Geelong Wine Region

Geelong Wine Region

Geelong Wine Region is located about an hours drive to the South West of Melbourne Victoria.

Geelong was a premium wine region in the gold rush era from the middle of the 19th Century. Like several other Victorian wine regions during that time there were several Swiss vignerons who had an influence on the region.

Then in 1875 the wine louse Phylloxera was discovered at Fyansford in this region and all the vines were removed in a vain attempt to stop the pest.

The vineyards were not replanted, primarily for economic reasons. Demand for Australian table wine was in the doldrums for the next eighty years, and there was more money to be made from other agricultural industries.

From a wine point of view, Geelong was a forgotten area. In 1973 Len Evans compiled the Australia and New Zealand Complete Book of Wine. The only mention of vines in the Geelong area referred to plantings at Dromburg, hundreds of kilometres away. But in fact the revival of fortunes had started in the late 1960s with the establishment of the Anakie vineyard and the Idyll vineyard.

The revival

After nearly a century, the Australian wine industry was revived, and the Geelong region is now starting to regain its reputation. The climate is cool and many of the vineyards, particularly those on the Bellarine Peninsula, benefit from a cooling maritime influence during summer and autumn.

Most Geelong region wineries are of boutique scale. Pinot gris is the most common alternative variety, perhaps reflecting the penchant for Pinot noir in the region and because vignerons can see the success that this variety is having in the Mornington Peninsula just across the Port Philip Bay.

Planning a wine tour of the Geelong wine region is easily done. While the region can be visited as a day trip from Melbourne there are plenty of accommodation and fine dining options that could induce you to stay for an extra day or two.

Wineries in the Geelong Region with Alternative Varieties

Amietta Vineyard Carmenere, Lagrein | Austin's Wines Pinot gris, Viognier | Baie Wines Pinot gris | Banks Road Pinot gris | Barwon Ridge Wines Marsanne | Bellarine Estate Durif, Pinot gris, Viognier | Bellbrae Estate Moscato, Roussanne | Bromley Wines Pinot gris | Brown Magpie Wines Pinot gris | By Farr Viognier | Ceres Bridge Estate Nebbiolo, Pinot gris, Tempranillo, Viognier | Clyde Park Vineyard Pinot gris | Curlewis Winery Pinot gris | Del Rios Marsanne | Dinny Goonan Family Estate Malbec | Eagles Rise Pinot gris | Grassy Point Coatsworth Wines Cabernet franc, Malbec | Jack Rabbit Vineyard Moscato, Pinot gris | Jindalee Estate Gewurztraminer, Moscato | Kilgour Estate Pinot gris | Kurabana Pinot gris | Lethbridge Wines Carmenere, Nero d'Avola, Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Viognier, Zinfandel | Leura Park Estate Pinot gris | Marcus Hill Vineyard Pinot gris | McGlashan's Wallington Estate Pinot gris | Mount Anakie Biancone, Lexia | Nalbra Estate Pinot gris, Viognier | Newtons Ridge Pinot gris | Oakdene Pinot gris | Peninsula Baie Wines Pinot gris | Pettavel Petit verdot, Viognier | Pollocksford Vineyards Chenin blanc | Provenance Wines Pinot gris, Viognier | Rowsley Fault Vineyards Gamay, Graciano, Grenache, Mourvedre, Pinot gris, Viognier, Zinfandel | Scotchmans Hill Pinot gris | Shadowfax Vineyard and Winery Cinsaut, Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Viognier | Spence Wines Viognier | Staunton Vale Vineyard Petit verdot | Tarcoola Estate Muller Thurgau | Terindah Estate Picolit, Pinot gris, Zinfandel | The Minya Winery Gewurztraminer, Grenache | Vinous Australia Tempranillo | Waurn Ponds Estate Petit verdot, Viognier | Waybourne Pinot gris, Trebbiano | Winchelsea Estate Pinot gris | Wyuna Park Vineyard Pinot gris

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