Spring is in the air, which means it’s the perfect time to visit Australia’s oldest wine-growing region, the Hunter Valley. Only two hours from Sydney, you’ll find more than 150 wineries and cellar doors, offering flavours that are unique to the Hunter region of New South Wales.
Here are five gorgeous wineries worth visiting in the Hunter Valley.
Tyrrell’s Wines is renowned for its Semillon, which is the region’s most popular variety. This Australian family-owned business is steeped in history, dating back to 1858. It offers a superb line-up of sparkling wines, and then there’s the Vat series wines, which is world class and worth a tasting while you’re here.
The Tulloch story began 120 years ago. John Youni Tulloch took on a 43 acre property at Pokolbin, and set to work on rejuvenating its five acres of vines. This has transformed the family company into one of the best wineries around today. Pick up some of Tulloch’s incredible Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Verdelho, along with other limited releases, during a visit to the Cellar Door.
It’s arguably the Hunter Valley’s most picturesque winery, but this isn’t all Audrey Wilkinson is renowned for. The winemaking techniques used here are influenced by the Wilkinson family, who studied winemaking in France and Germany. This, mixed with modern technology has created several wines to die for, including chardonnay, shiraz and Gewurztraminer.
Brokenwood is one of the Hunter Valley’s iconic vineyards, having evolved from a weekend hobby for winemakers in 1970 into one of the country’s best wine labels. Brokenwood is set in the heart of the Hunter Valley and is famous for its Cricket Pitch Red. However, the incredible chardonnays are also to-die for.
Gartelmann is a boutique winery producing fine, handcrafted wines. This family owned and operated winery is set in the heart of the Hunter Valley. The love and care put into crafting these wines shows in the sensational products – the multi-award winning Semillon and Shiraz, the soft Merlot, elegant Chardonnay, aromatic Verdelho and the toasty spiced Liquor Muscat, Gartelmann.