Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00

New Regional Council: Beechworth Vignerons Association

Welcome to the Beechworth Vignerons Association (BVA), which joins Wine Victoria from North-East Victoria as our latest Regional Council, represented by Barry Morey of Sorrenberg Vineyard.

With vines first planted around the 1850s, the era for wine in Beechworth didn't really begin until Smith's vineyard began planting on the outskirts of town in 1978. Beechworth made strides as a wine region with wineries such as Giaconda 1982, Pennyweight 1983, and Sorrenberg 1985 strengthening its reputation in the Victorian wine industry.
Initially established in 1999, the BVA was made up of 14 members. Now headed by chair Barry Morey, it is expected that numbers will reach around 30, thanks to an influx of new producers in the region.

With altitude ranging from 300m to over 750m and two distinct soil types the diversity of sites across Beechworth ensures a complex array of wine styles are produced. With such fantastic hillside conditions to produce wine, Beechworth has the opportunity to produce varieties such as Chardonnay, Shiraz, Gamay, Pinot Noir & Cabernet to Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Nebbiolo.

The influence of climate and site is a key interest to the group and a combination of ongoing viticultural workshops and a vibrant tasting group is at the heart of the Association.