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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  • Moorebank Private Vineyard Estate

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

  • 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 ...

  • Briar Ridge Vineyard Pty Ltd

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

  • Monahan Estate

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

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  • 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...

  • Margan Sémillon Botrytis 2009


    Sweet delic Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Rosemount Estate Chardonnay Hunter Valley Roxburgh 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Brokenwood Shiraz Hunter Valley Graveyard 2000


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    Wine review by Magnum181

  • Tyrrell's Wines Old Winery Chardonnay 2011


    A 2011 Chardonnay from Hunter Valley, Australia. Light yellow straw in color. Fruit hints of peach and melon with a hint of minerality. A mid-finish on the palette and crisp acidity. The time for this wine is now until 2018. Best served chilled to 52 degrees, and served with grilled fish or a fruit & cheese plate. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Hope Estate Chardonnay Hunter Valley 2010


    Very nice Aussie chardonnay. Well balanced with a bit of cream brulee, lemon chiffon, very slight oak and a nice mouth feel. Very good quality to price ratio. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Hope Estate Shiraz the Ripper 2009


    Warm, robust and bold. Paired great with full flavored foods. Read More

    Wine review by bhenak

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