Hilltops Wine Region By James Halliday

Discover the wineries of the Hilltops wine region of NSW. Use our Hilltops region guide and map to help you plan your next winery visit and to learn more about this region. This content is taken from James Halliday’s Wine Atlas of Australia, which is available to buy in the Wine Companion bookshop.

Fast Facts

  • Latitude:
    34°19’S
  • Altitude:
    450 m
  • Heat degree days:
    1880
  • Growing season rainfall:
    310 mm
  • Mean January temp:
    22.5°C
  • Harvest:
    Late March to May
  • Chief viticultural hazard:
    Spring frost

Discover the wine and wineries of Hilltops

Discover Hilltops with James Halliday's Wine Atlas of Australia

Australia may not have been a melting pot to challenge the United States in the nineteenth century, but it was most certainly multicultural, thanks in part to the gold rush decades. Gold brought Nichole Jasprizza from his native Croatia in 1860, but he prospered by selling the gold miners their daily needs and planted vines in the area. In 1880 he sponsored three nephews to come to Australia to join the business, and by the early years of the twentieth century they had won prizes at the Sydney Wine Show, and extended the vineyards to 240 hectares.

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