Mudgee is yet another Australian wine region whose history can be divided into two distinct phases, the first during the gold era in the middle 19th Century and a second modern phase dating from the 1960s.
Mudgee is on the inland side of the Great Dividing Range about 250km West of Sydney. Its location is just across the Divide from the Hunter Valley, but the climate in Mudgee is much more continental. The altitude of the region, about 450m means that it escapes the severe heat that might otherwise be experienced in such a northerly location.
Although this is by no means a cool climate region, its vintage is a full month behind that in the Hunter Valley. There are about forty wineries in operation here, some have affiliations in the Hunter Valley, but many are quite small.
Di Lusso Estate and Lowe Family Wines are among the standout varietal pioneers in the Mudgee region with emphasis on Italian varieties. Vinifera Estate have gone down the Spanish road with Tempranillo and Graciano, while Mansfield wines have placed more emphasis on some interesting Portuguese varieties.
Spring and Autumn are probably the best time of the year to plan a wine tour of Mudgee. There are plenty of wineries to visit here, and a range of other attractions, that at least a weekend or perhaps a few days is needed for a wine tour.
There is a range of accommodation options available in the town and in the surrounding countryside.
A quick search on Vinodiversity Hotels will turn up plenty of motels, self contained cottages, guest houses, caravan parks and camping grounds.
The nearby historic towns of Gulgong, Hill End, Rylstone and Sofala are also worth visiting.
This dozen contains 2 bottles from each of six different producers in several regions. It gives you a good overview of the styles of Australian Tempranillo.
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