Victoria Wine Region

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Victorian Wine RegionsThe Grampians and Pyrenees

The gold discovery in western Victoria in the 1850’s has been attributed to an influx of immigrants who brought vines into the country. The cool climate was perfect for vineyard to pop up in the Grampians and Pyrenees regions of Victoria.

With winters wet and cold and summers cool and dry vines struggle to survive without some irrigation. Because of the possibility of frosts in the winter the vines are planted on the slopes of the hills.

Blue Pyrenees Estate

Established in western Victoria in 1963 by a Frenchman Remy Martin. The estate was sold to a group of Australian businessmen in 2002, who continued with the tradition of producing great wines. They produce Viognier, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc and Brut to name a few.

They offer a wine club and sales area available on line.

Dalwhinnie Winery Pyrenees

Owned by David and Jenny Jones this vineyard was established in 1976 and covers an area of 44 acres (18 hectares). They produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Shiraz.

Redbank Winery

Established in 1973 and owned by Neill and Sally Robb. The cellar door is open seven day a week and offers an excellent selection of wines which include Sally Hill’s Cabernet, Shiraz and Pinot Noir, as well as Hundred Hills Chardonnay.

There is an opportunity to enjoy some of the wines offered at the Flying Pig Deli, which serves a light lunch. Group and bus bookings are accepted. Sales of wines are available on line.

Sepplets Great Western

Established in 1863 and owned by Southcorp wines Pt. Ltd. It has 700acres (320hectares) under vines. During the 1860 there were tunnels dug for nearly 2 miles (3 kms) to store and mature wines, in particular sparkling wines. The estate produces Shiraz, Sparkling Shiraz, Riesling, Cabernet sauvignon and Pinot Noir. The cellar door is open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

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