With over 800 wineries, 650 cellar doors and 3,000 growers, Victoria boasts more wine regions and wineries than any other state. Such diversity spreads from the Murray Darling in the north all the way to Gippsland in the south east. Plantings began in the Yarra Valley as early as the 1830’s, and by the 1890’s produced more than half of Australia’s wine. The great Phylloxera epidemic of the late 1800’s virtually destroyed the Victorian wine industry and it didn’t fully recover until the 1950’s. Since that time Victoria has staked a claim to be the benchmark for ‘cool climate wine styles’ the envy of the rest of the country.
Due to such vineyard diversity, wine styles vary considerably across the state. These include:
Melbourne has long been considered the capital of food and wine culture in Australia, served by its many fine Victorian producers. The city’s cosmopolitan melting pot has nurtured an appreciation for matching of fine food and fine wine for many decades. This culture is not confined to the Melbourne CBD, and can be tasted in the many world-class restaurants attached to wineries across the state. Fine examples exist especially in the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula where Yering Station, De Bortoli, Ten Minutes by Tractor and countless others provide a first class dining experience.
While some regions can require an extended drive, the Yarra Valley and both Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas are only an hour away from Melbourne.
Dan Murphy's supports the Responsible Service of Alcohol. New South Wales: Liquor Act 2007. It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years.Victoria: WARNING: Victoria Liquor Control Reform Act 1998: It is an offence to supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years (Penalty exceeds $7,000), for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase or receive liquor (Penalty exceeds $600). WARNING. Under the Liquor Control Act 1988, it is an offence: to sell or supply liquor to a person under the age of 18 years on licensed or regulated premises; or for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase, or attempt to purchase, liquor on licensed or regulated premises.South Australia: Liquor Licensing Act 1997, Section 113. Liquor must NOT be supplied to persons under 18. Queensland: Under the Liquor Act 1992, it is an offence to supply liquor to a person under the age of 18 years. For more specific legislation in your state or territory visit our Liquor Licensing Acts page. ABN 88 000 014 675.