As the pre-eminent grape of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has become a global yardstick for premium wine among winemakers and discerning consumers. Pinot is a very demanding grape, but in the right hands, it has a wonderful ability to express the complexities of the local terroir. Now grown around the world—including Australia, New Zealand, America and Germany—the grape produces vastly different wines. Traditionally, though, it is light-bodied and has characters of raspberry, cranberry, truffle, and allspice. Pinot Noir's silky tannins and bright acidity pairs brilliantly with wide-ranging dishes, from pasta and roasted chicken to cheese boards and salads with balsamic vinaigrettes.
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.