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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Sémillon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • Lavender Ridge Vineyard (Australia)

    Welcome to Lavender Ridge, a boutique winery set on one hundred acres of land nestled between Wol...

  • Milldale Estate Pty Ltd

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

  • 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...

  • Keith Tulloch Wine

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

  • 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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  • 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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  • I am another Aussie and I think you may have drunk your Leeuwin too young, or ... fly to Sydney and off to the Hunter Valley for about 3 days. ... and you still will not have seen 1/2 of Australian wine. If you make it as far as Queensland, our best wines are at higher altitudes in the Granite Belt and South Burnett, but you can access these w... Read More

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  • Traditionally Sake or Beer, however I even wonder about Blanc de Blanc ... ... Albarino,Godello or Viura, Hunter Valley Semillon, Clare Valley Riesling, Margaret River Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blends, Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne, NZ Gewurztraminer, Riesling or Pinot Gris/Grigio, Mornington Peninsula Pinot Grigio, Granite Belt Verdelho, and the ra... Read More

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  • Just finished tasting Ballabourneen The Stuart 2013 Chardonnay (Australian Wine Selectors Hunter Valley Series January 2014 dozen), bottled under screwcap. Supposed to have a "round and subtle biscuity finish" Well the bottle I tasted was way to subtle for me I'm afraid! I think it is due to last week's tasting of the Tapanappa  2008 Tiers Picca... Read More

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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

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  • 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

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