Serving up a Healthy Dose of Local Knowledge at Hungerford Hill
Hungerford Hill is one of the Hunter Valley's great stories. Nestled in the heart of the wine region, they have grown over the past 53 years to incorporate the award-winning Sweetwater vineyard as well as the famous Dalwood vineyard, which is considered the birthplace of Australian wine and the country's oldest continually operating vineyard.
But the vineyards are just one of the elements that make Hungerford Hill such a special place to visit. Winemaker, Bryan Currie, has brought a vast amount of experience and vision to the winery since his tenure began in 2016. Nominated for several awards, including Winemaker of the Year, Bryan has gone from a rising star to a winemaker of international renown, cutting his teeth at vineyards across the country and overseas until he found his home at Hungerford Hill. Bryan was responsible for introducing the first commercial Australian plantings of four Southern Italian red varieties to the Riverina region, but here in the Hunter, he's working with wines that are distinctly different. “They [the wines] are softer and slightly lighter-bodied with a very pretty fruit character,” says Bryan. “The whites and reds are more like the traditional Hunter River Burgundy-style wines.
“That said, the Hunter is known around the world for its Semillon and Shiraz. Our cellar door serves up some of the best (in my humble opinion) – as well as a healthy dose of local knowledge, thanks to our wonderful staff,” he said. “They're more than happy to point visitors in the right direction and with Christmas approaching, they know precisely how to put a smile on the faces of your nearest and dearest, whether it's with a Sparkling Shiraz or one of our Christmas hampers packed with local artisanal goods and Hungerford Hill wine. There's a drop of history in every glass.”
Visit the Hungerford Hill website at www.hungerfordhill.com.au to book a tasting.