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 and a focus on small boutique wineries combine to give Ballarat wines a premium reputation.
Make sure you visit Ballarat for the Plate Up Festival in May, when events unearth the top drops of the region alongside mouth-watering dining offerings. In July, the Ballarat Winter Festival's Red Series event showcases the best in western Victoria's warming winter wines.