The climatic conditions of the Alpine Valleys encourage a long, moderate growing period producing high-quality grapes of intense fruit flavour and refreshing, natural acidity. Formally recognised as an official wine region in 2000, the Alpine Valleys Wine Region is actually one of the oldest wine growing districts in Victoria and the knowledge of generations past has been handed to an adventurous new breed of growers and winemakers. The region has the distinction of being one of Australia’s most elevated wine-producing districts with vineyards of highly fertile soils at altitudes up to 600m contributing to the distinctive qualities of the grapes and wines produced here. There over 30 grape varieties grown in the many microclimates of the Alpine Valleys with traditional varieties such as Chardonnany, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon well represented and increasingly, emerging varietals, such as Sangiovese, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Vermentino, Savagnin, Teroldego and Marzemino. These food friendly varieties are well suited to our Australian lifestyle and complement well the abundant local produce of our region.
The Alpine Valleys boasts over 50 established growers and 17 wineries pioneering this fresh wine frontier, all committed to creating fruit and wines of distinction, quality and place.
The Alpine Valleys Wine Region is located in the state’s north east in high country flanked by the pristine Alpine National Park
Victoria’s High Country is a haven for seekers of solace and peace and a mecca for adventurers and thrill seekers alike. The natural landscape offers tranquility or adrenaline at a whim.
The region's valleys are abundant with premium fresh produce including nuts, berries, hops, game meat and freshwater fish available from farm gates and on the local menus of some of Victoria’s finest regional restaurants, breweries and wineries.
Cyclists can journey along rails trails that wend lazily past wineries, forests and streams or take on some of the world’s best hill climbs and downhill courses.
Skiing, hiking, canoeing, fishing, paragliding and horse riding are but some of the ways to experience the rush or relaxation of the High Country.
To plan you Alpine Valleys adventure visit Victoria’s High Country website