Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Hunter Valley Just North of Sydney

Australia’s oldest, most visited wine region is an easy two-hour drive north of Sydney. There are over 100 cellar doors to visit, with the best varieties here being Semillon, Shiraz and Chardonnay. Verdelho, Merlot and Chamboucin are also emerging and several of the wineries are now producing very acceptable wines.

CommunityWalk Map - Hunter Valley Wineries by www.qwert.net
Click on the link at the bottom of the map to open with a list of wineries and more functionality for viewing and searching.

We created this map because we could not find anything like this when we went to visit the Hunter Valley NSW Australia. If you click on the links it will take you to an overview of information, so you can find what type of wine a vineyard produces, who have bbq areas, cellar doors and accommodation plus also disability access. More information at qwert.net

Hand Picked & Pressed

While travelling in the west of New South Wales Australia I came across a great small winery. A small producer everything is handcrafted and brings back the memories of those days where the cellar door,well, was the cellar door. Where you met the actual wine maker.

Red Clay is situated in the heart of the Mudgee Valley in Central Western NSW. This is an area known for growing premium quality grapes in pockets of rich red clay soil and Red Clay estate's vineyard was first planted in 1988 and the Winery established in 1996.

Their 2005 Basket Press Shiraz, full of Plum & Spice characters with hints of pepper & raisins has the strength of character to match with a great BBQ steak, just right for a lazy afternoon in Australia and their 2004 Cabernet /Merlot with its rich fruity aromas, fresh blackberry characters and tannins indicate that it will probably mellow with cellaring and compliment lamb ,veal or venison.

For more information on their wines and specials they might have visit qwert.net