The Geelong Wine Region boasts historical roots back to the early 1800's when Geelong was a booming regional centre, hub of the vast Western District trade. The planting of vines by Swiss Settlers saw Geelong and its surrounding areas emerge as the largest grape growing region in Victoria, and one of the largest in Australia.
The unfortunate introduction of phylloxera to the region in the late 1800's decimated the local industry with all vines being removed from the Region.
Wine enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, Daryl & Nini Sefton, appreciating the history of Geelong Wine and realising the opportunity to re-establish Geelong as a premium wine growing region, led the 1966 renaissance which today sees more than 60 vineyards across Moorabool Valley Wine Region, The Bellarine and The Surf Coast fulfilling the dreams of the early Swiss Settlers.
With three distinct sub regions it is little surprise that the growing conditions and soil varies dramatically. From sandy loam, basalt plains, river loam to rich volcanic soils, a wide range of grape varieties can be grown here. Encompassing the Moorabool Valley's continental climate and volcanic history, The Bellarine's cool, maritime breezes and the Surf Coast's rugged coastline and Bass Strait winds, the growing conditions here are no doubt harsh, but this adversity is producing stunning results.
Abounding in variety, the Geelong Wine Region is renowned for its superior Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Shiraz. Whilst these varieties are the backbone of most winemakers, the Geelong Wine Region is rich in adventurous winemakers. Plantings of Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Merlot and more exotics such as Primitivo, Gamay, Langrein and Carmenere are becoming more predominant across the sub regions. Recent summers have produced lovely Rosés.
More information on the Geelong Wine Region can be found at www.winegeelong.com.au