Viticultural (GI) area north of Melbourne in the Australian state of Victoria, which is part of the Port Phillip zone. The main towns are Lancefield and Sunbury. Viticulture has been practised here since 1968. The climate, characterised by strong winds, is one of the coolest in Australia. The soils are of volcanic origin, but very diverse. The vineyards cover 150 hectares of vines, which are planted with the red wine varieties Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the white wine varieties Chardonnay and Riesling. Sparkling wines are also produced. Well-known producers are Bindi, Cleveland, Cobaw Ridge, Cope-Williams, Craiglee Vineyards, Hanging Rock, Knights Granite Hills, Portree and Virgin Hills.