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Grape escapes

/ 30 Jul 2018
The diversity of Victoria's micro-climate wine regions offers wine lovers a tipple (or two) from the southern coast right up to the Murray River.

Less than an hour from Melbourne, visitors to the Yarra Valley can sample some of the regions acclaimed offerings such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay which take centre stage as varietal table wines or sparkling blends. 

The Winery of the Year according to 2018 Halliday Wine CompanionsSeville Estate, as well as Yering Station, Zonzo Estate, and Oakridge, are among the heroes of the region and the proximity of cellar doors to Melbourne makes a day trip convenient and achievable.

The Mornington Peninsula also offers handy ease of access and its cool maritime climate delivers similarly impressive pinot noir and chardonnay, with shiraz beginning to make an impression. 

The region is conveniently located near the beachside hubs of Portsea, Sorrento and Rye and more than 70 cellar doors open to the public ensure that wine tourists are challenged and entertained across the day, or perhaps over a weekend that also includes experiences at the Peninsula Hot Springs, Jackalope or Pt. Leo Estate.

Across Port Phillip Bay on the Bellarine Peninsula, Geelong is one of Victoria’s pioneering wine districts, with the state’s first commercial vintage produced here in 1845.

Today, the region delivers chardonnays and pinot noir, including those at Best Value Winery of the Year, Provenance Wines, with exceptional complexity and act as a gateway for visitors continuing their journey down the Great Ocean Road. The annual Toast to the Coast, normally on the first weekend in November, provides visitors with the chance to meet the makers of the area annually.

Situated between the Goulburn Valley and Bendigo regions in Central Victoria, Heathcote has made a real name for itself in recent years for its rich, velvety and often spicy shiraz. Cabernet sauvignon, merlot, viognier and chardonnay, are some of the other varietals that are also beginning to make their mark.

Not far away is Nagambie Lakes, where Mitchelton can be found, with this region home to the oldest and largest plantings of Marsanne in the world.

Victoria's Pyrenees region is home to many diverse microclimates, which allows the cultivation of a wide range of grape varieties. Perhaps its greatest strength is its spicy and savoury red wines, as well as the unique sparkling shiraz, though white varieties such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grow well here too.

The Grampians region is traditionally known for its natural beauty, but its wines are worthy of note too, such is their typical power, elegance, and ability to age. It is primarily a red wine region, but there are good examples of white varieties to be found here too.

The shiraz at Mount Langi Ghiran is iconic, as are the drops of Halls Gap Estate and Pomonal Estate.

Victoria is also home to Prosecco Road in the King Valley, where vineyards are perched on the fertile slopes above the King River. It is here that first, second and third generation Italian migrant families continue the tradition of making Mediterranean inspired drops.

Prosecco obviously takes centre stage, with Chrismont, Dal Zotto and Sam Miranda among the producers.

The coolest wine region on Australia’s mainland is also found on Melbourne’s doorstep, with the stunning Macedon Ranges suited to producing cool climate sparkling wines and table varieties such as pinot noir and chardonnay.

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