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Today I hosted global roaming yachties & wine lovers James & Diana from Florida USA in the Hunter Valley on the last day of the 2013 harvest.


Today I hosted wine enthusiasts Leif & Britt from Stockholm in Sweden in the Hunter Valley, during the 2013 harvest. The deadly vine louse Phylloxera devastated the vineyards of Europe in the late 1880's. Their solution was to graft onto resistant stocks from the USA. The Hunter Valley & most of the key wine regions of Australia avoided this disaster. This sign at the entrance to the Hunter Valley is part of the education of the public to try & avoid this scourge.


Today I hosted a group of Southern Californian wine enthusiasts in the Hunter Valley during the 2013 harvest. Here are Bill & Judi & Joanne & Jack & Rich & Bev in a Chardonnay oak barrel fermentation cellar experiencing the vinification process.


Veraison arrives in the Hunter Valley vineyards.
These are Shiraz grapes grown on 133 year old vines which are just going through veraison, that is the berries are changing colour from green to red.
The Spring & early Summer weather has been dry, sunny & warm, ideal for the development of fungal disease free grapes.
These will be harvested in mid to late February 2013.


Today I hosted some visitors from the USA in the Hunter Valley during the 2013 harvest. Here John, Micky, Lynda, Genevieve & Anne are holding ripe bunches of Semillon grapes grown on 105 year old vines. They go to make wines that have a proven track record of ageing gracefully for 20+ years.


Today I hosted Joe, Carol, Terry, Diane, Nick & Nikki from the USA & introduced them to the unique taste of modern style wines made in the Hunter Valley from grapes grown at Tumbarumba in The Snowy Mountains. The high altitude of these vineyards ensures cool ripening conditions & so the delicate grape varietal character is retained.


Today I hosted a fun group of international visitors from the USA & Canada in the Hunter Valley Wine Country during the 2013 harvest. Here the group are checking out some machine harvested Shiraz grapes that have just arrived at the winery for crushing into the open top fermenters.


The construct of a high end Hunter Valley Chardonnay. The best grapes grown on 60+ year old vines, then whole bunch pressed, then the juice is inoculated with Burgundy yeast & partially fermented in stainless steel, then when about 50% through, rack off these yeast lees into new French oak barriques.