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Yarra Valley Wine Region

January 31, 2019

Explore the regions perfect Pinot Noir, luxurious accommodation, superb restaurants and so much more!

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In this article you will find:

  • Where is the Yarra Valley region?

  • The climate

  • The varietals grown within this region

  • Upcoming events in the Yarra Valley

  • Yarra Valley wineries featured on CellarSpace


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Where is the Yarra Valley?

Only an hours drive from Melbourne CBD. With over 70 wineries in the Healesville area alone, and so many more in the entire Yarra Valley region, there is something for everyone. Whether you are looking to relax, catch up with friends or celebrate an anniversary or birthday, this region has everything.

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The Climate

Even the warmest sites in the Yarra Valley are relatively cold, due to the variation in altitude between the vineyards. This altitude difference results in a variation in characteristics in the climate from one vineyard to another otherwise known as Mesoclimates.

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Altitude

The altitude between the vineyards can range between 50 - 350m. When you think about that difference, the changes in climate can be quite big leading to different growth rates, harvest times and so much more.

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The Varietals

Due to the diversity of climate, the Yarra Valley is able to produce a wide array of world class wines with something for every wine drinker to enjoy. It is renowned for producing world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with these two varieties representing over 60% of the total production. Premium Sparkling styles are also associated with the cooler climate and warmer, lower altitude vineyards are well suited to Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

Pinot Noir

The essence of Pinot Noir wine is its aroma of strawberry and cherry, underpinned in the most complex examples by hints of forest floor. Well built Pinot Noirs, particularly from the warmer harvests, also exhibit notes of leather and violets, sometimes approaching the flavour spectrum of Syrah.

Chardonnay

The worlds most famous wine grape and also one of the most widely planted. Describing the flavour of Chardonnay is not an easy task and due to the high level of winemaker involvement, Chardonnay has become known as the “winemaker’s wine”.


Upcoming wine events in the Yarra Valley

Lotus Flower Season (27th dec 2018 - 15 April 2019)

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Regional world’s Longest Lunch (15th March in Coldstream)

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Kellybrook Cider Festival (4 may - 5 may at Kellybrook Winery & Distillery)

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Photo from Kellybrook Winery

Shortest Lunch (TBA - June)

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Photos From Wine is a Verb

Yarra Valley Oktoberfest ( TBA - October)

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Photos From Melbourne Showgrounds and Melbourne Presents

Shedfest (TBA - October in Warburton)

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Photo From Visit Yarra Valley

Wandin Silvan Field Day (11 oct - 12 oct)

Marysville Jazz and Blues weekend (18th - 20th October in Marysville)

Australian Sparkling Wine show (TBA - August in Marysville)

Healesville music Festival (15th - 17th November in Healesville)


Explore the Yarra Valley on CellarSpace