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New Australian wine region recognised

Published:  23 July, 2008

A region within New South Wales has been formally recognised as an official Australian wine region.

The Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation (AWBC)'s statutory group the Geographical Indications Committee (GIC) announced New England Australia into its register of protected names.

Jock Osborne, executive officer at the GIC, said: "The universal consensus for its boundaries has meant that the application has progressed relatively quickly and I'd like to acknowledge the applicants for the way they have managed the application.

"The establishment of the New England Australia GI will enable wine growers in the district to regionally brand and market their wines. The emerging wine industry in this region will have the opportunity to benefit from its new status."

New England Australia is situated near the northern border of the state - the large region encompasses the main towns of Armidale, Glen Innes, Inverell and Tenterfield. The Great Dividing Range extends down its eastern boundaries, and the area is north of the Hunter.