Exploring the Hunter Valley
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Wine in the Hunter Valley – tours, tastings, and tips
The Hunter Valley is among the oldest of Australia's celebrated wine regions, and some vines here date back to the early 1800s. As a result, the Hunter Valley is home to dozens of wineries, miles of vineyards, and more cellar doors than any other region in Australia.
Want to get a taste while in the area? Here’s a quick guide to Hunter Valley wine:
Famous Hunter Valley wines
The Hunter Valley built its global reputation on staunch, robust red Shiraz and sweet, dry white Semillon wines.
These two varieties are still dominant today, although a vast range of other high-quality varieties are produced across the Hunter Valley.
Wine Regions of the Hunter Valley
The designated Hunter Valley Wine Region encompasses three recognised subregions: Broke Fordwich, Pokolbin, and the Upper Hunter Valley.
Each region has distinctive characteristics; but also within each region there is a huge range of grape varieties grown and wines produced. So it’s hard to box all of them together. Lucky for us, that means there’s plenty of variety to enjoy!
The best Hunter Valley vineyards and cellar doors to visit
With more than 150 wineries offering cellar door tastings and dozens of vineyards open for tours, it’s hard to choose the best among Hunter Valley winemakers. The following stalwarts won’t disappoint any visitor:
Tyrell’s Vineyards, operating since 1858, is among the most distinguished of Australian family wine establishments. They also offer excellent tours every day, providing the best general introduction and overview of the production, history, and importance of wine in the Hunter Valley.
The Pepper Tree Cellar Door provides the quintessential Hunter Valley wine-tasting experience, replete with a superb setting and stunning views. If you’re short on time and looking for a one-stop shop to get a taste of numerous Hunter Valley varieties at their best, in one place, then this is a sound option.
Worried about drinking and driving? Take a wine tour.
There’s an endless selection of wine tour operators in the Hunter Valley, covering something to suit every budget. You can pick and choose wineries and destinations on your own bespoke private tour; or jump into a budget-friendly group tour, which will take you around several vineyards and tastings by minivan.