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Nugan Estate Wines

Riverina, Australia
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The beginnings of Nugan Estate took shape in Valencia, Spain, when a young Alfredo Nugan entered the fruit export market. The 1940’s saw Alfredo pioneer what is now a thriving business located in Griffith, NSW. Drawing on his experiences from Spain, he used both innovation and strict quality control to become a pre-eminent supplier of superior produce, first to Australia and then to the world.

He chose Griffith in New South Wales because of its abundance of sunshine and the availability of water, allowing for agricultural applications all year round. Nugan Estate is a legacy to the vision of one man and a family who have continued to pursue his ideals.

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All wines from the Nugan Estate range are sourced from select vineyards to produce premium wines for the domestic and export markets. The winemaking team are dedicated to producing premium wines from select vineyards in the King Valley, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, and locally in the Riverina. The wines selected for bottling undergo much testing and scrutiny from our winemaking team to ensure the best possible wines. Final adjustments and tweaks continue throughout the year to ensure consistency of flavour profile and quality.

The wines are developed in a state of the art winery, owned and operated by Nugan Estate. With the capacity to process 8,000 tonnes of fruit per annum, all of it under cover in the uniquely designed indoor winery. As a family owned and operated company, the goal is to build a sustainable company for future generations. With a focus on the future, Nugan Estate are committed to reducing their carbon footprint by reducing temperature fluctuations in the monumental Barrel Cave, which is truly a sight to behold. This space controls and holds temperature throughout the year. Waste water is then recycled and used in the garden. Nugan Estate, with its blend of the best of Old World tradition and the latest in New World winemaking technology, has a stable of wines sourced from the vineyards in King Valley, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and the Riverina. The Riverina region is semi-arid, with about 12 inches of rain a year. The dry conditions means disease is rarely a problem. The vineyards are irrigated through an elaborate series of underground pipes and wells.

With water so pure, it has been approved for brewing - the vines are irrigated with complete control over all aspects of the irrigation. Each vine is watered only as needed, determined through a series of underground moisture meters, and the underground drainage pipes direct the runoff away from the vines. By using water to fertigate, the vineyards are maintained with a focus on the environment. Nugan Estate selects the best grapes for bottling, which means the yields in the vineyards are kept at a level that is 50% less than our neighbours. These reduced cropping levels reinforce the quality rather than quantity-driven focus of the Nugan wines, which has earned them numerous gold medals and 90 plus point wines.

With a history of quality and innovation, their success in competition, in wine reviews, and in consumer reaction should come as no surprise. They have been awarded over 1,500 medals and 44 awards. They have been awarded the Star of Australia for the 2015 Scruffy's Shiraz, Their success confirms what we already knew - Nugan Estate is a pioneer, innovator, and your best bet for a premium, quality-driven value range of wines in Australia.

Daren Owers, Chief Winemaker, has been with the winery since 2000. Daren began as a Lab Technician at Nugan Quality Foods. When Nugan diversified into winemaking Daren was appointed Assistant Winemaker for the first commercial vintage in 2000. He commenced a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) at Charles Sturt University. In 2003, Daren became Senior Winemaker and has achieved many accolades, such as Young Winemaker of the Year, awarded by the Australian Winemakers Society.

Daren has seen Nugan Estate rapidly grow to a state of the art winery complex with the capacity to crush 8,000 tonnes, 7 million litres of temperature controlled storage and a vaulted barrel store with room for more than 2000 barrels. Daren's challenges have been the creation of Nugan Estate's unique style, keeping it uniform, and abiding by the Nugan philosophy of "hard work, innovation, and 100% commitment to the future". His passion for quality wine and zest for challenging ways of doing things complements the innovative and constantly evolving nature of Nugan Estate.