New South Wales & ACT Wine Regions

NSW Regions


  • Hunter Valley

    Hot climate/Elevation 75-250m
    Australia's first wine region, the Hunter Valley has a great history of wine pioneers (e.g. Maurice O'Shea, Murray Tyrrell and Len Evans). Wines from the region tend to be relatively low in alcohol and excellent with food. Hunter Valley Semillon is widely regarded as a benchmark style for this variety.

    Primary Varieties: Shiraz, Semillon, Chardonnay and Verdelho.

    Important Wineries: Brokenwood, Lake's Folly, Lindeman's Hunter Valley, McWilliam's Mount Pleasant and Tyrrell's. There are also many boutique wineries, some producing exceptional wines.
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  • Mudgee

    Warm climate/Elevation 500-600m
    Mudgee is best known for its robust and cellar-worthy reds (most notably Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon) but it also produces excellent examples of white varieties such as Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris. Sustainable and organic winemaking is popular in the region.

    Primary Varieties: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay.

    Important Wineries: Oatley Wines, Frog Rock, Huntington Estate, Peter Van Gent.
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  • Orange

    Cool climate/Elevation 600-850m
    Long an important orchard area, Orange saw grapes first cultivated commercially in the early 1980s. Centred on the slopes of Mount Canobolas, it is a cool-climate region dominated by boutique wineries.

    Primary Varieties: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Sauvignon Banc are all grown here.

    Important Wineries: Phillip Shaw, Printhie, Jarretts, Cumulus, Highland Heritage.
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  • Riverina

    Hot dry climate/Elevation 140m
    The Riverina district was settled by Italian immigrants and returned soldiers who established large-scale market gardening and grape growing in an area supplied by the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Scheme. The Riverina is most famous for its fortified and dessert wines, notably De Bortoli's Noble One Botrytis, a benchmark wine of its style and an Australian classic.

    Primary Varieties: Chardonnay, Semillon, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Important Wineries: De Bortoli, Casella, Westend Estate, McWilliam's, Beelgara.
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  • Canberra district

    Cool climate/Elevation 300-800m
    The Canberra District covers most of the wineries in the northern part of the ACT and just across the border in New South Wales. Riesling and Chardonnay are the major white varieties, with elegance the trademark feature. Amongst reds Shiraz is really coming into its own and Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Merlot blends are produced with great success.

    Primary Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Riesling, Chardonnay.

    Important Wineries: Clonakilla, Helm, Lark Hill, Eden Road.
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