The regional city of Ballarat is at the heart of this exciting and flourishing food and wine region. The historic streetscapes serve as a spectacular backdrop for a fascinating local epicurean experience.
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The mist-shrouded vineyards around Ballarat are famous for subtly fragrant pinot noir, chardonnay and elegant sparkling wines. Winemakers are also having success with riesling, and even shiraz. Low temperatures and yields, combined with small boutique wineries, are giving Ballarat wines a premium reputation.
Make sure you visit Ballarat for the Plate Up Festival during the month of May, with events unearthing the top drops of the region and mouth-watering dining offerings. In July, the Ballarat Winter Festival's Red Series event will showcase the best in western Victoria's warming winter wines.