North East Tourist News
Beechworth wine; the quiet achiever
OFTEN referred to as the ‘younger sibling’ of the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsular, Beechworth’s wine region produces some of the best in the country.
The most commonly grown varieties include Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, generally grown at higher altitudes, with Shiraz and Syrah grown in the lower areas.
Although Beechworth is a relatively small wine producing area, spread throughout the hills and surrounds are a choice of superb wineries and cellar door experiences.
Defined as a hillside growing region, Beechworth’s climate of sunny days allows crops to ripen with cool nights helping to temper the heat, producing excellent high quality grapes.
With COVID-19 restrictions eased and the warmer weather here, now is the time to explore what the historic region has to offer.
Among the must-see of wineries and cellar doors include Pennyweight Winery, Haldon Estate Wines, Beechworth Wine Estates, Baarmutha Wines, Eldorado Road Cellar Door Cantina, Weathercraft Wine and Indigo Vineyard.
Wine enthusiasts wanting to mix up their experience can also take the Tour de Vines, a cycling tour with everything arranged and exclusive access to winemakers starting from Beechworth and ending in Bright.
Opening times do vary across cellar doors and vineyards, so be sure to check in advance and book ahead to get the most out of your experience.
Vineyards may also offer take-away and home delivery options too, if you don’t happen to be able to book a space.