The 16 wine regions of NSW are diverse in terroir and climate, some of which produce Australia’s leading whites and reds. From world class Semillon in the Hunter Valley, exceptional Riesling in Canberra, mineral Chardonnay from Tumbarumba, fruity Pinot Noir in the Southern Highlands and the most prized cool climate Shiraz of Murrumbateman, there is quality to be found all over this relatively overlooked state. Some other common varieties grown in NSW include Verdelho, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Established by winemaker Maurice O’Shea in 1921, Mount Pleasant’s history is rich in legends, legacies and special wines.Led by Chief Winemaker, Adrian Sparks, the Mount Pleasant team demonstrate a philosophy focused on sharing the best of the Hunter Valley told through every vineyard and every glass. Wine after wine, year after year (over 20 in fact!), Adrian has established himself as a true artist of winemaking, who excels in shaping his wines into something truly special.Mount Pleasant’s award winning history dates back to its early beginnings, a tradition of success which continues today.
Hunter Valley, Australia
Tyrrell’s is as much a part of the fabric of the Hunter Valley as the Semillon and Shiraz vines they’ve been nurturing since their founder, English-immigrant Edward Tyrrell, first planted them during the mid-19th century.Having lived and breathed wine growing and winemaking in the Hunter Valley for more than 160 years, they've amassed an unrivalled knowledge of what makes the Hunter one of Australia’s, and indeed the world’s, greatest wine growing regions.
Hunter Valley, Australia
Alex McKay started Collector Wines in 2005 with just a handful of cool climate shiraz and a determination to make elegant, long-lived wines. Fast forward to today, and we are known for wines that sing with a purity of regional expression and varietal definition. Our grapes come from vineyards dotted around the Canberra District and region, but our cellar door is in the heart of country Collector, just outside Canberra.Consistently recognised at regional and national wine shows, our wines showcase the Canberra region and fine winemaking. Alongside riesling, chardonnay and shiraz, Alex has focused on emerging varieties that he knows have an exciting future in the region, such as pinot meunier, gruner veltliner, fiano and sangiovese.A recent profile by Young Gun of Wine highlights how Alex - a YGOW Finalist in 2010 - painstakingly matches variety to site to express both in the glass: "McKay has taken Collector into the elite ranks in one of Australia's most exciting wine regions."James Halliday calls these "exquisitely detailed wines." Wines that speak deeply of place, these represent the Canberra region in a glass. Huon Hooke simply advises: "Time to add Collector Wines to your collection."
Canberra District, Australia
The Cassegrain family began winemaking in France in 1643. After settling in Australia, they forged the revival of winemaking in the Hastings River region with the planting of the first vineyard near Port Macquarie in 1980. John and Eva Cassegrain first opened Cassegrain Wines on 16 December 1985, with the winery enjoying much success over the last three decades including many awards and accolades.Cassegrain Wines uses a rich knowledge of traditional French winemaking methods combined with modern Australian technique and technology to create a diverse portfolio of wines.For over thirty years, Cassegrain has been led by industry pioneer John Cassegrain, whose French heritage and unique wine-making experience has shaped the distinctive house style.Their two sons, Alex and Philippe, grew up in the vineyard and having worked in the winery throughout the years, learnt the time-honoured winemaking practices that have been passed through the generations.
Hastings River, Australia
The Sapling Yard Story. On returning to Australia Carla developed her career and became a Clinical Research Associate, specialising in pharmaceutical clinical trials, of which she is still involved in today. In 1997 Carla began a Wine Science degree at Charles Sturt University and completed her last residential school in 2004 with 9 week old Mia in tow. Whilst completing her degree, Carla worked vintages in both the Hunter Valley, Orange NSW, The Macedon Ranges and the Willamett Valley in Oregon USA.Carla and Andrew Bennett planted a small vineyard at Charleys’ Forest, Braidwood in 2008, The Vineyard has pinot noir (clones MV6, 777 ) riesling (Yalumba and UC Davis clones), Pinot Blanc, Gamay and a small experimental block of tempranillo. At 650 metres above sea level, the property captures breathtaking views of the Budawang Range. Sapling Yard Creek flows across the vineyard, which as the name suggests, is heavily populated with Eucalyptus saplings.It was a tough beginning, having planted in a drought and caught out in the Albarino savignin fiasco, 660 albarino vines were planted only to discover that they were actually the variety savignin. The team have since had to remove these vines and replanted with pinot blanc which is an interesting and underrated variety planted widely in the Alsace Region in France and also in Oregon in the USA. The first vintage was picked in 2012 and in 2014 we produced our first wine from the Braidwood vineyard, sourcing the best fruit from the Canberra district.Grown in these inspiring cool climate surroundings, Sapling Yard produces wines of great flavor and elegance which reflect the natural beauty of the land. Our wines are made with dedication, precision, authenticity and passion, which is clearly displayed in the quality of the wine. We love what we do, and it shows across our range of wines, all with character and of superior quality.
Canberra District, Australia