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Geelong Wine Growers Association: www.winegeelong.com.au

Macedon Ranges Vignerons Association: www.macedonrangeswine.com.au

Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association: www.mpva.com.au

Sunbury District Grapegrowers Association: www.sunburywines.com.au

Yarra Valley Winegrowers Association:www.wineyarravalley.com

 

Port Phillip zone

The Port Phillip zone is more commonly referred to as Melbourne's dress circle. It covers the 200+ wineries that have popped up on the outskirts of Melbourne and Geelong since the 1970s.

They are nearly all small-medium sized boutique wineries that combine ultra-premium cool climate table styles with food friendly wines aimed at Melbourne's 'Continental Europe' restaurant-bistro culture.

While the regions within the zone are quite diverse they also generally share acidic, low fertile soils that keep the yields down. There are some fertile red volcanic soils associated with the more mountainous areas.

Most of the wineries are included in the five official GI wine regions included in the zone: Geelong, Macedon Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, Sunbury, and the famous Yarra Valley.

However, several new wineries have started up just outside of Melbourne's hilly outer eastern suburbs and on French Island and thus do not fall into these established regions or the adjacent Gippsland Zone: Cannibal Creek (Tyrong), Carlei/Green Vineyards (Upper Beaconsfield), Chestnut Hill (Pakenham), French Island Vineyard (French Island) and Limbic (Dandenong Ranges).

Out to the south-west is Werribee's ambitious Shadowfax winery. It is commonly included in the Geelong region but technically lies too far north. Further to the west is the Otway Range's Dinny Goolan that lies to beyond the Geelong region boundaries.

The zone also includes Kew's Studley Park Vineyard and several contract wine operations from within the Melbourne suburbs such as Brunswick Hill (Rojo) which has a cellar door in Brunswick.

Just because you aren't in an established wine region doesn't mean your wines aren't as good as those from an official wine region.

Many of these non-regional wineries have won high praise from wine judges across a range of varieties including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo.

Cannibal Creek is located on the Black Snake Ranges to the west of Melbourne

D'Angelo is a family winery on the outskirts of Berwick

Limbic Vineyard has won plenty of plaudits for its intensely flavoured Sauvignon Blancs