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Yarra Valley, 50 km from Melbourne, Australia, is famous for its wine and its beautiful surrounds. Over 100 wineries produce their bounty in this region. However, the region has also seen tough times, and its success today is due to its ideal wine-growing location and the tenacity of its people.
The first Yarra Valley vineyard, Yering Station was planted in 1838. It was a family-owned business committed to producing some of the best wine in the state. And it still does so today. After a major restoration in 1989, and the addition of a restaurant, self-guided tours and a produce store, it is now an important part of the region's history.
After Yering Station started producing, it was followed by two more vineyards, and these three Yarra Valley wineries dominated 430 acres of the region. A boom-time followed and Yarra Valley in Victoria began producing wine that captured national attention and won international awards.
In the 1930s, the Great Depression struck and the Yarra Valley was not spared. A combination of economic misery and bad weather meant that by 1937 every vineyard in the region had turned into farming land. Its period as a wine-growing region was temporarily forgotten.
But the opportunities for potential wine growers remained and, by 1963, Wantirna Estate was born. Soon, new vineyards and even some older ones popped up and the Yarra Valley region was back to doing what it did best. In 1989, even the original Yering Station was replanted.
Yarra Valley is a gorgeous place with a rich history, so come see for yourself.
The first Yarra Valley vineyard, Yering Station was planted in 1838. It was a family-owned business committed to producing some of the best wine in the state.
Over 100 wineries dot the region, producing mainly the major grape varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
For lunch or dinner with a difference, try one of the restored hotels in the Yarra Valley region.
If you are looking for holiday accommodation in Yarra Valley, the variety will surprise you.