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Historically, Cabernet Sauvignon was the most important variety in the Yarra Valley, harking back to the 1830s when grapes were first planted by the pioneers of Yarra Valley wine. While Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have eclipsed Cabernet Sauvignon in popularity over the last 20 years, Cabernet Sauvignon is making a comeback and is appreciated by those seeking wine with elegance and finesse. Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is internationally recognised offering wines of pedigree, reflecting the belief of iconic wineries like Yarra Yering, Mount Mary and Yeringberg who planted this variety over 50 years ago. The more modern style of Cabernet is a wine of approachability at a younger age yet still with the power to age for many years.
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.