For well over a century, the gentle rolling hills which fold away from the granite outcrops of the ranges of Central Victoria have been home to some of the great wines of Australia.
The First Grapes
The first vines were planted in the region in 1856 just after the start of the massive goldrushes which brought tens of thousands of hopeful diggers from all over the world to seek their fortunes.
They brought with them a lust for gold, but also the wine and food knowledge of Europe and it was only a few years before the judges at the 1873 Vienna Exhibition were heard to exclaim of Bendigo's early Hermitage that "no Colonial wine can be that good".
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Today the Bendigo Winemakers have proudly placed this region of Victoria at the centre of a new winemaking excellence as evidenced by the reviews listed at right...