. A son, Benjamin Hamill Thomson arrived in 1964 as the start of the fifth generation of Thomson’s. A decade later in 1974, Viv oversaw the relocation of The Stables Cellar Door to allow for expansion and the cellar door as we now know it was erected. One year later in 1975, Viv appointed the first ‘external’ winemaker of Best’s Great Western, Trevor Mast, who would go on to be known as one of Australia’s greatest ever winemakers. Viv Thomson became President of Victorian Wine Association in 1982 and continued his role as an active National Wine Show Judge. In 1988, Simon Clayfield was appointed Best’s winemaker.
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Bellbrae EstateBellbrae Estate Winery was established in 1999 on a beautiful section of rolling hills, five minutes from world famous Bells Beach, in the Surf Coast region of Victoria. Originally planted to grapes around 150 years ago by Swiss settlers, at one stage the area from Bellbrae to Geelong and beyond was one of Australia’s largest wine growing regions. For most of the 20th century, however, the land had reverted to grazing but the wonderful climate and the enticing north facing slopes led us to plant the first vineyards here for over 100 years – better late than never! The wines we produce all have strong varietal character with excellent flavour intensity. Our flagship Bellbrae Estate wines are the pinnacle of our releases. Made only in the better years they exhibit the best of our vineyards plus high levels of care and commitment in the winery. Quality French oak and traditional winemaking techniques add to the excellence of this range. They are wonderfully drinkable now but are all made to benefit from further cellaring. The Longboard range of wines are a true expression of the region with their exuberant flavours and are a great match for our local produce. Made more to drink now, they are all bursting with freshness and taste, perfect for the relaxed lifestyle we love here on the Surf Coast. Our logo, the names given to the Bellbrae Estate Wines and the image on the Longboard range highlight the extraordinary coastline we share, the incredible surf breaks and the iconic local surfers from the region.
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