The Hunter Valley has a rich history of winemaking: there is something quite special about it. The combination of site, climate and soil impresses unique regional characters upon the wines produced there – what the French would call “terroir”. These regional characters distinguish Hunter Valley wines from their counterparts in other major wine producing regions and they are best seen in the varieties for which the Hunter Valley is renowned – Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz.
Unsurprisingly the vineyards at Midnight’s Promise are planted to these varieties. The vineyard is managed with a combination of traditional and modern viticultural practices so as to maximise fruit quality rather than quantity.
While it would be nice to say that the grapes are harvested by a team of local maidens harvesting is usually done by machine at night (often around midnight) so as to ensure that the grapes are cool and sound – a promising start to the winemaking process. The brand name of our wines – Midnight’s Promise – is an allusion to this practice. Each vintage small quantities of wine are produced under contract by our talented winemakers Alex Woods and Matt Burton for release under our Midnight’s Promise label.