Australia…where to go in wine country?

 

Australia Map

Australia…it’s the other side of the world and a day away. Far from our normal life. A place where they drive on the other side of the road and sit on the other side of the car to drive. Where the signs on the road tell you to watch for kangaroos and wombats. But…the language is the same, well, mostly. The slang can be a bit of a hang up to translate.

In October, we got on a plane for the short (that’s sarcasm) flight to Sydney. Our destination was the Wine Media Conference in the Hunter Valley which is north of Sydney, but we flew in early to visit a bit more. Mind you Australia is a large country, almost as large as the US, so we focused on the region of New South Wales which surrounds Sydney and of course, primarily, we were looking at the wines of this region.

Map courtesy of Destination NSW and NSW Government New South Wales

Map courtesy of Destination NSW and NSW Government

We visited 5 of the 14 wine regions in New South Wales: Shoalhaven Coast, Southern Highlands, Mudgee, Hunter Valley and Orange. These are the regions closest to Sydney. A little further north on the coast takes you to Hastings River, then even further north and inland you find New England. Inland to the West of Sydney (and mostly to the south) you find the regions of Cowra, Hilltops, Gundagai, Canberra District, Tumbarumba, the tiny Perricoota and the really large Riverina. We would have needed far more than 2 weeks to explore all these regions.

Shoalhaven Coast

Rolling vineyard in the shadow of Mt. Coolangatta, Coolangatta Estate Shoalhaven Coast New South Wales Australia

The Shoalhaven Coast is about 2 hrs south of Sydney. This is a popular weekend getaway for people living in Sydney and the area has embraced tourism. Gerrigong, where we enjoyed lunch was a cute town with small shops and restaurants, the perfect beach town with a view. Our lunch at The Hill, set us up with high expectations for the food we would encounter in New South Wales.

The vineyards here often have a view of the ocean, so the maritime influence is a major factor in the vineyard. The primary concern here is summer rainfall, which can create issues for ripening as well as problems with disease and molds. We also heard that birds can be a huge problem, sneaky birds that get under the netting during harvest and can gobble up and entire crop.

Shoalhaven

New South Wales

  • Big Rivers
    • Murray Darling
    • Perricoota
    • Riverina
    • Swan Hill
  • Central Ranges
    •  Cowra
    • Mudgee
    • Orange

New South Wales

  • Hunter Valley
    • Hunter
      • Broke Fordwich
      • Pokolbin
      • Upper Hunter Valley
  • Northern Rivers
    • Hastings River
  • Northern Slopes
    • New England Australia

New South Wales

  • Southcoast
    • Shoalhaven Coast
    • Southern Highlands
  • Southern New South wales
    • Canberra District
    • Gundagai
    • Hilltops
    • Tumbarumba
  • Western Plains

Western Australia

  • Greater Perth
    • Swan District
    • Swan Valley
    • Peel
    • Perth Hills
  • Great Southern
    • Albany
    • Denmark
    • Frankland River
    • Mount Barker
    • Porongurup
  • Southwest Australia
    • Blackwood Valley
    • Manjimup
    • Margareet River
    • Pemberton

Southern Australia

  • Adelaide
    •  Barossa
    • Barossa Valley
    • Eden Valley
    • High Eden
  • Fleurieu
    • Currency Creek
    • Kangaroo Island
    • Langhorne Creek
    • McLaren Vale
    • Southern Fleurieu
  • Mount lofty Ranges
    • Adelaide Hills
      • Lenswood
      • Piccadilly
    • Adelaide plains
    • Claire Valley
  • Far North
    • Southern Flinders Ranges
  • Limestone Coast
    • Coonawarra
    • Mount Benson
    • Mount Gambier
    • Padthaway
    • Robe
    • Wrattonbully
  • Lower Murray
    • Riverland
  • The Peninsulas

Victoria

  • Central Victoria
    • Bendigo
    • Goulburn Valley
    • Nagambie Lakes
    • Heathcote
    • Strathbogie Ranges
    • Upper Goulburn
  • North East Victoria
    • Alpine Valleys
    • Beechworth
    • Glenrowan
    • King Valley
    • Rutherglen
  • Northwest Victoria
    • Murray Darling
    • Swan Hill
  • Port Phillip
    • Geelong
    • Macedon ranges
    • Morninton Pennisula
    • Sunbury
    • Yarra Valley
  • Western Victoria
    • Grampians
    • Great Western
    • Henly
    • Pyrenees

Queensland

  • Granite Belt
  • South Burnett

Tasmania

Tasmania

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