Hunter Valley Wine

Hunter Valley is the best known region within the state of New South Wales in Australia. The upper and lower areas surround the Hunter River, with most vineyards in the south part in the foothills of the Brokenback Range.

It is credited with being the country’s oldest region, very close to Sydney, with vines brought over from Europe and planted in the 1820s. James Busby, known as the “Father of Australian Wine” brought over some of the first plantings, with vines that still exist thanks to the area’s successful dodging of Phylloxera which otherwise devastated Europe and other parts of the country.

The region is mostly hot and wet with ample cloud cover and cool breezes from the ocean balancing it out. Semillon is the pride of Hunter Valley, world renown for its distinct, grassiness when young with evolving caramel and nutty flavors that benefit from long aging.

Oaked Chardonnay is also very popular here. Shiraz is the star red with a range of concentrated styles from Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sémillon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

Subregions of Hunter Valley

Popular Wineries in Hunter Valley View all

  • Margan Wines

    Old Vines, Young Minds, Great Wines... A new generation of winemaking families are establishing ...

  • Mount View Estate

    Mount View Estate is nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Mount View Mountain Range. Mount V...

  • Moorebank Private Vineyard Estate

    Moorebank Estate is a family boutique vineyard where outstanding wines come from outstanding gr...

  • Keith Tulloch Wine

    Keith Tulloch is a fourth generation Hunter Valley Winemaker, so the soils of Pokolbin and the wi...

  • Lavender Ridge Vineyard (Australia)

    Welcome to Lavender Ridge, a boutique winery set on one hundred acres of land nestled between Wol...

  • Calais Estate Wines Pty Ltd

    Calais Estate is more than just a vineyard. It is a completely self-contained boutique winery th...

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  • You know how I feel about Hunter Valley Semillon.  Glad to see someone else enjoying them. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • The Bunkhouse Semillon Hunter Valley 2017

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    Pale straw in color. Lemony on the nose. Light on the palate with lots of citris and finishes with a bit of grapefruit bitterness. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • 2017 The Bunkhouse Semillon Hunter Valley  Pale straw in color. Lemony on the nose. Light on the palate with lots of citris and finishes with a bit of grapefruit bitterness. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Hope Estate Wollombi Brook Semillon Hunter Valley 2016

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    Honeyed and creamy on the nose with notes of lemon and kiwi fruit. Medium full on the palate, dry and firm with more citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit with lightly floral potpourri and a finish of apple and peach. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Round 2 - 4 x AussiesExcellent Group of winesThe Cullen is from Margaret River ... is aptly named as it is a Hunter Valley CS and Hunter does struggle to get CS ripe due to onset of rain during the picking season.  But this wine does somehow make it into bottle as a persuasive wine each year.  Probably a little lacking in depth and slightly li... Read More

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  • Margan Shiraz 2014

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    nose was strongly oaked, with chocolate undertones; however it was sour... but that seemed like a natural sourness and not due to overbreathe... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Margan Chardonnay 2016

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    grass and nectar nose; citrus, pineapples, honey and some buttery fats Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • I've posted this before, but what the hell - My epiphany wine was a '73 Hunter Valley Semillon.  Had it with Dhufish and oyster sauce in a little place in Freemantle in 1976.  It was an outstanding pairing that the owner recommended and he was dead on.  Taught me wine and food. Been in love with it ever since, but with where I live now it's a cr... Read More

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  • AS per Dmker's suggestionI have started a discsussion on this topicHunter Valley is the most famous place for SemillonThey are very long lived and interesting made with nil or almost nil Oak treatmentSadly depsite most people who trythem saying how good they are very few buy themRestauranteurs regard them as great food wines but struggle to sell... Read More

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  • Talking about Hunter Valley....I was just introduced to SILKMAN HUNTER VALLEY 2015.....the winemaker is Liz Silkman.  She and her hubby have presented their own label since 2013....hubby runs his father's FIRST CREEK WINES.THIS IS REGARDED AS ONE OF THE BEST HUNTER SEMILLONS. Read More

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