Fog rises up the A Block (Pinot Noir), Coldstream Hills Amphitheatre Vineyard

Yarra Valley

Situated in the Yarra Valley, one of Australia's premier cool climate wine regions and renowned regions for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Coldstream Hills' steep, close-planted vineyards lining the natural amphitheatre have become an icon of the region.

Located approximately 50 km north-east of Melbourne near the town of Coldstream, the Yarra Valley is recognised for producing some of the finest Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in Australia.

With it's mild climate (cool winters and warm summers) and good, winter dominant rainfall, it's ideal for the production of high quality wines.

The Coldstream Hills winery sits on the top of a natural amphitheatre, the main block due north, but others turning all the way to southwest. This vineyard, along with House Block Chardonnay, also north-facing, was planted in 1985. The larger of the two estate vineyards was planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon in 1988.

We make a distinction between the Lower Yarra, lying roughly between the Warburton and Melba Highways and comprising the townships of Healesville and Yarra Glen, and the Upper Yarra, some 30 kms upstream and to the South East. The Upper Yarra is at a higher altitude, is cooler and receives higher rainfall than the Lower Yarra. Harvest normally commences 1 to 2 weeks later in the Upper Yarra and wines are characteristically elegant and finely structured compared with the more robust or opulent styles typical of the Lower Yarra.

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