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 Hungerford Hill-Hunter Valley

Written by Aksel Ritenis

 Hungerford Hill-Hunter Valley

Hungerford Hill is a boutique estate in the heart of the Hunter Valley making distinguished wines that are regional and authentic. Offering a variety of wines made on site to taste and offering the  renowned “Epic wine and food tasting”. During pre-covid times,..they presented a regular calendar of live music and cultural events.

Established in 1967,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 team produce authentic wines, packed with character and interest, with a focus on Hunter Valley fruit as well as cool climate grapes from Southern NSW which Fruit sourced from some of the finest vineyards in NSW

Sam and Christie Arnaout purchased Hungerford Hill from the Kirby Family in December 2016, planning to refocus the 50-year-old label on its Hunter Valley origin, also adding significant new Lower Hunter vineyards at Sweetwater and “Dalwood “- which is the oldest continuously operating vineyard in Australia!


Established on the beautiful Hunter River in 1828, Dalwood Estate is regarded as the birthplace of Hunter Valley wine.

Today Dalwood Estate continues to raise the benchmark in Australian winemaking, placing passion, expertise and technique at the heart of the business. Not surprisingly Hungerford are proud to have an outstanding selection of Hunter Valley wines born from a legacy close to two centuries in the making.

Pictured: Hungerford Hill wine consultants Ethan Burke(R)and Andre (L)ready to “wow you” with their knowledge and charm

As the longest-running commercial vineyard in Australia Dalwood Estate purchased cuttings from the first Australian vine collections of Macarthur, Busby, Shepherd, and Blaxland. Early colonial Dalwood wines from those vines won prizes at international exhibitions. 

Hungerford Hill uses these vineyards to bolster its Hunter Valley wines while continuing its 20 plus year association with the cool-climate Tumbarumba and Hilltops regions.

Hungerford Hill exports to all major markets in Asia and Europe.

The Hungerford Hill building designed by Sydney architect Walter Barda 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.

Visitors are seeing some exciting developments in the Hungerford Hill winemaking portfolio, with the replanting of 2 hectares of home block Cabernet Sauvignon to Vermentino and Gewurtstraminer in 2014. These wines are now “coming on stream” and I was recently impressed with the current vintage of Vermentino on my visit in  September 2020.
Gewürztraminer has also proven itself in the Hunter Valley and is a valuable addition to the member’s selection range whilst the Italian variety Vermentino is perfectly suited to this climate and complements the distinctive house style of Hungerford Hill.

Tasting Room Experience

When you enter the unique barrel-shaped cellar door, known as the “Tasting Room”, you are now required to be seated for all wine tastings (a requirement for Covid social distancing protocol)and you are guided by one of the knowledgeable team members. I was recently guided by Ethan,..who was very knowledgeable and a good host. I was introduced to a selection of their award-winning wines, but you can elect to indulge in a delicious cheese platter to enhance your experience.

Generally, the cost is $10 per person to taste 10 wines. (Maximum 6 people)

$10 is redeemable on the purchase of wine.

During Covid restrictions bookings online are essential.

Epic Tasting Experience

The award-winning Epic Tasting Experience at Hungerford Hill is designed for the discerning palate. It brings together the best of wine and food in perfect harmony…It costs $60.00 and is reputed to be well worthwhile.(It is advisable to book ahead)

Featuring a mini-degustation of Hungerford Hill wines matched to bite-sized dished created by award-winning two-hatted, Muse Restaurant.

The expert staff guides you through each tasting course with in-depth knowledge of food and wine pairings.

With Hungerford Hill being awarded Best Cellar Door with Food in the 2019 Gourmet Traveller WINE Awards this is an experience for all travelers, foodies, and wine lovers alike.



Hungerford Hill

2450 Broke Rd
Pokolbin, NSW 2320Hours: 10am – 5pm Sunday to Thursday, 10am – 6pm Friday & Saturday
Phone: 0249987666

Muse Restaurant
2450 Broke Road,
Pokolbin, NSW 2320Hours: Lunch: 6 pm – 10 pm Wednesday to Saturday
Phone: 0352811799
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About the author

Aksel Ritenis

Publisher and Custodian of the Sydney Times

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