This oldest wine growing area (GI) from Australia is located 150 kilometers north of Sydney in the state of New South Wales. It is divided into two areas, Lower Hunter Valley and Upper Hunter Valley , collectively referred to as the Hunter . There are the subareas Allandale, Belford, Broke Fordwich, Mount View, Pokolbin and Rothbury. The larger Lower Hunter Valley is considered a “real” Hunter Valley. Vines were planted here for the first time around 1820 by William Kelman (1800-1863) and George Wyndham (1801-1870). The "father of Australian viticulture" James Busby (1802-1871) founded the farm Kirkton here in 1825. It was not until 130 years later that the Upper Hunter Valley was opened up for viticulture. The vineyards cover around 4,000 hectares of vineyards. You are with the white wines Chardonnay. Sémillon. Riesling. Sauvignon Blanc and Verdelho, as well as with the red wine varieties Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot. Pinot Noir and Shiraz ( Syrah ) planted.
The hot climate with high humidity, as well as precipitation often at the wrong time, such as the grape harvest, is actually not ideal for viticulture due to the soil. Despite these adverse circumstances, the area has become particularly famous for its aging white wines from Sémillon, which were formerly known as "Hunter Riesling". Excellent white wines from Chardonnay and red wines from Shiraz are also produced. Well-known producers are Allandale, Arrowfield Wines, Brokenwood, Château Pato, Evans family, Hungerford Hill Vineyards, Lake's Folly, Lindeman's. McWilliams (Mount Pleasant), Margan Family, Petersons, Reynolds Yarraman Estate, Rosemount Estate. Rothbury Estate, Tulloch, Tyrrell's Wines and Wyndham Estate.