The New England region of NSW is home to the highest elevated wine region of Australia, which makes it a producer of delicious cool climate wine varieties. Located a six-hours drive north of Sydney, Black Mountain is the highest vineyard, stretching 1320 metres above sea level.
Viticulture commenced in this area during the 1800s, placing it amongst Australia’s oldest wine producers.
The region’s summer weather rarely exceeds 30 degrees, with a mean temperature of 21 degrees, cool nights and sometimes frosts in winter - in addition to approximately 500mm of rainfall each year.
The New England wine region sits upon granite based soils, which are highly suited to varieties grown there and allows vineyards to often implement sustainable, organic, minimal intervention practises upon grape cultivation.
This cool climate region is most famous for its Chardonnay, Shiraz and Riesling production, in addition to the exploration of a range of creative, alternative varieties, including Gewurztraminer, Tempranillo and Nebbiolo. The area is home to a range of wine pioneers, experimenting with varieties that thrive in cool weather.
If you’re looking to explore boutique wineries making a creative twist on traditional wines, the New England wine region is a great place to visit!