With its varied microclimates and soil types, the western region of Victoria produces an assortment of wines and covers a vast geographical area. Winemakers in the Pyrenees offer excellent, dry, red wine varieties such as cabernet sauvignon, while the Grampians region is renowned for its shiraz. Enjoy the delectable wine and take in the spectacular scenery of the region, including the natural beauty of landmarks such as the Great Dividing Range, scenic lookouts in Halls Gap and the Avoca Chinese Gardens.
With more than 150 under vine, the wineries of the Pyrenees region thrive on the brown loamy sand soils and mid-lying valleys. The terroir offers pockets of red sandstone that provide flavoursome white varietals that showcase a rich, mid-palate wine. Greatly affected by the varying seasons, the Pyrenees is best known for its shiraz that highlights sweet and rich fruit flavours. This bright palate changes in irregularly cool years, which produces a more peppery finish that’s most commonly associated with the northern and eastern regions of Victoria. As one of the most important producers of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz varietal wines and their mixes, the Pyrenees region of Victoria is a pinnacle of Australia’s winemaking industry.
Immerse yourself in the beauty and winegrowing history of Victoria in the Grampians region. With a number of wineries, both new and old, the picturesque area prides itself on its olive groves and award-winning vineyards. Step into the past at Seppelt’s underground cellar that holds wine of up to 150 years old and is an integral part of Australian winemaking history, or head over to Best Wines where you can admire its old and obscure vines. With many amazing winemakers in its history book, the great conditions and potential of the Grampians region offers some of the best wine in the country.