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Port Phillip is a zone within the Victoria wine region of Australia. Some call it “Melbourne’s dress circle” for its trend of high-quality boutique wineries located near this major city where they are showcased in bistros and winebars. However, these wines, particularly from the Yarra Valley, have also made a splash in other parts of the world.

The Port Phillip Bay provides cooling climate conditions for most of the area, but parts further inland experience hotter weather. For this reason, the region boasts an array of styles from sparkling, to dry white to light and full-bodied red and sweet.

The subregions of Port Phillip are:

    * Geelong
    * Macedon Ranges
    * Mornington Peninsula
    * Sunburry
    * Yarra Valley

Other wineries which do not fit into these zones have cropped up outside the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and French Island, such as Cannibal Creek, Chestnut Hill, French Island Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Port Phillip View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Port Phillip View all

  • Coldstream Hills

    Since its first vintage in 1985, Coldstream Hills has grown to be one of the Australia’s leading ...

  • Feehans Road Winery

    Established in August 2000 and releasing our first wines in 2005, Feehans Road Vineyard has quick...

  • Yarra Yering Pty Ltd

    Wine was grown in Victorias Yarra Valley from the mid 1800’s through to the 1920’s and was a p...

  • Giant Steps Winery Pty Ltd

    Our winery in the Yarra Valley is home to Giant Steps Vignerons and Innocent Bystander winemakers...

  • Farrawell Wines

    A bare 30 acre block was purchased at Lancefield in 1996. With the addition of trees, dams, vines...

  • Yarra Track Winery Pty Ltd

    Yarra Track is a family owned and operated boutique winery, located in the Yarra Valley and estab...

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  • Moorooduc 'Mcintyre Vineyard' Pinot Noir Mornington Peninsula Victoria 2009


    Clear, medium dark crimson colour. Clean, youthful aromas of crushed red berries and dried cranberries, sprinkling of ground clove. A dry, med+ bodied wine with moderate acidity. This wine has a silky texture, buffered by a subtle load of grainy tannins which carry the prominant red currants and cherry flavours. Easy, long finish. 14% alc. Drink... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang

  • Little Yering Pinot Noir Australien Yering Station 2008


    Appearance: medium garnetNose: Black cherries, almost an astringent smellPalate: Gamey, dark cherries (like dried cherries), and just a hint of oak (but not much, and not as much as I wanted). The taste lingers subtly for a little while, which is actually very pleasant.Conclusion: good wine - especially at $8.99 Read More

    Wine review by Gretchen Marie

  • Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir Yarra Valley 2010


    Full of blackcurrant fruits on the nose, finely oaked on the palate, while releasing rich fruits on the aftertaste. Fine wine. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Yering Station Shiraz Blend Yarra Valley Shiraz Viognier 2008


    Truffle on the nose and spicy, with fine cedar and cigar leaf accents to the plummy, slightly pruney and fairly peppery fruit. This is opulent and fills the mouth with plummy fruit, topped by aromatic notes of cedar, mulberry and apricot with hints of green olive. The texture is lovely and ripe, but not fat or obvious. The fruit turns progressiv... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Innocent Bystander Shiraz Blend Shiraz Viognier 2007


    Floral and intense on the nose with a touch of reduction highlighting an asphalt undertone. Plenty of smoky oak, white pepper and violet notes add complexity. Soft and full on entry, a spine of acid does perk up on the mid-palate. There is ore reduction evident on the palate here, but some air helps to clear it up, revealing finely rendered blac... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Innocent Bystander Shiraz Blend Shiraz Viognier 2007


    Lilac, violet and graceful floral aromas of Viognier intermix beautifully with the heavy, black fruit from the Shiraz. A bit of savoriness makes this wine deep and complex - soft and smooth on the palette, yet finishing with a spicy kick of raspberry spice. Read More

    Wine review by KristinW

  • Green Point Shiraz 2004


    Heavy smells of blackberry and pepper. Deep reddish purple color. Slightly sweet yet very dry. This wine compliments apple smoked cheddar cheese to a mild degree. I have found that this wine is much better than expected. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Marquee Artisan Wines Signature Chardonnay Yarra Valley 2008


    This is downright oaky and smells of dried herbs and hay. Theres something vaguely mineral here, with almond husks and some heirloom apple notes too. Rather broad and caressing on the palate, this really spreads out in the mouth. While it lacks some height, it does delivere a lovely core of almond brittle, tangerine and peach fruit. Theres a tou... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Yarra Yering Dry No 1-Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Merlot Petit Verdot Blend Rot Yarra Valley 2005


    Apology that I don't know how to add a new vintage as the one I tasted is 2004 instead. It is quite perfumery when opened and at first it is quite earthy and later on with hints of bark. On the palate, it is full of dark fruits with distinctive blackcurrant. Typical Australian red with more close to elegance and subtle. 93+ points.P.S. I've got ... Read More

    Wine review by Vigasia

  • Baillieu Pinot Noir Mornington Peninsula.vic Red S 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by il vino e me

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