HOT OFF THE PRESS: QANTAS MAGAZINE PROFILES HUNTER VALLEY
We're excited to see the Hunter Valley featured in the latest issue of Qantas Magazine. House of Airlie initiated and managed a familiarisation of the region for the Qantas Magazine team who sampled the incredible food and wine on offer in the region.
'The Hunter Valley is right on Sydney’s doorstep so a daytrip is possible (but after a couple of glasses of 10-year-old semillon, who wants to drive home?). Its cellar doors are geared towards both the frivolous and serious wine-lover. Some have reserved members-only areas, including Tyrrell’s, Tulloch and Brokenwood. There are also lots of small, friendly cellar doors such as David Hook, Gartelmann, McLeish Estate, Usher Tinkler and Tallavera Grove. And don’t overlook the Broke Fordwich subregion, where Margan’s terrific produce driven restaurant is just down the road from Krinklewood’s biodynamic vineyard.'
'Semillon and shiraz remain the heroes but it’s worth remembering that Australia’s love of chardonnay was instigated by Hunter Valley winemaker Murray Tyrrell in the early 1970s and, a decade earlier, Dr Max Lake had planted cabernet sauvignon. Today, there’s the new wave of Mediterranean varieties, with Tintilla embracing sangiovese, David Hook having success with pinot grigio and barbera and Andrew Margan venturing towards Spain with tempranillo, graciano and albarino. The region is amazingly diverse, mixing old and new, traditional and modern. You’re in for a surprise.'
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