Pyrenees

It is no surprise that the Pyrenees mountain range shares its name with the ruggedly beautiful area that divides France and Spain – sweeping vistas; a temperate climate and passion for pétanque offer similarities that go way beyond the name.

Map - Pyrenees regionLocation and drive-time

Located 200 kilometres north west of Melbourne, the Pyrenees is a 2.5 hour drive away, by Rolls Royce or another car from our luxury range. This region is the southern extension of the Great Dividing Range.

Wine styles

The Pyrenees is famous for producing excellent full-bodied Shiraz and elegant still and sparkling white wines. Shiraz, Cabernet, Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the principle grape varieties.

Landscape and climate

Pyrenees blue canvas skyThe sky is a vast blue canvas, with the deeper blue of the ranges stretching along the horizon below. The expanse of these ranges is a beautiful sight wherever you travel in this region.

Country roads wind through corridors of grand old gum trees, with views of vineyards, the buttercup yellow of canola crops and flocks of sheep - all set against the blue backdrop.

These ranges and foothills hold a remarkable diversity of microclimates that provide a wealth of variety for winemakers.

The 44 vineyards in the region grow about 25 varieties of grapes, but the Pyrenees’ strength and reputation lies in its savory, spicy reds and in particular, premium Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc also respond beautifully to the soils and climate here.

The mix of grey-brown sandy and brown loamy sand soils, combined with the climate, produces moderate rather than vigorous growth.

Spring and early summer have substantial diurnal temperature ranges, followed by low mid summer temperatures with relatively low humidity.  Daytime temperatures in late summer are moderate.  Low rainfall during the growing season and no underground water are a challenge. Temperatures are much cooler on the southern side of the Pyrenees. 

Pyrenees wineries are clustered in three sub-regions:

  • Avoca and Talbot: with elevated vines on flats and restrained cool climate wines.
  • Landsborough Valley: this long valley runs north south through the break in the two sections of the Pyrenees. The undulating land between the ranges provides plentiful north to north-west facing vines. Out on the other side are the town of Crowlands and the Dog Rock Winery, facing across to the Grampians at an elevation of 330 meters.
  • Moonambel.

Example Wine Tour Itinerary

Pyrenees region restaurantThis itinerary may be varied to suit your interests.

  • Leave Melbourne city at 9.30 am travelling first by freeway and then country highway.
  • Visit 2 wineries before lunch.
  • Lunch at an eatery setting on a winery or a local town bistro.
  • Visit 2 more wineries in the afternoon.
  • Return to Melbourne by 5.30 pm.

 

Restaurants, accommodation and other ideas

Browse local wine shopsThis region offers delightful eateries serving excellent food to compliment the regional wines.  The approach is Bistro to casual deli style with atmosphere. 

Menus focus on fresh local produce and show creativity amongst the Chefs.  Lamb and Shiraz is the specialty of the region and not to be missed. Eateries are located in the small regional towns and on the larger wineries.

The selection of a venue for lunch can greatly enhance your wine experience, offering an opportunity to taste the wines of the region matched to fine food.

We can advise you on establishments where regional wines are well represented on the wine lists, staff are able to guide your wine selection to match your food, and wines can be ordered by the glass so you can experience more than one wine with your lunch.

There is a good range of bed and breakfast accommodation experiences to select from for an overnight stay.  

Peaceful winery vista

 

 

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