It’s worth taking a minute to find out about the history of winemaking in Hastings River to give you an indication of its influences.
In 1837, an English settler by the name of Henry Fancourt White planted the area’s first vineyard. Over the next 23 years, another 33 emerged before disappearing due to disease and the economy of the early 1900s. Enter stage left: the Cassegrain family who got the party started again in 1980 with their long, family history in French winemaking.
Today, the Hastings River wineries can be found nestled in the hinterland around Port Macquarie and Wauchope on the NSW North Coast produce varieties such as chardonnay, semillon, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and chambourcin.
Make your way there – only 25 kilometres from the east coast and half way between the ocean and the Great Dividing Range.