The Next Generation: Hunter Wines Come to Canberra

by The Editor


As part of attempt to showcase the next generation of Hunter Valley winemakers, a Caravan of (Liquid?) Courage is slowly making its way down the east coast of Australia. Tomorrow night it stops in at Two Before Ten cafe in the city, with six winemakers ready to spruik the wares of one of an increasingly popular wine region.

Hunter Valley Line-up

The concept is pretty simple: travel to a major city, pick a quality ‘foodie’ venue, turn up with a few cases of quality plonk and get the ticket-buying public as enthused about the booze as the winemakers are. Easy!

Here’s the blurb from the group’s Facebook page.

The oldest wine growing region of Australia has a new face. The Hunter Valley is now one of our best kept secrets with a new breed of winemakers establishing their own unique styles of distinct Hunter Valley wines. Working with old vineyards using contemporary methods and producing wines reflective of their own personalities the new generation are taking the world of wine by surprise and are at the cutting edge of the Hunter Valley’s future.

Oh, bless the PR hyperbole. Still, we’re rather enthused about such an event, and wonder if the local winemakers might engage in a similar project to highlight the building reputation of winemakers in the Canberra region.

If you’re keen to know exactly who will be holding court tomorrow night at Two Before Ten, here are some brief profiles on the six boys steering the caravan on its southern odyssey (click on the links to see their wineries’ websites).

David Hook
Bitten by the grape at a young age, Hooky transformed his family grazing property into David Hook Wines to produce quality Semillon and Shiraz as well as Italian varieties, Pinot Grigio and Barbera.

Andrew Thomas
Since their first vintage in 1997, Thomas Wines has grown to become one of the Hunter Valley’s top producers specialising in Semillon and Shiraz. Grapes are sourced from some of the Hunter Valley’s most distinguished sites, producing world class, uniquely regional wine styles.

Rhys Eather
Owned by brothers Rhys and Garth Eather, Meerea Park wines are handcrafted using fruit grown from some of the Hunter Valley’s oldest and best vineyard sites. Winemaker, Rhys Eather has gained international winemaking experience in France and Italy.

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Nick Paterson
From vineyard to bottle, winemaker Nick Paterson and the Mistletoe Wines team employ a ‘no compromise’ approach in making premium quality wine true to its origin, while allowing the grapes to reveal their individual characteristics.

Mike De Iuliis
Established in 1990, De Iuliis Wines is recognised as one of Australia’s leading boutique wineries. Winemaker, Mike De Iuliis is one of the Hunter Valley’s new generation of winemakers producing some of the region’s best and most awarded wines.

Andrew Margan
Andrew and wife Lisa launched Margan Wines in 1997 and have built their brand on making wines in a style that suit the vineyards, paying respect to the traditions of the Hunter Valley but with their own contemporary personality

So, there you have it.  Tickets for the evening are $25.00 (plus booking fee) and are available via the link below. This is a great opportunity to examine the next crop coming through the Hunter Valley and, importantly for our readers, see how they compare with the local region’s wineries.

Next Generation – Hunter Valley Pop-up Bar
Thursday 16 May
6.00pm – 9.00pm
Two Before Ten
40 Marcus Clarke Street
Canberra City
Tickets: $35 (+$2.75 BF)