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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  • Syrah

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

  • Sémillon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Verdelho

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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Popular Wineries in Hunter Valley View all

  • Meerea Park Wines Pty Ltd

    Meerea Park is owned by Rhys and Garth Eather and we handcraft our wines using fruit grown on som...

  • Moorebank Private Vineyard Estate

    Moorebank Estate is a family boutique vineyard where outstanding wines come from outstanding gr...

  • Milldale Estate Pty Ltd

    Milldale Wines is a small wine producer in the Hunter Valley. Our aim is to produce fine organic ...

  • Calais Estate Wines Pty Ltd

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

  • Margan Wines

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

  • Keith Tulloch Wine

    Keith Tulloch is a fourth generation Hunter Valley Winemaker, so the soils of Pokolbin and the wi...

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  • Round 2 - 4 x AussiesExcellent Group of winesThe Cullen is from Margaret River ... is aptly named as it is a Hunter Valley CS and Hunter does struggle to get CS ripe due to onset of rain during the picking season.  But this wine does somehow make it into bottle as a persuasive wine each year.  Probably a little lacking in depth and slightly li... Read More

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  • Margan Shiraz 2014

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    nose was strongly oaked, with chocolate undertones; however it was sour... but that seemed like a natural sourness and not due to overbreathe... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Margan Chardonnay 2016

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    grass and nectar nose; citrus, pineapples, honey and some buttery fats Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • I've posted this before, but what the hell - My epiphany wine was a '73 Hunter Valley Semillon.  Had it with Dhufish and oyster sauce in a little place in Freemantle in 1976.  It was an outstanding pairing that the owner recommended and he was dead on.  Taught me wine and food. Been in love with it ever since, but with where I live now it's a cr... Read More

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  • AS per Dmker's suggestionI have started a discsussion on this topicHunter Valley is the most famous place for SemillonThey are very long lived and interesting made with nil or almost nil Oak treatmentSadly depsite most people who trythem saying how good they are very few buy themRestauranteurs regard them as great food wines but struggle to sell... Read More

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  • Talking about Hunter Valley....I was just introduced to SILKMAN HUNTER VALLEY 2015.....the winemaker is Liz Silkman.  She and her hubby have presented their own label since 2013....hubby runs his father's FIRST CREEK WINES.THIS IS REGARDED AS ONE OF THE BEST HUNTER SEMILLONS. Read More

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  • GregDean is a good bloke and yes does make some good wineUnfortunately history ... muscats and TokaysNSW has Hunter Valley with its fabulous semillons, and a number of other regions with very good shiraz and chardonnay.Canberra [ACT] has superb riesling and cool climate shirazTasmania is our sparkling white star and small quantities of excelle... Read More

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  • Almost think a bit of acid is neededHunter Semillon if young maybe OKyoung clare or eden valley riesling  Read More

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  • How about an Australian Hunter Valley Semillon? A little off-dry with a flavor to match. Read More

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  • Clarendon Hills make awesome wines but they are in the Napa CS price range, ... the Lovedale region of the Hunter Valley in NSW which produces awesome Semillon in most years.Hunter is a tough region because it virtually borders the southern end of the tropical rain cycle which means early ripening Semillon nearly always gets picked but they wa... Read More

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