The first Victorian grapes were planted in the Yarra Valley in 1838, making it the oldest wine region in Victoria. Less than an hour’s drive from the Melbourne CBD, the diverse region now consists of over 80 wineries, all contributing the Yarra Valley’s reputation for producing world-class, cool-climate wines. Made up of over 3,600 hectares under vine, the Yarra Valley’s climate, soil and local creatives work to strengthen the bond between wine and the land it originates from. It is one of the few regions with the ability to produce a wide array of world-class varietals.
“Melbourne is ringed by the Yarra Valley, the Mornington Peninsula, Geelong, South Gippsland, and Macedon. The wineries here enjoy a range of climatic conditions all cooler than those of Bordeaux, variously cooled by altitude or maritime influences. Pinot noir and chardonnay are the dominant varieties, capable of producing wines of world class. Cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot also flourish, particularly in the Yarra Valley.” – Jancis Robinson, The Oxford Companion to Wine
Replanting began in the late 1960s and by the early 1990s; the area under vine passed the high point of the 19th century. The Yarra Valley is now recognised as one of Australia’s foremost cool climate producers, capable of making classic styles from a wide range of varieties.
It is impossible to favour a single variety as the star performer – since the Yarra Valley offers: sparkling wine; fine Chardonnay; complex Pinot Noir; world class Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.