Hunter Valley in Autumn

The Hunter Valley is one of the most spectacular destinations in autumn. The long rows of vines change from deep green to shades of red, orange and purple which turn the area into a sea of colour. The Hunter in autumn is known for its magnificent sunny days and cool nights and also for the start of the fermentation season.

Unlike most other Australian wine regions in which autumn signals the start of harvest season, most of the hard work is already done in the Hunter by the time autumn starts. The Hunter has a summer Harvest season and for good reason; milder late winter months mean the bud burst is earlier giving the Hunter grapes a head start for growing and ripening compared to the more southerly Australian wine regions. In most years Hunter Valley Harvest starts in the third week of January, however unusually good grape growing weather patterns over the last six months meant that the grapes ripened two weeks early.

The 2014 Hunter vintages should provide for some interesting tasting. Harvested before the bulk of the seasonal summer storms the Semillon should provide for some extra body with grape sugar levels being quite high and water content lower than normal.

Finally autumn in the Hunter is also time for a number of amazing events. The Hunter Food and Wine month in March, ‘A Little bit of Italy’ and the much acclaimed Lovedale Long Lunch.

Don’t miss the Hunter Valley this Autumn and what other better way to check it out than on our popular Hunter Valley Wine Tour.