Hunter Wine. A history by Julie McIntyre and John Germov »

Australia's longest continuous winegrowing region

Media release
Subscribe to
<i>Hunter Wine. A history. </i> by Julie McIntyre and John Germov

Hunter Wine. A history. by Julie McIntyre and John Germov [©NewSouth Publishing ]


While the Hunter Valley might not be the ideal place to grow grapes, it is this country's longest continuous winegrowing region so its history and heritage are integral to understanding how Australian wine has evolved.

Hunter Wine profiles the people, history and technology that have shaped this celebrated wine region. From the deep past to the current moment, this book shows how historical influences and technological processes have shaped Hunter wine from vine to glass.

Tracing six generations of the region’s wine community from the 1820s, it introduces forgotten characters, places and practices alongside famous names like Wyndham, Lindeman, Tyrrell, Drayton, Tulloch, McWilliam and McGuigan, to reveal the Hunter’s pivotal role in making Australia a wine country

Australian cultures of making, selling and drinking wine are more than echoes of British and European traditions and trends — they represent new practices and styles. Hunter wine is the result of horticultural, chemical, technological, social and economic experimentation by men and women who have migrated to the region since the 1820s. In turn, the Hunter landscape and people have been shaped by the presence of vineyards and wineries since early colonisation.

This book gives new expression to connected histories of nature and culture in the region by viewing them through the lens of wine history.

‘This beautifully evocative, richly detailed book sets a new benchmark for writing about wine history in Australia.’ — Max Allen, Wine Journalist and author of The History of Australian Wine

‘An important Australian wine book that uncovers new truths, challenges old myths and moves at a cracking pace with a delicious wine tale just right for the present.’ — Jeni Port, Wine Journalist at The Age and 2014 Wine Communicator of the Year

About the authors

Julie McIntyre is a Research Fellow in History at The University of Newcastle and one of Australia’s foremost wine historians. Her publications include First Vintage: Wine in Colonial New South Wales (NewSouth 2012), winner of a Gourmand Publishing Prize and shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Awards. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Wine Research (UK).

John Germov is a sociologist and author of more than 20 books including his best-known work, The Social Appetite: A Sociology of Food and Nutrition (Oxford University Press). He is Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Education & Arts at The University of Newcastle and leads the university’s Wine Studies Research Network.

Hunter Wine. A History  by Julie McIntyre and John Germov is published by New South Books (Sydney, NSW; Sep 2018; Hb; 304pp; RRP A$49.99. It will is available ion good bookstores nationally and directly from the publisher »  

It can also be purchased online via »


  • Hunter Valley (NSW)

Our Recommendations

To see our recommendations, ratings and reviews you must be a logged-in subscriber.

To subscribe please enter your email address in the "Subscribe Now - it's Free" box on the right and click the "Join" button, or fill in this form >

September 14th, 2018
Subscribe today - it's free
Subscribe Button

Subscribe now - for news and reviews, our newsletter (optional), to join our forums, and more.

Enter your email address and click the Subscribe button. We respect your privacy.

Log in

Enter your username...

Enter your password...

Log In Button

Forgotten your password?


Kerry's corner - your free benefits