Australia, Cowra

The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful “New World” wine-producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.
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.
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  1. 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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