Here in the Yarra Valley we’re well known for our cool climate wines (historically Chardonnay, méthode traditionnelle sparkling and Pinot Noir) and now, with over 80 wineries, our reputation is broadening to include Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and some exciting lesser known varietals.
The valley has long been a place of nourishment for its traditional custodians, the Wurundjeri people who have lived on country for an estimated 50,000 years. We only know the most recent history, from when records began, which document that between 1863 and 1875, the Kulin people cleared and planted 4,850 acres of Coranderrk Station bushland in Healesville for crops. In 1872 Coranderrk’s manager John Green introduced hops as part of his policy of self-sufficiency for the settlement. Workers cut 26,000 ’hop poles’ and built an aqueduct, a kiln and a cooling house. Their hops were renowned for their quality and won several notable prizes.