A perfect escapade for every wine lover, the renowned Yarra Valley wine region is known for its outstanding cool climate wines in the country. Located 45 km to the east of Melbourne’s CBD, it’s bordered by Kinglake, Gembrook, Whittlesea and Mount Gregory from four sides. With its unique location and geology, the region is no less than a gift of nature to the ever growing wine industry.
Through the Years of Yarra Valley
One of the oldest wine region in Victoria, the Yarra Valley saw its first plantings in the year 1838 which gave way to a growing viticulturist tradition. However, in 1921, there was a growing demand for ‘fortified wines’ in Australian wine markets which completely changed the scenario.
Thanks to the great viticultural renaissance which began in the late 20th century. It was during this time that the region was replanted with plentiful vineyards than ever before. Presently, Yarra Valley comes unger GI which allows its wines (containing at least 85% of the regional fruit) to legally reserve the use of regional name.
Exploring the Unique Terroir
The Yarra Valley wine region enjoys diverse geological conditions. A proximity to the sea along with an elevation ranging from 50m to 1250m results in a combination of continental, maritime and cool climate which defines the region.
The ancient mountain-driven soil towards the north mirrors a charming history of place. Evidences of broken sandstone dispersed in the soil adds to its richness. The other major soil type which forms the Lower and Upper valley is much younger and highly friable.
Known for some of the finest wines, the region stays dominated by Chardonnay followed by the production of Pinot Noir. Together they make for 60% of the total harvest. Yarra Valley’s Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz stand no behind. The region is also known for the famous Bordeaux style Sauv Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Merlot blends. What makes the region more likely are the premium range of Sparkling and Rosé wines.