Swept with chilly Antarctic winds from the Southern Ocean, Henty is amongst the coolest and Southern most wine regions of mainland Australia. Laying claim to just 180ha under vine, it stretches down to the coast from prime merino and cattle country of the Western Victorian hinterland.
An extreme climate of challenging conditions means Henty is cold and overcast for much of the year. The maritime influence offers protection from frost and soils vary from fertile black volcanics to red-brown clays.
Seppelt pioneered cool climate viticulture with the establishment of the Drumborg vineyard at Henty in 1964. The ground-breaking vineyard was planted with the express purpose of providing the highest quality sparkling wine grapes.
It is testament to an ongoing tradition of innovation and pursuit of excellence. Early sparkling varieties including Ondenc, Sylvaner and Chasselas have now given way to classic Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The original planting of Seppelt Drumborg Riesling still survives. It has stood the test of time and remains revered for great finesse and longevity. Aromatic Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir also enjoy a reputation as some of Australia's finest cool climate, single vineyard wines.