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With a winemaking history stretching back to the 1858, Mudgee has long been a favourite with wine lovers who just keep on coming back to this picturesque region of rolling hills.
Mudgee (deriving from the Aboriginal term Moothi meaning ‘Nest in the Hills’) is situated in the Great Dividing Range and stretches from the township of Dunedoo in the north down through the towns of Gulgong and Mudgee to Rylstone and Kandos in the South. These towns with their early Australian architectural facades, rolling hills and green valleys make Mudgee one of NSW’s most stunning wine regions to visit.
Mudgee’s reliable summer weather with hot days and long cool nights allows for slower ripening making Mudgee ideal for producing red wines with great intensity of colour and flavour. In addition, the region’s rich volcanic soils with quartz ranging from 430m to 1100m above sea level, assist to produce wines of depth and character. As a result, Mudgee has established a reputation for big, concentrated red wines – in particular, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Recent years has also seen the emergence of new varietals with the likes of Sangiovese, Barbera and Zinfandel. Mudgee has experienced dramatic growth since the early 1970’s to become NSW’s third largest gape producing region and also features more than 40 cellar doors.