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The Beechworth Wine Region in North Eastern Victoria is relatively new, but it is growing steadily in the number of producers and reputation.
The climate is quite cool, especially for those vineyards higher up the slopes, vineyards are planted at altitudes between 300 and 700 metres in this region. The topography and soil types are mixed. As is the case in the nearby Alpine Valleys and King Valley wine regions there is a wide variety of microclimates which dictates careful site selection to avoid areas prone to killing frosts in the spring.
As was the case in other gold towns a thriving wine-growing industry developed in the latter half of the 19th Century only to wither away in the following decades.
Modern viticulture got going in the 1980s with the establishment of Giaconda, Sorrenberg and Pennyweight wineries.
The Beechworth wine region has built its reputation on high quality, and high price, wines made from Chardonnay and Pinot noir. The Sorrenberg vineyard is also noted for its Gamay.
There are only about a couple of dozen or so wineries in the Beechworth region, but there is a disproportionate dose of innovative spirit among the growers and winemakers. This is reflected by interest in organic and biodynamic principles used in several vineyards and there is quite a degree of interest in using new and alternative varieties.
Amulet Vineyard is leading the way with a substantial range of alternative varieties. The Morris family at Pennyweight Winery produces some excellent Sherry-style fortified wines to add to the diversity of wine styles produced in the region.
Over recent years more wineries are using the Nebbiolo variety which is obviously suited to the terroir here.
But the Beechworth Wine Region's future will be driven by the innovative winemakers and the excellent wines that are being produced.
The town of Beechworth is a well-preserved gold era historic town with many tourist attractions and facilities.
Its location near other tourist precincts, and conveniently situated near the main Sydney-Melbourne route is a valuable asset.
The steady stream of tourists coming through the cellar doors will no doubt underpin the continued success of the wineries in the region.
You can find plenty of accommodation options in this region. But it is quite popular so you will need to book in advance. Vinodiversity's Wine Country Hotels Service will help you find the best offer in the best place.
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