Wine Regions in NSW
Wineries in NSW
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Horse riding, overlooking Two Rivers Winery, Hunter. Image Denman Tourism
Vineyard in Hunter Valley. Image Philip Quirk
The Beelgara winery cellar door showing a selection of wines and cheeses, Riverina. Image Paul Foley
Grove Estate Winery and Cellar Door. Image: Holly Bradford; Capital Country Tourism
Lunch at Roberts restaurant at Tower Estate winery is one of the services Sydney Seaplanes provides. Image Sydney Seaplanes