Virtuoso Life Australia Special Edition – May 2017 - 13
The first vines in New South Wales' Hunter
Valley were planted by families in the
1820s, making it Australia's oldest wine
region. Though sémillon is widely considered the wine here, the Hunter Valley
also produces wine from a wide variety
of grapes, including shiraz, chardonnay,
cabernet sauvignon, and verdelho. Join
a winetasting master class, or sample a
broad selection of wines at one of more
than 150 cellar doors. Away from the
tasting rooms, escape to the great outdoors for a game of golf or a hot-air balloon ride, or shop for antiques and local
artwork in the region's many galleries.
Don't-miss wineries: Internationally acclaimed
Wyndham Estate, one of Australia's oldest vineyards, and Audrey Wilkinson, where you can picnic
among the vines.
Signature event: The Lovedale Long Lunch is
a progressive-style feast that winds through
several Hunter Valley wineries and restaurants
each year in May.
Pair with: Cheeses, handmade chocolates, charcuterie, sourdough bread, and olive oil directly from
Access: Approximately a two-hour drive north
Clockwise from top left: Wyndham Estate's shiraz and winery
(founded in 1827), and a cluster of Hunter Valley options.
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