Hunter Valley Wine

Hunter Valley is the best known region within the state of New South Wales in Australia. The upper and lower areas surround the Hunter River, with most vineyards in the south part in the foothills of the Brokenback Range.

It is credited with being the country’s oldest region, very close to Sydney, with vines brought over from Europe and planted in the 1820s. James Busby, known as the “Father of Australian Wine” brought over some of the first plantings, with vines that still exist thanks to the area’s successful dodging of Phylloxera which otherwise devastated Europe and other parts of the country.

The region is mostly hot and wet with ample cloud cover and cool breezes from the ocean balancing it out. Semillon is the pride of Hunter Valley, world renown for its distinct, grassiness when young with evolving caramel and nutty flavors that benefit from long aging.

Oaked Chardonnay is also very popular here. Shiraz is the star red with a range of concentrated styles from Read more »

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  • Verdelho

    History of the grape: Verdelho has existed on the island of Madeira in Portugal at least as far back as the 15th cent...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Calais Estate Wines Pty Ltd

    Calais Estate is more than just a vineyard. It is a completely self-contained boutique winery th...

  • The Rothbury Estate

    With a portfolio of more than 200 premium brands, operations on five continents and a history str...

  • Mount View Estate

    Mount View Estate is nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Mount View Mountain Range. Mount V...

  • Margan Wines

    Old Vines, Young Minds, Great Wines... A new generation of winemaking families are establishing ...

  • Saddler's Creek Wines

    Established in 1990, Saddler’s Creek is a boutique wine company situated in Pokolbin in the he...

  • Majors Lane Wines

    With a rich history Majors Lane Wines brings you an exclusive range of award winning table wines ...

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  • Looks like a good snag, Fox, and you've gotta put things in perspective:--five of those sparklers in place of one Goldeneye 10 Degrees--four of those sparklers in place of one of the Duckhorn merlots Substitute for two of those Duckhorns and you can have a decent party!Sorry, Al, but those prices for the juice they're delivering are just waaaaaa... Read More

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  • I remember mine completely, just  like it was yesterday, all except for ... next door and pick up a 1973 Hunter Valley Semillon .  It was a perfect pairing, which I think he knew, and a light bulb went off - wine and food.  We ate there 3 out of 5 nights we were in port.  Tremendous.&nbs Read More

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  • Well one photo showed up, which I assume you'd already posted, once I ... ... ... it to semillon from the Hunter Valley on the other side of Oz, which is  a grape that's also commonly used in dessert wines in France, but in Oz is often fermented dry.  This verdelho may be off-dry, though. The reason why I'm wondering is that sweeter wines can... Read More

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  • Tulloch Shiraz Private Bin Pokolbin Dry Red 2006

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    Wine review by woolfepac


  • Mcwilliam's Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2007

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    This well-priced aged, oaked Semillon from the Hunter Valley in NSW is in an older style, but remains its delicious self; for an 8-year old wine, there is a bright, wildflower nose with a hint of dandelion - very inviting. On the palate we receive a hefty dose of lanolin and wood (but not of the dull variety) with pineapple, kiwi, grapefruit. ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Okay, getting back to the topic at hand, in effect the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is the other side of those mountains.  Arroyo Seco is basically due east of Big Sur.  And there's San Antonio Valley a little further south.  (Pierce Family, whom I have touted on the "Completely Different" thread, are down there.)  Here's a nice map: http://wine.ap... Read More

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  • Golden Grape Estate-Golden Tango Cream Golden Grape Estate Hunter Valley Australia 1998

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    I share this with only the closest of friends. Bought it at a wine tasting and can't find it anywhere. Savor with dark chocolate Read More

    Wine review by Mominator10


  • Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Mo 2008

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    Wine review by mark


  • I know nothing about this bottle as it was given to me from someone who had it ... ... from saxonvale estate in hunter valley. from my research the saxonvale estate no longer seems to exist with some of the original land being absorbed by vinyards around it  but that is all i can find out. Than Read More

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  • A big trend in Oz wine now is global warming and planting more Mediterranean ... Cabernet. I just hope the Hunter Valley keeps being able to produce its Semillon and Shiraz despite flood,fire,heatwaves and coal mines.The other big trend is to export wine and wine making expertise to China.  As their middle class start buying wine for "face"- t... Read More

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