This wine region is a strip of the New South Wales south 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.
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.
Savagnin was planted in this region when we all thought it was Albarino, a variety from the rainy north west corner of Spain.
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 day trip, but there is a myriad of accommodation options and other attractions for an extended stay.
The region is very busy during holiday periods so it is advisable to book your accommodation ahead.
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