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50 Hunter Valley wines to try

By J'aime Cardillo

31 Jan, 2024

From world-class semillon, chardonnay and verdelho, to some of Australia's very best shiraz – here are 50 of the best Hunter Valley wines to try.

The Hunter Valley in New South Wales is Australia's oldest wine region. The sub-regions within the Hunter include the Upper Hunter Valley, Broke Fordwich, and Pokolbin. The Hunter Valley is semillon and shiraz country, but the region also turns out some of Australia's best verdelho and chardonnay (the Hunter was one of the first regions to grow chardonnay in Australia, and helped catapult the grape to its icon status).

Semillon and shiraz from the Hunter have a reputation for a great ageing ability. Semillon styles can develop complex and toasty characteristics – try examples like Pepper Tree's Museum Release Limited Release Tallawanta Single Vineyard Semillon or Brokenwood's ILR Reserve Semillon.

When it comes to shiraz from the Hunter, some wines can be cellared for the next 30 or more years. Examples include Tyrrell's Old Patch ShirazMeerea Park's Cellar Release BLACK Shiraz, and Mount Pleasant's 1880 Vines Old Hill Vineyard Shiraz.

The region is home to some of Australia's most iconic wineries, such as Brokenwood, Mount Pleasant, Tyrrell's Wines, Lake's Folly, Tulloch, and even Lindeman's.

Below are 50 of the best Hunter Valley wines to try. You'll notice they are all gold or silver in rating, and showcase exactly what the region does best. 

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Image credit: Brokenwood Wines.