Wine connoisseurs visit from all over the world to Australia especially to go Hunter Valley winery tours. The valley is located near the New South Wales. Tourists enjoy and love these special wine tours that allow them to indulge some of the greatest wines in the world. However, do you realize that Valley would not exist today if European settlers had not visited this area?
According to historians, around 20 acres of vineyards were planted on Dalwood/ Gresford area by 1823. These were some of the first vineyards. The first few individuals to start Hunter Valley’s long wine-making history were George Wyndham, William Kelman and James King.
Although these individuals deserve the credit for starting the wine-making trend in the Hunter Valley, it was thanks to the James Busby, an amateur viticulturalist, different variety of wines were grown in Hunter Valley. James brought with him around 500 vine cuttings from some of the best vineyards in Europe and South Africa. The clones from these cuttings helped Valley to soar in viticulture fame.
By the early 20th century, the Pokolbin area was well-known for the quality of wine production. According to historians, a large number of winemakers like Maurice O’ Shea,Ben Ean, Han Mollenhaure, Karl Stockhausen and many other individuals helped in pushing the growth of the wine production.
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