Mudgee Wine Region, wineries and grape varieties

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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 Portuguese varieties.

Experience in other warmer regions suggests that Petit Verdot could have a future in this region. It would seem that the lower parts of Mudgee region are too warm to get full varietal expression from most white varieties, but there is considerable variation in altitude and microclimates to allow most varieties to be grown successfully.

Wineries in Mudgee Region with Alternative Varietal Wines

  • 1838 Wines Durif
  • Blacklea Wines Muscadelle, Verdelho
  • Blue Wren Verdelho
  • Botobolar Crouchen, Marsanne
  • Burnbrae Winery Pinot gris, Petit verdot, Sangiovese, Viognier
  • Burrundulla Sangiovese, Tempranillo
  • Clearview Estate Mudgee Barbera, Pinot gris, Sangiovese
  • Creeks Edge Wines Chambourcin, Verdelho
  • De Beaurepaire Wines Petit verdot, Verdelho, Viognier
  • de Mestre Wines Viognier
  • Di Lusso Estate Aglianico, Aleatico, Barbera, Greco, Lagrein, Moscato, Nebbiolo, Picolit, Pinot gris, Prosecco, Sangiovese, Vermentino
  • Elliot Rocke Estate Doradillo, Gewurztraminer
  • Eloquesta Wines Petit verdot
  • Ernest Schuetz Wines Moscato, Pinot gris
  • Frog Rock Chambourcin, Petit verdot, Pinot gris
  • Gelland Estate Viognier
  • Gilbert by Simon Gilbert Barbera, Pinot gris, Sangiovese
  • Gooree Park Wines Verdelho
  • Heslop Wines Touriga, Tinta Cao, Zinfandel
  • Jamieson Estate Barbera, Petit verdot
  • Logan Wines Gewurztraminer, Moscato, Pinot gris, Viognier
  • Louee Wines Cabernet franc, Nebbiolo, Petit verdot, Pinot gris, Verdelho, Viognier
  • Lowe Family Wines Barbera, Pinot gris, Roussanne, Sangiovese, Zinfandel
  • Mansfield Wines Grenache, Mourvedre, Parellada, Pedro Ximenez, Petit manseng, Savagnin, Tempranillo, Tinto Cao, Touriga, Vermentino, Zinfandel
  • Miramar Gewurztraminer
  • Mongrel Vineyard Barbera, Tempranillo, Viognier, Zinfandel
  • Moothie Estate Pinot gris
  • Mountilford Sylvaner
  • Mudgee Growers Petit verdot, Verdelho
  • Mudgee Homestead Estate Negroamaro
  • Mudgee Wines Chambourcin, Durif, Gewurztraminer, Petit verdot, Trebbiano
  • Oatley Wines Barbera, Pinot gris, Tempranillo, Viognier
  • Optimiste Petit verdot, Pinot gris, Tempranillo, Viognier
  • Petersons Glenesk Estate Chambourcin, Durif, Gewurztraminer, Malbec, Marsanne, Moscato, Pinot gris, Petit verdot, Verdelho, Viognier, Zinfandel
  • Pieter van Gent Durif, Muller Thurgau, Verdelho
  • Poet's Corner Barbera, Sangiovese
  • Prince Hill Wines Barbera, Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Verdelho
  • Quilty Petit verdot
  • Robert Stein Gewurztraminer
  • Seldom Seen Gewurztraminer
  • Shawwood Estate Verdelho
  • Skimstone Barbera, Sangiovese
  • Vinifera Wines Graciano, Grenache, Tempranillo
  • W Wine of Mudgee Sangiovese, Viognier
  • Well Mannered Wines Sangiovese
  • Wells Parish Wines Verdelho

Visiting the Mudgee Region

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.

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