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Goulburn Valley Wine Region

Goulburn Valley Wine Region

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

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.

Central Victoria Zone

This area is on the slopes and plains on the inland side of the Great Dividing Range.

There are five regions and a subregion:

Bendigo Region
Heathcote Region
Goulburn Valley Region
Nagambie Lakes-Sub Region
Strathbogie Ranges Region
Upper Goulburn

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

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 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. A few are following the lead of other warmer wine regions in using Verdelho to produce white wines.

Sangiovese, Tempranillo and some of the Rhone varieties seem to have a place in this region as well. Tallis Wines were finalists in the Victorian Wine Regions Showcase for their 2005 Dookie Hills Viognier.

Some of the wineries producing wine from alternative varieties include

  • Beechwood Wines Verdelho
  • Brave Goose Winery Gamay
  • Broken River Vineyards Chenin blanc, Grenache, Mourvedre
  • Cape Horn Vineyard Durif, Marsanne, Zinfandel
  • Cynergie Wines Tarrango
  • Dookie College Winery Tarrango
  • Gentle Annie Verdelho
  • Hankin Estate Verdelho
  • Heritage Farm Gewurztraminer
  • Hopwood Winery Sangiovese, Verdelho
  • Jaengenya Vineyard Colombard, Durif
  • Monichino Wines Barbera, Orange muscat, Pinot gris, Sangiovese
  • Mt Samaria Vineyard Pinot gris, Tempranillo
  • New Glory Durif, Mourvedre, Petit verdot, Sangiovese, Verdelho
  • Noorilim Estate Viognier
  • Strathkellar Chenin blanc, Grenache, Mourvedre
  • Tallis Wine Company Sangiovese, Viognier
Note: the wineries in the Nagambie Lakes sub-region are described on a separate page

Visiting the Region

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 Goulburn Valley Highway.

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

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