Course: Understanding Wine

Class 8: Discovering the New World


key appellations, continued


New South Wales

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 1820s and the area's most distinctive wines are made from the varieties traditionally grown here, Shiraz and Sémillon.

Some of New South Wales' important appellations are:

Hunter Valley

With a hot climate that ripens fruit to its fullest, Hunter Valley produces Shiraz known for its vigorous fruit flavor and alcoholic richness. Upper Hunter Valley is cooler and produces Chardonnay.


Although cloud cover can help relieve the Hunter Valley heat, sunny Mudgee, in the Great Dividing Range, is inherently cooler as a result of its higher altitude; because of the climate, its...

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