Hunter Valley

NEW SOUTH WALES

The Hunter Valley is Australia's oldest producing wine region with vines first planted in the 1830s with cuttings collected by James Busby.  Vineyards today are concentrated in two areas – the Upper and Lower Hunter Valley – linked by the Hunter Valley MapHunter River. The majority of the Lower Hunter vineyards are planted near the Brokenback Range around the small town of Cessnock, 165 km north of Sydney.

The area has a warm climate with high temperatures experienced in summer. From a viticultural viewpoint an important climatic feature of the area are the cooling effects of coastal breezes and the common cloud cover.

The area is famous for its long lived Semillon white wines and its soft rich reds made from Shiraz. The Hunter Valley produced Australia's first Chardonnays in the 1970's and its soft opulent fruit driven style, added another staple variety to the area. Verdelho has been planted in the Hunter Valley for over 100 years but only in the last 10 years has it become popular as a single varietal wine producing a dry wine with spicy tropical fruit characters.

 

 

AREA PLANTED 28 Ha (70 acres) ELEVATION 130 - 200 metres
CLIMATE Warm Coastal DEGREE DAYS 1800 - 1900
 

 

SUNSHINE HOURS  1650
SOILS

Terra rossa clay loams over limestone, red duplex

loams over marly shales and sandstones alluvial

brown loams on creek flats.

   

 

MAIN VARIETIES RED   WHITE  
  Shiraz 6.22 Ha Semillon 3.93 Ha
      Chardonnay  7.1 Ha
      Verdelho 5.45 Ha
OTHER VARIETIES  Sagrantino  0.91 Ha  Vermentino  1.06 Ha 
  Merlot  1.4 Ha  Traminer  0.78 Ha 
  Tempranillo  0.54 Ha     
  Pinot Noir 0.67 Ha    

 

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