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The Hastings River Wine Region

The Hastings River wine region, nestled in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales near the towns of Port Macquarie and Wauchope, is a hidden gem in the Australian wine scene. Despite being one of the smallest wine regions in New South Wales, it packs a rich history and offers a diverse range of wines. Vineyards in this region enjoy the benefits of a favorable climate and fertile soil, contributing significantly to the quality of the wines produced here.

Historically, the Hastings River wine region dates back to the 1860s, with a resurgence in wine production led by the Cassegrain family, who have been instrumental in promoting Verdelho, a standout variety in the region. Alongside Verdelho, the region is also known for hybrid grapes like Chambourcin and vitis vinifera varieties such as Semillon, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, each adding to the region’s unique wine profile.

Attaining Geographical Indication (GI) status in 1999, the Hastings River wine region is not just about wine production. It's also known for its engaging cellar door experiences, music events, regional cuisine, and coastal attractions, all of which contribute to its growing popularity. This small yet dynamic region demonstrates the innovative spirit of its winemakers and the burgeoning potential of New South Wales' wine industry.

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