The Geelong Wine Region is based on the city of Geelong, on the shores of Corio Bay in Port Philip opposite the capital of Melbourne in Victoria. Geelong has a strong maritime and farming heritage. and is a thriving community with a strong arts and entertainment community. The Geelong wine region extends along from the coast from Werribe to Apollo Bay on the surf coast at the start of the Great Ocean Road Region. The wine history began over 150 years ago and thrived until the 1870s-80s when the vineyards declined. By 1875 the vineyards extended along each side of the valleys formed by the Leigh, Moorabool and Barwon rivers; on the slopes and plains around Waurn Ponds and Ceres.. The early vineyards were desimated by phylloxera, discovered in 1875, that most of the early wineries in Victoria.
The wineries were gradually re-established in the 1980s and 1990s. Vineyard plantings are increasing both inland around Geelong and on the Bellarine Peninsula. Many wineries have sweeping views of the bay and the ocean. Many local events showcase the wines of the area including the annual Seafood Fair at the restored Steampacket Place, and the wine, food and music weekends hosted by the Shadowfax winery and other wineries in the area. There are many wineries near the major towns and villages in the area: Geelong, Torquay, Anglesea, Moriac, Colac, Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove,Queenscliff, Werribee. The wineries are dotted along the coast and inland in the hills and valleys of the Anakie and Moorabool Valley. The climate is generally mild with strong maritime influences, with features midway between
that of Burgundy and Bordeaux in terms of ripening temperatures and sunshine hours.
The long, cool and usually dry Autumns produce full-bodied Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from fully ripened and developed grapes.
The Geelong Wine Region is famous for its wonderful Chardonnay Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
Other varieties to excel include Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and lesser known types such as
Langrein, Primitivo, Gamay and Carmenere are becoming more predominant across the sub-regions.
The Geelong Wine Region includes eight districts : Waurn Ponds ; Colac ; Curlewis ; Bellarine ; Werribee ; Lethbridge ; Bannockburn ; Batesford
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