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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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Sticks

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

  • Yarra Vale

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

  • 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...

  • Yarra Track Winery Pty Ltd

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

  • Giant Steps Winery Pty Ltd

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

  • Coldstream Hills

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

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  • Coldstream Hills Chardonnay Yarra Valley 2015

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    some herbs on nose; sweet, yet with hints of herbs and oak Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • GregDean is a good bloke and yes does make some good wineUnfortunately history ... many small regions  - Yarra Valley, Mornington, Macedon Ranges, Beechworth, - these make excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay  with some example of cool climate Cabs and shirazesadd in Great Western for spicy shiraz, rutherglen for ports, muscats and TokaysNSW ha... Read More

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  • The top producers are very goodMargaret River  - bottom South West Corner ... [Southeast of Melbounre and Yarra Valley [Northeast of Melbourne]\Lots of producers have vineyards in both locations the ones above are excellent, throw inMain Ridge - MorningtonTarrawarra  - Yarra ValleyYarra YeringAdelaide HillsShaw and Smith M3Bird in Hand Net Egg... Read More

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  • Leeuwin makes several that I've had and tried and for my money they are tops in Australia.  Vasse Felix makes a solid entry level Chard and an even better Hatesbury.  Oakridge Estate makes a couple of chards that I've had in the past also -  but I like Yarra  Valley offering the best. Read More

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  • Mount Mary Pinot Noir 2013

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    Grown at about 250' in a warmer year. Lovely dried cherry notes with bright acid, a pretty wine. Tasted at IPNC 2016 Master Class, Australia: Pinot noir in the Antipodes. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Coldstream Hills Deer Farm Vineyard Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Vic 2015

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    Grown at 1200' and aged in 50% new oak puncheons. From a "perfect" vintage. You but elegant. Would like to see what this is like in 5 years. Tasted at 2016 IPNC Master Class, Australia: Pinot noir in the Antipodes. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Mac Forbes Woori Yallock Pinot Noir 2014

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    A lively young wine from a cool vintage. Grown at about 400', south facing. Strawberry on the nose. No new oak, a little whole cluster. Tasted at IPNC 2016 Master Class, Australia: Pinot Noir in the Antipodes. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Mac Forbes Wines Yarra Junction 2014

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    Wine review by anchca


  • Interestingly, found a Montebello edged out a Dunn from the same mature vintage recently, though both could've been WOTN, with very tough competition from the Musigny. Two meals, one seafood and white, the 2nd red meat and red wine. Every single bottle gets my *buy* recommendation. Interestingly, was down in the tropics just north of the equator... Read More

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  • Coombe Farm Chardonnay Yarra Valley 2011

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    Really like the velvety, buttery feel on the palate Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


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