The Yarra Valley was Victoria's first wine growing district with a history stretching back more than 170 years. This history can be traced all the way back to Charles Joseph Latrobe, the first lieutenant-governer of Victoria. Latrobe gained an appreciation for wine in his early twenties in Neuchâtel in Switzerland before moving to Australia. He planted vines in the garden of the first Government House in Melbourne.
However, his real and lasting contribution to Australian viticulture however was inviting Clement Deschamps, son of the head vigneron in Neuchâtel, to come to Victoria with friends like Baron de Pury (Yeringberg) and the de Castella brothers (St. Hubert and Chateau Yering) to develop Australian viticulture and winemaking.
Today the Yarra Valley is renowned as one of our top cool climate wine regions, with the variation in altitude in this hilly region creates differences in climates and exposure which allows several varieties to excel. Chardonnay is grown on some very diverse sites and styles are generally fine, textural and restrained. The regional emphasis on the quality and flavour of wine has spread to the local produce grown in the same fertile soil and expertly tended. Expect fine contemporary fare and ambient dining in some of the most picturesque settings in Victoria. Or bring the Yarra Valley experience home by pairing Red Spice Road’s delicious pork belly with chilli caramel and apple slaw with the citrus and stonefruit flavours of a Yarra Valley Chardonnay.