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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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Sémillon

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Subregions of Hunter Valley

Popular Wineries in Hunter Valley View all

  • Mount Broke Wines

    Mount Broke Wines is owned by the McNamara family - a family that settled in the Broke area in 19...

  • Keith Tulloch Wine

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

  • Mount View Estate

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

  • Meerea Park Wines Pty Ltd

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

  • Majors Lane Wines

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

  • Monahan Estate

    Monahan Estate has one aim. That is to produce award-winning wines for health conscious wine cons...

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  •  I recently had to have a fair amount of miscellaneous dental work done - ... Pleasant Semillon from the Hunter Valley (2009) which I have had many times from previous vintages, and is world renowned.  Obtained for a song.Finally, I found an inexpensive (regular AOC) Bourgogne Chardonnay 2016 from the Meursault commune by Henri Darnat. This st... Read More

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  • Haven't had it yet, but intend to purchase a L'cole no 41 Semillon ... ... ... - probably more like a Hunter Valley example (Australia).  Rare to find here in Canada and especially rare from this producer in an already bottle aged condition.  Also had a 5 year old Venetian (Soave Superiore) specialty by Pieropan about a week back (review on t... Read More

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  • You know how I feel about Hunter Valley Semillon.  Glad to see someone else enjoying them. Read More

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  • The Bunkhouse Semillon Hunter Valley 2017


    Pale straw in color. Lemony on the nose. Light on the palate with lots of citris and finishes with a bit of grapefruit bitterness. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • 2017 The Bunkhouse Semillon Hunter Valley  Pale straw in color. Lemony on the nose. Light on the palate with lots of citris and finishes with a bit of grapefruit bitterness. Read More

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  • Hope Estate Wollombi Brook Semillon Hunter Valley 2016


    Honeyed and creamy on the nose with notes of lemon and kiwi fruit. Medium full on the palate, dry and firm with more citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit with lightly floral potpourri and a finish of apple and peach. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • 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


    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


    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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