The property has a long history as a winery dating back to 1930 with ownership changing hands in 2001. An extensive expansion and upgrading program has been undertaken since 2001 with a major additional focus on operational efficiency, functionality, amenity and quality. This extensive capital expenditure program has been undertaken to improve the winery layout, upgrade plant and equipment and streamline the winery and packaging processes. Being located in the Riverina Wine District of NSW, the winery has a rich resource in local quality fruit but also sources cool climate parcels of wine from across Australia, including Hilltops, Clare, Adelaide Hills, Watervale, Coonawarra and Yarra Valley to build a truly Australian brand offering across its premium wine ranges. Beelgara’s wines range from affordable to premium price points.
According to James Halliday (Australia & New Zealand Wine Atlas), the indicative climate statistics for the Riverina region are:
• Sunshine hours per day: 9.3
• Annual rainfall: 410mm
• Growing season rainfall: 200mm
• Mean January temperature: 23.8°C
• Harvest: Early Feb – Early May
The climate is generally hot and dry with rainfall spread relatively evenly throughout the year. The Riverina is slightly cooler than the South Australian Riverland and Victorian Murray Darling regions. Grape growing is reliable, and yields are moderate to high with a minimal disease load. Intensive irrigation ensures that the Riverina is one of the most secure wine growing regions in Australia.