Spotlight On The Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley, located just 50 kilometers away from Melbourne, is a beautiful region characterized by rolling hills, vineyards, and some of Australia’s best food and wine.

It is not surprising that the Yarra Valley has become a popular tourist destination, as well as a local one, given its long viticultural heritage and the important role it has played in food production, tourism, and wine exports since the 1800s.


The Yarra Valley’s rich history

In 1838, the first vines in the Yarra Valley were planted, but it wasn’t until the 1860s-1870s that the art of viticulture really began to take hold in the area. Due to the increasing demand for fortified wines, the Yarra Valley was forced to stop its wine production in Yarra in 1921. In 1937, due to the Great Depression and adverse conditions, vineyards were converted to pasture.

Did you know that the Yarra Valley was Victoria’s first wine-growing district, with a history dating back 180 years?

This dry spell was not permanent. In the 1960s, viticulture re-emerged in the area. The early 1990s marked the peak of Victorian wine production from the 19th century.

The Yarra Valley timeline has reached a new high. There are now more than 80 vineyards in the region, each contributing to its international reputation as a region of first-class wines.

Cool Climate Wines at their Best

The Yarra Valley, renowned for producing world-class wines in a cool climate, is best known for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and other grapes that make up approximately 60% of the total production. You’ll always be able to find Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

Chardonnay from the Yarra Valley is considered to be its best grape variety. A new lighter style, with less oak, has been developed in this region. The Sauvignon Blancs from this area are characterized by a fruity generosity and a roundness that is different than the South Island flavors of New Zealand. Victoria produces a variety of flavors, including tropical fruits, guavas, and cape gooseberries.

You’ll find a variety of wines in the Yarra Valley, including Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio (but in smaller quantities), Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Rose, and Sparkling Wine.


Must See Yarra Valley Attractions

There are many other attractions in the Yarra Valley, including the Yarra Valley Dairy and Yarra Valley Choclaterie and Ice Creamery. There are also many beds and breakfasts in the area, as well as day spas and day tours to show you all the highlights of the Yarra Valley in a short time.

Did you know the Yarra Valley is flanked on three sides by the Great Dividing Range, the Dandenong Ranges, and the Plenty Ranges? The Yarra Valley is literally in the middle of Victoria’s most famous areas.

Book a two-day or full-day wine tour today with Australian Wine Tour Co if you are ready to explore the Yarra Valley.

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