How many wineries are in Hunter Valley?

How many wineries are in Hunter Valley?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 10/01/2018

Reading time: 3 mins

The tantalising taste of Hunter Valley’s wines has drawn thousands of people in from around the world for decades.

The pristine landscape full of lush deep valleys, rocky mountains and a cool breeze from across the sea. This is the home place for some of Australian’s best wines, with over one hundred and fifty vineyards sprinkling the land. A wine lovers oasis with plenty of cellar doors, restaurants, and stunning views to last the whole weekend.

History of the Hunter Valley

The birth of Hunter Valley’s vineyards began in the 1820s. The crops started slow, but after the arrival of around 500 different vine cuttings taken from Europe, the vineyards grew. Quality increased, derivative from the superior European wines, and made Hunter Valley become one of the best wine regions in the country.

Different Wines in Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley has a wide range of wine varieties to choose from, with something to suit all palates. The three main varieties are Chardonnay, Semillon, and Shiraz. Hunter Valley was one of the first places in Australia to produce the chardonnay grape. It is a rich, oaky flavour, along with a light white peach and acidic citrus taste. The valley’s Semillon has crisp citrus taste and is one of the top world champions in a Semillon wine. Shiraz is most the valley’s top red wine. It has a savoury, gamy flavour, with a rich history of wine yards as old as 120 years.

Different Wineries to choose from in Hunter Valley

Unwind at one of the many wineries to choose from. As there are more than a hundred and fifty wineries in the area, we are just only to list some of our favourites!

  • Iron Gate Estate

    This winery was first created by a chemical engineer who was a self-taught winemaker. He transformed the landscape into a vineyard’s dream, resulting in the delicious Iron Gate Estate wine. Visiting Iron Gate Estate is very much influenced by the European wine regions. The style of the wine and atmosphere is influenced by the grand province of the Mediterranean. Making you think you’d taken a flight all the way to Europe!

  • Ernest Hill

    This boutique winery is a perfect place to go for a break from the crowds. Although it may look small, this family-owned wineries are bursting with incredible varieties to choose from. Sitting at the top of a hill, you can enjoy sipping on this delicious wine as you marvel at the impressive views of the Broken Back Ranges and Lovedale.

  • McGuigan Wines

    McGuigan winery is one of the most popular wine producers in the Hunter Valley. They focus on the traditional winemaking methods, as their original technique seems to be quite popular, the wine selling throughout the world. It was listed as the International Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London. Now that’s impressive!

  • Savannah

    A gateway to the Mount View, Savannah has some of the best views as well as wines in the Valley. Named after the family’s granddaughter, Savannah is renowned for its sweet charm and friendly nature. Visit this winery for a personalised touch to the delicious wine favourites.

Related article: Popular Wine Varieties of the Hunter Valley.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.