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Hunter Valley Wines
Wines of The Hunter Valley
Hunter Valley wines are unique to the region, thanks to its climate, its soils and the experience of its growers and producers. Over 180 years young, the Hunter Valley is home to over 150 wineries and cellar doors as well as a myriad of activities and gourmet delights. Famous throughout Australia and the world, Hunter Valley wines have a unique range of flavours that could tempt almost any palate.
The region's most popular variety is the Hunter Valley Semillon. A wine Tyrrells Wines has become renowned for in the Hunter Valley, the Semillon is a dry white that is generally best left to mature. The Semillon is crisp, lemony and grassy when young and more complex, with toasty vanilla and honey flavours when mature.
Another popular white is the Hunter Valley Chardonnay. Introduced to the region in the 1960s, the Chardonnay has become very popular and is now offered by most producers in the Hunter Valley. Each Chardonnay will differ slightly, with some offering a stronger oaky flavour than others, but most will favour a peaches and cream flavour common to the area.
The Hunter Valley Shiraz is a medium-bodied red with soft spices and velvety textures that has become a region favourite. 2012 proved to be a successfull yeat for Shiraz with 8 awards won at the 2012 Hunter Valley Wine Show with De Iuliis Wines, a small boutique winery, and owner of Cracked Pepper Restaurant, taking home 4 awards this year.
Take in magnificent vistas of the region on a vineyard tour with a difference. Ride a bike between cellar doors or drive through the picturesque countryside from one winery to the next.
It’s ON! in NSW – Hunter Valley
The Hunter brings together a superb calendar of events during this beautiful time of year. Enjoy the highly anticipated Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival, now held for two months across May and June. A lively celebration of all things culinary, take part in winemaking masterclasses, vineyard tours, food and wine trails, cooking classes, long lunches, open fires and much more. Join Whispering Brook for their annual Long Table Luncheon, held alfresco amongst the estate's olive groves with spectacular views over the Broke Fordwich region. Participate in the Cork and Fork Cup at the magnificent Vintage Golf Course, where winemakers and chefs indulge you with delights as you play. Or join the captivating and popular Lovedale Arts Trail, where visitors can explore galleries and studios and meet the artists behind the incredible works.