Bendigo Wine Region
The Bendigo Wine Region in Central Victoria is famous for its red wines, chiefly Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, but in recent years a wide rang of wine grape varieties have been introduced.
The region is bounded to the West by the Pyrenees Wine Region, to the South by the Ballarat and Macedon Ranges Wine Regions and to the east by the Heathcote Wine Region.
Wine and Gold
The history of the Bendigo Wine Region follows a familiar pattern. As one of the major goldfields in the mid nineteenth century the city was quickly established and surrounding land was settled.
Weather in Bendigo
As the city grew a considerable number of vineyards were planted, often by German or French settlers.
When the easily obtained gold ran out the diggers looked for other occupations, such as farming. Some
planted Bendigo's first vineyards.
By 1880 there were about 600 acres under vines in the district, but they were all wiped out before the end of the century by the Phylloxera infestation, and the economic situation.
Modern Era of Bendigo Winemaking
In the late 1960s Stuart Anderson pioneered the rebirth of the wine industry in this region with the establishment of the Balgownie Vineyard. Others have followed so that there are now over thirty wineries in the region. Like the nearby Heathcote region, Bendigo produces wonderful shiraz.
Very little white wine is produced here. In the early days of the revival Pinot noir was planted but was generally found to be unsuitable.
Alternative Varietal Wines in Bendigo Wine Region
Ansted and Co Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier |
Avonmore Estate Sangiovese, Viognier |
Balgownie Estate Viognier |
Bendigo Wine Estate Petit verdot, Verdelho |
Big Hill Vineyard Verdelho |
Blamires Butterfly Crossing Viognier |
Blanche Barkly Refosco |
Chaperon Wines Grenache, Mourvedre |
Connor Park Barbera, Durif, Marsanne, Mourvedre, Sangiovese |
Glenwillow Vineyard Barbera, Nebbiolo |
Guildford Vineyard Viognier |
Harcourt Valley Cabernet franc, Malbec, Meunier |
Kangderaar Vineyard Gewurztraminer, Touriga |
Langanook Wines Viognier |
Old Loddon Wines Cabernet franc |
Passing Clouds Cabernet franc |
Pengelly Lane Wines Moscato Giallo, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Verdelho |
Pondalowie Malbec, Tempranillo, Touriga, Viognier |
Pyramid Gold Mourvedre |
Sandhurst Ridge Nebbiolo |
Sheer Drop Pinot gris |
Sutton Grange Winery Aglianico, Fiano, Sangiovese, Viognier |
Tannery Lane Nebbiolo, Sangiovese |
Turners Crossing Vineyard Picolit, Viognier |
Waterwheel Wines Malbec, Roussanne |
Welshmans Reef Vineyard Tempranillo |
Yandoit Hill Winery Arneis, Barbera, Nebbiolo
Visiting the Bendigo Wine Region
It is feasible to visit this region as a day trip from Melbourne. Many of the wineries are within two hours drive from Melbourne. However a better option is to say overnight for a day or two either in the historical gold era city of Bendigo or in nearby Castlemaine or just outside the region) in the spa resort town of Daylesford.
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