Wine Regions Around Bendigo
Victoria is Australia’s most innovative and dynamic wine state, over the last 40 years it has grown to an extent where it now houses half of the country’s wine producers. It still produces less wine than South Australia but is more discerning about the quality and types of wine produced. Nearly all the wineries are small-medium with the emphasis on quality boutique production. Despite being the smallest state, Victoria has 21 wine regions spread around six zones; Port Phillip, NE Victoria, SE Victoria, NW Victoria, Central Victoria and SW Victoria.
This is the nearest wine region to Melbourne, and one of the State’s oldest. It’s cool climate with a variety of soil types ensures that the wines produced in Sunbury are elegant. The wineries are very historic and are ideal for visiting and sampling some of the celebrated Shiraz.
Only an hour from Melbourne, the area is famous for it’s wonderful green scenery and beautiful pristine beaches which draws tourists from far and wide. There are more than 50 wineries and cellar doors where the region’s famous Pinot Noir can be bought or sampled. The cool climate is also ideal for the production of Chardonnay, but also newer regional varietals such as Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris and Shiraz.
Things tend to be more rustic around Macedon Ranges and sometimes the cellar doors are little more than shacks. But once their sample delicious exceptional quality wine made in small quantities. This region produces some of the finest sparkling wine in the whole of Australia as the region’s high altitude and cool climate is ideal for producing quality Chardonnay. Quite often this top quality wine is simply labelled “Macedon”
The region that started Victoria’s wine industry, the Yarra Valley is one of the most famous in Australia. Famous wineries such as DeBortolli, Fergusson and Yering Station can be found here. The area has diverse soils and temperate weather which attracted the early pioneers to start making quality wine back in 1838. The cellar door culture is well developed and expect top restaurants and elegant estates.
Explore the variety of landscape and diverse sub-regions in Geelong. There are vast areas of coastline coupled with volcanic plains all adding to making Geelong wines complex and sophisticated. Subtle styles such as Shiraz and Chardonnay are produced in the cooler climate. More than a century ago this was the largest grape growing area in Victoria and has seen somewhat of a revival over the last couple of decades as growers have rediscovered the rich soils and a climate that is halfway between Bordeaux and Burgundy.
Some of the wines produced in the region are award winning and regularly appear in James Halliday’s “Best of the Best” list. There are over 40 cellar doors to explore the wonderful rich and varied wines that are produced in Geelong.
If you are interested in partaking on a tour around Victoria’s wine producing areas, then a bus or coach is an ideal way to get around.
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