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Lower Hunter Valley

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This oldest winegrowing area (GI) of Australia is located 150 kilometres north of Sydney in the state of New South Wales. It is divided into two areas, the Lower Hunter Valley and the Upper Hunter Valley, which are collectively known as Hunter. There are the subareas Allandale, Belford, Broke Fordwich, Mount View, Pokolbin and Rothbury. The larger Lower Hunter Valley is considered a "real" Hunter Valley. It was here that William Kelman (1800-1863) and George Wyndham (1801-1870) first planted vines around 1820. The "father of Australian viticulture" James Busby (1802-1871) founded the Kirkton farm here in 1825. Only...

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