Whether or not you are a connoisseur of fine wines, taking the time to go on a wine tasting tour, is a fun way to enjoy the finer things in life. In Australia, you can find a number of wine tasting packages that include a visit to some of the best wineries around – many that are close to major cities, such as Sydney in southern Australia.
Hunter Valley NSW
One of the oldest wine growing regions in Australia is the Hunter Valley in NSW. Here is where wine aficionados can enjoy grape varieties that exhibit distinct tastes and qualities. Besides the celebrated wine, participants can enjoy the cuisine and local area produce.
You certainly will enjoy a visit to a wine region like the Hunter Valley as it is considered one of Australia’s most popular attractions in New South Wales. The region has played a pivotal role in Australian history and wine-making as it was one of the first land areas that were planted with grapes in the 1800s. The Semillon wine of the Valley is deemed to be an iconic wine. However, visitors going on Hunter Valley wine tours also like taste-testing such varietals as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Verdelho, and Shiraz.
Under the wine naming system in Australia, the Hunter Region is a GI (geographic indicator) that has been separated into the Lower and Upper Hunger valleys. Broke Fordwich is a recognised sub-region in the Lower Hunter Valley while Hunter Proper is considered the Lower Hunter Valley. Most historical accounts were played out in this specific area – an area that is often referenced as Hunter Valley wine country.
Most of the prestigious real estate or grape-growing regions are situated in the foothills and the southern valley of Brokenback range, which is a portion of the Great Dividing Range in Australia. Visitors who view the topography of the area mostly gaze upon softly sloping hillsides with moderate gradients. The only exception might be the Mount View vineyards, which are just west of Cessnock town. The landscape of Upper Hunter is notably flat by comparison because tributaries and streams, such as the Goulburn River, dominate this part of the vineyard region.
Although it is a namesake in the valley, the Hunter River does not dominate this part of wine country. However, the river, along with the mentioned Goulburn River and other tributaries like Giants Creek, do irrigate the grape crops in the Upper Hunter – which has a tendency to suffer from drought.
Much of the area’s success is due to its proximity to the city of Sydney. Sydney offered wine-growers a way to trade their product and sell it to the public. A steady demand from Sydney consumers continues in this part of the Australian wine country today. Even the tourism industry in this part of the country is fuelled by the wine packages and tours that are offered here. If you are planning a trip to Australia, this is the place to see.