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The Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is located around 130 kilometres north of Sydney and is Australia’s premier wine growing region.  

The first vines were planted around 1823 and it was from these beginnings that several families established vineyards in the region.

From the 1930s, the quality of the region was gaining its reputation with the likes of Maurice O’Shea, Australia’s father of winemaking, taking his wines to the Sydney and Melbourne markets.  

Two varieties that have achieved acclaim are Hunter Valley Chardonnay and Verdelho.

Chardonnay is one of the world’s most popular white grape varieties.  It is believed that the variety was first labelled as Chardonnay in Australia from grapes grown in the Hunter.  Today, a number of Hunter Valley winemakers are leading the way with a modern take on this Australian favourite.

Verdelho is another of the Hunter’s classic grape varieties.  The variety has a ability to withstand a touch of heat and rain, making a sophisticated wine, with layers of tropical fruit flavours.  Hunter Valley Verdelho is a beautifully flavoured alternative to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris.

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