Over 180 years ago, the first vineyard was planted at Yering Station and only 7 years later, the first wine produced in the Yarra valley was made by James Dardel.
Over the next 60 years, the Yarra Valley vineyards went from little under 430 acres to over 1000 acres and acquired many international recognitions, such as a Grand Prix at the 1889 Paris Exhibition, until 1937 when the Great Depression hit, all the vineyards were turned into pastures and took nearly 30 years for the region to start growing grapes again.
In the 60 years since, the Yarra Valley has grown from the initial 1000 acres into a region covering 2150ha, with over 80 wineries and has won international acclaim.
Due to its position in a valley, the Yarra Valley stays at a relatively even temperature during the day, as the Yarra Range blocks interference from the ocean with a low variance in temperature changes despite its proximity to the coast.
This unique combination makes The Valley cooler than most other regions, but still warmer than a few others and ends up having a full 7 months of growing season, giving it a high rating on the Winkler Index, meaning early ripening varieties achieve a high quality, such as hybrid grape varieties and some common grape species. One such benefit of this region is although the Yarra Range protects the valley, it also makes it cold, this is offset by the climate which keeps frosting to a rare occasion.
The other piece of the puzzle is its wide range of soil types furthering its ability to grow a wide variety of wine compare to anywhere else in the world. There are 2 major types of soil in the area that are most prevalent , one being a very low depth and fertile soil of volcanic origin, that is crumbly and bright red in colour and the other a more traditional and widely found grey-brown sandy loam, ranging from clay to sand and clay sub-soils and although this soil is very rocky, acidic and low in fertility, it irrigates well, with natural irrigation happening from the Yarra Range and the 7 months of rain during the growing season and the high acidity of the soils is used to great effect in the Chardonnays produced in the area, which is highly regarded as the Yarra Valleys’ premium grape variety.
Premium Grape Varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Total Vineyard Size
February – April