Bendigo Wine Region

Bendigo is a name synonymous with gold. The vineyards of this region were established to nourish the gold diggers of the 1850s and 60s, however, by the 1890s due to a plague of phylloxera wine in this area was short lived. It was not until the 1960s did Bendigo see the emergence of the modern wine industry. Since then the region has grown steadily and has become a prominent but small boutique wine region.

The region produces distinct red wines, favouring the Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. White varietals are also grown here and include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier.

The Bendigo wine region is situated in attractive bush and has a number of rivers and creeks dissecting it. The beauty combined with excellent promise of wine, food and range of accommodation make it perfect for any visitor. The region has two premier events: The Bendigo Winemaker's Festival begins at harvest end in late March and the Bendigo Heritage Uncorked in October which celebrates the region's fine wine, food and heritage. Bendigo Wineries & Vineyards and Bendigo Accommodation.

Goulburn Valley Wine Region

The Goulburn Valley wine region is situated in the north eastern corner of Victoria and is part of the Central Victorian Zone. The area includes one sub-region, the Nagambie Lakes. The main towns are Echuca, Murchison, Seymour and Shepparton and the Goulburn River flows through the centre of this region. The Goulburn Valley is known for consistently producing hearty Shiraz and full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Nagambie Lakes sub region is located south along the Goulburn River. It was determined as a sub region due to the Lakes system which is a large body of water made up of lakes, billabongs, lagoons and streams of the Goulburn River. These large bodies of water keep the region cool and many vineyards are located on their banks.

Nagambie Lakes certainly is an interesting region as its grape growing industry dates back to the 1850s. The region claims to be home to the oldest Marsanne and Shiraz vines in the world. Much of this region is influenced by France's Rhone Valley with varieties such as Grenache, Marsanne, Mourvedre, Roussanne, Shiraz and Viognier in abundance here. You can enjoy these fine wines at many cellar doors where you can dine in their fantastic restaurants and enjoy their views. Two events of note in the area are the World's Longest Lunch held in March and the Great Australian Shiraz Challenge in October. Goulburn Valley Wineries & Vineyards and Echuca & Shepparton Accommodation.

Heathcote Wine Region

The Heathcote winery region is situated between Bendigo and the Goulburn Valley and is home to some of the big names in Australian Shiraz. The landscape here is essentially Australian with Ironbark forests and tough rolling hillsides. Vineyards in the Heathcote wine region are mostly dedicated to growing Shiraz with several wineries producing award winning drops. Other varieties of note in the area including Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Marsanne, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Roussanne, Sangiovese and the Spanish Tempranillo.

The Heathcote wine region is perfect for visitors with its supreme cellar doors and short drives from Melbourne and Bendigo. There are plenty of restaurants, specialist wine stores, galleries and a range of accommodation. The Food and Wine Festival comes to Heathcote in the first week of October. Heathcote Wineries & Vineyards and Bendigo Accommodation.

Strathbogie Ranges Wine Region

The Strathbogie Ranges are located an hour and a half north of Melbourne and sits high above the Goulburn Valley. The vineyards are located from 150m to 650m in altitude which allows for a variety of cool climate wines to be grown here. The most significant wines to the region are Cabernets, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz.

Nestled in these hills is an abundance of great food choices from fine dining to cafes, great pubs and of course winery restaurants and cafes. There are also a number of pleasant B&B's, hotels and motels throughout the region. Best not to miss the Strathbogie Region Wine Show which occurs annually. Strathbogie Ranges Wineries & Vineyards and Melbourne Accommodation.

Upper Goulburn Wine Region

The Upper Goulburn wine region towers above in the Victorian High Country. Its natural beauty, high quality cool climate wines, beautiful mountain scenery and close proximity to ski fields make it one of Australia's favourite wine regions.

The wine region starts where the Goulburn River begins high in the snow capped Alps. It takes in the whole upper catchment as well as Broken Ridge's catchment. The region also encompasses Lake Eildon with its ski slope back drop.

The vineyards meet the snowline at 800m and enjoy cool temperatures and low humidity. These temperate conditions produce high quality sparkling wine, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz. Enjoy one of these fine wines amid Banjo Patterson land with some of the regions wonderful produce. In March the region displays its goods at the High Country Harvest Festival. Upper Goulburn Wineries & Vineyards and Melbourne Accommodation.

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