Geelong Wine Region By James Halliday

Discover the wineries of the Geelong wine region of Victoria. Use our Geelong region guide and map to help you plan your next winery visit and to learn more about this region. This content is taken from James Halliday’s Wine Atlas of Australia, which is available to buy in the Wine Companion bookshop.

Fast Facts

  • Latitude:
    38°07’S
  • Altitude:
    20–150 m
  • Heat degree days:
    1470
  • Growing season rainfall:
    250 mm
  • Mean January temp:
    19°C
  • Harvest:
    Early March to end April
  • Chief viticultural hazard:
    Drought

Discover the wine and wineries of Geelong

Discover Geelong with James Halliday's Wine Atlas of Australia

It may come as a major surprise to find that 140 years ago Geelong was the most important winemaking district in Victoria, if not Australia. In 1861 there were 225 hectares under vine, and by the end of that decade 400 hectares. It also shares with the Yarra Valley the unusual distinction of being primarily established by Swiss vignerons, drawn to Australia by the Swiss-born wife of the first governor of Victoria.

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