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Silkman Shortlisted for top gongs by Halliday

Silkman Shortlisted for top gongs by Halliday

Local dynamic winemaking duo Liz and Shaun Silkman’s – Silkman Wines – has been named amongst only 6 Australian wineries in contention for the prestigious title of Winery of the Year by the world-renowned wine bible – Halliday Wine Companion for its soon to be released 2025 edition.

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Toast to Triumph: Hunter Valley’s wine and tourism industry celebrated at 17th Legends Awards

Toast to Triumph: Hunter Valley’s wine and tourism industry celebrated at 17th Legends Awards

The annual awards held at Rydges Resort Hunter Valley united more than 360 industry professionals and guests from the Hunter Valley wine and tourism industry. The Legends Awards honours the region's rich and vibrant history, celebrating the lasting influence and legacy of those who contribute outstanding service to the industry. Colin Peterson and John Drayton were inducted as 2024 Hunter Valley Living Legends.

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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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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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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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Chris Tyrrell elected as 6th Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association President

Chris Tyrrell elected as 6th Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association President

Chris Tyrrell, CEO of Tyrrell’s Wines has been elected as the new President of the Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association (HVWTA), replacing Stuart Hordern, Senior Winemaker at Brokenwood, who stands down after his two-year term.

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NSW Wine Awards winners as smooth as Silk

NSW Wine Awards winners as smooth as Silk

MEDIA RELEASE: 13 November 2023

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How to create the perfect wine cellar in your home

How to create the perfect wine cellar in your home

Imagine this: a cosy corner of your home adorned with exquisite bottles of wine, meticulously organised and perfectly preserved. That's the charm of having a wine cellar in your house.

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Vintage 2023 Overview

Vintage 2023 Overview

After challenging 2021 and 2022 vintages from La Nina weather patterns and significant flooding in the Hunter Valley in July 2022. Resulting from 300mm of rain in four days. Vintage 2023 was shaping up as another wet and difficult season.

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