Yarra Valley Wine Region

The Yarra Valley is one of Australia's most well known and loved wine regions both nationally and internationally. The area is just one hour drive from Melbourne with most properties centred around Coldstream, Healesville, Yarra Glen and the historic town of Lilydale. The Yarra River flows through the centre of the region on its way to Melbourne.

In 1837 three brothers Ryrie established a cattle property called Yering Station. They also planted vines, this planting was recorded as the first in Victoria's history. Although the area was internationally acclaimed it still took a major hit in the depression of the 1890s. It was not until the 1960s that the wine industry in the Yarra Valley was resuscitated and then further brought to life in the 1980s. By this point hundreds of hectares of land are under the vine and millions of dollars invested in wineries and tourist facilities.

The key reds of the region include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. The popular white varieties are Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Marsanne, Riesling, Semillon and Verduzzo.

The area is thriving with visitors each year who enjoy the many cellar doors, historical highlights, beautiful country and fine dining. Yarra Valley Wineries & Vineyards and Yarra Valley Accommodation.

Geelong Wine Region

The Geelong region is fairly new to modern winemaking. The vineyards were originally established in the 1850s but due to an outbreak of phylloxera they were destroyed. It was not until the 1960s that the vines returned to the region. Although young in winemaking terms the region has shown great promise in their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and more recently their Rieslings and Viogniers.

The region is located on the western side of Port Phillip Bay and is bordered by Little River to the north and Leigh River to the west. The Geelong region has three unofficial sub-regions -

Moorabool Valley is the most inland of these sub-regions. Weather is harsh here but the grapes produced show incredible character. The soils are much like the famed terra rossa soils of Coonawarra, red-brown topsoil on a limestone base.

The Bellarine Peninsular sits to the south east of the Geelong township. Cellar doors are a feature down the Peninsula.

Surf Coast-Anglesea sub region is home to some terrific vineyards and some of the country's best surfing beaches. Most of the vineyards are inland of Torquay. Geelong Wineries & Vineyards and Geelong Accommodation.

Macedon Ranges Wine Region

Located just a quick 40 minute drive North West from Melbourne are the Macedon Ranges. The vineyards and wineries of this region are around the towns of Daylesford, Gisborne, Glenyon, Kyneton and Lancefield. The region is superb in summer with fresh warm air in the day and refreshingly cool nights. The winter months are somewhat colder and this ice cold climate is responsible for producing high quality sparkling wine. Other fine examples found in the area are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.

These boutique wineries focus on quality and not quantity. It is a wine lover's paradise as one can discover splendid wines created by hands-on little known producers. There are a number of cellar doors which also serve a variety of platters and meals. Accommodation facilities in the area range from vineyard stays to B&Bs to hotels and motels. Macedon Ranges Wineries & Vineyards and Daylesford Accommodation.

Mornington Peninsula Wine Region

The Mornington Peninsula wine region starts just an hour south of Melbourne at Mt Eliza and encompasses the whole peninsular. Most of the vineyards and wineries here are small but are garnering a good reputation for producing the following varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Viognier.

This is not only a wine region but also a popular getaway spot for Melbournians. Come weekend or school holidays many families retreat to the beaches along the Peninsula. Visitors are also visiting the many cellar doors, boutique wineries and fine restaurants of the region. Mornington Peninsula Wineries & Vineyards and Mornington Peninsula Accommodation.

Sunbury Wine Region

The Sunbury wine region is a hop, skip and a jump north west of Melbourne Airport. The region extends to Bacchus Marsh and encompasses Diggers Rest, Keilor, Rockbank and the township of Sunbury.

The key wines of the area are traditional varieties Chardonnay and Shiraz. Other lovely wines grown in this area are Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Shiraz. You can try these wines at the cellar doors which are conveniently located just off the Calder or Melton Highways. Sunbury Wineries & Vineyards and Sunbury Accommodation.

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