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Yarra Valley

Wine growing area (GI) northeast of Melbourne in Australian State of victoria. It belongs to the Port Philip zone. The Yarra Valley is one of the few valleys in Australia that really deserves this name. Between the rolling hills of the Great Dividing Range and the Christmas Ridge, it stretches 20 km from west to east. Viticulture has been practiced here since 1838 and was mainly founded by immigrants from Switzerland. Particularly noteworthy is Charles Hubert de Castella (1825-1907) from Neuchâtel, who in 1863 founded one of the first wineries in Australia with St. Huberts, which still exists today. His direct descendant Damien de Castella is now working at the Yarra Ridge winery.

A decline began in the 1920s because of the fact that production went past the market. In the first half of the 20th century, sheep farming was carried out on a large scale, the soil of which still benefits today. The low point in viticulture was reached in the late 1960s when only a little more than one hectare was under vines. Since the beginning of the 1990s there has been a great upswing. The vineyards already cover around 900 hectares of vineyards. There are the red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz, as well as the white varieties Chardonnay and Riesling. The climate is one of the coolest and wettest in Australia. The French company produces sparkling wines on a large scale Moët et Chandon founded Domaine Chandon in 1985. Well-known producers are Coldstream Hills, Diamond Valley Vineyards, Domaine Chandon, Eyton on Yarra, Lillydale Vineyards, McWilliams, Mount Mary, Oakridge Estate, St. Huberts, Seville Estate, Tarrawarra, Yarra Edge, Yarra Ridge, Yarra Valley Hills, Yarra Yarra, Yarra Yering and Yeringberg.

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