Hunter Valley Wine
There are those who probably think we are mad. Making wine in a fairly inhospitable region. Sometimes plagued by rain else extreme heat. It’s fair to say the Hunter Valley throws up its challenges. But we’d have it no other way. The Hunter is where the Scarborough story began. It’s an embodiment of family in more ways than one.
The Hunter Valley has historically positioned itself as Australia’s first wine region with James Busby having delivered the first cuttings. Today there are vineyards that are over a century old and represent some of the world’s oldest vines. The region falls under a warm to hot climate and traditionally battles adverse conditions to produce wines that express a sense of place.
The most popular white grape would have to be Semillon – the jewel in the Hunter’s crown making a unique style that is revered the world over. Chardonnay comes next and it’s the grape we’ve hung our reputation on with unwavering conviction.
Our decision to specialize in Chardonnay has been vindicated as we have lead from the front and shown what’s possible in the region.
In the reds it’s Pinot Noir and Shiraz that are the stalwart varieties offering up a savoury suggestion of Hunter Valley terroir. Hunter Shiraz is another case of a unique thumbprint grape that exhibits the DNA of the region. Pinot, though lesser known in the region, has a rich history with the first clone (MV6) having originated here. Pinot will always be an important part of the Scarborough story.