Just a little further north is the better known Macedon Ranges Region, but the climate at Sunbury is notably cooler and drier.
This is another Australian Wine region with a two part history - see box at right.
Wineries that survived the phylloxera scourge of the 19th Century fell victim to economic forces in the 1920s when there was little demand for table wine.
The modern Sunbury wine region dates from the mid 1970s. The Goona Warra winery, like Craiglee, has been resurrected. In Goona Warra's case this case the hiatus was a hundred years.
The region stretches westward from the Hume Highway across to Bacchus Marsh. To the north is the Macedon Ranges Wine Region and to the South is Melbourne Airport and the ever encroaching suburbs.
The topography is undulating basalt plains intersected by sometimes steep river valleys. These give some small pockets of land with quite distinct microclimates.
The climate is cool, but marginally warmer than the Macedon ranges, and slightly more continental than some of the other Port Philip Zone regions.
Cool climate shiraz and Chardonnay are the most common wine types found here but a few wineries are starting to diversify into more innovative varietal wines. Picolit, grown by a Witchmont, is a northern Italian white wine variety which is used (in Italy at least) to make sweet white wines.
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