Goulburn Valley Wine Association
The Goulburn Valley is a fascinating region, located within just 90 minutes of Melbourne that beckons the wine explorer.
Experience the best of Australian historic and contemporary wine and food culture amidst the stunning natural backdrop of majestic redgum-lined waterways, billabongs, lagoons and streams entwined with the majestic Goulburn River.
During May 2015, the Goulburn Valley Wine Association together with Wine Australia are proudly celebrating Aussie Wine Month.
11 wineries, 5 weekends and a month of celebration, that’s Aussie Wine Month in the Goulburn Valley!
Goulburn Valley History...
The grape growing industry region dates back to the 1850s with some of the oldest Shiraz and Marsanne vines in the world growing on the Tahbilk Estate. Two of the pioneers of the area, the 151 year old Tahbilk winery and the much younger Mitchelton established in 1969 produce award winning wines using the region's signature grape varieties, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Shiraz, Grenache, and Mourvèdre (Mataro) all of which were originally sourced from France's Rhône Valley.
Nagambie Lakes is considered the sub regional hub of the Goulburn Valley region which contains the two well-known and established wineries of Mitchelton and Tahbilk. This sub-region was determined due to its location on the Nagambie Lakes system well-drained, ocre-red alluvial soils. These two attributes are the key influencers on the local terroir contributing to rich and complex wines.
The region contains a number of wineries situated in diverse locations produce wines of which are characteristic and reflective of their location and meso-climate, from the rich, deep red earths of the ancient, weathered Dookie Hills to the well drained alluvial loams of the GV valley floor in the Murchison area which tend to produce wines with more elegance and finesse.