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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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  • Margan Wines

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

  • Moorebank Private Vineyard Estate

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

  • Briar Ridge Vineyard Pty Ltd

    Indulge in a Briar Ridge Wine and you will discover intense fruit and refreshing layers of flavou...

  • Keith Tulloch Wine

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

  • Saddler's Creek Wines

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

  • Calais Estate Wines Pty Ltd

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

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  • Bimbadgen Estate Individual Vineyard Mcdonalds Road Semillon Hunter Valley New South Wales Australia 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Daniel Young

  • Golden Grape Estate-Merlot Golden Grape Estate Hunter Valley Australia 1996


    a lovely wine, fruity and very drinkable Read More

    Wine review by robowoman

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


    My friends and I love this wine. It is fabulous as an after dinner drink, over ice cream, or in your morning coffee. Read More

    Wine review by jhawk1970

  • Zufrieden - interesting you single out the Hunter Valley for Marsanne. I know they do grow a bit there, but there are other regions within Australia which are better known for it. The Hunter Valley, whilst warm, tends to be quite humid. The best known is probably Tahbilk's, which is from Central Victoria. There are also good examples from South ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is Roussanne The Next...

  • Ignoring the tasting arrangements for the moment (though these are very ... ... ... (as in New South Wales Hunter Valley) and even high-test Shiraz (or Syrah... whatever your fancy).  The Spanish varieties are also worthy - as already mentioned.Texas is made for highly alcoholic reds; whites would need some thought.  Assyrtiko, anyon Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is Roussanne The Next...

  • In a previous posting, I had shared some of the white Rhone-styled wines ... ... South Australia. Basically, Hunter Valley and the Canberra District for NSW, and McLaren Vale, Barossa and Eden Valleys for SA. There was a physical limit for my tastebuds on the day, so by no means are my listings comprehensive. The wines cover a range of price, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Australia' take on red Rhones

  • Tyrrell's Wines Old Winery Verdelho 2012


    Clear but incredibly pale yellow in the glass. Interesting, it almost looks like water. Herbal, vegetative nose reminds me more of a sauvignon blanc. Very refreshing on the palate--initially a melon flavor but then lot's of lemon. Excellent acid gives it the refreshing quality. US$11.69 at Total WIne. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Australia does some great whites period, whether or not they're ... Luliis ... ... Luliis Semillon from Hunter Valley - unusualy for a Semillon in that it doesn't have the grassiness of some, lots of citrus, very tart all the way through the finish.St Hallett Poacher's Blend is a combo of Semillon, Sauv Blanc and Riesling - a bit grassy but m... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Australians do Rhone blancs...

  • Tempus Two Pewter Botrytis 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

  • GregT -- yes, the 'vine pull' scheme ripped up a lot of priceless, old ... ... in Australia are in the Hunter Valley -- I can't find the date but I think Mt Pleasant's vineyard was planted in the 1940s or 50s.Unfortunately, most commercially minded vineyards rip their vines up after about 30 or 40 years -- I guess the yields just become too l... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir Thread - Domestics...

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