Yarra Valley Wine History

The Yarra Valley is Victoria's first wine growing region with the earliest plantings of vines taking place in the late 1830's.Over the next 30 to 40 years the wine industry grew strongly with many new wineries being established. Household names were established during this early period including Yering Station, St Hubert's, Yeringberg, Yering Farm, Stringybark Creek etc. However, increased demand for fortified wine especially from the Rutherglen region saw Yarra Valley wine production cease in 1921. Dairying quickly came back into production with the heavy soils and above average rainfall favouring this industry.

Dairying and beef production continued on for the next 40 years or more till in the 1960's wine plantings started all over again.

Replanting began in the late 1960s and by early 1990, the area under vine passed the high point of the 19th century period. The Yarra Valley is now recognised as one of Australia's foremost cool climate producers, capable of making classic styles from a wide range of varieties. New wineries included Tarrawarra set up by the Besen family, DeBortoli's, Fergusson's etc.

The wine industry has some well-known varietals staring in numerous wine show awards including sparkling wines, fine Chardonnays, Pinot Noir; world class Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, the list goes on. There are now around 80 wineries in this distinct cool wine region of Australia

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