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Yarra Valley

Winegrowing area (GI) northeast of Melbourne in the Australian state of Victoria. It belongs to the Port Philip zone. The Yarra Valley is one of the few valleys in Australia that really deserves this designation. Between the rolling hills of the Great Dividing Range and the Christmas Ridge it stretches for 20 km from west to east. Wine-growing has been practised here since 1838 and was mainly founded by immigrants from Switzerland. Charles Hubert de Castella (1825-1907) from Neuchâtel, who founded one of the first wineries in Australia in 1863 with the still existing St. Hubert's in 1863, deserves special mention. His direct descendant, Damien de Castella, now works at the Yarra Ridge Winery

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