Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley is tucked just to the northeast of the city of Melbourne and it is one of Australia's oldest wine growing regions, having been first planted in 1838. It is a cool climate region that excels with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and these varietals dominate the plantings.

The valley has a rolling topography, with the oldest vineyards planted on the slopes of the Yarra Ridge, which bears a passing resemblance to Burgundy's Cote d'Or. The region enjoys a modest elevation of 1,600 feet that serves to accentuate the cool climate and extend the growing season.

Being an easy trip from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is Victoria's most popular wine destination and shares a bit in common with Napa in terms of well-developed tasting rooms and tours, in addition to a range of stylish restaurants. (Wine/Appellations)