Lying close to the coast, north of Sydney, but in an extremely hot area, it is the cooling coastal breezes that make the production of white wines possible in this area. The Hunter is famous for its unique Semillon wines, which have the most incredible ageing potential – rich, ripe, and yet with a unique streak of acidity, which carries them through the years. The Semillon has been grown here since the 1850s. One hundred years later the Tyrrells company started to produce Chardonnay, and the Hunter is now also famous for this, as well as Shiraz. Both wines are distinctive, but bold in style – not delicate, but full bodied, ripe, with bags of character and a more traditional take on the grape varieties.