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From our hands to yours – intensity and intimacy abound throughout the wineries of the Geelong Region.
Whether it is the distinctive maritime flavours of The Bellarine, the ancient richness of the Moorabool Valley Wine Region or the rugged, exposed coastline of the Surf Coast, the Geelong Wine Region is united by boutique, family owned winegrowers producing premium quality hand crafted wines.
With each sub region and winery displaying their own unique characteristics, visitors are invited to explore the diversity of the Geelong Wine Region's stunning scenery, touring routes and restaurants whilst sampling some of Victoria's finest cellar door experiences.
Geelong's family owned boutique operators maximise their wine's potential by hand pruning, hand picking and hand crafting their wines allowing regional characters to develop.
Areas within the region have varying microclimates influencing the depth of colour, bouquet and flavour of the wines. The Bellarine has a maritime climate with bay breeezes and spectacular views, whilst the hills and valleys of the Moorabool Valley – Anakie areas have a warm, continental style climate. The renowned Surf Coast is famous for its long summer days and cooling ocean breezes.
James Halliday in his Wine Atlas of Australia and New Zealand wrote:
"If there is a unifying feature in all of the Geelong wines, it is their strength and depth of colour, bouquet and flavour."
Not only does the Geelong wine region produce some of Australia's best wines, but the wineries are surrounded by some of Victoria's best scenery and touring opportunities.
The Geelong Wine Region. Fine wines – from our hands to yours.
The Geelong Wine Region boasts historical roots back to the early 1800's when Geelong was a booming regional centre, hub of the vast Western District trade. The planting of vines by Swiss Settlers saw Geelong and its surrounding areas emerge as the largest grape growing region in Victoria, and one of the largest in Australia.
The unfortunate introduction of phylloxera to the region in the late 1800's decimated the local industry with all vines being removed from the Region.
Wine enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, Daryl & Nini Sefton, appreciating the history of Geelong Wine and realising the opportunity to re-establish Geelong as a premium wine growing region, led the 1966 renaissance which today sees more than 60 vineyards across Moorabool Valley, The Bellarine Peninsula and The Surf Coast fulfilling the dreams of the early Swiss Settlers.
Soil and Climate
Location: 38°07’S, 144°22’E
With three distinct sub regions it is little surprise that the growing conditions and soil varies dramatically. From sandy loam, basalt plains, river loam to rich volcanic soils, a wide range of grape varieties can be grown here. Encompassing the Moorabool Valley's continental climate and volcanic history, The Bellarine's cool, maritime breezes and the Surf Coast's rugged coastline and Bass Strait winds, the growing conditions here are no doubt harsh, but this adversity is producing stunning results.
Vintage 2013 - Geelong vignerons celebrate "A little gem"
Geelong vignerons are celebrating the culmination of Vintage 2013 with the prediction that wines emanating from the region will extend Geelong’s reputation as one of Australia’s premiere wine producing regions.
Across the board, local winemakers are genuinely excited about the quality of fruit and varietal intensity from this year’s harvest. Yields were around the long term average, and vines progressed to full ripeness while maintaining good natural acidity. Earlier picked varieties, such as Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, presented well in terms of complexity, while bold varietal intensity is apparent in later ripening reds such as Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The resultant wines are already shaping up to be seriously impressive – Vintage 2013 will be an enduring, signature year for Geelong Wine.
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