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Tyrrells Wines-Hunter Valley

Written by Aksel Ritenis

Tyrrells Wines-Hunter valley

English immigrant Edward Tyrell established Tyrrell’s Wines in 1858 after receiving a land grant in the lee of the Hunter Valley’s Brokenback Range, New South Wales. This land has become recognised as home to some of the Hunter Valley regions finest vineyards, and the basis for development of one of Australia’s most successful privately owned wine companies.

 Today, Tyrrell’s are a truly national wine company, premium vineyards extend from their legendary home in the Hunter Valley to other distinguished grape growing regions of Australia including McLaren Vale in South Australia, and Heathcote in Victoria.


Fourth generation family member and Managing Director, Bruce Tyrrell heads this winemaking company that boasts well established, popular and highly recognisable wine brands that are exported to over 30 countries worldwide.

The majority of the Hunter Valley’s most prestigious vineyards are located on the southern valley and foothills of the Brokenback range with Tyrells having the prime spot witin the shadow of the Brokenback Mountain.

Tyrells offers one of the best winery experiences. This winery has been around for so long. The Cellar door is both historicand legendary and is well worth a visit. The higher-end more exclusive wines are superb,..and a Guided Tour of the winery is afforded serious visitors. Even with COVID measures in place this venue does not disappoint. The Tasting Room staff  are immensely knowledgeable and friendly. In addition  it is not unusual for Bruce Tyrell or a family member to make an appearance. I first came to Tyrrells  many years ago in the late 70’s and have also received a guided Tour of the Winerymet the  various winemakers,.. and even been treated to a private lunch with the Export Manager in the old cottage,..and the Tyrrells hospitality in the industry has alwasy been legendary. Tyrells is also a founding member of the prestigiosu First Family of Wine group that comprises some of the most prestigious wine producers from around the world!


Make sure you try some aged Semillon if you haven’t before. The Vat 1 Semillon is perhaps the best in the world,.. and can be aged for up  to 20 years, when it develops all the secondary flavours. Tyrrells,which still uses traditional open top Concrete Tank Fermenters,… also produces some of the best Shiraz in the Hunter.

Surprisingly the Tour costs only $10 which includes a full wine tasting.

The tour is daily at 10.30am . The guide/consultant  hostexplains the history of the family vineyard and also explains the vinification process and how to match the wine.Its probably a good time to visit as the winery as pre-Covod it used to be full of a throngs International Tourists clamouring all over the place.You can  tell that staff are passionate about their wines and enjoy working with each other. and the public irrespective of the the level of their wine knowledge.


Bookings are essential and are by appointment only. You can now book online under thierexperiences tab. If you are a a Private Bin or Founder’s Club member please contact the winery direct  via phone or email at the Cellar Door.


Tyrrell’s have introduced a set tasting fee of $10 for the experience which is not redeemable or refundable. Tasting are limited to a 45 minute window with a set tasting list.The usual set tasting list offers a variety of selected wines across their  range including their Winemakers Selection and Single Vineyard Wines.


Groups are limited to 6 people or less. Upon booking you are required to provide all contact information for all guests attending. This is crucial information required for traceability of all visitors.

Tyrrells Wines 

Address: 1838 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

Hours: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Mon

Phone: (02) 4993 7000

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Aksel Ritenis

Publisher and Custodian of the Sydney Times

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