Glenrowan is one of Victoria's most historic wine regions, with production dating back to 1870. Even before Glenrowan was thrust into the annals of folklore by its association with Australia's most famous bushranger, Ned Kelly, Richard Bailey and his family established themselves in the early 1860s on their Bundarra property.
In 1866, Richard's son Varley planted vines on the rich red granite soil beneath the Warby Ranges. His fortified wines were such a success that he quickly expanded the vineyard and in the next 20 years, created a thriving local and export wine business.
This picturesque small region comprises 13 growers and seven cellar doors. Though phylloxera devastated the region in the late 1890s and early 1900s, most successful vineyards were quickly replanted with disease-resistant rootstock, and winemaking resumed. The region has a comparable climate to Rutherglen, though it has cooler temperatures in January and is generally wetter year round. The soils on the surrounding ranges are quite fertile and especially suited to vineyards and orchards. Shiraz is the main wine produced in the region, along with delightful fortified wines.