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Hunter Valley Wine Tours - Historic Wine Trail


Just a few years after the First Fleet arrived to establish the colony in Sydney, they had built roads north to the Hunter Valley, to open up access for transporting the agricultural produce.

 



Today I hosted a very international group of wine lovers on a Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour; Shing & Pai from Taiwan, Jo & Chris & Nikki & Lindsay from Sydney, with James & Ashleigh from Banf in Canada.

 



This is a remnant of the convict built road from Sydney though the rugged bushland & mountains to the Hunter Valley.

 



I hosted the group through a private extensive & intensive guided tasting of the best wines of the region. A unique opportunity was to taste some of the 2013 young wines in their early stage of development, many still cloudy with yeast, but the future greatness was obvious.

 



Stonehurst have to protect their vines from bird attack with netting ...... expensive, but essential.

 



The convict built road emerges into the Wollombi Valley, where to this day crops are still grown - here are sunflowers that make potable cooking oil.

 



They must have been tough people!

 



Jo pointing to the fermentation record of the last vat of Shiraz grapes from the 2013 harvest nearing completion - it will be pressed of within the next few days.

 



There are more than 150 wineries in the Hunter Valley, many of them like Stonehurst also offer great accommodation.