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 Mediterranean 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. The Macedon Ranges Shire is home to uninhabited rolling fields of green and a family-orientated culture of wine-making. Interestingly, the Shire is currently said to provide the highest quality of life standards in Australia.
Victoria's relative anonymity as a wine-producing region is actually a great advantage as terrific wines are still available at reasonable prices. The thriving heart of Victoria is Melbourne, Australia's second biggest city, which is a good base from which to head into the five main wine regions.