Goulburn Valley Wine Region

The Goulburn Valley Wine Region in Central Victoria Zone includes the land surrounding the lower reaches of the Goulburn River until its confluence with the Murray River.

Monichino Wines is one of the pioneers of this region

The central Victorian Zone

This Zone is a officially designated area under Australia's Geographical Indicators system. It is situated on the slopes and plains on the inland side of the Great Dividing Range.

There are five regions and a subregion:

The major provincial City of Shepparton is at the centre of the region. Seymour is at the southern end of the region while its northern boundary stretches along the Murray River from Yarrawonga to Echuca.

The southern and eastern parts of the region are comprised of the gentle foothills of the Great Dividing Range.

The Nagambie Lakes Wine Region is a sub-region of the Goulburn Valley Wine Region, and is treated with its own page on this site.

Downstream of the Nagambie Lakes the Goulburn River flows through flat countryside until it meets the Murray River just near Echuca.

Much of the land is given over to mixed farming, irrigated agriculture with extensive orchards and dairy farming. Viticulture occupies only a tiny fraction of the land.

Most of the wineries in the region are relatively new. 

Alternative varieties in The Goulburn Valley region

  • Brave Goose Vineyard Gamay, Malbec, Viognier
  • Broken River Vineyards Chenin blanc, Grenache, Mourvedre
  • Cape Horn Vineyard Durif, Marsanne, Zinfandel
  • Dookie College Winery Tarrango
  • Longleat Wines Garganega
  • Monichino Wines Barbera, Durif, Orange muscat, Pinot gris, Sangiovese
  • Mt Samaria Vineyard Pinot gris, Tempranillo
  • New Glory Durif, Mourvedre, Petit verdot, Sangiovese, Verdelho
  • Noorilim Estate Viognier
  • Silver Wings Winemaking Mourvedre
  • Tallis Wine Company Sangiovese, Viognier
  • Trifon Estate Marsanne, Sangiovese

Visiting The goulburn Valley

The wineries of the Goulburn Valley are easily visited via a day tour from Melbourne. Its proximity to the Hume Highway means that travellers between Melbourne and Sydney can make a short detour to the region. From Melbourne the region is accessed via the Hume and Goulburn Valley Highways.

You can find the best deals for accommodation in this region via Vinodiversity's Wine Hotels Page.

Other wine regions nearby include Heathcote, Perricoota, (just across the Border from Echuca) Rutherglen and the Strathbogie Ranges.

Want to learn About Australian wine regions?

You can learn about the wine regions and the wineries in them in in James Halliday's Wine Atlas of Australia

This comprehensive book includes clear maps, notes on the climate, soils and history of each region as well as notes on the varieties used and wine styles along with a description of the iconic wineries in each region.

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