Fratin Brothers Vinyard
Fratin Brothers Vineyard is nestled between the rolling hills and picturesque surrounds of the Great Dividing Range in Western Victoria, 50 km south east of the Grampians National Park. With viticulture background and a strong family tradition the vineyards were planted by Dino and Michael Fratin in 1998, thirty years after their father Serge and his brothers Don and Lino established the well renowned Mt Langi Ghiran Vineyards.
Shiraz cuttings were taken from Mt Langi Ghiran and planted with the initial idea of selling the grapes to neighbouring wineries, but with the exceptional quality of the grapes and encouragement from a family friend and local winemaker, the brothers followed in their father’s footsteps making wine under the Fratin Brothers label. Serge still oversees the vineyard operations today combining years of viticulture expertise and careful nurturing of the vines to continually produce fruit of premium quality.
Shiraz & Chardonnay vines along with the traditional European variety's Sangiovese & Tempranillo make up the 8-acre boutique style vineyard. The high altitude, and cool summer nights allow for a long and gradual ripening season allowing for slow berry development. With a commitment to quality we continually ensure that the vineyard produces lower yields of the highest quality. We also source grapes from quality Grampians vineyards to supplement our Copes Hill Range of wines.
The wines are made in shallow, open top fermentation tanks, the skins hand plunged to extract intense colour, then basket pressed and the wine allowed to settle before being stored in a variety of American and French oak then carefully blended to produce award winning wines. Traditional winemaking methods and minimal handling of the wines allow us to capture the true characteristics and intense flavours of the vineyard.