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Things you should know about NSW wine


  • NSW is home to Australia’s oldest continuous wine region (Hunter Valley), and the newest (New England), which was only declared an official wine region in January 2008.
  • Australia’s two most popular wine varieties – Chardonnay and Shiraz, both had their start in NSW. Shiraz was first planted by John Macarthur on his vineyard in Camden in 1833; and Chardonnay was first made by Mudgee pioneer Alf Kurtz in 1862.
  • Family businesses dominate the NSW wine industry, accounting for more than 75% of the total crush (only 33% of the national wine crush is from family businesses).
  • NSW is Australia’s second largest wine producing state, accounting for 34% of Australia’s $5 billion wine industry.
  • NSW is home to two of Australia’s icon varieties namely, Semillon from the Hunter Valley and Botrytis Semillon from the Riverina.
  • NSW is home to 9 of Australia's Top 20 Wine Exporters: Casella, McGuigan, De Bortoli, Nugan Estate, McWilliams, Warburn Estate, Beelgara and Tyrrells with Cumulus this year joining the Top 20 Wine Exporters increasing the NSW tally to 9 wineries.
  • NSW is home to 7 of Australia’s Top 20 Vineyard Holders: McGuigan, Warburn, McWilliams, De Bortoli, Nugan Estate, Casella and Cumulus.
  • There are 14 official wine regions in NSW: Canberra District, Cowra, Gundagai, Hastings River, Hilltops, Hunter Valley, Mudgee, New England, Orange, Perricoota, Riverina, Shoalhaven Coast, Southern Highlands, Tumbarumba.
  • NSW is home to 5 of Australia’s 20 oldest wine companies and/or continuously operating wine brands: Wyndam Estate 1828; Lindemans 1843; Draytons Family Wines 1853; Mudgee Wines 1856 and Tyrrells 1858.
  • In 1983 NSW had 76 wine producers, today is has 450+ wine producers.
  • NSW is home to over 351 cellar doors.