Saturday, 20 September 2014

WINERIES AROUND MELBOURNE

Victorian wine is wine made in over 600 wineries across the State. Victoria has more wine producers than any other Australian wine-producing state but ranks third in overall wine production due to the lack of a mass bulk wine-producing area like South Australia's Riverland and New South Wales's Riverina.

Viticulture has existed in Victoria since the 19th century and experienced a high point in the 1890s when the region produced more than half of all wine produced in Australia. The phylloxera epidemic that soon followed took a hard toll on the Victoria wine industry which did not fully recover till the 1950s.

Today winemaking is spread out across the state and features premier wine regions such as Heathcote, Rutherglen and the Yarra Valley. Single varietal wines produced in the region include the Australian mainstays of Shiraz and Chardonnay as well as the more obscure Viognier, Pinot noir, Graciano and Tannat. The style of wine ranges from full body red wine to Madeira-like fortified wines such as Liqueur Muscat.

This is a small vineyard in Kangaroo Ground, a town in Victoria, Australia, 26 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the Shire of Nillumbik. At the 2011 Census, Kangaroo Ground had a population of 1,015. The gently rolling hills and fertile land ensure good harvests and lovely wines. A short drive away from the City makes this area easily accessible.

This post is part of the Scenic Weekends meme,

and also part of the Shadow Shot Sunday meme.




1 comment:

  1. There is nothing quite as satisfying as driving around the Victorian countryside, stopping at vineyard shops, tasting their wines and taking up beautiful bottles. Spouse and I did it in Napa Valley as well - the countryside was just as beautiful but the wines were not quite as drinkable as ours.

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