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New South Wales is state and wine-producing region within the Federal Commonwealth of Australia, and one of the first to be populated with and planted by European settlers. It boasts a wide array of regions and climates from the Shoal Haven coast to high altitude in the Great Dividing Range to warm inland along the Murrambidgee and Murray rivers (a.k.a. the “Big Rivers”) to cooler climates in the Swan Hill and Murray Darling, with each section excelling in their own varietals and styles.
Hunter Valley is the best known region in the state, regarded for its prized Semillon that was originally planted in the 1820s by James Busby, who is credited with being the “Father of Australian Wine.”
* Canberra District, known for growing elegant, cool-climate Shiraz and Shiraz-Viognier blends in the Rhone tradition.
* Cowra, best known for Chardonnay.
* Gundagi known for Shiraz.
* Hastings River, known for white Verdelho.
* Hilltops, known for cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon.
* Hunter Valley and its Semillon, as well as Chardonnay and Riesling.
* Mudgee (its name Aboriginal for “nest in the hills”), Cabernet grown in the Great Dividing Range, as well as Italian varietal experimentations with Sangiovese and Barbera.
* New England, known for high altitude Riesling.
* Orange, known for high altitude Sauvignon Blanc.
* Perricoota, one of the newest Shiraz-centered regions.
* Riverina, home of small-scale production Botrytis Semillon, made in the Sauternes traditional method.
* Shoalhaven Coast, known for growing the French red hybrid Chambourcin, both in still and sparkling styles.
* Southern Highlands, with cool conditions well suited to growing Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
* Tumbarumba, with cool climate conditions at the foot of the Snowy Mountains perfect for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Description 2 of 2
New South Wales was the first State in Australia to be colonised by Europeans and subsequently was the first to grow the grapevine (there are no native vitis species in Australia). The State, lying on the continent’s east coast, boasts an incredibly diverse range of climates from coastal, such as the Shoalhaven Coast region lying south of Sydney, to Alpine, across the top of the Great Dividing Range, where hardy growers persist at over 500m above sea level. West of the Great Dividing Range and along the inland flowing Murrumbidgee and Murray Rivers are the warm-climate regions of Riverina and Perricoota and the northern portion of the Swan Hill and Murray Darling. One of Australia’s best known wine zones – the Hunter Valley – is in New South Wales. – Description from Wine Australia
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