New South Wales Makes Its Mark on the Global Wine Industry
There's more to New South Wales than the hustle and bustle of Sydney. If you're after an escape from city life, if only for a few days, the countryside of the region is sure to take your breath away. What's more, New South Wales is home to a range of diverse and rich wine regions including the lovely Hunter Valley, home to Australia's oldest grape plantings, as well as the emerging Shoalhaven and Hastings River wine regions. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the region's countryside with a glass of the local wine in hand.
The award-winning wines and talented winemakers set the diverse regions of New South Wales apart. The contrasting New South Wales terrain which varies from region to region has resulted in the production of a wide range of delicious and unique wines from Shiraz to Semillon.
Manda Duffy, Chair of Promotions and VP of the NSW Wine Industry Association, tells us that culturally, 'the landscape has certainly changed in New South Wales with regard to premiumisation. Even with the bigger producers, we see lots of single vineyard wines, small parcels of interesting wines and changing styles - in essence New South Wales wine lovers are spoilt for choice as we capture all the climates and so many varieties.'
Regardless of where you decide to visit, each wine region brings its individual charm and appeal, and offers wine choices to tickle every taste bud.
One way to enjoy all that New South Wales' wines have to offer is by travelling between the cellar doors of vineyards taking in views of rolling countryside as you go. We spoke to Sally Cantelo, an Events Specialist at the national organisation Wine Communicators of Australia, who told us 'there's a great cellar door culture in New South Wales, with over 300 cellar doors to choose from.' She suggests that you 'pick an area that interests you, grab a map and go!' Try the Mudgee district for the idyllic weekend trip, where 'you can amble around at your own pace.'
Brett Ketelbey is wine expert and Director of the Sydney-based wine club Different Drop, which aims to source the most boutique and adventurous wines Australia has to offer. Ketelbey recommends heading to Orange for a wonderful local experience, where 'you'll find fantastic wines and local produce and some visually stunning vineyards.' However, he admits that when looking for one of the ways to best enjoy a glass of wine, it's hard to pass up 'a cold glass of Hunter Semillon with some freshly shucked oysters!'
To further your experience of wine, get involved in some of the exciting wine events that take place across New South Wales. Cantelo suggests that 'for those with an adventurous palate, Rootstock Sydney is developing into one of the world's leading natural wine fairs', which is held at Carriageworks, a converted rail workshop in Inner Sydney.
Cantelo shares her personal encounters of New South Wales' wine events. Her favourite aspect '…is meeting so many passionate producers, eager to show off their wines and educate all visitors from novice to expert.' She adds that importantly, 'exclusivity and snobbiness have no place in our wine culture, all are welcome to enjoy.'