Grapes are grown in several climatic zones in New South Wales. The main areas producing wine and table grapes are the Murrumbidgee irrigation area, the Hunter Valley, the central rangelands of Mudgee, Orange and Cowra and the area encompassing Wagga Wagga, Young and Gundagai. Table grapes are also grown in Sydney's south-west and grapes for dried fruit are grown in the lower Murray irrigation area.

Resources from NSW DPI, Charles Sturt University and the NSW Wine Industry Association have been brought together to form the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) which undertakes research, education, training and extension activities to serve the Australian grape industry. Many of the materials produced by NSW DPI are housed at the NWGIC site.

2015 Graham Gregory Award – nominations now open

Nominations are being called for the prestigious 2015 Graham Gregory Award, the top citation acknowledging an individual's outstanding contribution to the NSW wine industry.

Winegrowers, winemakers, and others involved in the wine industry such as researchers, educators, leaders and innovators are encouraged to apply.

Nominations close on Monday 10 October 2016.

Please note, this is a retrospective award recognising outstanding contribution from previous year/s

The winner will be announced on Friday 28 October at the annual NSW Wine Awards Gala Lunch in Sydney.

Email completed nominations forms to

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    The NSW Department of Primary Industries (then NSW Agriculture) worked in conjunction with Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the NSW Wine Industry Association (NSW WIA) to create the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) in 1997.

    The NWGIC was formed with the goal:

    "to become the premier institution for the integration of research, teaching, training and information exchange for the wine industry in Australia."

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