Back in the 1870s, the powers-that-be in England probably had not yet come to terms with punishing their criminals by sending them to colonise a country that would become one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in the world. However, they were enjoying the wine made in abundance here.
In 1875, the Goulburn Valley alone was producing around 70,000 cases per year – much of it being exported to the old country. This is one of the few wine regions in Australia that kept on keeping on and withstood some unfortunate grape slaying disease eras and is still believed to house the oldest and largest plantings of the marsanne grape variety in the world.
This sprawling district in central Victoria (don’t confuse it with Goulburn in NSW) is also a great place to get acquainted with chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, riesling and shiraz.