in the foothills of the beautiful Cudgegong Valley lies Mudgee;
its name derived from the Wiradjuri Aboriginal word ‘Moothi’
meaning ‘Nest in the Hills’.
260km north-west of Sydney and 470m above sea level, Mudgee
is an elegant country town with a charm provided by fine old
homes and historic buildings which line its wide streets,
many dating to the 1850's. Here, history blends beautifully
with the cosmopolitan lifestyle of alfresco cafés,
gourmet dining, boutique shopping and fine wine.
Mudgee Region has been producing wine since the first grapes
were planted in 1858 by German vignerons including the Roth,
Kurtz and Bucholtz families, descendants of whom are still
living in the area today. Australia's chardonnay had its beginnings
in the Kurtz's Eurunderee vineyard; however it has been Mudgee's
reds that have established its reputation as premium red wine
Mudgee is also well known for
its world class fine wool production, throroughbred horses,
honey, olives, hazelnuts and local produce. A growing number
of artisans are also making the region home with gallery displays
of ceramics, textiles, feltwork, fine glass, paintings, silver
and gemstone jewellery regularly on show. There are nearby
national parks for the bushwalker and birdwatcher, and historic
towns such as Gulgong, Hill End, Hargraves, Windeyer and Rylstone
to explore. Places like The Drip and Dunns Swamp are absolutely
Mudgee boasts one of the state's
lowest crime rates, top-rating schools, excellent sporting
facilities and clubs, and a true sense of community spirit.
It's a town with great heart and soul; where the country spirit
of working together and getting your hands dirty is still
strong; topped off with a perfect espresso or glass of red
at the end!
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