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.
Victoria is home to more than 800 wineries across 21 regions. With more than its fair share of cool-climate vineyards, located between the maritime influences of the Southern Ocean and the hills of the Great Dividing Range, the diversity and array of micro-climates lends itself to ongoing and exciting discoveries. Regions include Beechworth, King Valley, Heathcote and Whitlands High plateau, to name a few.