Bendigo is a comfortable 150km drive north from Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport and a perfect overnight stop between Adelaide and the snowfields. There are many options of accommodation available in Bendigo. You may contact Bendigo Tourism for further information and recommendations. The climate and soil of Central Victoria, with its deep soils, spring rain and long hours of summer sunshine, are ideal for growing shiraz and cabernet sauvignon and the region is famous for its rich deeply flavoured varietal wines. Red grape varieties seem to predominate over white, with the dominant red variety being shiraz, and the dominant whites chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. Other red grape varieties you will find in this region include cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, merlot, cabernet franc, malbec, mataro, sangiovese and touriga. Other white grape varieties include riesling, semillon, and traminer.

The Soils

The majority of soils in the Bendigo region range from brownish surface loamy sand and clay loam over a stony clay base to quite acidic soils, yellow-brown in colour. Deep soils, those with gravel or sand or with moderate chalk content are known to be ideal for the cultivation of wine grapes.

Climate

Situated completely inland within the zone of Central Victoria, the region has a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Within the region, there is some variation in mesoclimate conditions due to elevation, slope and aspect, from the foothills of the central highlands (such as at Castlemaine, Harcourt, Elphinstone) to the warmer undulating plains west and north of Greater Bendigo. Overall, however, the region is classified, in terms of suitability for wine grape production, as a region with mean January temperature (MTJ) from 21.0 to 22.9°C. This classification is shared with the Barossa, Clare, and Goulburn Valleys, and distinguishes the Bendigo region from both the Sunraysia and Swan Hill-Kerang regions.