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Fast Facts

Young is at the centre of the Hilltops wine region, which is gaining a reputation for premium reds from cabernet sauvignon to shiraz. The neighbouring towns, Boorowa and Harden, are also part of this region that’s famous for its fresh produce, particularly cherries and other stone fruit from plums to nectarines, apricots, peaches, apples and figs.

Wine grapes were first planted here in the 1800s during the gold rush era; today, the region has 13 wine producers and five cellar doors. Wines from Hilltops have a distinctive cool-climate character but at the same time are full and rich in flavour.

Grape Varieties

Varieties grown in the region include:



  • Barbera
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Corvina
  • Merlot
  • Nebbiolo
  • Pinot Noir
  • Rondinella
  • Sangiovese
  • Tempranillo
  • Shiraz
  • Zinfandel


  • Chardonnay
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Pinot Gris
  • Riesling
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Semillon
  • Viognier

Vital Statistics

Taken from the Young Post Office Weather Station: 1871-1991

  • Map coordinates: 34° 19’S, 148° 18’E
  • Altitude: 450 m (1476 feet)
  • Heat degree days: 1627, (cut off at 19ºC (66.2ºF) but otherwise not adjusted)
  • Sunshine hours, Oct-Apr: 2041 (Gladstones)
  • Annual rainfall: 654 mm (26 inches)
  • Growing season rainfall: 355 mm (14 inches)
  • Mean January temperature: 22.95 °C (72.5°F)
  • Relative humidity, Oct-Apr, 3 pm: Average 38%
  • Harvest: Late Feb – May