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Vibrant Verdelhos

Vibrant Verdelhos

When you think of Hunter Valley wine, Semillon, Shiraz and Chardonnay probably all come to mind but have you tried our vibrant Verdelhos? While Verdelho may not command the same level of recognition as our esteemed Semillon and Chardonnay varietals, it doesn't aspire to. Rather, it holds its own as a delightful introductory wine, particularly suited for those seeking an occasional indulgence. Bursting with vibrant and robust flavours reminiscent of a refreshing fruit salad, it embodies the essence of vitality in every sip. Verdelho isn't a wine meant for deep contemplation; rather, it beckons you to share its convivial nature with friends, offering a perfect accompaniment to moments of relaxation and camaraderie. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised by how swiftly each glass is savoured and enjoyed in the company of loved ones. Here are some of our top picks for Vibrant Hunter Verdelhos 

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Discover the Around Hermitage food and wine trail in the Hunter Valley

Discover the Around Hermitage food and wine trail in the Hunter Valley

There are numerous reasons to spend a few days in the vicinity of Hermitage Road, located in the north-west corner of Pokolbin. Marvel at breathtaking views, explore dozens of charming boutique wineries and cafes, visit a brewery or two, and discover plenty of enjoyable activities if lounging by the pool isn't your preferred pastime.

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Seven romantic things to do in the Hunter Valley

Seven romantic things to do in the Hunter Valley

Timeless romance awaits you here in the Hunter Valley. Wether your planning for a significant milestone or simply seeking a spontaneous date idea, there are plenty of options to express the hopeless romantic side of you. Here are seven romantic things to do in the Hunter Valley with your loved one. 

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Valentine's Day in the Hunter Valley

Valentine's Day in the Hunter Valley

Spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Our rolling hills, lush vineyards and dreamy skies are the perfect backdrop for a memorable and romantic date. From intimate candlelit dining experiences at our esteemed restaurants to soaring above the clouds on a romantic hot air balloon ride, there is a plethora of ways to express your love. Here is what's happening in the Hunter Valley this Valentine's Day. 

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Jay Tulloch receives OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia)

Jay Tulloch receives OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia)

In recognition of his outstanding contributions as the third generation of the renowned Tulloch Wine family, John (Jay) Tulloch (JYT) has been honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), a prestigious accolade bestowed upon him this Australia Day, January 26th, 2024.

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Get a taste for all things Broke in one jam packed March weekend

Get a taste for all things Broke in one jam packed March weekend

Twenty years in the making, this much-loved festival style weekend lets you explore the wine trail less travelled and get amongst all the wine, food and fabulousness that the Broke Fordwich region has to offer. 

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Brokenwood Wines is pleased to announce Stuart Hordern's promotion to Chief Winemaker

Brokenwood Wines is pleased to announce Stuart Hordern's promotion to Chief Winemaker
Stuart's dedication to the craft has been evident from the beginning. He grew up on a family vineyard and has been working with vines since he was old enough to drive a tractor. He also gained invaluable experience working for Tyrrell's and undertaking several vintages in France. 
During his time at Brokenwood, Stuart and his team have significantly contributed to our wines' quality. Our Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz has maintained its position as the highest level of Langton's Classification of collectible Australian wines - 1st Classified and remains the only red wine in New South Wales to hold this position. Our winery has also been awarded a Halliday 5-star red winery, with our wines receiving numerous gold medals and trophies at various wine shows. 
Some notable wine show wins from 2023 include the National Wine of Provence Trophy for the Indigo Vineyard Chardonnay (2012, 2016 & 2022) and the F Miller & Co Prize for Winemaker of National Wine of Provence, both from the Royal Adelaide Wine Show.
In addition to his winemaking expertise, Stuart has been instrumental in leading our region through the post-COVID era as the President of the Hunter Valley Wine Tourism Association for the last two years. We are confident that Stuart's expertise and leadership will continue to drive our business forward. 
As we begin Vintage 2024, let us raise a glass to celebrate Stuart's promotion. Please join me in congratulating Stuart on this well-deserved recognition.

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Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Industry conduct traditional smoking ceremony ahead of 2024 Vintage

Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Industry conduct traditional smoking ceremony ahead of 2024 Vintage

Over one hundred local winemakers, vignerons, and representatives from the tourism industry gathered this morning at Tyrrell’s Wines to partake in the Hunter Valley Vintage Smoking Ceremony, led by local Wannaruah elder, Uncle Warren.

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Snackable Cellar Doors and Wineries in the Hunter Valley

Snackable Cellar Doors and Wineries in the Hunter Valley

Treat your taste buds to a visit to one of our wineries that dish out two essential pleasures in life - wine and food. Whether you desire a light snack following a relaxed late breakfast or simply yearn for delectable nibbles, there are plenty of wineries that have the best of both worlds. Discover some of the finest wineries in the region where you can indulge in premium Hunter wines whilst satisfying your culinary cravings. 

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Summer School Holidays: What's on for kids in the Hunter Valley

Summer School Holidays: What's on for kids in the Hunter Valley

While the festive season might have come to a close, the excitement continues! Embrace the school holidays and Summer break in the Hunter Valley, where a plethora of activities awaits to keep the family adventures alive. Discover some of our top recommendations for delightful family fun experiences in the Hunter Valley during these school holidays.

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