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Cowra

While Cowra is an important grape-growing region, it is also home to a handful of wineries and cellar doors worth a visit, most with a strong leaning towards organics. The pioneering O’Dea family of Windowrie Estate are one of the few to boast an on-site winery. Winemaker Anthony D’Onise also makes his own wines at Antonio’s, where vineyard tastings are likely to resume later in the year. Close by are Rosnay and Wallington Wines, both small organic producers. Although the terroir of Canowindra is quite different, the pseudo sub-region’s wines share the same GI.
JUDY SARRIS

Image courtesy of Rosnay Organic Wines.

Rosnay Organic Wines

Star Cellar Door & Best Accommodation

(02) 6344 3215
rosnay.com.au

Run and owned by the Stratham family, who have a deep commitment to organics and biodiversity, Rosnay is part of the Rivers Road Organic Farms co-operative “permaculture paradise” established by the family. Sam Statham makes the Rosnay wines on-site in his straw-bale winery. The Strathams have long been advocates of biodymanic practices, which they introduced in 1997, and show in the quality of their wines. Besides the glorious vineyards where sheep roam to help keep weeds in check, there’s an olive grove that produces table olives, tapenade and extra virgin olive oil, and orchards where the family grows figs - selling their produce at their Farm Shop. Call first to make an appointment for a tour or a tasting at the simple but charming cellar door, or truly soak up Stratham hospitality by booking a stay in their 1910 farmhouse. JUDY SARRIS

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2020 Rosnay Organic Freedom Chardonnay, A$20

Wallington Wines
Best Small Cellar Door

(02) 6344 7153
wallingtonwines.com.au

Cowra Visitor Information Centre
Best Tasting Experience

(02) 6342 4333
visitcowra.com.au

The Quarry Cellar Door & Restaurant
Cellar Door with Best Food

(02) 6342 3650
thequarryrestaurant.com.au

Ideal Tours
Best Additional Experience

(02) 6342 1797
cowraidealtours.yolasite.com