Hilltops Wine Region in NSW

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This wine region is part of the Southern New South Wales Zone, along with the nearby regions of Canberra District, Gundagai and Tumbarumba.

Hilltops surrounds the regional town of Young, which is also known as a horticultural centre especially for cherries and prunes

Young was a gold producing area in the 1800s and like many other Gold-era towns it had a wine industry established by the 1860s. The modern era of winemaking in the area dates back to the establishment of the Barwang Vineyard in 1969. This vineyard is now owned by the large McWilliams wine company, but there is also a good representation of smaller operators in the region.

The altitude of the region, around 450 m, and its inland position provide good conditions for the production of quality wines. The reputation of the region is steadily growing.

I believe it has a bright future along with the regions of Cowra and Orange in the Central Ranges zone to the north.

Wineries and varieites in the Hilltops Wine Region

  • Ballinaclash Wines Viognier
  • Barwang Pinot gris
  • Binbilla Viognier
  • Freeman Vineyards Aleatico, Corvina, Nebbiolo, Pinot gris, Rondinella, Tempranillo, Viognier
  • Grove Estate Wines Barbera, Nebbiolo, Petit verdot, Sangiovese, Viognier, Zinfandel
  • Lockwood Vineyards Tempranillo, Viognier
  • Moppity Vineyards Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Viognier
  • Trandari Nebbiolo
  • Woodonga Hill Gewurztraminer, Meunier, Touriga
Other wineries from outside the region source grapes from Hilltops. For example the excellent Westend Estate Cool Climate Series Tempranillo is 100% Hilltops fruit.

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