We have bought & enjoyed many Hungerford Hill wines since the early 1970's when they were the first Hunter Valley winery to look beyond the region for making grape varieties that the Hunter Valley does not excel in, such as Cabernet Sauvignon & Riesling.
They were one of the first wineries to bring quality Coonawarra wines to the Sydney market, long before the now high profile wineries of that famous region in South Australia did so. We still have some of their 1970's era Coonawarra Cabs & steely dry Rieslings that their master winemaker Ralph Fowler crafted & if the closures have endured then these are still great drinking experiences today.
Whilst the last 40 years has seen Hungerford Hill pass through numerous corporate ownerships, the last decade has seen them achieve a successful position within the 140 wineries in the region, as an innovator (again).
Their pioneering of the Tumbarumba region, high up in the Snowy Mountains, for growing grapes to make modern style wines has been a master stroke, as no other winery offers visitors to the Hunter Valley such elegant 'cool climate' wines - such as; Sauvignon Blanc of the Sancerre style, Chardonnay of the Chablis style, Pinot Noir akin to a good Bourgogne & Shiraz that is of the Cotes de Rotie style. Again they are innovators!
Visiting their cellar door can be a bit of a lottery, as they get a lot of drop in visitors, so their staff can sometimes be overwhelmed.
So if you are genuinely interested in enjoying their top wines, then I recommend that you contact them ahead of your visit & request a private tasting in their Club Room. This way you indicate your interest & so avoid the crowds & you will get a personal experience from an enthusiastic & informative staff member.
After 40 years & even after their numerous ownerships, the one thing that keeps bringing us back to Hungerford Hill is that they don't stagnate & are often the leaders in new wine directions.
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