Unquestionably one of Australia’s oldest and most well-known wine regions, The Hunter Valley has been cultivating grapes since 1823. Although Hunter is said to have a Mediterranean climate, it's actually sub-tropical. The region is quite warm with cooling ocean breezes, which can pose a challenge to viticulture. Yet what's unusual about The Hunter Valley is that warm days are followed by relatively warm nights, which allows the tannin in red grapes to ripen at night. Hunter has a long history of producing a unique Sémillon, a golden-skinned grape used to make dry and sweet white wines. It’s also famed for its Chardonnay and Shiraz varieties.