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It’s been a difficult couple of years for vignerons in the cool climate wine region of Tumbarumba. A freak hailstorm damaged the 2019 vintage while the bushfires of 2020 damaged vines and smoke tainted any chance of redemption. Covid-19 has also taken a toll, meaning fewer travellers are heading into the mountains. But just like a phoenix rising from the ashes, growers in the district have used the time to replant, regrow and carve a new path forward. The results are paying for themselves. With a series of vibrant cellar doors, featuring food and accommodation options, reopening and ready to welcome visitors.  Ali Betts

Image of Mount Tumbarumba by Matt Beaver.

Mount Tumbarumba Vineyard

Star Cellar Door & Best Tasting Experience

0408 242 542

Greeted by owner Richard Cottam at the front gate, you know you are in for a personal wine experience. With ties to the district stretching back to 1858, Cottam is a self-confessed ‘mountain man’. He and wife Elvie Yates first planted their vines in 1990, while commuting between Tumbarumba and Canberra for work. Numerous trips along the Hume Highway gave birth to their label name ‘On the Fly’, which also pays homage to Cottam’s love of fly fishing. After hail and fire wiped out the previous vintages, Mount Tumbarumba was recently named the Best Rosé in Show at the Australian Highlands 2021 wine show. This year, the winery introduced Syrah Nouveau to the line-up. Featuring tempranillo and merlot, this wine promises to be as fresh and vibrant as the region itself. 

TOP DROP: 2021 Mount Tumbarumba On the Fly Rosé, A$26

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