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Old Bush Vines dating back to 1856

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In 1854 Andreas Kurtz the Great Grandfather of Alfred Gustave Kurtz, migrated from Bavaria to Australia. Andreas was a weaver and a wine maker and planted the vineyard in 1856. He was also known as 'Farmer Kurtz' in Henry Lawson's (1867 - 1922) famous poem 'The Days When We Went Swimming'.  ‘He leased a forty-acre block, and thought he owned the county’.


The vineyard was named 'Cudgegong River Valley' situated in Eurunderee and managed by David Kurtz (Alfred Kurtz's Grandfather).

During the 1960's Alfred Kurtz took over the management of the vineyard and started to lay down the foundations of success. Through his creative flair and hard work he succeeded in creating fine wines in the Mudgee region and the vineyard later to become 'Mudgee Wines'.

The present owners are continuing the fine old traditions of the winery. The famous 'Old Bush Vine Shiraz' is made from the vines dating back over 166 years. All the fruit is grown, and wine produced and created in the winery from local selected Mudgee fruit. The large storage on the site enables wine to be sold locally, nationally and internationally, with total production exceeding one million litres.

Grapes Grown

Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz & Durif (a rare French variety giving a dense, deep purple wine with lifted ripe raspberry fruit aromas).

New varieties available 2014: Pinot Grigio, Primitivo and Negro amaro

Our Old bush Vine Shiraz Cabernet are made from vines dating back over 166 years.


Harvest Time

 Early February to end of March 



Mild with cool summer nights that extend the ripening of the grapes. Ample spring and summer rain, approx 25 inches annually.



Deep terra-rossa soil with underplaying limestone with streams of quartz.

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