Cookoothama VineyardDarlington Point, Riverina, New South Wales
Cookoothama “cook-a-tharma” is the Nugan family’s vineyard at Darlington Point on the Murrumbidgee River in the Riverina (40km south of Griffith).
Cookoothama is the aboriginal word meaning “fertile land” and has been the name of this property since the 1800s.
With fertile soils spanning 970 hectares, the property is divided into 335 hectares of premium wine grape (including Semillon, Verdehlo, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz) and 325 hectares of olives.
Cookoothama is protected from rainfall variation by a fully integrated drip irrigation system, which includes four bores and five licences to pump from the Murrumbidgee River flowing along the southern border of the property.