Monterey, Cowra, Orange

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. CLIMBING CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
    The Climbing Cabernet Sauvignon was produced from grapes harvested from the estate’s best Cabernet blocks in the Orange region. A lifted perfumed aroma of small red berries. The palate is savoury with cool leafy characters, subtle French oak and ... Learn More
  2. PHILIP SHAW 'THE WIRE WALKER' PINOT NOIR 2018
    The high altitude, age and aspect of Orange and in particular the Koomooloo vineyard has ideal conditions for producing a Pinot Noir of great complexity ... Learn More
  3. PHILIP SHAW 'THE CONDUCTOR' MERLOT 2016
    The high altitude, age and aspect of Orange and in particular the Koomooloo vineyard has ideal conditions for producing a Pinot Noir of great complexity. The Conductor wears a medium colour with a bright red hue and smells of rich ... Learn More
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  4. PHILIP SHAW 'PINK BILLY' SAIGNEE ROSE 2019
    The high altitude, age and aspect of Orange and in particular the Koomooloo vineyard has ideal conditions for producing a sparkling of great complexity. Vibrant fruit with complex creamy and autolysis characters. Full and fine with superb mousse. ... Learn More
  5. 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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  6. PHILIP SHAW 'NO. 11' CHARDONNAY 2017
    The high altitude, age and aspect of Orange and in particular the Koomooloo vineyard has ideal conditions for producing a Chardonnay of great complexity. No.11 displays a light, bright straw colour with a green hue which is a sign of ... Learn More
  7. PHILIP SHAW 'EDINBURGH' SPARKLING NV
    The high altitude, age and aspect of Orange and in particular the Koomooloo vineyard has ideal conditions for producing a sparkling of great complexity. Vibrant fruit with complex creamy and autolysis characters. Full and fine with superb mousse. Pinot adds ... Learn More
  8. LA CREMA MONTEREY CHARDONNAY 2018
    On the nose, lemon, passionfruit, grilled pineapple and guava. Nectarine, papaya and crisp lemon-tangerine notes are complimented by touch of spice and complexing minerality on the palate. ... Learn More
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