The Alpine Valleys Wine Region is centred on the towns of Myrtleford and Bright on the Great Alpine Road south-east of Wangaratta The Region has rich history of Italian culture dating back to the Second World War. The main rural industries are growing hops for beer, timber, and in the past tobacco. In recent years tourism and grape growing has become a major industry helping to replace tobacco in the rural economy. The region comes alive and fukll interest interesting especially in Autumn and Spring because of two major events - The Alpine Valleys Wine and Food Festival held in March, the International Festival in October and other festivals held in Bright in April and October. The region is located close to the major centres of Wangaratta and Albury. Bright as well as Myrtleford are the major
towns in the region and the other major towns are: Yackandandah, Rosewhite, Kancoona, Gundowning, Mount Buffalo, Bright, Porepunkah, Mount Beauty and Bogong. Like the nearby Beechworth and King Valley wine regions, the climates vary comsiderably, with relatively mild valley floors, and much colder and frosty areas on the slopes and higher areas. The region consists of the valleys of four major rivers in north-east Victoria, namely the Buffalo, Buckland, Keiwa and Ovens Rivers. These valleys are part of the Australian Alps and are major gateways to the ski resorts of Mt Hotham, Mt Buffalo and Falls Creek. Local wineries include: Eaglerange Estate, Gundowringla Wines, Gapsted Wines, Michelini Wines, Kancoona Valley Vineyard and Wines, Merriang Vineyards, Rosewhite Vineyards, Park Wines, Vic
Alps Winery, Annapurna Wines, Bogong Estate, Baltazar Vineyards, Boynton`s Of Bright, Ceccanti-Kiewa Valley Wines, Mt Buffalo Vineyard, Ringer Reef Winery, Tawonga Vineyard, Simones of Bright.
The Alpine Valleys Wine Region includes two districts : North-Alpine Valleys ; South-Alpine Valleys
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