This map depicts wineries and tasting rooms within the Hunter Valley region of Australia. It is one of many maps generated to support the “Wine Regions of the World” series.
The Hunter Region is one of Australia’s well-known and historically important wine regions of New South Wales. Distinctive styles of Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz are the hallmark of this region. Other varieties grown include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. As with most other varieties that came to call the Hunter their home, Semillon came to the region courtesy of the original Busby collection, planted in the Sydney Botanical Gardens in 1832 by Australia’s original wine pioneer James Busby.
The region is unofficially divided into the Lower Hunter and Upper Hunter Valley with one official sub-region Broke Fordwich. The greatest concentration of vineyards is in the Lower Hunter between Cessnock and Branxton. The two main topographical features are the alluvial flats of the valleys and the gently undulating hills.
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