Wine regions in western Victoria
It can be difficult to draw your eyes from the soothing views of Victoria's west, but do and you'll discover wines as unique and inspired as the landscape that created them.
The Great Grape Touring Route begins just one hour from Melbourne among the grand, Gold Rush-era buildings of Ballarat. Travelling north-west, the route unfolds under big skies through the cool, open plains and mountain backdrops of the Pyrenees mountain range where vineyards are tucked within the undulating foothills.
Further west, the route trails through sweeping horizons, flanked by the dense bush and rugged ridges of the Grampians. This is ageless terrain that produces intense, finely structured wines.
Heading south-west, you arrive in the Henty region with its spectacular coastal views and superb winemaking credentials.
This vast area has an affinity with cool-climate varieties, but wide-ranging soil types, microclimates and altitudes make the shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, riesling and chardonnay grown here as varied as the incredible range of food for which Western Victoria is renowned. Be sure to sample the local lamb and cheese.;
Throw a boule on a piste outside a vineyard in ruggedly beautiful surrounds in mild temperatures deep in the Pyrenees wine region – of Victoria.
Swipe your finger along the dusty barrels in the 1860s cellars at Best's Great Western and get a feel for the history of the Grampians wine region.
Journey to the far south-west corner of Victoria and taste varieties from the Henty wine region such as riesling, pinot noir and chardonnay.
Ballarat's cool climate is ideally suited to producing top quality sparkling, chardonnay and pinot noir.