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The classic country town of Gundagai might be famed for attracting writers and bush poetry, but it’s now increasingly their warm-climate wines drawing a crowd to the promising wine region. With its hilly landscape and mountain streams, Gundagai continues to grow as a wine region with new plantations thriving above the Murrumbidgee floodplains.

The region is blessed with natural beauty, with long cycling trails to discover. However, no trip is complete without stopping by the celebrated Australian icon, Dog on the Tucker Box, stemming from a colonial bush ballad as a bronze monument to the region’s early pioneers. Travellers can expect to arrive in Gundagai within a four-hour drive from Sydney and a five-hour drive from Melbourne.

Gundagai is a thoroughly schizophrenic region, but one created with a good deal of common sense. Its north-eastern corner is Temora; it and Cootamundra have warm to hot climates at relatively low elevations to the west of the Great Dividing Range. The region’s south-eastern corner is Tumut at the northern end of the Snowy Mountains, with a cool to cold climate, and abutting the Tumbarumba region to the south.

The first vines were planted at Kyeamba, south-east of Wagga Wagga, in the late 1840s. The most significant 19th-century development was that of John James McWilliam, who established Mark View near Junee in 1877 before moving to the Riverina in 1912.

Significant vineyards have been established around Gundagai, Ladysmith, Borambola, Jugiong and Tumut. When site climate is factored in, the region will be able to produce as diverse a range of wine styles as any other region in Australia.

The top varieties grown in the area include fruit-forward cabernet sauvignon, elegant chardonnay and full-bodied shiraz.

Useful Contacts

Visit Gundagai

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.


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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