Famed throughout the country for being one of the best wine regions in Australia

The Yarra Valley is renowned for its collection of award-winning wineries, sprawling green hills, and countless food stores scattered about.  The diverse climate in the region along with the different types of soil means it’s one of the only parts of the country that’s able to produce a wide selection of world-class wines. Famed for being a wine lover’s dream, the valley is the perfect spot for a day or weekend escape from the bustling city of Melbourne.It is known in particular for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which represent more than 60% of the total production in the region, but there are plenty of other wines of the Yarra Valley to try out.

While visiting the wineries, guests can learn about the local production and get a better understanding for the different types of wine-making. All the while tasting Victoria’s incredible and unique wine, ranging from red to white to rose!

The Different Wines of the Yarra Valley

  • Chardonnay

    This variety of wine is known as the valley’s premium grape variety. Over the past few years, there has been a resurge in interest in it, and new varieties that are lighter and less oaky have started to emerge. Today, the Chardonnays of the Yarra Valley have increased citrus notes and are slightly more floral than their past counterparts.

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    The sauvignon blancs of the Yarra Valley are rounded in flavour and include notes of fresh tropical fruit, like guava and cape gooseberry. Some of the producers in the region utilise aged oak barrels to provide a more savoury flavour, which makes the wine ideal for drinking alongside food.

  • Pino Gris/Pino Grigio

    The Pino Grigios of the Yarra Valley are lighter, drier, and slightly crispier than the Pino Gris, but both are made in the simplest way in region. Because of this, they’re often the most affordable varieties, despite promising an elegant, fresh flavour.

  • Pinot Noir

    Going from whites to reds, Pinot Noir is perhaps the most popular red wine in the valley. The varieties from the region are often perfumed and aromatic, whilst also boasting fruity, savoury, and earthy undertones.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    Cabernet Sauvignon varieties are more often than not produced in the warmer parts of the Yarra Valley. The best versions of this red wine have an aromatic flavour which is created by aging them for 10-20 years.

  • Shiraz

    Like the Cabernet Sauvignon varieties, Shiraz wine is produced in the lower parts of the valley where the climate is considerably warmer. There are two styles of Shiraz in the valley – the classic variety and “Syrah”, which is more medium-bodied and a little on the smoky side. The classic Shiraz’s from this part of Australia are elegant and flavourful.

The Yarra Valley is the ideal place to taste a wide selection of wines and discover the unique winemaking process that goes into producing some of the most flavourful varieties of tipple in the country.

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward began with a passion for travel and turned it into a thriving tourism business. He co-founded Sightseeing Tours Australia after starting out as a tour guide in Melbourne. Cameron delights in helping visitors get the most from their trip to Australia. Whether he's leading tours or writing about his favourite places, Cameron loves sharing his local insight with fellow travellers.

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