Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in Review
The Yarra Valley is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate wine region. Located approximately 45 kilometres east of Melbourne’s CBD, this large wine region is really a patchwork of meso-climates.
The varied topography in the Yarra Valley creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Given the overall area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening, site selection is crucial.
The Yarra Valley has a long history of viticulture with the first plantings established by the Ryrie brothers in 1838. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry in the Yarra Valley started up again.
Best known for producing high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends, the Yarra Valley is increasingly garnering attention for Shiraz. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.
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