With a viticultural history that stretches back to 1858,
Mudgee has played a key role in Australian viticultural history.
The indigenous people of the area called it Mudgee, meaning nest in the hills, and visiting this beautiful district it is easy to see why.
With a viticultural history that stretches back to 1858, Mudgee has played a key role in Australian viticultural history.
Although primarily a source of robust and deeply coloured red wines, like our very own Bluegrass Shiraz, Mudgee was the cradle in which a particularly good clone of Chardonnay lay unrecognised for over 50 years. Some believe this clone may be a descendant of the Chardonnay introduced to Australia in 1832 by James Busby.
Best known for: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay
- Situated on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, Mudgee has some of the highest vineyards in Australia, ranging from 450 – 1180m above sea level.
- Frosts and cold nights delay budburst; rainfall and humidity are low; sunshine hours are great; and irrigation is essential on some but the most favoured sites.
- The summer and autumn days are warm, and harvest is four weeks behind the Hunter because of Mudgees cooler climate and much higher altitude.
The brownish coloured soils are typical of those found through the majority of the wine regions of eastern Australia; slightly acidic or sandy loam over neutral clay subsoils, but both topsoil and subsoil have the advantage of being quite well drained.
Latitude: 32° 36’S
Average rainfall in growing season 360mm