Catherine Vale Vineyard

61265791334 656 Milbrodale Road
Fordwich via Broke, 2330
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Bill and Wendy Lawson after successful teaching careers in Sydney set up Catherine Vale Vineyard in 1993. Original plantings took place in October of that year with the help of friends. Semillon and Chardonnay grapes were planted on 3 different rootstocks. These 2 white varieties grow extremely well in the Hunter Valley. Verdelho and the Italian Red varieties Dolcetto and Barbera were planted in 1998 and wines from these varieties are now available. Verdelho flourishes in this sub-region of the Hunter and has grown in popularity. The grape variety was originally used to make the fortified wine Madeira but Australian winemakers have pioneered it’s development as a dry white table wine. Catherine Vale produces both. As the wine market became more and more red oriented following their original plantings, Bill and Wendy decided to add reds to their portfolio. The Italian varieties were researched and established as a point of difference for their small vineyard and have proved a highly successful development Read more »

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  • Sémillon

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

  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Arneis

    The first records of Arneis plantings in Piedmont go back to the 1400s in the Roero area. Today, many call Arneis the...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

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