The Hunter Valley. Australia’s Wine Country.

The Hunter Valley, just a few hours north of Sydney, is a beautiful part of the world. Known for the rolling hills, kangaroos, spectacular views and great Sémillon and Shiraz wines. In fact, the rugged Australian landscape gives the world some of the best Sémillon wines you’ll find anywhere.

The wine.

The region has been growing grapes here since the 1820’s. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the importance of the wine in this region really took off. Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of wineries and varieties that the Hunter produces. All exude the friendly Australian attitude. So stop off wherever you please, pick up a bottle of your favourite wine, and take it along to enjoy with dinner in one of the fabulous BYO restaurants in the area.

Beyond the vineyards.

Are you a golfer? The Hunter Valley doesn’t disappoint here either. The Vintage is a fantastic course with fantastic vistas of the surrounding countryside. This Greg Norman designed golf course, a sister course to Stonecutters Ridge in Sydney (where, admittedly, I was a member for a number of years) is well maintained and is a great day out. Whether you’ve had a good day out on the links or not, you can always count on a nice glass of wine to end your day.

What lens to use?

I recommend bringing with you a wide angle lens when visiting the Hunter Valley. The Australian sky is huge, and you want to be able to take it all in. I used my 14-40 almost exclusively when visiting.

If you find yourself visiting Sydney with a day to spare, check out the Hunter Valley. You will find great food, great wine, and great people await. Stop by the Keith Tulloch Winery and stay the night at the Berenbell Retreat, across the street from where this picture was taken.

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