The warmer regions of Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Western are best known for their rich red wines. The warm climate wine regions in these states of Australia produce wines that are full of generous flavour and softness – all thanks to their warm and dry growing season. Without further ado, let’s have a look at the warm climate wine regions of Victoria.
Goulburn Valley (Elevation 130-300m)
Goulburn Valley is in Central Victoria about 100 km north of Melbourne and 50 km east of Heathcote. Home to the world’s oldest (and largest) plantings of Marsanne, the region experiences wildly fluctuating temperatures during the growing season. The region also excels in Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Popular Wineries: Tahbilk, Mitchelton
Heathcote (Elevation 130-300m)
Situated between Central Victoria’s Bendigo and Goulburn Valley regions, Heathcote has made a name across Australia for its rich, velvety and spicy Shiraz. Look out for Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Merlot, and Chardonnay too.
Popular Wineries: Jasper Hill, Shelmerdine, and Heathcote Winery.
Pyrenees (Elevation 350-450m)
Home to diverse microclimates, Pyrenees land can cultivate a wide range of grape varieties. Perhaps the greatest strength of this region is its spicy and savoury red wines. White varieties including Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay grow well here too.
Popular Wineries: Dalwhinnie, Blue Pyrenees, Redbank, Taltarni.
Grampians (Elevation 240-350m)
Famous for its natural beauty, Grampians is primarily a red wine region. Its wines are worthy of a single note too, such is their power, elegance, and ability to age. Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz lead the way in this Victoria region followed by white varieties such as Riesling and Chardonnay.
Important Wineries: Best’s, Seppelt Great Western.
Rutherglen (Elevation 160m)
Based in north-east Victoria, Rutherglen is best known for its diligently crafted fortified wines that have gained international reputation. The innovative spirit, and the uniqueness is seen not only in Rutherglen fortified wines but also in the wide range of varieties and styles it produces. Apart from Rutherglen Brown Muscat and Muscadelle, the region also excels in Durif, Riesling, Chardonnay and sparkling Shiraz as well.
Popular Wineries: Campbells, Chambers Rosewood, Stanton & Killeen, Morris.