Lesser Known Australian Wine Regions: The Yarra Valley & Mornington Peninsula

When chatting to most international visitors on our tours, Australian wine is heavily linked to the big Barossa Shiraz that is found in supermarkets across the globe, either that or the really cheap bulk wine out of South Australia’s Riverland region (think cask wine and wines under £5). This article details 2 regions in Australia’s South-East that showcase cooler climate wines like Pinot Noir and are great places to visit.

The Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is the largest and most well known region in Victoria. It is classified as a cool climate region which means it is perfect for growing more delicate varieties, but also for producing more restrained versions of varieties like Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Yarra Valley is famous for:

  • Pinot Noir
  • Chardonnay
  • Sparkling
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Shiraz
  • Rose

There are also dozens of other varieties including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Viognier, Merlot, Sangiovese and Tempranillo.

As well as producing world class wines, the Yarra Valley is a great place to visit. There are the larger more touristy wineries, but at Wine Compass we do love the smaller, boutique wineries, which are also in abundance if you scratch beneath the surface.  Combine top wines, with quality cellar doors and stunning scenery and it is a winning mix.  Two of our favourite stops are below.


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