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Yering Yarra Valley Victoria Australia
The Scottish-born Ryrie brothers planted Victoria's first vineyard in 1838, at their Yering Station in the beautiful Yarra Valley some 47 km from Melbourne.
Yering - History
The Ryrie brothers took up 43 000 acres of grazing land when they moved into the Yarra Valley from their cattle run near Sydney. They retained the Aboriginal name for the area, and calling it 'Yering'. The Ryrie's planted two grape varieties, the black Cluster of Hamburg and the white grape variety called Sweetwater. 1850's they returned to Sydney and Swiss born Paul de Castella took over Yering Station. Paul de Castella and developed the Yering Station into an iconic landmark of winemaking in Victoria; cultivating new varieties of grapes and extending the vineyards and the buildings to house innovative equipment bought in 1859 from the Bordeaux Exhibition in France. He lined the driveway with 330 elms to celebrate his wedding and in 1861 Yering won the Argus Gold Cup for the best vineyard in Victoria. In 1889, Guillame de Pury entered wine from his Yering Vineyard in the Paris Exhibition and won a Grand Prix - the only wine from the Southern Hemisphere to do so. By 1892 there was 1000 acres under the vine in the Yarra Valley. In the early part of the 20th century the cool climate wines of the Yarra Valley lost favour to the port and sherry type wines and commercial production of Yarra Valley wine ceased until resurgence in the 1960's. In 1996 100 more acres were put to the vine and the French company. Champagne Devaux entered in a joint venture with the Rathbone family to produce the iconic Yarrabank sparkling wine. At that time, Yering Station was re- designed to become a state of the art winery and to epitomize excellence in presentation and delivery.
Yering Station -Today
The present Yering Station came into its own when Yering won the title of 'International Winemaker of the Year' at the highly coveted International Wine and Spirit Competition, London in 2004. Today Yering Station remains a family owned winery with a proud history and highly visible heritage; Madame de Castella's avenue of elms still stand, and the heritage listed barn and historic winery buildings are now the Yering Cellar Door where visitors can experience superb wines. New buildings enhance the senses of visitors; complimenting and reflecting the stunning beauty of the surrounding Yarra Valley as the fine wines and foods products of the region are experienced at Yering Station.