Wine tasting in the Hunter Valley is an excellent introduction to the Australian wine. You can find more than 150 cellar doors open daily.
The Hunter Valley produces less than three percent of Australia's wine. Main subregions are Broke Fordwich, Lovedale, Mount View, Pokolbin and Wollombi Valley.
The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine growing region. Vines were first planted in the area in the early 1820’s from cuttings brought by James Busby, the father of Australian wine.
The most recognised wine is Semillon. It was known as Hunter River Riesling, when young, Hunter Valley Semillon is crisp with citrus aromas and flavours that pair well with seafood. With age Hunter Valley Semillon develops its unique complex toast, vanilla and honey flavours, giving it depth and richness.
The Hunter Valley is also known for producing outstanding Shiraz
Some of the wineries visited
Gartelmann Wines, established in 1996, are sold exclusively via the internet, mail order or through the Cellar Door in Lovedale Road, Lovedale. Gartelmann is a must visit destination in the Hunter Valley. Sit on the large deck overlooking the dam, with a cheese plate and a nice bottle of Gartelmann wine.
Ernest Hill Wines
Situated at the gateway to the Hunter’s famous Pokolbin region is the boutique, family owned and operated, Ernest Hill Wines. Their varieties include, Semillon, shiraz, merlot, tempranillo, cabernet, verdelho, gewürztraminer and chardonnay.
Their flagship wines, the Cyril semillon, the Alexander chardonnay, the Rodney merlot and the William Henry shiraz epitomise their elegant, estate grown, internationally awarded wines, which are only available at their Cellar Door.
Gemelli Estate Wines
Gemelli Estate is situated on picturesque Palmers Lane. This is not only our work place, it's our passion and our home.
This is a small, boutique family owned and operated business, so you will be bound to see one of owners at the Cellar Door, in the kitchen or out in the vines.
Iron Gate Wines
Iron Gate Estate is one of the Hunter's finest boutique wineries. Their air-conditioned cellar door is a refuge from the summer sun and a warm welcome on a winters day. Enjoy a tasting of their range of wines under Spanish roof and floor tiles and iron-bark beams which exude the ambiance of southern Spain.