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“Affordable Quality Wines” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Briar Ridge Vineyard and Winery

Briar Ridge Vineyard and Winery
Mt View Road | Cessnock, Mount View, Cessnock, New South Wales 2325, Australia
+61 2 4990 3670
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Activities: Wine tasting
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Owner description: Briar Ridge Vineyard is a 5 star winery nestled in the Mount View region of the Hunter Valley, a well renowned viticultural area. Originally owned by Murray Robson, the vineyards were first planted in 1974, and known as the 'Squire Vineyard'. This Iconic Hunter Vineyard was purchased in 1988 by Dr John Davis which makes up one third of his vineyard resources located throughout Australia which also includes Orange in Central NSW and Wrattonbully on the Limestone Coast. We are one of the leading producers of iconic Hunter Valley wines and have been awarded numerous accolades on both the National and International Wine Show Circuit. This is reinforced by our 5 star rating awarded by Australia's renowned wine critic James Halliday for 3 consecutive years running 2012, 2013 & 2014. Our Cellar Door is located two and half hours north of Sydney and is open 7 days a week. Offering the full spectrum of wine tasting and sales, we are recognised for our long history in the region and our well established wine club (find out more here). We have recently appointmented Gwyn Olsen as our new Chief Winemaker, a rising star of the wine industry. Gwyn studied Oenology at Roseworthy University in Adelaide, graduating in 2005, completing her first vintage in France, with a further six in New Zealand, and three in the Hunter Valley. She has recently joined an elite group of winemakers after being named DUX of the Australian Wine Research Institute, Advanced Wine Assessment Course 2012. Gwyn also joins the talents of Living Legend 'Karl Stockhausen', a winemaker with over 50 years of experience in producing iconic Hunter Valley wines. We take huge in acknowledging Karl's success by showcasing a range under our brand which typify traditional Hunter Styles; the Karl Stockhausen Signature range includes styles such as Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. In 2007, Karl was officially made a 'Living Legend' one of the six inaugural recipients of the Hunter Living Legends Awards. Briar Ridge is primarily a Cellar Door and online operation, although our wines are distributed to key independent retail outlets as well as on premise venues across NSW.
Gateshead, United Kingdom
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“Affordable Quality Wines”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Had an excellent time sampling a range of wines at this vineyard. We were particularly impressed by the attentive staff who were keen to discuss the pairing of their wines with different food. A knowledgeable sommelier in a winery - what a real bonus!

We would certainly recommend anyone planning to visit Hunter Valley to put Briar Ridge firmly at the top of their list.

Sadly these wines are not available back home in the UK.

Visited April 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“A beautiful winery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Have known this windery for many, many years and see it as one of the more beautiful vineyards in the region - Mount View is almost a destination area a little away from of the bulk of Pokolbin's wineries - the gardens here are beautiful and if you have a chance to stay here in the cottage, it is idyllic.
I have seen a variety of winemakers over the years but am impressed that a legend such as Karl Stockhausen is still a consulting winemaker.

Visited June 2012
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“Great wine!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2011

A really good winery - most of the wines are very drinkable and well worth the travel

Visited November 2011
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