Petersons Wines has hit upon a recipe for success: tradition and continuity. Wine lovers and critics have been charmed by the winery’s quality drops since the first vintage in 1981, and the accolades haven’t stopped since.
The story began when Ian Peterson and his family bought an old dairy farm at Mount View, Hunter Valley and established 10 acres of semillon grapes to supply a nearby winery. As the vines flourished, new varieties were planted, including chardonnay, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir, and Ian hired a cellar hand to help him produce his first wines. This cellar hand was Gary Reed, who has now been Petersons’ Chief Winemaker for three decades. Today, Ian’s son, Colin, runs the winery, maintaining his father’s legacy.
Petersons has since expanded to produce refined reds from a vineyard in Mudgee, while the rich red-brown basalt soils of Armidale host semillon, sauvignon blanc, riesling, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and pinot noir. In Armidale, the vines were first harvested in 2002, and continue to produce exceptional fruit each year. The vineyard’s Guesthouse, dating back to 1911, is the ultimate getaway, offering elegant, traditional and luxurious accommodation.
Each vineyard showcases the best of the Petersons range, with two Cellar Doors open in the Hunter Valley: the scenic Mount View and a newly opened Cellar Door on Broke Road, Pokolbin. There’s also Glenesk Estate in the heart of Mudgee’s red wine region, and Armidale’s cellar door – a beautifully restored horse stable that hosts weekend barbecue lunches.
Peterson House, one of the first specialist sparkling producers in New South Wales, was born from Ian’s vision. Sparkling is now a specialty at Petersons – take a sip of the 2013 Sparkling Cuvee and you’ll soon see why. You’ll taste hints of honey, nectarine, rockmelon and creamy yeast complemented by stone fruit aromas, delivering a crisp and refreshing drinking experience.
The 2013 Broke Verdehlo is another highlight of the Peterson portfolio, boasting aromas of grapefruit, banana, cashew and vanilla with a palate of zesty rockmelon and kiwifruit. Taste any vintage of the Hunter Valley Cuvee Chardonnay to sample the unique characteristics of each year. Although each vintage is distinct, the result is an easy-drinking wine with aromas of peach, custard and honeysuckle, stonefruit flavours and a creamy, elegant finish. On the sweeter side the 2013 Riverina Botrytis Semillon is a perfect match for blue cheese and pate or creamy desserts.
Red fans are treated to high quality varietals from the warm climates of the Hunter and Mudgee, while the cool Armidale climate produces reds of fine elegance and finesse. The elegant 2014 Mudgee Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich mix of forest fruit, spice and bitter chocolate accentuated by aromas of cedar and cassis, while the 2014 Hunter Valley Shiraz offers aromas of nutmeg, peppercorns and plum and an earthy, peppery palate that matches perfectly with warming winter meals.
Consistency is key at Petersons: wine trends may come and go, but quality will forever be in fashion. Maintaining the traditional techniques of his father, Colin steers the winery towards be er and be er wines with every vintage. With four cellar doors to explore, you’ll find something new on each visit.