Yarra Valley is located less than one hour’s drive east of Melbourne, Victoria. As one of Australia’s leading wine regions, Yarra Valley has a history of wine growing stretching back 170 years. Vines were first planted in 1838 and viticulture spread rapidly through the 1860’s and 1870’s. Yarra Valley is now recognized as one of Australia’s foremost cool climate regions. Rainfall is winter/spring, with summer relatively cool, dry, and humid. There are two basic soil types. In the northern side of the valley are grey loamy sand or clay loam; and in the southern side is immensely deep and fertile red volcanic soil. Cool climate and special soil are key essentials which make Yarra Valley capable of making classic styles from a wide range of varieties. Yarra Valley is renowned in the world for production of premium Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.