Established in 1967 Hungerford Hill is a boutique estate in the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region.
Hungerford Hill has a proud reputation for producing distinguished wines and providing a memorable cellar door experience. Guided by accomplished Winemaker Bryan Currie, Hungerford Hill’s able team produce authentic wines packed with character and interest, with a focus on New South Wales’ cool climate regions (Hilltops & Tumbarumba).
In early December 2016 Sam Arnaout purchased Hungerford Hill and will continue the focus on the NSW regions of the Hunter Valley, Hilltops and Tumbarumba.
Sam’s vision for Hungerford Hill is to have a much greater focus on the Hunter Valley. To further this goal, in 2016 he purchased the renowned Sweetwater vineyard and property near Belford and the former Wyndham Estate property, including the vineyard and winery buildings, at Dalwood. The historic Dalwood house, originally built by George Wyndham, is located on the property and is owned by the National Trust.
Hungerford Hill’s winery is a landmark of the Hunter Valley region, with its unique barrel-shaped tasting room and underground working cellar. The much acclaimed Muse Restaurant offers some of the finest food in the Valley amidst spectacular views across the vineyards to the Brokenback Ranges.Our History
Hungerford Hill wines are crafted using the finest grapes from New South Wales’ best wine regions; the Hunter Valley, Tumbarumba and Hilltops.
Located 160km north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley shelters below the spectacular Brokenback Ranges. It’s warm and humid climate is tempered by afternoon sea breezes. The soils vary widely from friable red volcanic soils which produce some of Australia’s most long-lived shiraz wines through to sandy river beds which produce similarly long-lived Semillon wines.
Major Varieties: Semillon, Shiraz
Harvest time: Late January to early March
Heat degree days total 2070-2170
Mean January temperature is 22.3°C- 22.7°C
This remote, cool climate region, 100km South-West of Canberra, is one of the highest in Australia. The vineyards were first planted in 1981 on the western slopes of the Snowy Mountains with elevations ranging from 500 to 950m. Soil types vary across the region from fertile basalt to decomposed granite. The region is becoming renowned for producing some of Australia’s finest Chardonnays and sparkling wines.
Major Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Harvest time: Late March to May
Heat degree days total 1010
Mean January temperature is 19.3°C
The Hilltops Region is 150km west of Canberra, Australia’s capital, surrounding the town of Young, famous for its cherries. Vines were first planted in the 1970’s at an elevation between 450m and 600m on a mix of deep gravelly red soils, basalt and sandy decomposed granite. The cool and dry continental climate, with occasional snow in winter, produces rich, full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz wines.
Major Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz
Harvest time: Late March to May
Heat degree days total 1880
Mean January temperature is 22.5°C
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