Nagambie Lakes located in Central Victoria is home to some of Australia’s (and the worlds) oldest pre-phylloxera Shiraz vines, which date back to 1860. It is the only Australian wine region and one of only six worldwide, where the climate is influenced by inland water. The numerous lakes and lagoons in the region, linked by the Goulburn River, have a cooling effect, moderating the average temperature in the area. Nagambie Lakes also possess unique red sandy loam soils owing to their high ferric-oxide content, which has a positive effect on grape quality and adds a distinct regional character to the wines. Best known for old vine Shiraz, the area also has plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon. Rhone white varieties also excel including Viognier, Roussanne and age-worthy Marsanne.