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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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Sublime Summer Semillons

Sublime Summer Semillons

As the temperature rises, it's time to cool down with refreshing, easy-drinking wines, ideally served chilled over ice. And what better poolside companion for your glass than a Hunter Semillon? Often hailed as the white icon of the region, our pioneering producers have developed a style of Semillon that has been dictated by the climate. Hunter Valley's Semillon is celebrated for its youthful, light, lemon-citrus profile that transforms into a highly intricate, nutty, and toasty style with a touch of ageing. Here are some of our recommended Semillons for your summer sips in the warm weather.

Young, fresh & vibrant

  • 2023 Tamburlaine Reserve Hunter Semillon RRP $39.00
    A cool Hunter vintage has resulted in lifted citrus and lemon pith with a fresh acid drive behind some salivating yeast lees texture. Simply delish!
  • 2023 Bimbadgen Growers Hunter Valley Semillon RRP $28.00
    A superb Semillon perfect for early drinking or cellar for up to five years to see it become more complex. Pale straw in colour with vital aromas of lime and lemongrass. Zippy palate of zesty grapefruit, filled with crunchy acidity on the long finish. Drink now with fresh oysters or cellar for up to 5 years.
  • 2023 De Iuliis Wilderness Road Vineyard Semillon RRP $45.00
    Elegance with intensity, starting with a lifted lemon & Kaffic lime bouquet that seamlessly moves onto a palate welding lemon zest & grapefruit. The minerality and acidity blend into a single stream of mouth watering flavours.
  • 2022 Glandore Wines Oakey Creek Semillon RRP $80.00
    Glandore’s classic wine making approach has resulted in the creation of an award-winning Semillon, sourced from the prestigious Oakey Creek Vineyard. Showing almost no colour you would be forgiven for thinking there was water in the glass though the abundant aromas of lemon pith, fresh cut orange and delicate wet grass from a wet year, will soon change your mind. Clean and lively, these characters are what we are looking for in great Semillon.
  • 2022 Tintilla Angus Semillon RRP $33.00
    The grapes were handpicked, destemmed and pressed with minimal skin contact to avoid bitterness and only the free run juice is used. The must is cooled before undergoing a controlled fermentation in a stainless steel tank and early bottling to harness this wine's freshness and vitality. This wine is unoaked in the classic Hunter tradition.
  • 2022 Parched Crow Wines Semillon RRP $30.00
    This Semillon displays a delightful floral & crisp nose with a delicately zesty palate. Expressing length and fine structure, you can relish this Semillon for another 10 years.
  • 2022 Stomp! Semillon RRP $28.00
    Drunk young, an orchard of fresh, zesty, citrus fruits drive the palate. With cellaring the strong acid backbone will soften and it will mature gracefully developing toasty, honey characteristics.

Off Dry, perfect for those with a sweet tooth

  • 2022 Wild Ren Wines Off Dry Semillon RRP $30.00
    Aromas of candied citrus and tropical fruits with crisp apples on the palate. A balance of acidity and sweetness with a refreshing finish.
  • 2022 Thomas Wines Six Degrees Semillon RRP: $25.00
    Vibrant pale straw/green colour in the glass, the perfume immediately affirms a wine of vitality and freshness. The aromas are of Thai spice, citrus blossom and green apple, while flavours rush across the palate with refreshing acidity dragging crisp, gently sweet citrus fruit flavours along for the ride. The balance of acidity and gentle sweetness make for a wonderfully (and rapidly!) drinkable wine, set for warm days, good times, and spicy foods.
  • 2022 Gundog Estate Off-Dry Semillon RRP $25.00
    This is a modern style of wine that serves to illustrate the versatility of Hunter Valley Semillon. The wine strikes a fine balance of acidity, alcohol and sweetness to offer an amazingly refreshing semi-sweet, low alcohol alternative.
  • 2022 Pokolbin Estate Off-Dry Semillon RRP: $29.00
    Semillon being known for its high citric acidity can create aromas and flavours of lemons and limes. With a combination of residual sugars on this off-dry style, the wine can be left with a lemon sherbet presence that lingers on the palate.
  • 2023 Scarborough Offshoot Off-Dry Semillon RRP $20.00
  • Slightly sweeter in style, the Off-Dry Semillon has tropical aromas of pineapple and crushed oranges with a hint of Cavendish & Harvey mixed fruit drops. The palate is rich and round with tropical fruit and hints of lemon spritz, finishing with summer pudding ripeness.
  • 2022 Brokenwood Late Picked Semillon RRP $25.00
    Beautiful green/yellow colour with aromas of fresh apple and tropical fruits. These carry to the palate and are given a bit more prominence due to the slightly riper grapes. The sweetness is balanced by the fresh apple acidity that runs through to the finish. With just under 10.0% alcohol, this is a refreshing and easy drinking wine.
  • 2023 THÉLÈME Off Dry Altre Semillon RRP $30.00
    This wine is an off dry style Semillon that displays pale lime colour, really fresh citrus nose, – grapefruit. Citrus/apple on the palate with a subtle hint of sweetness, retains a very fine structure and finish. Subtle acidity.

Aged & Matured

  • 2014 Bimbadgen Signature Palmers Lane Semillon RRP: $65.00
    A wine designed to age - this will cellar well for the next decade or more. Pale, quartz with green hues. Lifted perfume of white flowers, lemongrass and green apple. The palate is defined by juicy lemon lime acidity, framing a chalky minerality.
  • 2016 Keith Tulloch Wine Hunter Valley Semillon Museum Release RRP $65.00
    Aromatic elements swirl with Meyer lemon and fresh cut apple, lifting with accents of white flower and traces of lemon curd. The palate echoes the aroma, a primary fruit nucleus of juicy lemon and white honey with lifted supporting notes of mint fresh finger lime. Extremely long and delicious flavour persistence, quite remarkable and so youthful, with many years of potential in the cellar to see its ultimate peak.
  • 2017 Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Cellar Aged Semillon RRP: $36.00
    Sourced exclusively from the Lovedale vineyard, Elizabeth has been a quintessential Hunter Valley Semillon since the early days. Aged for 5 years before release the wine is released in its optimal drinking window. The wine is fine, tight and pure. Reflective of the aromas, the wine tastes of fresh lemon and limes. The texture is light, bright and pure with a fresh line of acidity along the palate. The finish is fresh, dry and seamless.
  • 2017 Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon RRP $100.00
    At 6 years of age on release, the colour is just starting to show some development with yellow tints complimenting the green edges. Lifted lemon curd and floral notes heading to beeswax, brioche and toast. Lively Tahitian lime juice characters are backed by a superb, zesty acidity. The magic of Hunter Valley Semillon on display with texture, fruit weight and great length from a wine that sees no oak. The ILR Reserve Semillon is released only from the best years and the 2017 is a beauty
  • 2017 Thomas Wines Cellar Reserve Braemore RRP $70.00
    Brilliant medium lemon colour with a vibrant green hue. An elaborate nose of fresh citrus and stone fruits and hints of dandelion tea, flint, toasted sourdough and grilled nuts. The palate is just entering the realm of bottle age complexity. The flavour delivers waves of barbequed lemon and lime, ripe pear and starfruit alongside lemongrass, roasted cashew nuts and buttered toast, just to name a few. Its seductive and saline texture is balanced by a soft yet lively acidity.

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