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Ballarat Wine Region - Wineries, Vineyards, Wine, Winery Tour Maps, Cellar Doors - Daylesford, Scotsburn, Myrninong, Ballarat, Clunes, Creswick, Learmonth, Scarsdale

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climate The Ballarat Wine Region is centred on the area and towns surrounding the regional centre of Ballarat, located about 110 km west of Melbourne and has an elevation of about 440 metres above sea-level. The Ballarat Region is the coolest region on the renowned Great Grape Road touring route, which includes the wine regions of the Pyrenees, Grampians and Ballarat. The region is renowned for its premium sparkling wines, and for fine Pinot noir and Chardonnay and also Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. Ballarat is known as one of the coolest parts of Victoria both in summer and winter. The mean daily maximum temperature for January is 25 degrees Celsius, while for July it is 10 degrees C. The mean annual rainfall is about 700 mm, with August being the wettest month (77mm). There are an average of 198 rain-free days per year. The early attempts to grow grapes failed. Ballarat`s modern wine history began with the planting of Yellowglen in the 1970s. While too cold for the proposed Shiraz and Cabernet, the area proved ideal for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and Yellowglen soon became one of the country's top sparkling labels. Winemakers producing wine from the notoriously difficult pivot noir grape have learned to take advantage of the low temperatures and yields. The region now produces subtly fragrant, complex wines with many layers. The local wineries include: Forty Feet, Yellowglen, Franklinford, Chepstowe Vineyard, Mount Buninyong Winery, Sailor`s Falls, Eastern Peake Vineyard, Mount Beckworth Wines, St Anne's Vineyard, Michael Unwin Wines, Mount Coghill Winery, Tomboy Hill Wines, Nintingbool Vineyard, Whitehorse Wines.

The Ballarat Wine Region includes two districts : East - Ballarat ; West - Ballarat
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