The climate is generally warm, but suitable hillsides can be found with some mitigation to the hot summers. The region was established in the 1970s with early emphasis being on the production of fruit for vinification elsewhere, in particular at Mudgee and in the Hunter Valley. In fact it has been described by Huon Hooke as "the Padthaway of New South Wales".
Large scale grape production in the Cowra Region though has spawned quite a number of boutique wineries, something that has yet to happen in Padthaway.
Shiraz and Chardonnay are the dominant varieties, but some interest is now being shown in expanding the range. The warmish climate indicates that Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, and Tempranillo could play a bigger role in the future.
The township of Cowra itself is well worth a visit. It is the site of a World War Two prisoner of war camp from where a large breakout of Japanese prisoners occurred in August 1944. There is a war cemetery and a Japanese Garden commemorating this event.