Wine Australia Masterclass Area :
One could argue that the Yarra Valley is the epicentre of Australian Pinot Noir and deservedly so. The Yarra Valley is blessed with a cooler climate and differing soil types that allow Pinot Noir to express itself in many different ways. Winemakers have been on a quest to allow individual expressions of Pinot Noir which lovers of this variety have been quick to embrace. An excellent food wine, that matches so well with pork and duck (including Asian inspired dishes like Peking Duck), makes it a popular wine in restaurants too. Don’t let the softer colour of Pinot Noir fool you; these are serious wines of purity, detail and power with a layered complexity that age so beautifully.
Since the first vines were planted in the mid-1800s, Australia’s Yarra Valley has steadily grown in reputation to be globally recognised as a leading fine wine region. Viticulturists and winemakers have nurtured the land and passed on knowledge to those who follow, developing a deep understanding of the region. This knowledge and maturity has instilled a sense of confidence to experiment and push the boundaries of innovation which is seen in the wines and the vast array of new and exciting regional produce. The region is best known for its superb Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, however its Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are also being acclaimed as stunning cool climate examples of these varieties.
Only one hour from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is a must visit destination. Surrounded by state forest on one side and the imposing Great Dividing Range on the other, the Yarra Valley has the enviable reputation as one of the world’s great food and wine regions. With wineries at the heart of the visitor offering you will discover cafes and restaurants, art galleries, markets, nature walks, bustling villages and a multitude of attractions scattered throughout the region. With stunning mountain views, a pristine environment and all on Melbourne’s door step, the Yarra Valley always impresses visitors from around the world.