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Australian wineries seek recognition

Published:  07 July, 2010

Winemakers in Mount Gambier, on South Australia's Limestone Coast, are seeking approval for the area to have its own appellation.

An application has been made to the Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation for Geographical Indication status.

Mount Gambier is midway between Melbourne and Adelaide and has vineyards dating from 1982. The Mount Gambier Regional Vineyards Association was established in 2003 and represents around 14 growers.

Grapes have previously been sold to larger wineries in Coonawarra and Padthaway but Mount Gambier is now making its name for locally-produced wines made with Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as well as Riesling, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc.