Meet the Winemaker
Senior winemaker and General Manager of Hungerford Hill – Bryan Currie, has been at the winemaking helm for over six years (November 2016). And he’s not wasted any time delivering his winemaking mastery. Not only picking up three Best in Show trophies for his 2021 vintage reds, but over 13 gold medals across the portfolio in the last 12-months.
From very different beginnings graduating as a palaeontology major, Bryan has since ‘followed the light’, cutting his teeth in industry as a cellar hand with McWilliams all those
years ago. Progressing to a more permanent role within the winemaking team in those years to follow. His thirst for knowledge and excellence in wine had his nomination for the Len Evans Tutorial accepted and was a scholar in the class of 2007. This had him rubbing shoulders and sipping on the world’s best wines with the likes of Sue Bell (Dux), Tyson Stelzer, and Usher Tinkler, just to name a few.
Since being nominated as Winemaker of the Year (Gourmet Traveller WINE) in 2012, Bryan’s winemaking approach has continued to evolve. Working tirelessly to showcase the Hunter Valley’s unique terroir, utilising the heritage of the vines, Bryan’s vision for both Hungerford Hill and Dalwood wines, has been to ensure they continue to be recognised as the finest, premium quality wine producer, of both young and beautifully aged Hunter Valley wines.
The history of Hungerford is long and complex, but it's most recent chapter began in December 2016 when Sam Arnaout purchased the winery. He had visions of a Hungerford Hill with a greater focus on Hunter Valley wines, so he also acquired the renowned Sweetwater and Dalwood vineyards. With an award-winning cellar door, restaurant and range of wines, Hungerford Hill is now in the enviable position of being able to offer an all-encompassing wine and food experience worthy of its name.
Meet the team
Meet the people behind the wines and the boutique estate in the Hunter Valley.
Sam Arnaout - Owner
Sabine Duval - Brand & Sales manager
Nick Williams - Cellar door manager
Kelly Everingham - Financial controller
Sarah Beilby - Assistant winemaker
Gavin Russell - Cellar manager
Tony Webster - Assistant club manager
Fred Garside - Wine Club Manager
Hungerford Hill's wines are crafted using the finest grapes from NSW's best wine regions.