Best variety for my region

by Ken Lindqvist
(Officer Victoria 3809)

Ken asks:

I would like to plant a small vineyard in Officer near the Beaconsfield reservoir at the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges.

Can you recommend the variety that will suit this region best?

Darby replies:

I can only give some general advice about suitable varieties.

First you need to sort out

  1. Do you want to make red, white or sparkling wine?

  2. Is this a hobby or a business?

  3. Will you be making the wine yourself or selling the grapes?

The climate in your region is cool, which restricts the your choice of varieties which will ripen there.

Among the early ripening red wines are Pinot noir and Pinot Meunier. For whites the major varieties are Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Pinot Grigio.

Perhaps you can consider some less mundane varieties such as Arneis, Gruner Veltliner, Savagnin, or Gamay.

Most importantly ask the local growers and winemakers in the region. You will get plenty of advice. Some will be contradictory, but remember no two blocks of land are the same.

Comment below if you have further questions.

Good luck! and let us know how you go.

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