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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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  • Yarra Vale

    Yarra Vale Wines is a boutique vineyard that is aimed at producing wines for the discerning wine ...

  • Giant Steps Winery Pty Ltd

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

  • Sticks

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

  • Yarra Track Winery Pty Ltd

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

  • 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...

  • Graeme Miller Wines

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

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  • I am another Aussie and I think you may have drunk your Leeuwin too young, or perhaps the bottle had been heat affected in transit? Why not try the same winemaker's Prelude Chardonnay? The price will be reasonable, and the fruit more accessible. If you like super premium Chardonnay then Rick Kinzbrunner's Giaconda Estate, Cullen's Kevin John, Mo... Read More

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  • JD: Wha?  I was linking to an Aussie wine, I think Long Shadows is ... ... the 2010 Luke Lambert Syrah Yarra Valley offers up gorgeous aromas of fresh black and red raspberry, cracked black pepper, wild flowers, and bacon-like meaty qualities on the nose. Medium to full-bodied on the palate and gorgeously balanced and fresh, this opens up in t... Read More

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  • Hey all:I've been interested in wine for a while now....we had a small ... ... small family vineyard in the yarra valley planted in 1983 with cabernet/merlot. We won a few medals at Lilydale, and stopped making wine in the early '90's selling gthe grapes firstly top Seppelts at Great Western, and the to two Yarra Valley producers. I'm semi ret... Read More

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  • Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir Yarra Valley 2007

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Hi everyone,I am a Australian wine lover and I once owned (in partnership) a Yarra Valley wine company.  We focused on Cab/Sav, Pinot and Chardonnay, it was a blast and we had some real success but I had to move to Beijing and we had to wrap up the Partnership.Anyway, I love French reds and have done a little with Lynch Bages and Domaine de Chev... Read More

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  • St Huberts Cabernet Sauvignon Yarra Valley Reserve 2001

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    Wine review by jmc7777


  • Toolangi Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Estate 2010

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    Wine review by yesterdayshero


  • Yering Station Shiraz Blend Yarra Valley Shiraz Viognier Reserve 2003

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    Wine review by amynraleigh


  • Wantirna Estate Lily€ Pinot Noir 2010

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Yering Station Pinot Noir Yarra Valley 2007

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    Mild red fruit aroma, very minerally body with bits of richer strawberry fruit coming out in the finish, which is dry with kind of a saccharine quality. Pretty typical pinot noir, light bodied. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


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