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Tumbarumba is unequivocally in the Snowy Mountains, a part of the Australian Alps which feature Mount Kosciusko, Australia’s highest peak with vineyards at altitudes ranging from 300 to 800 metres (984 to 2624 feet), the region. The first vines were established at Tumbarumba in 1982 by Ian Cowell and a year later by Frank Minutello at Tooma in the Maragle Valley, 18 kilometres (11 miles) south-east of Tumbarumba. The majority of the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grown in the region continue to be used for sparkling wine with these two varieties accounting for 75 percent of the total plantings and a testament to the cool climate. The pace of development was slow between 1983 and 1992, and at the end of the decade eight vineyards had been established with a total area of 78 hectares (193 acres). Today there are more than 25 vineyards covering a total of almost 300 hectares (741 acres). The ability of the region to produce table wine (as opposed to sparkling wine) is dependent on two things; seasonal Read more »

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Syrah

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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