The Mudgee region (approximately 260 km north-west of Sydney) covers approximately 6,500 square kilometers with 4,500 hectares being under vine. Despite only coming to the fore as a wine grape growing district in the last ten years, Mudgee's wine industry was born in 1858 when Adam Roth first planted vines at Craigmoor (now known as Oatley Wines). It was at Craigmoor that a virus free clone of Chardonnay lay undiscovered for more than fifty years. This clone became the source block for much of Australia's Chardonnay.
The Mudgee Wine Grape Growers Association Inc, formed in 1971, has some 100 members. There are approximately 30 cellar doors open for wine tasting and sales. The wine industry continues to anchor considerable growth in our beautiful area. The region continues to be one of Australia's fastest growing wine producing areas.
A flourishing artistic community exists, and many artists and craftsmen call the region home. Potters, woodworkers, glass artists, metal workers and other artists abound. The work of these talented individuals can be found in many of the district's galleries, cafes, wineries, craft shops and Visitor Information Centres. Nearby Gulgong is where premium quality clays are found and is home to several world-respected ceramists.