Australia’s cool climate wines have become trendy worldwide. When it comes to Aussie cool climate wines, Victoria takes the lead. So, it’s time to pin down some renowned cool climate wine regions in Victoria, whose wines characters differentiate them from wines produced in warmer areas.
Yarra Valley (Elevation 50-400m)
Located near Melbourne at an hour’s drive, the Yarra Valley is known for its star varieties Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region best produces single varietal table wines and traditional sparkling blends of Noir and Chardy. Shiraz and Cabernet have also shown success in this region.
Beechworth (Elevation 400-500m)
The interest towards Beechworth has been driven by the sublime wines of Giaconda, but there are other great producers in the region too. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are particularly successful here, producing wines of complexity and elegance.
Popular Wineries: Amulet, Giaconda
Gippsland (Elevation 30-100m)
Gippsland is an emerging region developed by small family wineries. It extends from Phillip Island in the south to the southern border of NSW to its northeast. South Gippsland Pinot Noir is considered amongst the very finest in Australia. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are other primary varieties grown in Gippsland.
Popular Wineries: Nicholson River, Bass Phillip
Mornington Peninsula (Elevation 1-200m)
The Mornington Peninsula region is blessed with a cool maritime climate that’s best for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties. Besides these Pinot Gris and Shiraz from this region are also making an impression.
Popular Wineries: Paringa Estate, Stonier Wines, T’Gallant
Macedon Ranges (Elevation 500-690m)
The Macedon region is the coolest wine region on mainland Australia. The area is well suited to the production of Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay and Shiraz sparkling wines. Though table wines made from Pinot Noir have also shown success in this region.
Popular Wineries: Hanging Rock, Rochford, Mount Macedon Winery, Bindi
Geelong (Elevation 10-100m)
It was Geelong where the first commercial vintage of Victoria was produced in 1845. An outbreak of phylloxera pest put this budding wine industry on hold for almost 100 years. But, today Geelong is best known for its Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of exceptional complexity.
Popular Wineries: Austins, Bannockburn Vineyards, Jindalee Estate