Perricoota is one of Australia’s emerging wine regions, located in the cooler climate of southern NSW, along the northern border of the Murray River.
The region, which takes its name from a grazing property established in 1840, achieved Geographical Indication status in 1999. Perricoota produces a broad range of grapes and is predominantly known for its consistent, high-quality production of red and white table wines for the export and domestic markets, along with some fortified styles. Perricoota is also renowned for its regional food as well as its wines.
Perricoota’s first vineyard was planted in the 1860s with new vineyards planted in the 1990s.
There are around five wineries in the region.
The area is recognized for quality fortified wines such as Grenache and malbec.
The region has five cellar doors
Perricoota is t wo hours' drive from Melbourne and eight hours’ from Sydney.
Perricoota is famous for its regional foods and is known as the centre of Australia’s food industry, with olives, olive oil, dairy, tomatoes and stone fruit.
Perricoota enjoys many long hours of regular sunshine, which helps winemakers to produce wines that are full in flavour and structure, but with a softer and approachable style.
Perricoota has a typical Australian riverine landscape of flat terrain with remnants of river red gum forests. Its soils, of moderate acidity tending to alkalinity at depth, are generally red clay loams of good texture with fair to good moisture holding capacity.
Chardonnay: The region produces some outstanding Chardonnay wines, exhibiting full and balanced flavour suitable for early drinking.
Semillon: Wines of typical lemony character showing good acidity. Perhaps Semillon is even more suited to the region than Chardonnay, but only time will tell.
Shiraz: These are wines of good colour, showing supple medium weight palates of berry flavour, sometimes with a little liquorice complexity.
Cabernet: The Cabernet wines typically have excellent colour and are generously flavoured and well structured wines. Good examples are ideal cellaring candidates.
Map Coordinates: 36º 5´ S
Altitude: 100 metres (328 feet)
Heat degree days, October-April: 2100 (cut off at 19ºC (66.2ºF) but otherwise not adjusted)
Growing season rainfall, October - April: 224 millimetres (8.8 inches)
Mean January temperature: 22.8º C (73º F)
Relative humidity, October-April, 3 pm: Average 35%
Harvest: Late February - Early April
St Anne's Winery, Perricoota, NSW
The potential of Perricoota was first seen by St Anne's in the early 1990s, and by 2007 the winery had overseen the planting of almost 2000 acres of vines.
St Anne's has specialised in the production of semi-premium and premium Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wine styles, and has also capitalised on the production of sparkling base and Shiraz Rosé. This has driven the Perricoota grapegrowers into a position of viability, even in the tougher years recently experienced.
Economic advantage has been attained for the wine of Perricoota by St Anne's state-of-the-art production facilities. Perricoota looks forward to a prosperous and strong future, with St Anne's Winery's ongoing support of the industry.