The Upper Goulburn Valley Wine Region includes the area surrounding Seymour and upstream along the Goulburn Valley to Eilden Reservoir and the headwaters area of the catchment. There are more than 30 vineyards and wineries in this rather diverse region. It extends across from Tallarook to Mansfield, south to the Great Dividing Range and north to Lake Nillacootie. It includes regional centres such as Yea, Alexandra and Eildon. The terrain is mostly hilly with a some wineries on the river flats. The region, formerly known as Central Victorian High Country, produces outstanding cool climate varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. The largest vineyards are Dominion, Plunkett Wines, Mount Helen, Domaine Chandon, Delatite
and Murrindindi Vineyards. The annual High Country Harvest Festival, which is held over two days in March showcases region's fresh food produce and outstanding boutique wines. Upper Goulburn is a great place to eat fine food, drink some great wine and enjoy the local hospitality. With regular but light snowfalls in winter the region is clearly a cool climate producer. Some vineyards are grown closet to the snowline at an altitude of 800m. Annual rainfall: 1100 mm; Mean January temp: 20.7 degrees C; Sunshine hours per day: 9.2. Grape plantings did not occur until the late 1960s when Robert and Vivienne Richie planted grapes on their property Delatite near Mansfield. Since 1990 a large number of new vineyards have been established and its seems likely that this growth will continue, because
of the high visitor numbers and tourism potential of the area and the growing reputation for the region`s fine wines and unique terroir.
The Upper Goulburn Valley Wine Region includes four districts : Yea Valley ; Eildon ; Mansfield ; Seymour
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