The Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest winemaking region, has been named by one of the world’s most respected Wine Magazines, Wine Enthusiast, in the 2013 Top Ten Wine Travel Destinations in the World. The Hunter Valley is the only Australian wine region to make the 2013 list.
Australia’s Hunter Valley should be visited for its “terrific wines made in styles found nowhere else on the planet”, says the magazine, thus referring to the region’s unique and revered styles of Semillon and Shiraz.
The accolade is determined by Wine Enthusiast editors who travel the world’s wine regions each year in search of the most exciting places to visit. Decisions are based on overall cultural experience, timeliness, travel infrastructure, and of course wine quality in the region.
Pipping the Barossa and McLaren Vale as Australia’s sole representative, the Hunter Valley is listed along wine destinations in Spain, California, Brazil & Italy.
The region was also recently recognised as the top wine region in the South Pacific as voted by consumers of the leading travel website TripAdvisor. “It is a great testament to the hard work and dedication of all the wineries and tourism businesses throughout the region to be recognised both by industry peers and experts as well as by the very people who come to enjoy the Hunter Valley every year.” says Dean Gorddard, Executive Manager of Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourism.
Ruth Appleby, Business Tourism Marketing Manager of Hunter Valley Convention Bureau said today “We are very excited at these most recent accolades as they serve to underline just what a quality destination the Hunter Valley is and this quality extends through to the conference and incentive experiences available here which are enhanced by not only the great wine available but the infrastructure and experience identified by Wine Enthusiast magazine.”
180 years young, the Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine region, with an abundance of history and pioneering families, but it is definitely not a museum piece. It’s a dynamic and fascinating area that brims with over 150 top class wineries, 65 indulgent restaurants and 180 places to stay as well as gourmet produce, boutique breweries, special experiences and friendly local communities.
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