Situated completely inland, the Bendigo region has a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The diversity of climate create notable Chardonnay, Sangiovese and Pinot Noir varieties. Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc are also created beautifully. Compared with its neighbouring regions, Bendigo has higher daily mean temperatures during the ripening period, a lower relative humidity and more sunshine hours.
Most soils are brownish, loamy sands or clay loams, common to regions in south-east Australia. They are low in nutrients and tend to produce low yields, a reason for the richness and depth of the local wine. The clay is of particular importance in Bendigo, as the region has a low average rainfall and the clay content helps to store water for the vines to use throughout the growing season. The heaviest clays are reserved for the red-wine varieties, while lighter, sandier soils are better suited to white varieties.
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