The Wine Regions of Melbourne – The Taste of True Victorian Wine

From the lush valleys to the surf coasts of Melbourne’s outer suburbs, the winery’s brew unique flavors of wines that are truly distinct from one another based on their climates and geographical aspects. The scenic wine country is a short drive from Melbourne where five regions produce unique blends of ‘Shirazes’, ‘Pinots’ and ‘Chardonnay’s’ varieties. Here are the wine regions to try out the best Victorians wines around Melbourne.

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

Yarra Valley and Dandenong are spectacular in every way but are ranges that are not limited to its exquisite Victorian wines alone but bountiful organic vegetables and fruits, fresh fish, dairy products, and pasta and preserves. The diversity of its soils and weather temperament blends into the taste of its wines since the start of its industries in 1838. A glass of wine with a meal is no exception but a norm in this richly elaborate region which spreads from the hills and vast vineyards of Yarra Valley to the misty ranges of Dandenong.

Hidden amidst the vineyards of Yarra Valley are fine architectural establishments and rustic sheds that house fine varieties of cellar doors that have set out an international benchmark for premium wines. These vintage cool climate delicacies such as ‘Chardonnay’ and ‘Pinot Noir’ can be tasted around the picture-perfect village of Maryville and Healesville, Hill countries around Nillumbik, Hurstbridge and KangarooGround. The warmer climate of the region has been found suitable for ‘Shiraz’ and ‘Cabernet’ and testing grounds on ‘Roussanne’, ‘SauvignonBlanc’, ‘Marsanne’ and ‘PinotGris’. The wines of Yarra Valley has won international wine competitions and has expanded its markets in producing ‘SparklingWines’ as well.

Mornington Peninsula Region

A much loved holiday destination, the Mornington Peninsula is just an hour away from Melbourne where it houses the birth of wines such as the good old ‘Pinotnoirs’ and ‘chardonnays’ to the newer ‘Pinot Gris’, ‘Shiraz’ and ‘PinotGrigios’. The hinterland villages of Balnarring, Merricks, MainRidge and Moorooduc and Red Hill and coastal Dromana boasts of diverse topographies, climates, land, and soil that brings in the taste of differently styled wines.

 

Treat yourself to an afternoon of wine tasting and a meal at a celebrated restaurant or stay in at hotels in Mornington Peninsula Victoria for complete wine tours that can even be done by horseback.  More than 200 premium wines from around 50 wineries can be tasted during the winter wine weekend at Red Hill.

Macedon Ranges Wine Region

The misty valley of Macedon is adorned with rocky outcrops and countryside landscapes along with volcanic soils and greenery that houses hidden vineyards that produce some of the most extraordinary sparkling wines of Australia and is known for its‘CabernetSauvignon’ and ‘Merlot’ wines. Additionally, the cool climate contributes to a decent production of ‘Chardonnay’, ‘Pinot noir’ and ‘Shiraz’ as well. Small-scale, family-owned wineries produce gewürztraminer, pinot blanc, andlagrein. Make sure to visit Hanging Rock, Curly Flat and Granite Hills to wet your taste buds with the finest wines of the region.

Geelong Wine Region

Back in the 1800’s, Geelong was the largest grape-growing regions in Victoria. The regions notable wines, such as the ‘Rieslings’, ‘RieslingsViogniers’, ‘PinotNoir’ and ‘Chardonnay’s’ have achieved international recognition for its quality and constantly tops some of international best seller’s listings.

Over 40 cellar doors are open for tasting and many wineries have cafes and Restaurants attached to them. The annual ‘Toast to the Coast’ celebrations held over the months of October/November provides space to meet with the winemakers of Geelong at the wineries from the Bellarine and Moorabool Valley.

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