Today, Lowe dedicates his lower-elevation vineyards to dry-farmed varietals, including Merlot, Shiraz and Zinfandel, the latter kept head-pruned so the clusters stay close to the ground, resulting in smaller fruit, but a more intense flavor and greater resistance to disease.Higher up, there are varietals including Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Petit Verdot, along with Riesling.“That’s the same as Madrid and Barcelona,” Lowe says.“I should be growing Grenache and Tempranillo.” But Lowe notes another situational characteristic about Mudgee, that also influences his planting decisions.Mudgee may be small, but it’s the third-largest grape-growing region in New South Wales, with small wineries (all still family-owned) and a wine tradition dating to the mid-19th century.Those early wineries were established by Italian and German immigrants, who were drawn to the region in search of gold.
“Part of my business is to respect tradition,” Lowe says.
It can also be accessed on pages 8-9 of the - Visitors Guide/MRT-2017 Robertson Park Robertson Park was Mudgee's first market place (it was originally known as Market Square) and the venue of the first Mudgee Show in 1846.
It has beautiful gardens, a band rotunda (1903) which was built to honour the local MP Sir John Robertson who was the Premier of NSW, and a war memorial honouring the men who fought in the Boer War. Post Office Located on the corner of Market and Perry Streets, this unusual single storey Classical Revival stuccoed-brick post office was built in 1862.
“The soil in our top two blocks is very tough, with hard soil and low nutrients,” he says.
“That means low yields, but really well-concentrated wines for our Riesling and Shiraz.” Stein also grows Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet, Merlot and Semillon, but the winery is increasingly synonymous with Riesling.