The Alpine Valleys Wine Region
Alpine = mountains.
Alpine valley = snowy white ski fields, hot chocolates and rosy cheeks.
Alpine Valleys Wine Region = burgeoning area in between King Valley and Beechworth in the official North East Victoria Zone.
This remarkable region consists of four river valleys – the Ovens, the Kiewa, the Buckland and the Buffalo. Their sub-alpine villages are happily protected from harsh conditions. The climate is typified by cold winters and bright sunny days during the growing season with cool nights. Lucky for grape growers, the soils have above average fertility and the region experiences high natural rainfall (1000mm at Porepunkah). The cool nights combined with sunny days means that the region is able to ripen grapes slowly and elegantly and produce a diverse number of varieties.
The Lowdown on Alpine Valleys Wines
It’s hard to generalise, but in an attempt to describe the region’s wines, you could say that Alpine Valleys drops are elegant and predominantly fruit-intense with high natural acidity. Lucky for winemakers like Jo Marsh, with active minds and curious souls, the Alpine Valley’s conditions make it the perfect playground for unusual varieties.
This region is increasingly populated by producers with innovation at the top of their list, so it’s common to find fresh approaches and wine styles at the friendly cellar doors dotted around the area. Go here for more information on the wine region.
Billy Button Wines now has a Cellar Door at 2D Anderson St in Bright, open 7 days over January.