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Vineyard in the Yarra Valley.

Winegrowing in Victoria began in the 1840's near Melbourne in the Yarra Valley and Geelong regions and for several decades afterward enjoyed a golden age of winemaking.

Later, economic conditions and plant diseases converted most land to pasture where grapes vines once grew. The industry began to slowly revive in the 1960's, and today - with 600 wineries in 22 distinct wine regions - wherever you are in Victoria you’re never far from a winery.

Victoria's diverse climate conditions, ranging from the mountainous Pyrenees, to the northeast plains, to the ocean climes of the Melbourne area, result in an extensive range of wine varieties.

In Central Victoria, notable wine regions include Heathcote and Bendigo, the Goulburn Valley and Nagambie Lakes (Victoria's oldest wine region) and the Strathbogie Ranges wine region.

North East Victoria includes the Alpine Valleys and Beechworth, Glenrowan and Rutherglen, and King Valley. North West Victoria's distinct wine growing regions include Murray Darling and Swan Hill.

In Western Victoria can be found Grampians (and its subregion Great Western), Henty, and the Pyrenees wine region. The Port Phillip wine region encompasses five subregions clustered around Melbourne and includes the Yarra Valley, Macedon Ranges, Sunbury, Geelong, and the Mornington Peninsula.

Just east of the Mornington Peninsula lies Gippsland, one of the newest wine regions in Victoria, begun in the late 1970s and today dominated by Pinot noir and Chardonnay plantings.

More about Victoria wine around the Web:

 

Wineries, Victoria Australia - Browse for pictures and information on touring the state's wine country including wineries by region, helpful travel planners, touring maps, and ideas for offroad visits to related attractions.

Victorian wine - Check out this extensive guide from Wikipedia including a bit of history, maps, photos, and more on Victoria's many wine regions and subregions, wine varieties, with related references and resources.

 

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