Yarra Valley Wine Region

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Yarra ValleyThe first vineyard established in Victoria was at Yering cattle station in 1838 by William Ryrie. As well as Yering Station, St Hubert’s and Yeringberg were also established at this time. In the late 1800’s the Yarra Valley enjoyed international success at the European wine shows. However a combination of the temperance movement, the depression and the threat of phylloxera ended the wine industry in the valley.

Cattle breeders moved in and the production of wine was almost forgotten. In 1963 grape vines were planted again at Wantirna Estate and by the 1907’s Yarra valley had become a wine region once again. Its close proximately to Melbourne has allowed it to become a successful wine growing region that encourages tourists with the large number of restaurants and bed and breakfast facilities.

DE BORTOLI WINES;  de Bortoli wines are a third generation wine company established in 1928. The Italian families values still remain the same as the original pioneers, hard work and the sharing of good wines and good food to be enjoyed with family and friends. Their Nobel One Semillon is one of the most awarded wines in history. Most of their range has a story to tell. They have three cellar doors, at Bilbul, Yarra Valley at Dixon Creek, Victoria and Hunter Valley at Pokolbin N.S.W. Sales are available also on-line.

COLDSTREAM MILLS:  Owned by Southcorp wines Pty Ltd this winery was established in 1985. It was established to specialise in limited-production, premium quality Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot. It has since produced Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and a Merlot to their range.

DIAMOND VALLEY VINEYARDS: Established in 1976 and its first wines released in 1982 to outstanding success which has continued to grow. It is well known for its Pinot Noir. Wines are available by mail order.

DOMAINE CHANDON:  Owned by Moet et Chandon and established in 1987. Wishing to explore the possibility of producing sparkling wines outside France the owners engaged a group of experienced wine makers from Australia to find a suitable property, which turned out to be an old dairy farm in the Yarra Valley. By the early 1990’s small amounts of sparkling wines were produced and sold primarily at the cellar door. Today they produce an excellent range of both still and sparkling wines. Their cellar door facilities are Riddling Hall and Green Point Reception.

GEMBROOK HILL VINEYARD: with a back drop of the Warburton ranges this winery was established in 1983 by Ian and June Marks. Gembrook Hill is regarded as having some of the most outstanding examples of their variety in Australia. They produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and their latest Blanc de Blanc. Wines are available from their on-line cellar door.

MOUNT MARY VINEYARD:  Established in 1971, this vineyard has around 40 acres and represents 18 varieties. They sell their wines to selected restaurants and retail outlets.

OAKRIDGE ESTATE: Established in 1978 near Seville in the Yarra Valle. However it moved at the turn of the century to Coldstream. It specialises in top quality Cabernet Sauvignon. They have an excellent restaurant and welcome gusts to their cellar door which opens daily.

SEVILLE ESTATE: The first vines were planted in 1972 at the time when the Yarra valley was re-establishing as a quality wine growing region. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Rose are just some of the wines produced. They have a Restaurant/café as well as cellar door that is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm. The wine is also available through their on-line cellar door.

TARRAWARRA ESTATE: First established in 1983, it is regarded as one of the top producers of Pinot Noir in the valley. They do produce an excellent range of Chardonnay, Merlot, Blanc de Blanc and Shiraz.  Located around 5o km from Melbourne the Estate offers an I hour winery tour as well as a cellar door experience.

YERING STATION VINEYARD: An Aboriginal name, Yering was established in 1838 by Scottish-born Ryrie brothers. It houses a cellar door in the original winery building circa 1859 and opens seven days a week. It produces Voigner, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Curvee, Chardonnay and Cabernet Savignon. 

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