Woolaway Wines Wine Bar and Cellar Door

Phone: (02) 6752 1794

Beer, Wine, coffee, Soft Drinks Light Meals, Cakes and Small Functions

"KINNEIL" Bendygleet Road Moree N.S.W 2400

Open 10am to 6pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays

(Excluding Good Friday & Christmas Day)

Closed : January & February Other times by appointment

Woolaway Wines was founded in 2001 in the Hunter Valley, by two school mates who were looking for a new business venture. We leased a rundown vineyard on the Milbourdale Road at Broke. The property was sold in 2004 and we were asked to vacate the premises. This left the way open for a change in direction, especially in where to base ourselves, because it was decided early on there was little money to be made in large volume sales to retailers. It was decided to market ourselves through cellar door sales. In 2005 the decision was made to set up in Moree, due to its high volume of tourist traffic between Melbourne & Brisbane. It is our aim to produce premium quality wines from grapes produced in the New England/North West region of New South Wales, while experimenting with grape varieties here in Moree to determine their suitability for the prevailing climate and soil types of the area. So please come and visit us. We hope you enjoy your time at Woolaway Wines





Case of 6

2007 Shiraz

$10.00 $50.00

NV Shiraz

$25.00 $135.00

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

$20.00 $100.00

Genevieve's Choice

$15.00 $75.00

2010 Verdelho


$10.00 $50.00

2011 Verdelho

$18.00 $95.00

2013 Sauvignin

$15.00 $80.00









Tawny - Refill

$20.00 $100.00

Madeira - Refill

$20.00 $100.00



Jam & Condiments





History of wine From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The history of wine spans thousands of years and is closely intertwined with the history of agriculture , cuisine , civilization and humanity itself. Archaeological evidence suggests that the earliest wine production came from sites in Georgia and Iran , dating from 6000 to 5000 BC. The archaeological evidence becomes clearer and points to domestication of grapevine in Early Bronze Age sites of the Near East , Sumer and Egypt from around the third millennium BC. Evidence of the earliest European wine production has been uncovered at archaeological sites in Macedonia , dated to 6,500 years ago. 

These same sites also contain remnants of the world's earliest evidence of crushed grapes. In Egypt , wine became a part of recorded history, playing an important role in ancient ceremonial life . Traces of wild wine dating from the second and first millennium BC have also been found in China. Wine was common in classical Greece and Rome and many of the major wine producing regions of Western Europe today were established with Phoenician and later Roman plantations. Wine making technology, such as the wine press , improved considerably during the time of the Roman Empire ; many grape varieties and cultivation techniques were known and barrels were developed for storing and shipping wine. In medieval Europe , following the decline of Rome and therefore of widespread wine production, the Christian Church became a staunch supporter of the wine necessary for celebration of the Catholic Mass. Whereas wine was also forbidden in medieval Islamic cultures, Geber and other Muslim chemists pioneered the distillation of wine for medicinal and industrial purposes (e.g. the production of perfumes ) and its use in Christian libation was widely tolerated; additionally, the Turkic dynasties (famously lax about application of Islamic law ) and other Muslim elites were known to consume the drink from time to time. Wine production gradually increased and its consumption became popularized from the 15th century onwards, surviving the devastating Phylloxera louse of the 1870s and eventually establishing growing regions throughout the world. Early history Archeological sites of Neolithic, Copper Age and early Bronze Age in which vestiges of wine-growing or olive-growing were found Wine residue has been identified by Patrick McGovern's team at the University Museum, Pennsylvania , in ancient pottery jars. Records include ceramic jars from the Neolithic sites at Shulaveri, of present-day Georgia (about 6000 BC), Hajji Firuz Tepe in the Zagros Mountains of present-day Iran (5400–5000 BC), and from Late Uruk (3500–3100 BC) occupation at the site of Uruk , in Mesopotamia [1] . The identifications are based on the identification of tartaric acid and tartrate salts using a form of infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). These identifications are regarded with caution by some biochemists because of the risk of false positives, particularly where complex mixtures of organic materials, and degradation products, may be present.

 The identifications have not yet been replicated in other laboratories. In his book Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003), McGovern argues that the domestication of the Eurasian wine grape and winemaking could have originated on the territory of modern Georgia and spread south from there. In Iran (Persia), mei (the Persian wine) has been a central theme of poetry for more than a thousand years, although alcohol is strictly forbidden in Islam . Little is actually known of the early history of wine. It is plausible that early foragers and farmers made alcoholic beverages from wild fruits, including wild grapes ( Vitis silvestris ). This would have become easier following the development of pottery vessels in the later Neolithic of the Near East , about 9000 years ago. However, wild grapes are small and sour, and relatively rare at archaeological sites . It is unlikely they could have been the basis of a wine industry. Domesticated grapes were abundant in the Near East from the beginning of the Early Bronze Age , starting in 3200 BC. There is also increasingly abundant evidence for wine making in Sumer and Egypt in the third millennium BC. The ancient Chinese made wine from native wild "mountain grapes" like Vitis thunbergii for a time, until they imported domesticated grape seeds from Central Asia in the 2nd century. Grapes were, of course, also an important food. There is scant evidence for earlier domestication of grape, in the form of grape pips from Chalcolithic Tell Shuna in Jordan , but this evidence remains unpublished. Exactly where wine was first made is still unclear. It could have been anywhere in the vast region, stretching from North Africa to Central / South Asia , where wild grapes grow. However, the first large-scale production of wine must have been in the region where grapes were first domesticated, Southern Caucasus and the Near East . Wild grapes grow in Georgia , northern Levant , coastal and southeastern Turkey , northern Iran or Armenia . None of these areas can, as yet, be definitively singled out. Although it is interesting to note that biblical accounts tell of Noah and his sons producing wine at the base of Mount Ararat in historical Armenia (now Turkey ).


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