Bidgeebong Wines

About

Bidgeebong creates wines and winestyles that express the distinctive flavours and characters of the neighbouring wine regions . Produce grapes of optimum flavour and acidity which allow us to maximise the quality in both our red and white table wines.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.

Features

  • Creating wines and winestyles that express the distinctive flavours and characters of the neighbouring wine regions.

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Winemaker

Andrew Birks B.Agric.Sci. (Melbourne), Dip.Oen (Roseworthy), is one of Australia’s most experienced and best qualified wine makers. He has formal qualifications in wine making and agricultural science. He is one of Australia’s leading teachers of wine making and was responsible for the early establishment of the Wine Science Degree at the Charles Sturt University. Andrew has taught about one in three Australian wine makers. He has worked extensively in the private sector with one of Australia’s largest wine business and has taught wine science in France, Portugal and New Zealand. He has also worked vintages for some of the major wine houses in Portugal and Spain.

History

Bidgeebong creates wines and winestyles that express the distinctive flavours and characters of the neighbouring wine regions of Tumbarumba, Gundagai, Hilltops and Canberra.

These regions are beginning to emerge as the source of some of Australia’s most interesting and exciting premium and super premium wines.

Within these regions, vineyards are meticulously managed and groomed to produce grapes of optimum flavour and acidity which allow us to maximise the quality in both our red and white table wines.

These wine regions from which Bidgeebong procures its fruit have diverse terroir, which are suited to the production of a wide range of wine grape varieties and hence wine styles.

The four distinct districts are characterised as: the cold climate Tumbarumba in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, the cool to mild climates of the Canberra and Hilltops districts and the warm Mediterranean climate of the Murrumbidgee plain around Gundagai.

The expertly made Bidgeebong wines utilize both traditional and modern winemaking methods that are managed within a clean and modern winery facility. New oak barrels, natural and controlled primary fermentation techniques along with judicious use of malolactic fermentation in white wine are some of the methods that allow Bidgeebong to produce delicious wines with great depth and complexity.

The name Bidgeebong is a combination of Murrumbidgee and Billabong. The Murrumbidgee River is the lifeline of the region. Billabongs, meaning ‘places of still water’ in the Wiradjuri language, were the gathering or meeting places of the original owners of the area, the Wiradjuri tribe.

Bidgeebong's modern and efficient winery is located in the city of Wagga Wagga, close to the major wine science teaching and research centre, Charles Sturt University.

Practices & Techniques

My approach to winemaking is a continuing and evolving philosophy. It is a philosophy that attempts to, select grapes, utilise wine making and maturing techniques to best make wine that is ‘delicious and very drinkable’ and of very high quality.

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Address

352 Byrnes Rd
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales 2650
Australia

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