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Both the climate and soils of this region are strongly influenced by the Mt Camel Range which runs from Corop in the north to Tooborac in the south, providing natural tunneling for the prevailing cool south to south-east winds that blow throughout the growing period from October to March. The result is summer temperatures that are two to three degrees lower than the peaks for nearby Bendigo, and a cooler mean January temperature. Rainfall is surprisingly evenly spread during the year and, thanks to the hillside location of most of the vineyards, spring frost is seldom a problem. While there is, as usual, significant soil variation in the region, the slopes of the Mt Camel Range comprise a superb red soil with fine structure overlying uniformly textured red calcareous sodic clay soils. Confusingly for laymen, these soils are known as Cambrian Greenstones and in their local manifestation as the Heathcote Greenstone Belt. – Description from Wine Australia

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