The magnificent Pyrenees Wine Region has developed as a unique tourism destination since the first vineyards were re-established here in the early 1960s making the Pyrenees one of the oldest wine regions in Victoria.
The Pyrenees Wine Touring Route now starts much closer to Melbourne than before with the first taste of the region being Quoin Hill Vineyard in Waubra, just 20 minutes from Ballarat and less than 1 1/2 hours from Melbourne.
The signature grape of the region, Shiraz, has long been recognised for its complex and distinctive flavours by serious wine drinkers and wine writers alike. James Halliday put it well in his Wine Atlas of Australia and New Zealand when he described the Pyrenees as producing "full blooded and richly textured" wines. A diverse range of varietals are also produced locally. Sparkling wine, both red and white Cabernet, Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Brunello, Barbera, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling are available for tasting at many of the thirty cellar doors branching out from the township of Avoca and Moonambel. The intimacy of the area is evident when visiting any of the wineries within the region. The winemakers are often on hand to discuss their personal winestyles with visitors and if time permits, a guided tour of the winery may be offered.
When it comes to dining in the Pyrenees, you have a variety of options from local olives and oils, quality cakes and biscuits or local made jams and sauces. Whether you wish to enjoy an alfresco meal overlooking the views of the vineyards and Pyrenees Mountains or a cafe with footpath dining and country style coffee, in the Pyrenees, you are spoilt with choice.