With over 800 wineries and 600 cellar doors in Victoria, any wine-lover living or visiting this fantastic state will not be disappointed. There’s plenty of wine to pick from, and you’ll find everything from Pinot Noir down to Chardonnay. Tracing back to the mid-19th century, it is easy to see how Victoria has become such a massive producer of quality wine. Swiss settlers started planting grapes way back then, leading to the wines we know and love today.
That said, if you want to take your wine adventures in Victoria to a whole new level, it pays to know the main wine regions here that you can raise your glass to:
Sunbury is one of Victoria’s oldest wine regions. Luckily for you, it is also near Melbourne airport—only 10 minutes away. As such, if you are looking for a place that’s truly rich in wine history, you don’t have to travel far.
Going back to the 1860s, Sunbury is well known for its volcanic soil and dry climate, both of which are perfect for growing Shiraz and many other fruity varieties. Popular and established wineries you will find here include the Goona Warra, the Craiglee, and the Galli Estate, all of which are great wineries to pay a visit to. If you want something a little more award-winning, then you will look for a certain Witchmount that boasts the 2004 Estate Shiraz, which was on the top spot of Shirazes.
2. Yarra Valley
If you want to go to a place where Victoria’s entire wine industry can be traced, look no further than Yarra Valley. Started back in 1838, Yarra Valley was where the first vine plants were planted in Australia. However, there have been rough patches to start. Back then, with no thanks to pests and changing tests, many of the vines were removed in the late 19th century. It was only until the 1960s that wine production was truly established.
Today, Yarra Valley is home to over 300 vineyards and 160 wineries. It offers cool climates perfect for growing grapes to produce wine, such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, two of its most popular wines. Other wines produced here also include Shiraz, but not as many as the two previously mentioned wine types. If you are looking for a stunning place to visit here, there are plenty of wineries to pick from, such as Sutherland Estate, Oakridge Wines, and more!
3. Macedon Ranges
While not as popular or as rich as the other regions here, the Macedon Ranges still boasts its fair share of wine-producing expertise, offering a climate that no other region can match.
Resting from 350 to 700 meters above sea level, the Macedon Ranges is known for its cool grape-growing climate. In fact, it is the coolest climate to be found in the entire region here. While this, unfortunately, means that the wine produced here is quite limited, it is nevertheless wine that we all love to enjoy. These conditions are perfect for popular foods like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz. However, native to the Macedon Ranges is a native sparkling wine, aptly named Macedon. If you are looking for stunning wineries to visit here, you can check out places such as the Hanging Rock Winery, Granite Hills, and more!
You can visit many other regions here in Victoria, such as the Mornington Peninsula, the Geelong and the Bellarine, and more. Regardless, Victoria has to be your go-to place if you are a wine lover. Many regions here are well known for their wine production, and almost anywhere you go, there will always be a nearby winery to visit that will bring you an incredible experience. That said if you are looking for a great way to maximize your wine adventures here, opt for a wine tour. As the name suggests, you get to tour with an expert guide to visit different wineries and taste different wines, offering you a stunning experience to enjoy the rich and wonderful produce of the land that is Victoria.
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