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Little more than 100 kilometres north of Melbourne, Heathcote is one of Australia's most exciting wine regions at the moment, and most of the region's plantings (certainly the better sites) are on the vivid red Cambrian soils of 500-600 million years of age.  heathcote.jpg

Like many Victorian regions, the first vineyards emerged after the gold rush in the second half of the 19th century, and nearly all were destroyed in the late 19th century as phylloxera ravaged Victoria.  Towards the end of the 20th century - and it must be said, largely on the success of one vineyard (Jasper Hill) - new plantings took off, and today there are around 2,000 hectares of vines planted on more than 100 sites, and some 40 distinct producers.

Shiraz is the undisputed champion variety in Heathcote, renowned for producing rich, powerful, deeply-flavoured wines with fine, supple tannins and delicious spice with an impressive ability to age superbly.

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