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The Upper Goulburn Wine Region stretching in area from roughly east of Seymour across to Mansfield and surrounding districts around the Goulburn River now has almost twenty wine labels.
Some are substantial well established vineyards – Delatite at Mansfield, Larnoo, Murrindindi, Penbro and Rees Miller near Yea, Snobs Creek near Eildon and Tallarook near Seymour are very well established winemakers with a host of awards to their credit.
The newer ones, more at the boutique or estate scale, are wine labels worthy of discovery including Buller View, Buxton Ridge, Growlers Gully, Little Cathedral, Mt Samaria, Sedona, Nillahcootie Estate, Rocky Passes, St Winifreds and Traawool.
And some like Kinloch Wines in the high country near Mansfield have idyllic cellar doors and offer food platters or light taster meals with their wines.
The winemakers of the Upper Goulburn region have just released their first 'Exploring the Upper Goulburn Wine Trail' brochure and the entire region barely two hours travel time from Melbourne provides the opportunity to visit the cellar doors and experience the spectacular valley country.
The region can be reached via the Hume Highway to Seymour, and both the Melba or Maroondah Highways through to Alexandra and Mansfield.
Susan Kinloch who heads the promotion for the Upper Goulburn Wine Region said all of the region’s vineyards are situated at an elevation above sea level.
“Although we are on the north side of the Great Dividing Range we are nominally a cool climate region, yet we have the sunshine which brings our grapes to perfect ripeness.
“This credential is showing through in the wines we are producing with aromatic varietals like Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and elegant textural Pinot Noir and Shiraz becoming widely recognised for their quality.
“A number of our wineries are now releasing distinctive sparkling wines as well” Susan says.
The regional wine trail brochure is being released on Saturday 9 August when the wineries of the Upper Goulburn Wine Region will be holding their inaugural Wine & Food Expo & Roving Experience at Marylands Country House in Marysville.
Operating from 11 am to 5 pm the winemakers of the region will have their wines on tasting and sale where the emphasis will be on meeting and talking to the winemaker or vineyard owner.
Local food products derived from the regions bountiful pastures, soils and streams will include trout, cheeses, olives, bread, jams and preserves.
The Expo cost is only $15 a head for a tasting glass and participation in all the activities and wines will be able to be ordered for later delivery or taken home on the day.
Wine educator Rob Hicks will be providing a tutored wine tasting class with sessions at 12 noon, 1.30 and 3 pm.
Three chefs from the region will demonstrate their culinary skills with the region’s best ingredient, Trout at 12.30, 1.30 and 3.30 pm.
An additional bonus will be an Expo discount voucher for use at the five participating dining venues around Marysville itself between 12 noon on Saturday to 4pm on the Sunday.
And Marysville and surrounding towns offer all styles of visitor accommodation from hotels, motels, resort guest houses and bed and breakfast choices for those who want to make it a good weekend with plenty of clean fresh mountain air.
For more information on all aspects of the Upper Goulburn Wine Region see the web site at www.uppergoulburnwine.org.au or event information can be obtained by calling Susan Kinloch on 03 5777 3447.