Geelong was one of the most important winemaking regions in Victoria, if not Australia 145 years ago. Unfortunately, in 1875 the wine louse Phylloxera was discovered in the Fyansford vineyard and in an attempt to stop the spread of the pest, all the vines were removed. The vineyards were not replanted for the next eighty years, becoming known in the wine scene as the ‘forgotten area’ for the better part of a century. Today, with a cool maritime climate perfect for Pinot, boutique producers are rebuilding the region's reputation.