Wine growing area (GI) 200 kilometers northwest of Melbourne in Australian State of victoria. It belongs to the Western Victoria zone. It used to be named after the main town of Avoca. The current name comes from the English colonist Major Thomas Mitchell (1792-1855), who remembered the rugged beauty of the mountain ranges, the lush meadows and the meandering rivers of the Pyrenees in the south of France where he had served. The viticulture caused by the gold rush in New South Wales has been practiced here since 1848. The vineyards cover around 600 hectares of vineyards at 200 to 400 meters above sea level. The climate is moderately cool, due to the low rainfall is artificial irrigation required. The floors consist of deep gravel with red sandstone underneath, gray gravel mixed with sand and clay. Two thirds of them are Shiraz red wine ( Syrah ) Cabernet Sauvignon. Pinot Noir. Pinot Meunier and Petit Verdot, as well as a third with the white wines Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier planted. Well-known wine producers are Blue Pyrenees, Dalwhinnie, Mount Avoca, Redbank, Summerfield, Taltarni and Warrenmang Vineyard.