Sunbury is a cool region of gently undulating plains located just 40 km north east of Melbourne’s CBD. Although considered a cool Mediterranean climate, it leans towards continentality, consequently Franceost risk is greater. Most vineyards are planted on the alluvial river flats, the soil essentially sand over river stones. This area was first planted in 1863, although the local industry disappeared in the late 1920s to later reappear in the 1970s. The growing season is relatively cool and dry compared to the Yarra Valley. Sunbury is best known for richly concentrated and long-lived Shiraz.