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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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Varietals Produced in Yarra Valley View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

Popular Wineries in Yarra Valley View all

  • 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...

  • Yarra Track Winery Pty Ltd

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

  • Coldstream Hills

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

  • 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...

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Yarra Valley on Snooth

  • 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


  • De Bortoli Petite Sirah 2009

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    Well-balanced lighter red. Good buy. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • The following post is straight off my blog. I think it's worth making a ... both the Peninsula and the Yarra Valley and this climactic upswing was captured astutely by the winemakers. On a slightly conservative note, after tasting the first two Pinot Noirs from the 2006 vintage, I am not convinced wines from this region are made to aged past a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic South Pack - Pinot Noir and...


  • Yering Station Pinot Noir-Yarra Yalley 2008

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    This is fruity and stemmy on the nose with a delightful aromatic profile that blends sour cherry and raspberry jam with a hint of cinnamon and a handful of sage and bay leaves. Crisp on entry with nice, juicy acidity and stiff little tannins, this shows off early cherry pit, dried herb and old wood flavors before laying on some gentle cranberry ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Little Yering Pinot Noir Australien Yering Station 2008

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    Heavy in oaky/vanilla aromas, with strong notes of peaches and red fruit coming out, along with menthol. The body attacks smoothly and gently, with light rounded acids, which are pleasant and contribute to the apricot notes on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Innocent Bystander Pinot Gris Yarra Valley 2011

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    Quite ripe on the nose with slightly waxy yellow fruits that quickly turn a bit flat and herbal with air. Soft and broad in the mouth with a nice mineral edge and good clarity, though this is a bit thin on the mid-palate. The acidity really drives this, lending the wine citric and slightly bitter apple peel flavors and a nice mineral wash to the... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Innocent Bystander Chardonnay Yarra Valley 2010

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    It really shows that this is from cooler-climate Victoria in Australia's south & should silence those who still believe Australia's chardonnays are big & rich. This is reminiscent of Meursault or Sonoma chardonnay: fresh pineapple nose & palate leads to a delicate nutty finish which is long for the price. Read More

    Wine review by Lindy Hemsley


  • Dominique Portet Champagne Blend Yarra Valley Brut Rose Ld NV

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    AUD$24. A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this is a simple straight-forward sparkling wine that passes for a no-brainer in terms of casual drinking. Salmon colour or given its French heritage il de perdrix, coarse mousse texture, it exudes aromas of red berries and red currants. 13% alc. Very taut on the palate, clean flavours and finishes d... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang


  • Domaine Chandon Chardonnay Carneros 2009

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    Nice balance, there is some but not too much oak or butter. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Little Yering Pinot Noir Australien Yering Station 2008

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    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


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