Albuquerque, Cowra, Grampians

Cowra was established in the 1970s with an early emphasis being on the production of fruit for vinification elsewhere, in particular at Mudgee and in the Hunter Valley. Although small producers have now been established in Cowra, the majority of fruit is still made into wine elsewhere. The region is located in the Central Ranges zone of New South Wales and includes the townships of Cowra, Canowindra, and Billimari.

The climate is generally warm and is popular for larger scale growers, happy with the consistently strong production each year. The region has been compared by wine writer Huon Hooke to South Australia's Padthaway growing region, but Cowra probably has more boutique producers also emerging family run ventures like Windowrie highlight the strength and quality of the wines coming out of Cowra with a consistently pleasing and very affordable range of wines.

Chardonnay is the stand out, with Shiraz and Cabernet the other major varieties. Alternative varieties are increasingly important with the warmish climate indicating that Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, and Tempranillo could play a bigger role in the future. If you're planning a visit to the region, wine tours are often combined with nearby Orange or Hilltops wine region tours.
The Grampians wine region is situated near the Grampians National Park and the Pyrenees hills in Victoria. Only a two hour’s drive west from Melbourne, this area is known primarily for their luscious, full-bodied red wine such as Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it is also known to produce crisp, citrus-driven Rieslings.

Home to over 15 wineries, Grampians enjoys a Mediterranean climate because of its closeness to the Southern Ocean which brings a wave of cool winds to the vineyards during the summer. During the daytime, the temperatures tend to range from warm to hot and it cools down to cold temperatures during the night. Autumns in Grampians are blissfully mild which allowing for ideal conditions for ripening grapes. The soil of this region is divided into two main types: soil which is acidic grey brown loamy sands and clay loam soils, and hard yellow soil with structured clay sub soils. Because of the acidity of the soils, the pH levels have to be increased with the addition of lime to make them favorable for grape growth. This may explain the hints of acidity and citruses in the wines of this region.
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  1. SEPPELT 'ORIGINAL' SPARKLING SHIRAZ NV
    From Treasury Wine Estates regarding the wine now being a NV rather than a wine from a specific vintage: "We are making this change to deliver more complexity and consistency year on year. By combining vintages we are creating a ... Learn More
  2. WINDOWRIE 'FAMILY RESERVE' CHARDONNAY 2018
    Fruit for this wine was selected from Windowries original planting of Chardonnay. The block was planted in 1988. Aromas of white peach, white flower and grilled almonds are complimented well with seasoned oak spice and minerality. The palate is textural and ... Learn More
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