Tucked into the southeastern corner of the Australian mainland, the warm-climate regions of Murray Darling and Swan Hill are situated along the Murray River in the northwest of the state. Further east along the Murray River, the region of Rutherglen has carved a reputation for unique fortified wine styles such as Muscat, which boast the sweetest fruit flavors concentrated through long dry autumns. Victoria’s other wine regions are generally cooler than those of the states to the north and west. The Yarra Valley region just half an hour’s drive from Melbourne is producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines of immense elegance and delicacy. In the Alpine Valleys region, autumn comes fast and vignerons and winemakers strive to ripen fruit before the frosts take their toll, but their losses are balanced by the rich, complex wines that are produced through cool summers.