The Henty brothers arrived in Portland Bay in 1834 in the schooner “Thistle” and established the first permanent European settlement in Victoria. They also brought the first grapevine cuttings to Victoria, according to the Thistle’s cargo manifest. The Hentys helped to develop south west Victoria into a renowned pastoral and agricultural region – now an emerging viticultural area which bears their name.
The climate is characterised by cold, wet winters and warm, dry summers followed by a long cool autumn ripening period. Grapes ripen later here than in many other wine regions, resulting in superb intense varietal flavours.