- Publish Date: Jul 7, 2009
When you think of wine country down under, you often first think of Hunter Valley (as featured in The Daily Sip™). But just a few hours inland from Sydney, and a few kangaroo hops past neighboring Hunter Valley, lies the beautiful and far more remote region of Mudgee.
Nestled in the Great Dividing Range of Australia, the Mudgee region, a network of sloping valleys, sees much more sunshine than the surrounding areas. While Hunter Valley may surpass it in fame, Mudgee’s 40 wineries actually grow more vines, yet only receive 10% of the yearly visitors compared to the Hunter Valley. So you get more wine and less people. Good times.
Not unlike the earliest days in California, Mudgee’s first residents moved there not for wine, but for gold. Today though, Mudgee's golden nuggets are its Chardonnay grapes, rare in the sea of reds (especially Shiraz) Mudgee is best known for.
If you’re heading down under, make a pit stop at Craigmoor, or "Poet's Corner", the first vineyard of the region, founded in 1858. It is now the tasting room for Oatley Wines, the new venture from Robert Oatley, who founded of one of Australia’s biggest wine brands, Rosemount Estate, back in the 1970s.