The pursuit of Pinot perfection

The Yarra Valley was Victoria's first wine growing district with a history stretching back 170 years and is known as the birthplace of Victoria's wine industry. Vines were first planted in 1838 and viticulture spread rapidly through the 1860s and 1870s. However, increased demand for fortified wine saw Yarra Valley wine production cease in 1921. Replanting began in the late 1960s with pioneers like Dr Bailey Carrodus, Dr John Middleton and Guill de Pury laying the foundations that have led to the Yarra Valley being recognised as one of Australia's foremost cool climate regions, capable of making classic styles from a wide range of varieties.

In addition to the second-wave of pioneers, the Yarra Valley is now also home to a bold and exciting new breed of revolutionary winemakers who are pushing the boundaries of grape growing and winemaking, while respecting the traditions of this beautiful region. The regional emphasis on the quality and flavour of the wines has spread to the local produce grown and tended in the same fertile soil, making the region a little slice of food and wine paradise.

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Yarra Valley
Yarra Valley
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2,150ha
Total vineyard area
17-1338m
Altitude
37° 49'S
Latitude
559mm
Growing season rainfall
18.9°c
Mean temperature (Jan)
1,301
Heat degree days
Climate
  • Difference in altitude and aspect leads to substantial variation in mesoclimate
  • Even warmest sites are relatively cool
  • Mean January temperature in Healesville is 19.4°C
  • Of the annual rainfall of 1160mm only 200mm falls between October and April
Soil
  • Grey-brown sandy loam with a mix of rocky clay sub-soil. Derived from the ancient sandstone of the Great Dividing Range
  • Younger red soils of volcanic origin

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