The Hunter Valley located approximately 2 hours north of Sydney is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most well-known wine regions which, since its foundation, has produced many fine, world recognised wines.
There are over 150 wineries producing exceptional wines with Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz being the dominant varietals of the region from one of the warmest, humid and wettest climates of Australia.
James Busby then brought around 500 vine cuttings to the region drawn from collections and private plantings in Europe and South Africa. By 1840 the Hunter Valley’s registered vineyard area exceeded 500 acres.
By the 1960’s the wine market shifted towards fine dry table wines and the industry could once again flourish with a proliferation of boutique wineries.
This is what characterises the Hunter Valley today being one of Australia’s most well-known wine regions. Over 150 wineries are producing a wide array of exceptional wines.
Hunter Valley Semillon enjoys a very special place in the world wine industry because, as award-winning Australian wine writer Campbell Mattinson puts it, ” it produces a wine (…) that is acknowledged as the best in the world, the benchmark. It is the same kind of advantage enjoyed by Burgundy and Bordeaux and Champagne “.
[thrive_headline_focus title=”CLIMATE” orientation=”left”]From here the Hunter Valley flourished with several families establishing vineyards such as Dr Henry Lindeman, The Drayton, Tyrrell and Wilkinson families in the latter part of the 19th century.
The Hunter Valley is divided into two sub-regions, the “Lower Hunter Valley” and the “Upper Hunter Valley”, both of which have slightly varied climates.
The Lower Hunter is one of the warmest, most humid and wettest climates in Australia with an average of 750ml of annual rainfall, mostly between October and April. The rain, humidity, afternoon cloud cover and sea breeze all work together to reduce the impact of the heat that would otherwise hamper the production and quality of the vines.
The Upper Hunter does not change all that much except that the rainfall is slightly less, and the heat is better than the Lower Hunter due to the sea breeze. January and February are the most humid of the year.
you can match or put a lineup of wine and have a Chablis, a white Burgundy, and a Hunter Valley Semillon and everyone will go, 'that's a Hunter Valley Semiilon. That's a Chablis.' - it makes us really quite unique and distinctive.
Winemaker Tatler Wines
[thrive_headline_focus title=”WHY YOU SHOULD GO” orientation=”left”]No wine region in Australia offers more for visitors than the Hunter Valley. It is the most visited tourist destination in NSW outside of Sydney, and you will find everything from resorts, spas, cheese factory, golfs, restaurants, horse riding, art galleries, live music…
[thrive_headline_focus title=”How To Get There” orientation=”left”]By Car: From Sydney, it takes approximately 2 hours, and is 180km north of Sydney. Very accessible by car, you can take the Tourist Route T33 passing through scenic mountains and into the Hunter Valley via historic Wollombi or take the Hunter Expressway off the M1 for the fastest route.
[thrive_headline_focus title=”BEST TIME TO GO” orientation=”left”]Every season brings something different to the Hunter Valley and everyone who visits takes something different away. Harvest is from December to February. This is a good time to come, it’s a vibrant time with lots of activities but it’s very warm.
In Autumn (March, April, May) the colours are particularly wonderful, the temperature will be cooler and the region will be calmer after the summer!