Facts & Figures

NSW Wine Industry - An Overview

New South Wales is Australia's second largest wine producing state, accounting for nearly one third of the nation's output.

Consumption is growing in domestic and export markets with significant upside in premium, fast growing Asian markets. In the end, NSW wine makes an important economic contribution in terms of tourism, business turnover and jobs created.

Annual Volume of Wine Produced
492,000,000 bottles

Annual Value of NSW Wine Exports

Number of people employed by the NSW Wine Industry

Area of land used for NSW Vineyards
34,000 hectares

NSW Wine - By The Numbers


Things you didn't know about NSW Wine

  • The first vines in Australia were planted at Sydney Cove [now the
    site of Intercontinental Sydney]
  • NSW is home to Australia’s oldest continuous wine region (Hunter
    Valley), and one of the newest (New England), which was only declared an
    official wine region in January 2008.
  • Australia’s two most popular wine varieties – Chardonnay and Shiraz,
    both had their start in NSW. Shiraz was first planted by John Macarthur on
    his vineyard in Camden in 1833; and Chardonnay was first made by Mudgee
    pioneer Alf Kurtz in 1862.
  • Family businesses dominate the NSW wine industry, accounting for
    more than 75% of the total crush (only 33% of the national wine crush is
    from family businesses).
  • NSW is Australia’s second largest wine producing state, accounting
    for 32% of Australia’s $5 billion wine industry.
  • NSW is home to two of Australia’s icon varieties namely, Semillon
    from the Hunter Valley and Botrytis Semillon from the Riverina.
  • NSW is home to 7 of Australia's Top 20 Wine Exporters: Casella,
    McGuigan, De Bortoli, Nugan Estate, McWilliams, Warburn Estate, and Berton.
  • NSW is home to 8 of Australia’s Top 20 wine producers by vineyard
    area: McGuigan, Warburn, McWilliams, De Bortoli, Nugan Estate, Cumulus.
    Robert Oatley and Gooree Park
  • There are 14 official wine regions solely in NSW: Canberra District,
    Cowra, Gundagai, Hastings River, Hilltops, Hunter Valley, Mudgee, New
    England, Orange, Perricoota, Riverina, Shoalhaven Coast, Southern
    Highlands, Tumbarumba. (The Murray Darling and Swan Hill wine regions also cross in to NSW, making 16 wine regions in total)
  • NSW is home to 5 of Australia’s 20 oldest wine companies and/or
    continuously operating wine brands: Wyndham Estate 1828; Lindemans 1843;
    Drayton’s Family Wines 1853; Mudgee Wines 1856 and Tyrrell’s 1858.
  • In 1983 NSW had 76 wine producers, today is has 484+ wine producers.
  • NSW is home to over 370 cellar doors.

NSW Wine Industry Partners

Upcoming Events

18 May 2022

Riesling Royale Masterclass

SOLD OUT - NSW Department of Primary Industry in collaboration with NSW Wine would like to invite you to attend the 2022 Riesling Royale Masterclass on 18th May at the QT Hotel Canberra


May, June, July 2022

NSW Wine Regional Trade Tasting

NSW Wine is hosting a series of regional tastings for the on-premise trade in Sydney. Part 1 focuses on the Hunter Valley, Mudgee, the Canberra District & Orange, with additional Parts taking place later in the year. For more info email:


June 2022

NSW Sommelier's Wine List Awards

Entries for the 2022 NSW Sommelier's Wine List Awards open on 24 March and close on 19 April. To find out more about these Awards and see who was a 2021 #nswwinestar click below.

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September 2022

2022 NSW Wine Awards Judging

Entries into the 27th annual ICC Sydney NSW Wine Awards will open in July 202, with judging taking place at ICC Sydney in September.


TBC 2022

NSW Wine Awards Presentation

Join the Governor of NSW at a lavish lunch and be amongst the first to hear which NSW wines and winemakers have been crowned the best of the best in 2022