THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT NSW WINE
- The first vines in Australia were planted at Sydney Cove [now the
site of Intercontinental Sydney]
- NSW is home to Australia’s oldest continuous wine region (Hunter
Valley), and one of 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 32% 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 7 of Australia's Top 20 Wine Exporters: Casella,
McGuigan, De Bortoli, Nugan Estate, McWilliams, Warburn Estate, and Berton.
- NSW is home to 8 of Australia’s Top 20 wine producers by vineyard
area: McGuigan, Warburn, McWilliams, De Bortoli, Nugan Estate, Cumulus.
Robert Oatley and Gooree Park
- There are 14 official wine regions solely in NSW: Canberra District,
Cowra, Gundagai, Hastings River, Hilltops, Hunter Valley, Mudgee, New
England, Orange, Perricoota, Riverina, Shoalhaven Coast, Southern
- NSW is home to 5 of Australia’s 20 oldest wine companies and/or
continuously operating wine brands: Wyndham Estate 1828; Lindemans 1843;
Drayton’s Family Wines 1853; Mudgee Wines 1856 and Tyrrell’s 1858.
- In 1983 NSW had 76 wine producers, today is has 484+ wine producers.
- NSW is home to over 329 cellar doors.