Goulburn Valley

The Goulburn Valley wine region is located in Victoria, north of Melbourne. The region is distinctly warm, with a typical inland valley-floor climate and substantial diurnal temperature ranges. The heat is mitigated by the abundance of lakes, billabongs and creeks associated with the Goulburn River

The GI is 9,785 km2 in size and has a total of 1,263 hectares of vineyards. The main varieties grown in the region are Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. 

1263ha
Total Vineyard Area
36° 35'S
Latitude
86-411m
Altitude
258mm
Growing season rainfall

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon grew in importance to the region as the variety become more popular in the 1970s and 1980s. Today virtually all wineries, large and small, produce a style that has ripe, warm, earthy, chocolate-accented flavours.

Chardonnay

This is a wine of rapidly increasing importance which flourishes in the region. Chardonnay is capable of producing good yields at high sugar levels, with a peachy, buttery richness attesting to the climate. Instead of being a fast developing wine, in this region Chardonnay has the ability to develop complexity and richness with age.

Marsanne

The Goulburn Valley boasts the oldest and largest plantings of Marsanne in the world. Lemon-accented, the oaked styles gain intensity and richness with age. Unoaked, the wine is delicate in its youth and can be long-lived. As these wines age, they build the honeysuckle bouquet and taste that typifies the variety.

Riesling

Despite being a region with a warmer climate, the region can produce excellent Riesling. The wines have considerable weight, with lime and tropical fruit aromas and flavours. Despite their early appeal, the wines also have the capacity to age attractively over the medium term.

Shiraz

The principal grape grown in the Goulburn Valley for over a century, Shiraz remains capable of producing a red wine of great flavour and longevity. The wines present ripe, rich fruit overtones when young and age to reveal darker fruits, with hints of pepper, dark chocolate, soft supple leather and earth. 

Top varieties grown in Goulburn Valley
Climate
  • The region is distinctly warm, with a typical inland valley-floor climate and substantial diurnal temperature ranges.  
  • The heat is mitigated by the abundance of lakes, billabongs and creeks associated with the Goulburn River.  
  • Abundant water for irrigation and loose textured sandy, gravelly soils typically produce generous yields without compromising colour or flavour. 
Soil
  • The soils vary widely, falling into three principal groups. There are the usual red and brown sandy clay loams of south-eastern Australia, plus yellow-brown clay loams and gritty, gravelly quartzose sands laid down by the Goulburn River. 

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