Hunter Valley Wine Region

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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. 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 Pinot gris Allandale Chambourcin, Verdelho Allyn River Wines Chambourcin Apthorpe Estate Chambourcin Arrowfield Petit verdot, Verdelho Audrey Wilkinson Gewurztraminer, Malbec, Moscato, Tempranillo, Verdelho, Zinfandel Ballabourneen Wines Verdelho, Zinfandel Belgenny Vineyard Verdelho Bell's Lane Wines Verdelho Benwarin Wines Chambourcin, Sangiovese, Verdelho Beyond Broke Vineyard Verdelho Bimbadeen Estate 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's Promise Barbera, Verdelho Broke Estate Barbera, Tempranillo Brokenwood Wines Pinot gris, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Viognier Brown's Farm Winery Pinot gris Brush Box Vineyard Verdelho Calais Estate Chambourcin, Durif, Marsanne, Verdelho, Viognier, Zinfandel Camp Road Estate Shiraz Viognier, Verdelho, Viognier Camyr Allyn Wines Verdelho Capercaillie Chambourcin, Gewurztraminer, Petit verdot Catherine Vale Vineyard Arneis, Barbera, Dolcetto, Verdelho Chislehurst Estate Verdelho Colvin Wines Sangiovese Constable Vineyards Pinot gris, Verdelho Cooper wines Chambourcin, Verdelho Cruickshank Callatoota Wines Cabernet franc David Hook Wines Barbera, Pinot gris, Verdelho, Viognier De Iulius Verdelho Dimbulla Tempranillo Draytons Verdelho Drews Creek Wines Sangiovese Echo Ridge Wines Verdelho Elsmore's Caprera Grove Verdelho Elysium Vineyard Verdelho Emmas Cottage Vineyard Verdelho Ernest Hill Wines Gewurztraminer, Tempranillo, Verdelho Fairview Wines Barbera, Chambourcin, Verdelho Farrells Limestone Creek Verdelho First Creek Verdelho, Viognier Foate's Ridge Verdelho Fordwich Estate Verdelho Gabriel’s Paddocks Vineyard Chenin blanc Gartelmann Hunter Verdelho Ghost Riders Vineyard Viognier Glandore Estate Moscato, Savagnin, Tempranillo, Viognier Glendonbrook Verdelho Glenguin Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Tannat Golden Grape Estate Gewurztraminer 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 Pinot gris Idle Hands Wines Verdelho Idlewild Barbera, Cabernet franc Iron Gate Estate Verdelho Ironbark Hill Estate Verdelho Ivanhoe Wines Chambourcin, Gewurztraminer, Verdelho James Estate Sylvaner, Verdelho Juul Wines Verdelho Keith Tulloch Wine Petit verdot, Verdelho, Viognier Kevin Sobels Wines Gewurztraminer, Petit verdot, Sangiovese, Verdelho Krinklewood Tempranillo, Verdelho Kulkunbulla Petit verdot, Tempranillo, Verdelho Little's Winery Marsanne, Verdelho, Viognier Little Wine Company Gewurztraminer, Petit verdot, Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Verdelho, Viognier Lucy's Run Verdelho Mabrook Estate Verdelho Madigan Vineyard Verdelho Margan Family Barbera, Verdelho, Viognier McLeish Estate Verdelho Meera Park Verdelho, Viognier Milldale Estate Vineyard Viognier Molly's Cradle Verdelho Molly Morgan Vineyard Viognier Monahan Estate Verdelho Moorebank Vineyard Gewurztraminer Mount Broke Wines Barbera, Verdelho Mount Eyre Vineyards Cabernet franc, Chambourcin Mount View Estate Verdelho Mount Vincent Estate Sangiovese, Verdelho Nightingale Wines Chambourcin, Verdelho Oakvale Chambourcin, Sangiovese, Verdelho Outram Estate Verdelho Palmers Wines 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 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, Sagrantino, 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 Tinonnee Vineyard Chambourcin, Durif, Verdelho Tintilla Wines Sangiovese Tower Estate Barbera, Moscato, Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Verdelho Tulloch Marsanne, Petit verdot, Tannat, Verdelho Two Rivers Verdelho Tyrrells Gewurztraminer, Malbec, Pinot gris, Trebbiano, Verdelho, Viognier Undercliff Chambourcin Vercoes Vineyard Verdelho Verona Vineyard Verdelho Vinden Estate Alicante Bouchet 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 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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