Victoria has a lot to offer and with Metro Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in Covid 19 lockdown again it seems like a good idea to tour (virtually) and share some of our local Victorian wines especially for those of us who cant explore the wineries ourselves.
This week we are going to focus on wines from the Yarra Valley. Although the vines don't look as lush and green as this now (its pruning season) we have been lucky to be blessed with some gorgeous lockdown sunsets to enjoy whilst sipping a lovely drop.
The cool climate region is so diverse it is hard to make any black and white observations when you consider the influences from the Mediterranean and Continental climates. Varying soil types, varying rainfall, winds and temperatures all contribute to the fantastic wines that are produced. All this is what makes the Yarra Valley as a wine region so exciting.
Did you know it was way back in 1838 the Ryrie Brothers planted Victoria's first vineyard at Yering Station and in 1845 the first Yarra Valley wine was made by James Dardel. By 1892 Yering Station won a Grand Prix at the Paris Exhibition, it was the ONLY wine in the Southern Hemisphere to do so. Now with that kind of local history how could we not want to try what the region has to offer?!