The Alpine Valleys wine region is a relatively new wine region in the North Eastern Victoria Zone.
Like the nearby King Valley Wine Region, there is a variety of climates from the relatively warm valley floors to quite cold areas further up the slopes.
So with careful site selection grape growers can select from a large number of wine varieties which they can cultivate successfully. And, as we shall see, there are some innovative producers here who are at the cutting edge of the varietal revolution taking place in the Australian wine industry.
The region consists of the valleys of four rivers, namely the Buckland, Buffalo, Keiwa and Ovens. As the name suggests the valleys are part of the Australian Alps and are close to the ski resorts of Mt Hotham, Mt Buffalo and Falls Creek.
The wine industry is no doubt helped by the steady stream of tourists all year using the Great Alpine Road connecting NE Victoria to the Gippsland Lakes region.
The wine industry is one that has benefited from the winding down of the tobacco industry centred around Myrtleford. The influence of the Italian heritage of some of the grape growers and wineries shows up in the use of Italian varieties.
I have a Pinboard showing some of the wineries in Victoria who use alternative varieties.
There are plenty of reasons to visit the Alpine Valleys wine region in all four seasons. In winter the area provides the gateway to the Victorian snow resorts. In spring and summer there are opportunities for bushwalking and sightseeing in the alpine forests and high plains meadows. The townships of Bright and Harrietville are busy tourist resorts which are particularly popular in the autumn when the deciduous trees are showing their glory.
This means that whenever you visit the region you will have a great choice of accommodation, restaurants and tourism related activities.
There is a plethora of accommodation choices. How can you sort out where to stay. Even with the internet you can spend hours trying to find the best deal from the
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