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Tumbarumba Vignerons Association: No website

Good cool climate table wines can also be produced at the lower reaches from the small plantings of Shiraz, Tempranillo, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Merlot and Viognier.

Penfolds can see the potential here for quality table Chardonnay with their intense nectarine and grapefruit Bin 311 Chardonnay. The Penfolds Yattarna (quiped the White Grange) is sometimes sourced from Tumbarumba grapes. Likewise Barwang (Hilltops), Cassegrain (Hastings River), and Hungerford Hill (Hunter Valley) suorce their premium Chardonnay from here.

There are only 3 cellar doors in the region: Excelsior Peak, Glenburnie and Mannus (Tumbarumba Wine Estate). Several local growers and business-owners also have set up a co-operative venture that produces the Black Range label.

Tumbarumba region

Tumbarumba is NSW's most alpine region and contains Australia's highest peak, Mt. Kosiousko.

Viticulture is quite new here with the first vines being planted by Ian Cowell in 1982. Now there are around thirty vineyards but they only add up to a total of about 350 ha. Nevertheless the region achieved full GI status in 1998.

The vineyards are located from 300m to 800m altitude and located on fine granite/basalt soils. Like the Piper's Brook area in Northern Tasmania the region is well suited for sparkling wines. This is reflected in the fact that three quarters of the vines are devoted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These grapes will normally end up as an anonymous component of a multi-region blend in the better sparkling wines of the main wine corporations.