The Bathurst Wine Region covers three local government areas: Bathurst, Lithgow and Oberon. This cool climate region has vineyards at elevations ranging from 700 to 1050 metres, making the region ideally suited to cool climate grape varieties in addition to other popular and some lesser known varietals. The extended ripening period enhances the subtle, often lower alcohol characteristics associated with cool climate wines.
Bathurst Regional Vignerons Association (BRVA) was formed in 1998. Its major role is to represent the members’ interests by sharing information and resources to benefit production of fine wines and to promote the region’s wines effectively. A significant initiative of BRVA members was to establish the National Cool Climate Wine Show. The Show was founded in 1999 with a panel of respected wine judges who, from the outset have judged to international standards. Over the years, the Show has grown in size and stature to become the premier cool climate wine show in Australia. It has always existed to benefit, promote and provide world class feedback for Australia's cool climate wine growers.
The winemakers of BRVA, under the banner Wines of Bathurst, are spearheading a range of promotions to increase awareness of the region and the quality of its wines both locally and further afield. The region has always been a significant agricultural and horticultural area; its small wine industry continues to grow in stature with a number of local wines awarded medals at prestigious wine shows and one, a local Shiraz, named one of NSW top wines.
Wines of Bathurst also supports the region's excellent produce and creative talent through collaboration with local producers and chefs in annual and one-off events promoting the best the region has to offer in food, wine, beer and spirits. Wines of Bathurst’s on-going “Take a local home for dinner” campaign on Facebook features wines and winemakers from the region. The local community has embraced the regional wine industry and you will find many local drops at restaurants, cafês, hotels and bottle shops.
Varieties produced in the region include:
Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Vermentino, Sauvignon Blanc, Arneis, Semillon, Gewurztraminer
Shiraz, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Lagrein