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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

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NSW Wine Industry Partners

Upcoming Events

23 & 24 March 2024

NSW Wine Cellar Door at The Rocks

The Rocks Market brings you their new NSW Wine Cellar Door! Savour and explore the offerings of Scarborough Wine Co., Mercer Wines, Horner Wines, and Latitude 32 Wines, each showcasing their finest creations.

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27 May 2024

Sydney Trade Tasting ~ Young Guns

The next NSW Wine Sydney Trade Tasting of 2024 will take place in May in a central CBD location, and will be focusing on wines from up and coming winemakers.

21 May 2024

Pinot Noir Masterclass

DPI NSW and NSW Wine are hosting a Pinot Noir Masterclass in the Hunter Valley. More information to follow shortly.

mid 2024

NSW Sommelier's Wine List Awards

The next NSW Sommelier's Wine List Awards will open in mid 2024. To find out more about these Awards and see who were the 2023 #nswwinestar click below.

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November 2024

NSW Wine Awards Presentation

Join the Governor of NSW at a lavish lunch at ICC Sydney and be amongst the first to hear which NSW wines and winemakers have been crowned the best of the best in 2024.