Find Beechworth Vineyards And Events

by Karl Larkins

The historical town of Beechworth, is located in the North East region of Victoria, Australia. In recent times, this region has become a popular tourist destination and ever expanding centre of wine production. The vineyards here have been expanding since the 1950's and notably, many of their wines are exported around the world. During 2009/10 this district in Victoria, also received a commendation in the heritage and culture categories. The following paragraphs take a closer look at Beechworth wineries.

This region was known as the Mayday Hills until 1853, when it was renamed Beechworth. The district was also famous for its major economic and commercial growth during the gold rush years of the mid eighteen fifties. The region has been producing wine since the gold rush years, and there are approximately twenty four wineries in the area. Sitting on the foothills of the Victorian Alps, the area forms part of the group making up the Alpine Valleys.

Many of the vineyards are located on the hillsides and ridge tops, and offer what some would argue, the most stunning scenery. Often family owned and worked for generations, the owners of the vineyards regularly host wine tasting sessions and guided tours. Individuals and groups of visitors are welcome, and some of the wineries offer lunches and entertainment, in addition to opening cellar doors.

Some commentators argue, that this region, due to it's cooler climate, produces some of the finest wines in the country. However, the main production of wine is centred around Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Shiraz.

The Shiraz grape variety is by far the most widely planted of all grape varieties throughout Australia. In fact, Shiraz wine makes up one fifth of all wine grape production in Australia. It is suggested by some commentators, that Shiraz is the most popular of Australia's red wines, on a national and international level.

Making up only one percent of Australia's grape crush, the Pinot Noir grape, it is suggested thrives in the cooler climates of Victoria. As such, some commentators claim, that this region produces the finest Pinot Noir wines.

The hot sunny days, and cool evenings of Beechworth, are claimed to be the ideal environment for the Chardonnay grape, producing a fine chardonnay wine. Internationally acclaimed, exports of this particular wine have increased rapidly during recent years and are enjoyed around the globe.

The Riesling grape has its roots in Germany, however, it has been planted in Australia for many years. Some would argue, that this specific district, produces some of the best quality Riesling in the nation. Despite its origins being in Germany.

There are also wineries that are producing a range of bio dynamic, organic wines. In order for the wines to be labelled bio dynamic they have to meet a stringent set of standards set by the certifiers. Some experts argue, that wine produced in this way, is of a much higher quality than wine that is not.

Enjoyed around the globe, produce what some would argue, very fine wines. Visitors have plenty of vineyards to choose as there are two dozen in the region. Vineyard owners, open cellar doors for the tasting of wine, and such sessions are available to both individuals and groups.

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