Geelong/ Bellarine Peninsula tours
The Geelong Wine Region, an hour south west of Melbourne is known for Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Whilst these are the default varieties for most winemakers, plantings of Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Merlot and more exotics such as Primitivo, Gamay, Lagrein and Carmenere are appearing more frequently.
The Geelong Wine Region comprises three sub-regions. They are -
The Bellarine has been one of Victoria’s best kept secrets. Now the secret is out and people flock to enjoy the perfect maritime climate of warm days and cool nights. The shelter of Port Phillip Bay is perfect for producing cool climate wines in the rich black basalt soil laid over limestone. Long, slow summers allow for the perfect ripening of the fruit producing rich, lush wines of distinction.
The Moorabool Valley
Nestled between Geelong and Ballarat, the Moorabool Valley is steeped in history of an ancient kind. 20,000 years ago it sat on the bottom of the sea, only to be reclaimed as land by millennia of volcanic activity. The legacy is the tough limestone and basalt base which forms this regions unique terroir.
The Moorabool Valley has a fast growing reputation for “exotics” as well as the traditional varieties that flourish across all of the Geelong Wine Region.
The Surf Coast
Famous for the Great Ocean Road, the Surf Coast is gaining a reputation for producing quality wines from a coast lashed by the violent weather of Bass Strait. Such a close proximity to the ocean makes growing in sandy loam challenging.