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The Yarra Valley is the best known region within Port Phillip in the state of Victoria in Australia. Port Phillip is often referred to as the “Melbourne Dress Circle” due to the trend toward small scale “boutique” wine-making that is showcased in the city’s bistros and winebars. The Yarra Valley is the clear star of the Port Phillip wine scene.

It’s one of the country’s oldest regions, with the first grapes brought over and planted in the 1880s. Though it managed to escape the Phylloxera louse infestation that ravaged Europe’s vines and also those in some parts of the country, it still experienced a lull starting in the 1920s due to the trend in big, fruity and fortified wines. But it came back big time in the 1960s and 70s with wine-makers focusing on quality, starting with Wantima Estate and followed by Fergusson, Yarra Yering, Seville, Yering Station and Chateau Yarrinya (now De Bortoli) and others.

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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Coldstream Hills

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

  • Yarra Track Winery Pty Ltd

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

  • Sticks

    Sticks Yarra Valley is beautifully situated on a single site in the picturesque Yarra Valley, an ...

  • Giant Steps Winery Pty Ltd

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

  • Graeme Miller Wines

    Winemaker & Viticulturist Graeme Miller is one of the pioneers of the 1960s/70s rebirth of the Y...

  • 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...

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Yarra Valley on Snooth

  • Yarra Yering Dry Red No.1 Yarra Valley Victoria Bottle 2007

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  • Yes, their wines surprised me. The chardonnay too. I expected nice wines ... ... ... PNS, so much so that the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula have been forgotten. TAS PNs while good, I kinda scratch my head as to why they command a premium over the other parts of AUS. I'll post up the article once I'm done with i Read More

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  • To be honest, I don't have a favourite from Rochford because I can't say I was impressed with any of their wines. They're good drinking, BBQ quaffers.. but nothing outstanding.There are lots of other wines from the Yarra which offer much more in the same price bracket. Especially from the 2012 vintage. I guess that's one of the key differences: ... Read More

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  • Have had both the NV and the vintage brut several times. Relatively easy to find up in Japan, where I currently reside. Haven't had the blend with shiraz in it but even before your warning I wouldn't have particularly wanted to.In this marketplace, view it as a step up from most cavas and proseccos (though not the very best of them). I haven't h... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Domaine Chandon, Yarra...


  • You seem to like the pinot noir from this winery quite well. Would be interesting to hear more about their history with that varietal, as well as PN's experience as a whole in Oz! Don't hear so much about it, across such a large continent, except maybe down in Tasmania. NZ steals the show, as far as the world's knowledge of antipodean PN... Read More

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  • Thanks for taking the time to write this up. Which wine was your favorite?Can you put their wines in context with other Yarra offerings? And other regions of Oz, too, for that matter? Read More

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  • Rochford Winery hosts the biggest annual concert event in the Yarra Valley, A Day On The Green. Headline acts this year include Mariah Carey, Jimmy Barnes & The Living End, Paul Simon & Sting.It's one of the first big wineries that you'll pas by as you drive into the valley, and it's big enough to offer segway tours or a dawn balloon ride. Rochf... Read More

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  • An Australian leaf from LVMH’s portfolio, the little brother of Moet & Chandon, Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot and the beautiful Krug. It’s almost like the outfit that the rest of the family kinda ignore. Not to be confused with Domaine Chandon in the Napa Valley, but they have the same parents anyway. Domaine Chandon does benefit from French winemaker... Read More

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  • Hi everyone, after another long bout of absence, back posting a couple of ... ... ... Noir producers from the Yarra Valley, located in a sheltered pocket of the valley floor. One of the dwindling number of original family-owned wineries in VIC.US distributor is The Wine Angel. *I have no financial interests in the winery or the distributor*Ta... Read More

    Forum post in the topic TarraWarra Estate, Yarra...


  • Yes Emark, baseball is played here in Australia, and the left field is the same ... same ... vignobles of the Yarra Valley, and Adelaide Hills were represented by Coldstream Hills and Shaw &Smith, respectively. Notably absent were Mornington Peninsula, Macedon, Geelong (?Too snobby or ?too short of wine to send up to Queensland.)Alas I didn't ... Read More

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