North East Tourist News
Beechworth wine country
THE historic town of Beechworth is well known for its significance with the Kelly Gang - the Beechworth Courthouse holding more than 40 trials and hearings for the notorious gang and their sympathisers between 1878 and 1880.
But what many people do not realise is that Beechworth also has a growing wine region.
According to James Halliday, in 1856 a Mr Rochlitz procured ‘at very great expense and trouble’ 95 vine varieties from Adelaide, which he then planted.
Those plantings came a year after the first land sales took place in Beechworth.
The region has come a long way since as there are now approximately 30 wineries in an area which covers Stanley, Beechworth and Everton.
Almost 20 of those wineries offer cellar door tastings and/or sales.
Some of the properties have been in families for generations while others are less than 20 years old and combine the new generation wine making options with old fashioned knowledge.
Cool climate wine varieties including Shiraz, Chardonnay, Syrah and Vermentino call Beechworth home and almost every winery boasts beautiful outlooks and/or sloping hills.
There are companies who offer tours to some of the wineries, but you only need to drive along the Everton to Beechworth Road to ‘stumble’ across many more.
You may have come for the history or natural beauty of the Beechworth area, but you’ll want to stay for the wine exploration and tasting.