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Shoalhaven Coast Wine Region

Shoalhaven Coast Wine Region

This region is a strip of the New South Wales coast from Kiama in the north to Durras in the South. Other towns in the region include Nowra, Shoalhaven Heads and Ulladulla.

Vineyards and wineries in the Shoalhaven Coast Wine Region are all quite new, having been established since 1990. Most wineries are small, but substantial investment has taken place over the past decade.

The proximity to the Pacific Ocean influences the climate; the warm summer and autumn rainfall can pose problems with disease and grape quality at vintage.

Wine varieties on the Shoalhaven Coast

It is no surprise that Chambourcin and Verdelho feature prominently among the alternative varieties grown in this region. Chambourcin is a French Hybrid variety that is well known for its resistance to fungal diseases, quite an asset in humid summer conditions experienced in this region. Verdelho is also a variety that produces well in these conditions.

The Shoalhaven Coast Region has a substantial tourist industry based on the surf coast and its proximity to Sydney. The local wineries are able to take advantage of this with cellar door sales, restaurants and accommodation. Located just 200km south of Sydney it is feasible to make a winery tour to the Shoalhaven Coast as a daytrip, but there is a myriad of accommodation options and other attractions for an extended stay.

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These Shoalhaven Coast wineries are using less common varieties

  • Bawley Vale Estate Arneis, Chambourcin, Verdelho
  • Cambewarra Estate Chambourcin, Verdelho
  • Coolangatta Estate Chambourcin, Savagnin, Tannat, Tempranillo, Verdelho
  • Crooked River Wines Arneis, Chambourcin, Ruby Cabernet, Sangiovese, Verdelho
  • Cupitt's Winery Chambourcin, Viognier
  • Fern Gully Winery Chambourcin
  • Humphries Estate Chambourcin
  • Jasper Valley Verdelho
  • Kladis Estate Grenache, Gewurztraminer, Muscadelle, Verdelho
  • Mopoke Ridge Winery Chambourcin, Sangiovese, Verdelho
  • Nowra Hill Vineyard Chambourcin, Malbec, Verdelho
  • Roselea Estate Chambourcin, Nebbiolo, Verdelho
  • Seven Mile Vineyard Chambourcin, Petit verdot, Verdelho
  • The Silos Estate Gewurztraminer, Malbec, Verdelho
  • Yarrawa Estate Chambourcin, Verdelho

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