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More about the Hunter
Well, well, well. It’s high time you made your way to one of the big leagues of Australian wine regions. If you’re going do the Hunter Valley right, you’re either going to have to settle in, or plan on coming back again and again. Neither are bad options. There is a lot of ground to cover and a multitude of wineries – big and small – that deserve your consideration.
Mix it up during your visit. There are world famous major success stories with facilities and spin-off businesses that will make your eyes pop and your mouth water; there are medium-sized family-owned charmers; and there are small, boutiques that began on nothing but a tree-change and a dream.
It’s a misconception that the success of the Hunter Valley as a wine region is down to the top-notch grape growing soil (technical term) – it’s probably more down to its proximity to Sydney and sub-tropical climate. A northerly latitude and close oceanic influences make the Hunter Valley one of Australia’s hottest and wettest wine regions. The conditions (hot but cooled down by breezes funnelled between neighbouring mountains) have been likened to those characteristic to the Napa Valley.
Australia’s oldest wine region has earned its stripes by continually producing internationally acclaimed varieties –including shiraz, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, verdelho and most notably, its flagship, semillon.
Two hours’ drive from Sydney; one hour from Newcastle. You can drive-it, fly-it, bus-it or pogo stick it. Just don’t miss it.