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Yarra Valley

Winegrowing area (GI) northeast of Melbourne in the Australian State of Victoria. He belongs to the zone Port Philip. The Yarra Valley is one of the few valleys in Australia that really deserve this name. Between the rolling hills of the Great Dividing Range and the Christmas Ridge, it stretches 20 km 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 had founded in 1863 with the still existing St. Huberts one of the first wineries in Australia. His direct descendant Damien de Castella is currently working at the winery Yarra Ridge.

In the 1920s, a decline began because one produced on the market over. Sheep farming took place on a large scale in the first half of the 20th century, the effects of which still benefit the soil today. The low point in viticulture was reached in the late 1960s, when only just over a hectare was under vines. Since the beginning of the 1990s, there has been a big boom again. The vineyards already cover about 900 hectares of vineyards. There are the red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz, and the white varieties Chardonnay and Riesling. The climate is one of the coolest and wettest in Australia. Sparkling wines are produced on a large scale, the French company Moët et Chandon founded the 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. Hubert's, Seville Estate, Tarrawarra, Yarra Edge, Yarra Ridge, Yarra Valley Hills, Yarra Yarra, Yarra Yering and Yeringberg.

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