Hunter Valley Wine Region

This is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions. Some writers, including James Halliday, divide it into two regions,
  • The Upper Hunter around Musselbrook, Aberdeen, Scone
  • The Lower Hunter around Singleton, Cessnock and Maitland
These are not official regions, officially it is the Hunter Valley Zone which includes the Hunter Region. Broke Fordwich is a registered subregion.

History of the Hunter Valley Wine Region

In the years immediately after European Settlement, the rich agricultural land along the Hunter Valley was quickly developed to supply the nearby settlement of Sydney.

An Annual Festival
in the Hunter Region


In the early days of Colonial New South Wales considerable effort was made to find a commercial crop to move the colony from being entirely dependent on its status as an offshore prison. Viticulture was an obvious choice as the product was easily exported to the mother country. Under the influence of James Busby the Hunter Region became the focus of the emerging wine industry after the 1820s.

The climate in the Hunter Wine Region is warm and humid from a viticultural view, but generations of growers and winemakers have developed some distinctive wine styles. Gladstones believes that the region is able to produce table wines of higher quality than the heat summation data suggest because the temperatures during the last month of ripening are lower than those experienced in regions with similar heat summation.

The outstanding white wine of the region is Semillon, which was formerly known as Hunter Riesling. It was even marketed in a Riesling bottle. Hunter Semillon is a refreshing but unexceptional wine when young but develops into a complex and beautiful wine with age.

The Shiraz of this region is also known for its aging ability. The list of alternative varieties grown in the region is dominated by Chambourcin and Verdelho, both of which thrive in warmer climates, but there is quite some diversity available for those who are looking for something different.

Wineries in the Hunter Valley with Alternative Grape Varieties

201 Wines Barbera, Chambourcin, Durif | Adina Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Moscato, Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Verdelho | Allandale Chambourcin, Gewurztraminer, Sangiovese, Verdelho | Allyn River Wines Chambourcin | Apthorpe Estate Chambourcin | Arrowfield Petit verdot, Verdelho | Ascella Pure Wine Verdelho | Audrey Wilkinson Gewurztraminer, Malbec, Moscato, Tempranillo, Verdelho | Ballabourneen Wines Petit verdot, Verdelho, Viognier, Zinfandel | Belgenny Vineyard Verdelho | Benwarin Wines Chambourcin, Sangiovese, Verdelho | Beyond Broke Vineyard Verdelho | Bilgavia Wines Fiano, Tempranillo, Verdelho | Bimbadeen Estate Gewurztraminer, Verdelho | Bimbadgen Estate Barbera, Gewurztraminer, Marsanne, Pinot gris, Roussanne, Sangiovese, Verdelho, Viognier | Bishop Grove Wines Verdelho | Boatshed Vineyard Chambourcin, Verdelho | Briar Ridge Vineyard Gewurztraminer, Verdelho | Broke Estate Barbera, Tempranillo | Brokenwood Wines Pinot gris, Nebbiolo, Roussanne, Sangiovese, Viognier | Broke's Promise Barbera, Verdelho | Brown's Farm Winery Pinot gris | Brush Box Vineyard Verdelho | Calais Estate Chambourcin, Durif, Marsanne, Petit verdot, Verdelho, Viognier, Zinfandel | Camp Road Estate Barbera, Verdelho, Viognier | Camyr Allyn Wines Verdelho | Capercaillie Chambourcin, Gewurztraminer, Petit verdot | Catherine Vale Vineyard Arneis, Barbera, Dolcetto, Verdelho | Chateau Pato Marsanne, Mourvedre, Roussanne, Viognier | Chislehurst Estate Verdelho | Colvin Wines Sangiovese | Constable Vineyards Moscato, Pinot gris, Verdelho | Cooper wines Chambourcin, Verdelho | Cruickshank Callatoota Wines Cabernet franc, Verdelho | David Hook Wines Barbera, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Pinot gris, Verdelho, Viognier | De Iulius Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Verdelho | Dimbulla Tempranillo | Draytons Verdelho | Drews Creek Wines Sangiovese | Echo Ridge Wines Verdelho | Elsmore's Caprera Grove Verdelho | Elysium Verdelho | Elysium Vineyard Verdelho | Emmas Cottage Vineyard Verdelho | Ernest Hill Wines Chambourcin, Gewurztraminer, Tempranillo, Verdelho | Fairview Wines Barbera, Chambourcin, Verdelho | Farrells Limestone Creek Verdelho | First Creek Verdelho, Viognier | Foate's Ridge Verdelho | Fordwich Estate Verdelho | Gartelmann Hunter Petit verdot, Verdelho | Ghost Riders Vineyard Viognier | Glandore Estate Moscato, Savagnin, Tempranillo, Viognier | Glendonbrook Verdelho | Glenguin Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Tannat | Heartland Vineyard Barbera, Verdelho, Viognier | Hillside Estate Gewurztraminer, Verdelho | Hollyclare Aleatico | Honeytree Estate Clairette | Hope Estate Verdelho | House of Certain Views Barbera, Viognier | Hudson's Peake Wines Verdelho | Hungerford Hill Gewurztraminer, Pinot gris, Tempranillo, Vermentino | Idlewild Barbera, Cabernet franc | Iron Gate Estate Verdelho | Ironbark Hill Estate Moscato, Tempranillo, Tyrian, Verdelho | Ivanhoe Wines Chambourcin, Gewurztraminer, Verdelho | James Estate Sylvaner, Verdelho | Juul Wines Verdelho | Keith Tulloch Wine Malbec, Petit verdot, Pinot Gris, Tempranillo, Verdelho, Viognier | Kevin Sobels Wines Gewurztraminer, Petit verdot, Sangiovese, Verdelho | Krinklewood Tempranillo, Verdelho | Kulkunbulla Petit verdot, Tempranillo, Verdelho | Kurrrajong Estate Barbera, Sangiovese | Little Wine Company Gewurztraminer, Petit verdot, Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Verdelho, Vermentino, Viognier | Little's Winery Marsanne, Verdelho, Viognier | Lucy's Run Verdelho | Mabrook Estate Verdelho | Madigan Vineyard Verdelho | Major's Line Chambourcin, Pinot gris | Margan Family Barbera, Verdelho, Viognier | McLeish Estate Verdelho | Meera Park Verdelho, Viognier | Milldale Estate Vineyard Viognier | Molly Morgan Vineyard Viognier | Molly's Cradle Petit verdot, Verdelho | Monahan Estate Verdelho | Moorebank Vineyard Gewurztraminer | Mount Broke Wines Barbera, Verdelho | Mount Eyre Vineyards Cabernet franc, Chambourcin, Fiano | Mount View Estate Verdelho | Mount Vincent Estate Sangiovese, Verdelho | Nightingale Wines Chambourcin, Verdelho | Oakvale Chambourcin, Sangiovese, Verdelho | Outram Estate Verdelho | Palmer Wines Malbec, Verdelho | Pangallo Estate Zibibbo | Penmara Petit verdot, Sangiovese, Verdelho | Piggs Peake Winery Barbera, Marsanne, Sangiovese, Verdelho, Zinfandel | Pokolbin Estate Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Verdelho | Polin & Polin Verdelho | Postcode Wines Marsanne | Pothana Pinot gris, Verdelho, Viognier | Pyramid Hill Wines Verdelho | Racecourse Lane Wines Sangiovese, Verdelho, Viognier | Reg Drayton Verdelho | Ridgeview Wines Chambourcin, Gewurztraminer, Pinot gris, Verdelho, Viognier | Robyn Drayton Petit verdot, Verdelho | Rosebrook Estate Verdelho | Rothbury Ridge Chambourcin, Durif, Verdelho | Saddlers Creek Wines Verdelho | Sandalyn Wilderness Estate Verdelho | Serenella Estate Sangiovese, Verdelho | Sevenoaks Wines Petit verdot, Sangiovese | SmithLeigh Vineyard Verdelho | Southern Grand Estate Gewurztraminer, Verdelho | Splitrock Vineyard Estate Verdelho | St Petrox Chambourcin, Durif, Mondeuse | Stirling Wines Verdelho | Stomp Verdelho | Stonehurst Cedar Creek Chambourcin | Tallavera Grove Winery Negroamaro , Pinot Gris, Sagrantino, Tempranillo, Verdelho, Verduzzo, Vermentino | Tamburlaine Cabernet franc, Chambourcin, Malbec, Marsanne, Petit verdot, Verdelho | Telgherry Pinot gris, Viognier | Tempus Two Aranel, Arneis, Gewurztraminer, Marsanne, Moscato, Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Verdelho, Zinfandel | The Hunter Vineyard Gewurztraminer | Tinklers Vineyards Verdelho, Viognier | Tinonnee Vineyard Chambourcin, Durif, Verdelho | Tintilla Wines Sangiovese | Tower Estate Barbera, Moscato, Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Verdelho | Travertine Estate Chambourcin, Tannat, Verdelho | Tulloch Marsanne, Petit verdot, Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Tannat, Tempranillo, Verdelho, Viognier | Two Rivers Verdelho | Tyrrells Gewurztraminer, Malbec, Montils, Pinot gris, Trebbiano, Verdelho, Viognier | Undercliff Chambourcin | Velavere Chenin blanc | Vercoes Vineyard Verdelho | Verona Vineyard Verdelho | Vinden Estate Alicante Bouschet, Verdelho | Wandin Valley Estate Verdelho | Warraroong Estate Chenin blanc, Malbec, Ruby Cabernet, Verdelho | Wattlebrook Vineyard Verdelho | Wild Broke Wines Barbera | Winbourne Wines Verdelho | Windsors Edge Tempranillo, Tinto Cao, Touriga, Verdelho | Wright Family Wines Chambourcin | Wynwood Estate Cabernet Franc, Durif, Grenache, Moscato, Verdelho | Yarraman Estate Chambourcin, Gewurztraminer |

Visiting The Hunter Valley Region

This region is easily visited as a day trip from Sydney. But there is so much to see and do that you may be tempted to stay a few days. There is plenty of quality accommodation available. Perhaps you can use Vinodiversity's Wine Country Hotel Booking Service to seek out the best deal.

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Varieties described on this site

Aglianico | Albarino | Aleatico | Alicante Bouchet | Aligote | Aranel | Arneis | Aucerot | Baco noir | Barbera | Bastardo | Biancone | Bianco d'Alessano | Blaufrankisch | Brachetto | Cabernet Franc | Carignan | Carina | Carmenere | Carnelian | Chambourcin | Chasselas | Chenin blanc | Cienna | Cinsaut | Clairette | Colombard | Cortese | Corvina | Counoise | Crouchen | Cygne blanc | Dolcetto | Doradillo | Durif | Fiano | Flora | Fragola | Furmint | Gamay | Garganega | Gewurztraminer | Gouais blanc | Graciano | Grecanico | Greco di Tufo | Grenache | Grenache gris | Grillo | Gruner Veltliner | Harslevelu | Jacquez | Kerner | Lagrein | Lemberger | Lexia |
Malbec | Malian | Malvasia | Marsanne | Marzemino | Mataro | Mavrodaphne | Melon de Bourgogne | (Pinot) Meunier | Mondeuse | Montepulciano | Moscata paradiso | Moscato | | Mourvedre | Muller Thurgau | Muscadelle | Muscat |
Nebbiolo | Negroamaro | Nero d'Avola | Norton | Ondenc | Orange muscat | Palomino | Pedro Ximenez | Petit manseng | Petit Meslier | Petit verdot | Picolit | Picpoul | Pinot blanc | Pinot grigio/gris | Pinotage | Primitivo | Prosecco | Refosco | Riesling | Rondinella | Roussanne | Rubienne | Ruby Cabernet | Sagrantino | Saint Laurent | Sangiovese | Saperavi | Savagnin | Schonburger | Shalistin | Siegerrebe | Souzao | Sylvaner | Taminga | Tannat | Tarrango | Tempranillo | Teroldego | Tinta Negra Molle | Torrontes | Touriga | Trincadeira | Tinto Cao | Trebbiano | Tribidrag | Trollinger | Tyrian | Verdelho | Verduzzo | Vermentino | Villard blanc | Viognier | Zante | Zibibbo | Zinfandel |

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