Regional Info

       
 

Just one and a half hours leisurely drive north from Melbourne, the timeless countryside of the Strathbogie Ranges lies waiting to be discovered. The entire region is easily accessible from the Hume Highway between Avenal and Violet Town and Maroondah Highway between Yea and Merton. It offers a diversity of experiences with in a landscape of rugged hills, majestic vistas, spectacular rocky outcrops, magical forests, waterfalls and ferny glades. Though there were vineyards in the Strathbogie Ranges in the early 20th century, none survived, the region's modern wine history dates from the mid 1970s when Dr Peter Tisdall planted a vineyard on the granite escarpment of Mt Helen, high above Avenel.

       
 

The region has recently been recognised in its own right, obtaining official recognition in 2001. At present there are approximately 7 wineries, 26 vineyards covering approximately 1500 hectares in the Strathbogie Ranges Wine Region. Situated in Central Victoria, the vineyards range from 150m to 650m in altitude and soil types vary widely throughout the region. The soils of the Ranges, generally granitic and rather acidic, are deep, moderately alluvial or colluvial sand and sandy loams, containing ironstone gravel and quartz over clay. These differences in the meso-climate result in a diversity of styles of wine throughout the region. The vineyards endure a long, cold growing season. These wines reflect the climate and are crisp, fresh and deliciously aromatic. Elegance is seen as the essence of their wine.