Breathtaking landscapes, premium cool climate wines, colourful food culture and striking seasonal contrasts distinguish the Alpine Valleys region. It is situated in the north-east of Victoria and its neighbours are the Beechworth and King Valley regions. The long, moderate growing conditions produce high-quality grapes with intense fruit flavours and natural acidity.

 

The region is one of the most visited regions in Australia, with many incorporating cellar door visits during skiing holidays to the Alps. The trail of friendly cellar doors allows visitors to experience the deep, seamless reds and crisp elegant whites, alongside the region’s bounty of local gourmet produce. 

36° 31'S
Latitude
150-320m
Altitude
425mm
Growing season rainfall

Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz

Full-bodied, earthy red wines are produced at lower altitudes. These wines can be rustic, savoury and full flavoured.

Chardonnay

Produced for sparkling and table wine, the style depends in part on the altitude which it is grown. For use as a sparkling wine, the grapes will usually come from higher altitude vineyards. These wines are growing in reputation. Many producers have also produced consistently well-flavoured and structured still wines.

Merlot

This is a variety that is planted primarily in vineyards of higher elevation. The elevation gives these wines a sense of elegance and refinement.

Others

In common with its neighbour, King Valley, this region is increasing its plantings of interesting Italian varietals such as Sangiovese, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Marzemino.

Top varieties grown in Alpine Valleys
Climate
  • As with all alpine areas, the climate is strongly Continental, with spring frost the major viticultural hazard, followed by autumn frost prior to harvest. 
  • Site selection on hillsides with good airflow minimises the level of frost risk.
Soil
  • The soils in the four major valleys are all formed on river deposits from similar rocks – mostly granite from the Ordovician period. 
  • Although many different soil subtypes exist in the region, ranging from sandy loams to red-brown duplex soils, all have good structure. 
  • The common feature is above-average fertility, which promotes generally high yields which must be carefully controlled on some sites to ensure optimum quality.