Home to the destination points of Sydney and the capital city of Canberra, New South Wales also holds the distinction of being Australia's first important winegrowing region. Vineyards date back to the 1830s and the area's most distinctive wines are made from the varieties traditionally grown here, Shiraz and Sémillon.
New South Wales is the second largest producer after South Australia.
The climate is good for growing grapes. It tends to be continental with warm days and cool nights.
The past decade has seen a huge growth in plantings, especially at cooler elevations along the Great Dividing Range.
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