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All You Need to Know About the Hunter Valley Wine Region

Explore the Hunter Valley wine region from its early beginnings to the players that define it today. Learn about the grape varieties, climate, soils and wine styles that make it tick.


The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine region, shading Western Australia’s Swan Valley by a bit less than a decade.

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Geography, Soils & Climate

Although often classed as having a Mediterranean climate, the Hunter is really more sub-tropical, with cooling ocean breezes providing welcome moderation.

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Grape Varieties & Wine Styles

The Hunter climate may be an unusual one for quality wine grapes, but the results are indisputable. And that the climate typically produces shiraz of medium weight with a distinctly savoury cast provides a style signature of grape to region that is utterly unique.

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Top Wine Producers and Cellar Doors

Our list of the best cellar doors to visit, and the wine producers you need to know, from established icons to those cutting new paths.

The Iconic Wineries

These are benchmark wineries that have helped to shape the region, and they stand as reference points today.

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Best of the New Wave Wineries

The makers that are paving a new way, taking inspiration from the past and shaping a new future.

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Cellar Doors

There’s no better way to engage with makers than to visit them onsite, and these are some of the best wine experiences in the region.

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When You’re There

Travelling to a wine region isn’t always just about the wine. Discover our lists of the best places to eat – both casual and refined – our top accommodation recommendations – from budget to luxury – and our go-to lists of local attractions – from shopping to outdoor adventures.

Shopping & Other Attractions in Hunter Valley

From shopping for regional specialties to organising an outdoor adventure, these are some of the region’s top attractions.

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Accommodation in Hunter Valley

Whether splashing out or sticking to a budget, these are some of the best places to stay in Hunter Valley.

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Eating Out – Hunter Valley's Best Restaurants and Cafés

Whether it’s a lunch at the pub or dinner in a celebrated restaurant, no visit to Hunter Valley is complete without exploring the dynamic food scene.

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