Despite humble beginnings, Australia's Victoria wine region now produces some of the finest wines in the world. Located at the southernmost part of the main continent, Victoria plays off a favourable coastal and subtropical climate to host three principle wine growing regions, Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley and the Macedon Ranges Shire.
Mornington Peninsula features secluded beaches and golf opportunities, as side activities to the wine tasting of course. Yarra Valley, with the Yarra River running through it, is a slightly colder but very green and picturesque region which produces exceptional chardonnays. Yarra Valley also boasts Australia's most prolific wineries, the De Bortoli and Domaine Chandon, while the Macedon Ranges Shire boasts vast uninhabited rolling fields of green and a family-oriented culture of wine-making. The shire currently holds the highest quality of life standards in Australia.
Victoria's strength may lie in her relative anonymity as this currently regarded as the place to find one-of-a-kind wines at a reasonable price. The thriving heart of Victoria is Melbourne, Australia's second biggest city and a good base from which to head into the five main wine regions.