The Kurri Kurri Wine District is part of the Lower Hunter Wine Region and includes the area surrounding Kurri Kurri and the nearby towns of Abermain, Weston, Heddon and Gretathe which are renowned as the `Towns with Heart`. The Kurri Kurri district is very easy to get to as it is close to the major regional highways that provide access from Brisbane, Sydney, Central Coast and New Castle. Kurri Kurri has a mild, temperate climate with mean maximum daily temperature of about 28 degrees Centigrade in January and minimums about 8 degrees in August. The average annual rainfall is about 700mm. The district has rich soils and a diverse range of agricultural products that are showcased in the fabulous Kurri Kurri Farmers Markets held on the second Saturday of the month. There are many National Parks
and Nature Reserves in the area that are ideal for bushwalking,
hiking, 4WD adventures and ecotours. Kurri Kurri has a wide range of
fantastic accommodation and is a great place to use as a base for
extensive tours of the surrounding wineries.
The Lower Hunter Wine Region is home to 7 districts: Newcastle ; Dungog ; Maitland ; Kurri Kurri ; Cessnock ; Singleton ; Putty Road.
Twin Bridges Wine, NSW 25 Old Buttai Rd, Buttai NSW 2323
Twin Bridges Wines had its genesis in 2004 with a small group interested in wine and looking for something interesting to do. Janet Murray had started Winemaking at TAFE, the assignment being to make a barrel of wine at TAFE. While not to be outdone, Jeff Fletcher, Christopher Bean and Roger Schmakeit made a barrel each of red in the shed. Over time the amount of equipment grew, the shed grew, the technical and practical knowledge grew and number of people participating grew. We evaluated our property for a vineyard however the soils were not suitable requiring grapes to be sourced from various vineyards. Following on from the initial red wine making, we begun making white wines followed by sparkling wine. With the wine cellars of family and friends overflowing we were prompted to gain our producer wholesaler license in June 2011. By commercial winery standards, Twin Bridges is a tiny operation, producing around 500 quality cases per year, too small to warrant a cellar door. With our storage facilities filling up fast, we decided to introduce our wines into the local farmers markets such as Newcastle, Gosford & Tea Gardens.