The Outback, Broken Hill. Credit: Maxime Coquard;Destination NSW
View of New England. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama, South Coast. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Wine regions in NSW
NSW is home to a range of exciting and diverse wine regions, including the famous vineyards of Australia's popular Hunter Valley. Explore wineries and cellars doors, from the cool-climate Canberra district to the charming historic regions of Orange and Mudgee, home to skilled winemakers and increasingly popular labels.
NSW wine regions
There are 14 wine regions in NSW, with diverse climates and growing environments with a range of grape varieties. From the famous Semillons of the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest continuous wine region, to the riesling and shiraz of the Canberra District, to the distinctive Hastings River verdelho, there are some unique drops to taste at the cellar doors and vineyards spread across NSW.
Traverse the wine trails of NSW and meet passionate producers and winemakers, indulge in a meal at some of the state’s best restaurants, and spend the night at some of NSW’s most hospitable hotels, resorts and boutique accommodation. There’s also great local produce to try, from farm-fresh cheese to handmade chocolates and homemade jams.
One of the best ways to explore any wine region is by taking a wine tour. Whether you join a group tour or book yourself in for a private tour, you’ll be chauffeured to key wineries and foodie hotspots in the area, where you can do wine tastings and try local produce. With the benefit of local knowledge, your friendly guide can tell you more about the local wine growing and production techniques, and you can take a peek behind the cellar door and visit vineyards and wineries off the beaten track.
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The Hunter Valley is Australia's oldest and most visited wine region, home to some of the countrys most outstanding wines. The most recognised of these is semillon, a product of techniques and processes that have developed over 150 years of winemaking.
Vineyards in the Hastings River hinterland region, around Port Macquarie and Wauchope, produce quality white and red wine grapes. This region's best wine grapes are chambourcin, chardonnay, verdelho, semillon and merlot.
New England is unlike any other grape-growing region in Australia due to its topographical diversity with high altitude and cool-climate vineyards along the mountain spine of the Great Dividing Range and warmer vineyards on the New England tablelands.
The Cowra region is situation in the warm fertile Lachlan Valley of NSW, the region's mature high quality vines produce rich flavoursome chardonnay. Along with producing winning varietals, local vignerons are dedicated to sustainable winemaking practices.
With a continuous history of winemaking since the 1850s, Mudgee is the third largest grape-producing region in NSW. Local grape production is focused on red varieties, with the regions shiraz and cabernet sauvignon varietals receiving ongoing acclaim.
Oranges high altitude vineyards produce a wide range of outstanding red and white varieties including chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and riesling. Local winemakers are also creating interesting blends of wines made from grapes grown at different elevations and soil types.
The Canberra District enjoys a similar climate to Frances Rhône Valley, producing superb shiraz and shiraz viognier blends. The majority of vineyards lie in the districts of NSW around Bungedore, Lake George, Murrumbateman and Yass.
Pinot noir and pinot gris are the acknowledged specialties of the Southern Highlands. Local growers are highly regarded for the care and quality of their cultivation practices which has seen the regions wines win prestigious awards.
The vineyards of Tumbarumba are tucked high into snow country and known for their chardonnay and pinot noir. A talented group of local vignerons are increasingly using their fruit to launch their own local labels of sparkling and still wine varieties.
The best-known wine of the Shoalhaven Coast region is chambourcin, a French red wine hybrid variety. Visit the region's cellar doors, many of which combine rolling green countryside with ocean or river views.
The Riverina is the states biggest wine producing region, where theres been a thriving European-influenced culture. Botrytis semillon is the stand-out wine, although a large number of Italian-origin grape varieties are also produced.
The Murray Darling basin is home to the emerging Perricoota wine region around the township of Moama. Try the regional speciality, collexion, a wine made from the contribution of shiraz grapes from all growers from the region.