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Vines were first planted in this region in 1848, and after 150 years of fitful development the Pyrenees has finally assumed its proper role as an important producer of full-bodied red wines based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. This has come about not only because of the existing wineries, the biggest investment being the Blue Pyrenees Estate with 177 hectares (437 acres), but also because of major vineyard developments such as the Southcorp Glenlofty Vineyard development at Elmhurst - plantings which no doubt help satisfy export demand for red wines of this particular style. Chardonnay also does well; producing wines of considerable complexity and is joined by Sauvignon Blanc in cooler vintages. The name of the region suggests dramatic mountains whereas, in fact, there are modest slopes and gentle, discrete valleys and sub-valleys. It is a picturesque area, with many differing vistas. The altitude of the vineyards varies from 203 metres to 460 metres (666 to 1509 feet). The net result of a Read more »

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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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