Wine regions in NSW
New South Wales has a broad range of exciting and diverse wine regions, including its most established, the Hunter Valley, the home of Australia’s oldest grape plantings. Visit the cool-climate Canberra District and the charming historic regions of Orange and Mudgee which also feature a strong food culture.
The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest and most visited wine region, home to some of the country’s most outstanding wines. The most recognized 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 western edges of 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. Local vignerons are dedicated to producing wines that create the least environmental impact of any region in Australia.
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 region’s shiraz and cabernet sauvignon varietals receiving ongoing acclaim.
The Canberra District enjoys a similar climate to France’s 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 region’s wines win prestigious awards.
Hilltops is a small wine region situated on the south-west slopes of the Great Diving Range. The high altitude coupled with long warm summer and autumn periods provide excellent ripening conditions.
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.
Riverina Wine Region
The Riverina is the state’s biggest wine producing region, where there’s 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.
Murray Wine Region
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.
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