Thomas Wines Shiraz Harvest 2018, Hunter Valley

Shiraz Harvest 2018

“There was a sigh of relief from the Winery team last night, the last of the Hunter Valley fruit was now in the winery. This doesn’t mean all the work is finished for Vintage 2018, & definitely not for the year, but it does mean the fruit is safely fermenting or in barrel & away…

Hunter Valley Tourism marketing Campaign

Marketing campaign reaches $300,000 target

“The Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Alliance (a cooperative between the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association and Cessnock and Singleton Councils) is very pleased to announce that the target of $300,000 in pledges from our councils, wine, tourism, local chambers and businesses has been reached and an expression of interest to Destination NSW has now been submitted. The…

Binnorie Dairy, Lovedale, Hunter Valley

Binnorie Dairy moves to Lovedale

“Regular users of Lovedale Road would have noticed the new addition to the local landscape that has gone up over the past few months. After almost 15 years on Hermitage Road, Pokolbin, Binnorie Dairy has moved to purpose-built premises on Lodge Road, Lovedale.”

Tourism Australia Crocodile Dundee campaign

Crocodile Dundee tourism ad airs at Super Bowl

“A new, star-studded Crocodile Dundee-inspired TV commercial has aired for a potential 110 million Super Bowl viewers in the US as part of a record $US27 million ($38 million) Tourism Australia campaign targeting US travellers. It is the federal government’s most ambitious and expensive tourism campaign for a single overseas market. Most advertisers paid US TV…

Hunter Valley harvest starts early in 2018

Hunter Valley wine harvest earlier than expected

“It has been an out of the ordinary wine vintage, but it’s looking like a good one to Agnew Wines chief winemaker Jeff Byrne. “It’s been a little fast and furious,” he said. “You stop and think ‘what just happened’.” Months of dry weather meant the grapes were ready to come off the vines several weeks…

Hunter winemakers use sunscreen on grapes

Hunter winemakers are resorting to sunscreen

“Think of it as the slip, slap, slop for grapes. It’s a grey, clay-based sunscreen – and it’s the latest weapon being used by Hunter winemakers to combat baking temperatures at harvest time.  And it works a treat. “Absolutely it does, it’s really effective,” Bruce Tyrrell of Tyrrell’s Wines explained. “A bit like 50-plus on…

Dalwood Estate reopens, Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley winery reopens

“One of Australia’s oldest wineries Dalwood Estate is set to reopen its doors for the first time in more than three years after a rigorous revival project. The historic winery, formerly known as Wyndham Estate, will welcome guests this weekend 190 years after it was established at Branxton. The estate sat virtually untouched since its closure in 2014…

2018 Hunter Valley Grape Harvest

Hunter Valley 2018 grape harvest

“One of the Hunter Valley’s earliest-ever grape harvests is underway. Picking started last week for the early ripening whites, and winemakers now have their fingers crossed for a few more weeks of decent weather. First Creek Wines head winemaker Liz Silkman said after Monday night’s rainfall, a few more hot, windy days would be ideal,…