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The Tumbarumba Wine Region

Discover the hidden gem of New South Wales' wine regions – the Tumbarumba wine region. Nestled in the majestic foothills of the Snowy Mountains, this region is a cool-climate viticultural paradise. With its vineyards perched at elevations between 550m and 830m above sea level, Tumbarumba offers a unique terroir that contributes to the production of wines with remarkable structure and intense fruit flavors. The region’s cool climate, reminiscent of the prestigious Burgundy area, is particularly conducive to growing premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.

Family-owned vineyards dominate the landscape, covering about 300 hectares and producing roughly 150,000 cases of wine annually. The care and attention to detail by these family growers result in beautifully clean fruit, reflecting exceptional flavor, structure, and texture. Tumbarumba's vineyards, enriched by granitic sandy loams and patches of fertile red basalt soil, are key to the distinctive taste profiles of its wines.

Since its first vine plantings in 1981, Tumbarumba has evolved from producing elegant sparkling wines to a broader range of varietals, including Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris, Gamay, Shiraz, Merlot, Tempranillo, and Sangiovese. The region's Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, often used in sparkling wine production due to the colder climate, have also gained acclaim as still wines in favourable conditions.

Tumbarumba’s wines have formed strong associations with some of Australia’s largest wine companies and have attracted winemakers from across New South Wales, drawn to the high-quality grapes produced in this region. A visit to Tumbarumba offers not just a taste of its exquisite wines but also an opportunity to experience the breathtaking beauty of its landscape, characterised by green rolling hills and the picturesque backdrop of the Snowy Mountains.

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