The ruggedly beautiful surrounds of the Pyrenees wine region shares a name with that other famous wine area between France and Spain. And it’s no surprise, given the region’s sweeping vistas, passion for petanque, and its diverse wine-growing areas with distinct microclimates that produce world-beating wines.
The French connection in Victoria's Pyrenees goes back to the 1960s, when French brandy producer Rémy Martin established his eponymous chateau near Avoca.
Spicy reds and smart sparklings
Victoria's Pyrenees comprise the southern extension of the Great Dividing Range, and its foothills and ranges create a remarkable diversity of microclimates that provide a wealth of variety for winemakers.
Visit the cellar doors of the 44 vineyards and taste the savoury, spicy reds the area is known for, especially the premium cabernet sauvignon. Chardonnay and sauvignon blanc also respond beautifully to the soils and climate here, with some standout sparkling wines produced.
Avoca and Moonambel
Make a winery weekend of it and spend time in historic townships. Time your visit to coincide with Avoca’s renowned Pyrenees Unearthed Wine and Food Festival in April, and be sure to visit the celebrated Blue Pyrenees Estate winery on your travels. In neighbouring Moonambel, a 15-minute drive away, explore traditional country pubs, stay in serene winery accommodation and discover plenty of cellar doors.
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