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There is a distinctive cast to this gold country; a wiry toughness, a slightly parched feel with old tailings dumps and hillocks marking long-abandoned mines. Following the discovery of gold in 1851, both gold and grapes were the region's driving economic forces throughout the 19th century. The arrival of phylloxera in 1893 marked the end of the grape era though gold sputtered on into the 20th century. It was not until 1969 that vines reappeared. Since that time the Bendigo region has re-established itself as a foremost producer of rich, concentrated red wines based on Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Though the terrain is undulating and small, generally dry, creek beds are relatively common (Mount Alexander being the only significant variation in altitude), the north of the region is generally lower in elevation. Some care is needed in site selection to minimise the risk of spring frost, but the absence of readily available water for irrigation is the major limitation on viticulture. There is Read more »

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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