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Cool Temperate Wines of Victoria

If you’re a wine lover and you happened to be in Melbourne, a wine tour to the vineyards and cellar doors of Mornington Peninsula or Yarra Valley presents a boozy chance. But of course, moderation remains the best option so you’d enjoy the flavor and the fragrance of Victoria’s premier wines.

Victoria has been producing best quality wines for nearly two centuries. Yarra Valley where the first winery was set up continued to be Australia’s number one provider of world-class wines. Then there’s Mornington Peninsula. The territory’s cool and temperate climate has contributed to the quality of the wines it produced from the Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris of Mornington Peninsula to Yarra Valley’s Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz.

One advantage of a wine tour is the proximity of both Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. They’re close to Melbourne.

Located a little over 40 kilometers southeast of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula has focused on the production of Pinot Noir with other varieties like Chardonnay, Tempranillo, and Pinot Gris.

The quality of Mornington’s Pinot Noir competes with the best in the region and emerges as one of the top low-tannin red wines made from one hundred percent grapes.

Mornington’s Chardonnay ranges from light to medium bodied white wine revealing a complex blend of style and tropical fruit flavor. Its Pinot Gris, a dry semi-sweet or sweet white wine variety, has light citrus and melon flavor with mild floral fragrant ranging from tangy and light to spicy full-bodied.

The region’s Tempranillo shines as one of the best in its variety. A full-bodied Spanish style red wine from a black grape variety exhibiting plum, vanilla, tobacco, herb, leather, and strawberry flavors you would not refuse to carouse.

With just an hour scenic drive from Melbourne, Yarra Valley is the cradle of Victoria’s wine industry boasting of a 170-year history. The region’s soil composition combined with cool temperature made it an ideal place for growing the vines that produce world-class quality wines.

Yarra Valley has specialized in making classic wine varieties. Its Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot resulting into dry medium-bodied to full-bodied wine with silky tannins, fruity and spicy black pepper flavor, and floral aroma.

Chardonnay also thrives in the region’s cool climate. The light to medium-bodied white wine displays a fruity flavor of melon, white peach, and fig.

The Pinot Noir stays around as Yarra Valley’s premier variety that ranges from light to medium-bodied red wine expressing a blend of fruity plum, strawberry, and cherry flavor with floral and herb fragrant.

Mixed with Viognier to give it a certain aroma and texture, Shiraz is on the rise in Yarra Valley. Smaller wineries prefer the label Syrah though.

There have also been emerging varieties that came out of Yarra Valley’s cellar doors.

With closer similarities to Pinot Noir, Gamay is a light-bodied red wine that reveals a fruity flavor with strawberry, raspberry, lilac, and violets aroma.

Nebbiolo, a red wine variety originated in the mountains of the northern Italian region of Piedmont, stands out as one of the best in the region. A light-colored highly tannic red wine with tar and rose scents, Nebbiolo requires years of aging to reveal the aromas of raspberry, cherry, wild herbs, violets, truffles, tar, tobacco, and prunes.

Yarra Valley also produces Arneis, a variety that expresses a crisp and floral fragrant ranging from dry to full-bodied white wine with pear and apricot flavor. And then there’s Grüner Veltliner, a dry white wine that’s food-friendly presenting spicy green pepper, citrus, peach, lime, and tobacco flavors.

Touring around Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley for their wines would be a memorable and fascinating experience with tipsy twists and woozy turns.


Yarra Valley’s Must-Visit Chocolate Factory

Traveling to Yarra Valley, Australia’s famous wine-producing region is not just all about Shiraz or Sauvignon. Aside from its great wines and amazing landscapes, the region also boasts of a must-visit chocolate factory. Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery (YVCI) was developed for you to have a sweet destination that would satisfy your senses.

Located at 35 Old Healesville Road corner Melba Highway in Yarra Glen, YVCI is Yarra Valley’s best chocolate factory that lets you indulge in the sweetness of Aussie hospitality. Plus, it only takes you an hour of scenic drive from Melbourne’s central business district.

You can enjoy free samples of their handcrafted sweet creations. A wide range of selection of their couverture chocolates lets you indulge in the rich and intense flavor. Glossy, smooth and creamy chocolate bars melting in your mouth gives you a distinct sensation that makes you want some more.

Well, don’t worry about that because they have more than 250 different varieties chocolate products in their showroom exclusively for you to choose from. Truffles, pastilles, chocolate bars, rocky road, macarons, and so on. You name it. Their Great Wall of Chocolate features 34 different varieties of chocolate.

As you sample their sweets you can also watch their Belgian and French chocolatiers in action, handcrafting and packaging their chocolate creations. Many of their products use native ingredients and indigenous packing materials and arts. Also, the ingredients and the seasonal fruits of their ice cream are locally sourced.

At their relaxing Cafe, you can order breakfast or light lunch. Their menu features local produce. You can have some sweet treats — desserts, pastries, hot chocolates, ice creams, fondue and a lot more. Or simply hang out with a friend over a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and a scrumptious dessert.

You can stroll down on their lawns and gardens, and explore their wetlands conservation area. Children can play on the lawns.

Aside from crafting the best chocolates and ice creams in the region, YVCI also conducts classes and workshops on how to create chocolates. So kids of all ages can book and look forward to learning all about chocolates. And of course, the free tastings!

The chocolate factory is a must-visit along the Yarra Valley Wine Tour route. Ian and Leanne Neeland, owners of the chocolaterie, have made sure you will have a perfect destination where you can enjoy their beautifully designed cafe and artistically crafted chocolate and ice cream creations.


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