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Wine Regions in NSW


Wineries in NSW

New South Wales is famous for its wineries, including the renowned Southern Highlands, Mudgee and Hunter Valley towns which produce award-winning wines available for sampling at local cellar doors.

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Best NSW Wine Regions

Since the first grapevine was planted at Sydney Cove in 1788, the wine industry in New South Wales has flourished.

Just two hours north-west of the city is the famed Hunter Valley wine region. This is the oldest continuously planted region in Australia, producing acclaimed Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. The Hawkesbury Nepean region is also close to Sydney with historic villages and pretty wineries. The Southern Highlands is a more recent producer, well suited to producing delicious cool-climate wines.

There are delicious cool-climate wines produced in Orange and the Hilltops region near Young and excellent cellar doors and good dining options at wineries in Mudgee and Yass Valley.

The emerging New England North West region has a unique climate and soils that produce distinctive wines full of flavour. The Murray/Darling and Perricoota wine regions are based around the Murray River, producing shiraz, merlot, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon grape varieties.

Southern Highlands

If you enjoy good food and wine, you'll find plenty of good reasons to head to the Southern Highlands. Check out Bowral’s cafes, cheese store and delis, and the delicious produce from Montrose Berry Farm at Sutton Forest.

Griffith Area

Cellar doors are located throughout the Riverina food and wine region – don’t miss the chance to sample the famous sweet dessert wine made from botrytis semillon grapes. Over the June long weekend, the unWINEd festival showcases the region’s best food and wine.


There are 35 cellar doors around Mudgee so take your time to find the perfect drop. Buy produce such as honey, cheese, olives and seasonal fruit and vegetables fresh from the grower at the monthly farmers’ market.

Hunter Valley

If you have a passion for wine, then a visit to the Hunter Valley is a must. Home to some of the oldest wine families in Australia, the Hunter Valley produces a range of tempting wines that utilise traditional methods and techniques.


The Hilltops region on the southwest slopes of the Great Dividing Range surrounds Young. Wine grapes were first planted here in the late 1880s during the gold rush era; today, the rolling hills above 500 metres are an emerging producer of premium reds from cabernet sauvignon to shiraz.


Orange in Central NSW is a great place to discover some of the best produce, wines and dining experiences in the State. Thanks to its cool climate and rich soils, Orange and surrounds grow an enormous range of produce that includes seasonal fruit and vegetables, pork, free range chicken, venison, cheeses, gourmet preserves, honey and olive oil, hazelnuts, verjus and much more.