Goona Warra Vineyard Pty Ltd

+61 (3) 9740 7766 790 Sunbury Road
Sunbury, 3429
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One of the first permanent European settlements in Victoria occurred at Sunbury in 1836. The first grapes in Victoria were planted by some Swiss settlers near Geelong in 1842. Remarkably, by 1876 Victoria was producing half a million gallons of wine a year, up from just 11,000 gallons in 1856. Much of this wine was exported to the UK, earning Victoria the title “John Bull’s Vineyard”. Whilst the discovery of gold in 1851 brought an influx of diggers (hence the hamlet “Diggers Rest” near Sunbury) and associated riches, the remarkable growth in wine production was due in large part to Sir Charles Gavan Duffy and his “Duffy Land Act” of 1862. The Land Act sought to encourage closer agricultural settlement by offering smaller allotments of between 40 and 640 acres for sale by auction with a reserve of only £1 per acre. Although businessmen and politicians, who were far from the target market, largely took advantage of the scheme, it did achieve its purpose of breaking up the vast squatters Read more »

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  • Rousanne

    History of the grape: Roussanne likely gets its name from the light brown color of its skin (“roux” in French). Rouss...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • 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...

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