New England Wine Region
The New England wine region is the the latest region to be officially recognised by the Australian
Geographic Indicators scheme. It was declared as such in January 2008. The wineries were formerly
part of the larger North West Slopes Zone.
The region is on the western, inland side of the Great Dividing Range. Most of the wineries are at
considerable altitude, between 400 and 1000 metres. These factors mean that there is a continental climate
with a bracing winter and a warm summer with cool to mild nights. Spring frosts are a hazard in some sites.
At the southern end of the region is the rural city of Tamworth and it follows the New England Highway
through Uralla, Armidale, Glen Innes and Tenterfield. Just over the border is Queensland's
Region, with which it shares a similar climate.
The history of grape growing this region, like many other Australian wine regions is punctuated. It
had some production in the nineteenth century which petered out. The modern industry dates back to the
1970s, but now the momentum seems to have picked up only this century.
The following wineries in the New England Wine Region are using alternative varieties
Doctors Nose Wines Grenache, Petit verdot, Tempranillo, Verdelho
Kurrajong Downs Taminga, Tempranillo
Laurellyn Wines Pinot gris, Verdelho
Melville Hill Estate Wines Tempranillo, Verdelho
Merilba Estate Gewurztraminer, Tempranillo
Reedy Creek Durif, Malbec, Mourvedre, Prosecco
Richfield Estate Ruby Cabernet, Verdelho
Thomas New England Estate Durif, Tannat, Viognier
Toppers Mountain Barbera, Gewurztraminer, Nebbiolo, Petit manseng, Pinotage, Tannat, Tempranillo, Touriga, Verdelho, Viognier
Walden Woods Farm Pinot gris
Whyworry Wines Gewurztraminer, Pinot gris, Pinotage, Viognier
Wright Robinson of Glencoe Pinot gris
Zappa Wines Barbera, Tempranillo
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