The Hunter Valley is without doubt the flagship of wine in New South Wales. With a history of viticulture dating back over 200 years, the region has a number of historic vineyards led by Wyndham Estate, known as the place where Australian Shiraz began. Located only a few hours north of Sydney, the Hunter has been well developed to cater for wine tourism, making it an ideal destination for a wine weekend away. But the region is more than grand cellar doors, luxury accommodation and world class golf courses (if that wasn’t enough…). It also continues to deliver a world famous unique style of Semillon and a distinctly earthy, soft textured Shiraz. The Hunter is also famous for its high quality, fruit filled Verdelho wines.
South west of the Hunter, past the historic and premium wine region of Mudgee, we arrive in Orange. Famous for its long history as an orchard producing apples, pears and cherries, Orange turned its focus towards commercial viticulture as late as in the 1980’s. Restricted opportunities for irrigation has slowed large scale vineyard development since 2000, allowing the region the remains home to many smaller premium vineyards delivering some of the best wines the country has to offer. By using an Australian specialty - cross-regional blending - the Hunter and Orange wine regions have together been able to produce exceptional results.
Further South and West the regions of Riverina and Gundagai stand out for distinctively different reasons. Riverina produces over 15% of all grapes in Australia, making it one of the largest producing regions in the country. But the region is also home to specialist wine grapes of International importance such as the Botrytised Semillon. The Gundagai on the other hand represents a much smaller region, with a number of newer plantations using the warm to hot climate and steady year round rain to produce a number of great Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon wines, with quality still rising as the vines mature.