Heathcote wine region
The Heathcote Wine Region in Central Victoria is located about an hour's drive north of Melbourne. It is noted for its Shiraz, but many winemakers are taking a much broader view of its potential for producing quality wines from a wide range of varieties.
Munari Wines in the Heathcote Wine Region
The Heathcote Wine Region adjoins the Bendigo Region to the west and enjoys a similar, but slightly cooler climate. To the immediate south is the much cooler Macedon Ranges region.
A unique feature of the region which many commentators mention is the soils which have developed on ancient Cambrian rocks. In fact Heathcote sits on a geological fault line and there are many different soil types originating from a very complex local geology. The undulating topography has generated a variety of microclimates suitable for viticulture.
Like many wine regions the history of this region extends back to the Gold Era of the middle to late nineteenth century, but as happened in many regions viticulture all but disappeared for several decades. In the 1960s the modern era began with small wineries around the township of Heathcote.
Since the 1990s the area to the east of the Mt Camel Range has seen large scale development by larger companies. As well as the wineries listed below, Brown Brothers has a large presence in the region; they are trialling quite a number of varieties in a nursery block.
Autumn colours at 3 Dams Vineyard in Heathcote region
Wine varieties in the Heathcote Wine Region
The region seems best suited to red wine varieties, especially Shiraz, but in later years also with Sangiovese and Tempranillo.
Considerable success is also being achieved with the Rhone Valley white wine varieties Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne.
In more recent years more interest is being shown in Italian varieties, largely due to the influence of the Chalmers family coming to the region.
Alternative wine grape varieties in the Heathcote Wine Region
- Armstead Estate Marsanne
- Barfold Estate Fiano
- Blood Moon Nero d'Avola
- Born and Raised Carmenere, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Tempranillo
- Buckshot Vineyard Zinfandel
- Bull Lane Wine Company Nebbiolo
- Burke and Wills Winery Gewurztraminer
- Chalmers Aglianico, Colorino, Falanghina, Fiano, Greco, Inzolia, Lagrein, Malbec, Lambrusco Maestri, Malvasia, Mammolo, Moscato Giallo, Negroamaro, Nero d'Avola, Pavana, Sagrantino, Sangiovese, Schioppettino, Vermentino
- Condie Sangiovese
- Cush and Cush Vermentino
- Di Sciascio Family Wines Nebbiolo, Prosecco, Sangiovese
- Domaine Asmara Durif
- Ephemera Negroamaro, Vermentino
- Farmer and the Scientist Tempranillo
- Fat Sparrow Sangiovese
- Flynn's Wines Sangiovese, Vermentino
- Foster e Rocco Fiano, Sangiovese
- Fratelli Durif, Zinfandel
- Galli Estate Fiano, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Tempranillo
- Garden of Earthly Delights Sangiovese, Nebbiolo
- Greenstone Vineyard Sangiovese
- Heathcote Winery Marsanne, Tempranillo
- Humis Carmenere, Marsanne
- Huntleigh Vineyards Gewurztraminer
- Jasper Hill Fiano, Nebbiolo
- Kennedy Tempranillo
- Lake Cooper Marsanne
- Linnaea Arinto, Sangiovese
- McIvor Estate Marsanne, Nebbiolo, Roussanne, Sangiovese, Vermentino
- Merindoc Albarino, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Vermentino
- Mount Burrumboot Estate Gamay, Marsanne, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Tempranillo
- Munari Garganega, Malbec, Marsanne, Vermentino
- Noble Red Carmenere, Durif, Tempranillo
- Paul Osicka Nebbiolo
- Red Edge Graciano, Tempranillo, Touriga
- Sanguine Estate Tempranillo, Zinfandel
- Silver Spoon Wines Tempranillo
- Stephanie Estate Mammolo
- Syrahmi Marsanne, Roussanne
- Tellurian Fiano, Marsanne, Nero d'Avola
- The Hairy Arm Nebbiolo
- Three Dams Estate Tempranillo
- Vinea Marson Barbera, Friulano, Malvasia, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Picolit, Pinot Blanc, Prosecco
- Wanted Man Dolcetto, Marsanne, Roussanne
- Whistling Eagle Wines Arinto, Sangiovese
Updated 17 March 2021
Young Carmenere vines at Humis Wines overlooking Lake Cooper in the Heathcote Wine Region
Visiting the Heathcote region
You make a wine tour to Heathcote from Melbourne as a daytrip, or make an overnight stay in some of the accommodation options such as farm stays or B&Bs. This allows you to enjoy the picturesque undulating landscapes without rushing.
Many of the wineries listed above have cellar doors open for wine tasting and sales. A few have restaurants or cafes, especially on weekends.
You could also include a visit to Heathcote wineries when you visit the adjacent Nagambie Lakes, Bendigo or Macedon Ranges Wine regions.
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