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Best’s Of Great Western 150th Anniversary at Jimmy Watsons


Fireworks were extremely proud to be working alongside Best’s of Great Western for their 150th Anniversary celebration. The celebration included a Wine Tasting and Book Launch held at the Melbourne institution, Jimmy Watsons.

The intimate Wine Tasting was held in the afternoon on Wednesday the 18th of May, with the Book Launch in an adjacent room in the evening.

The tasting was a huge success, with a guestlist of 16 wine media tasting iconic wines dating back to 1967. Viv Thompson, alongside six winemakers led the tasting from past to present to celebrate 150 years of winemaking excellence.

The winemakers took the guests through their favourite vintage, sharing stories of their time on the estate. The media experienced a vertical of special release wines, including some that will never be tasted again, making it a truly unforgettable experience.

That evening, the 150th Anniversary Book Launch was held upstairs at the iconic venue. The event welcomed close friends of Best’s Winery to celebrate the special occasion.

The 75 guests listened to owner Viv Thompson speak briefly on the history of the winery, its achievements and thanks to guests for their attendance. Nicolas Brasch, the author of the Best’s 150th coffee-table book,  then spoke on the of honor meeting the Thompson family and creating the book for them. Brasch then read the introduction excerpt.

Afterwards guests enjoyed canapes and Best’s wines as they celebrated the milestone with the Thompson family.


Best's Red  Media James Kilmartin Sparkys Block Shiraz Tasting Mat Viv Thomson and Chris Thomson Wine Line Up Wine Tasting 2 Wine Tasting Winemaker Panel L to R Justin Purser, Adam Wadewitz, Hamish Seabrook, Viv Thomson, Sandy Mast, Michael Unwin, Simon Clayfield Winemakers L to R Simon Clayfield, Hamish Seabrook, Viv Thomson, Michael Unwin, Sandy Mast, Justin Purser, Adam Wadewitz

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