Agricultural Industry

James Estate Winery

The Upper Hunter area is a rich agricultural resource for the state of NSW contributing to milk production and beef production. A thoroughbred region second internationally to only Kentucky in the USA and a wine production region of quality with domestic and international markets.

Viticulture Industry

The Upper Hunter viticulture industry is renowned nationally and internationally for quality and quantity of wine production and processing, and as a wine tourism destination. The larger Upper Hunter vineyards supply the grapes to the Lower Hunter.

The earliest evidence of grape growing in the Upper Hunter is dated back to 1860 when vines were planted at the meeting of Wybong Creek and the Goulburn River. The wine from these grapes gained international recognition and acclaim and established a tradition and consumer expectation of quality that continues today.  

The wine brands that have been nurtured in the Upper Hunter include Penfolds, Richmond Grove, Arrowfields, Tyrells, and Rosemount. Internationally recognised brands in the Upper Hunter today include Cruickshank, James Estate, Two Rivers and Hollydene. 

Major viticulture establishments

Thoroughbred Industry

Muswellbrook Shire is home to the largest critical mass of thoroughbred rearing in Australia, located in an arc from Widden Valley through Sandy Hollow to Jerry’s Plains.

The equine industry origins in the Upper Hunter Valley date back over 150 years. This is a result of the Hunter Valley’s unique topography, soil, air, and water making it an ideal location for the horse breeding industry. Its existing infrastructure and its proven history as a place to breed champion racehorses, continues to attract new investors to the region.

The Hunter Thoroughbred breeding industry is nationally and internationally recognised as a ‘Centre for Thoroughbred Breeding Excellence’ and the largest domestic producer of thoroughbreds, the largest exporters of thoroughbreds, and the largest supplier of premium thoroughbreds at national sales.[1] The equine industry in the Upper Hunter Valley is a multibillion-dollar industry.

Equine establishments

  • Amarina Farm
  • Baerami Thoroughbreds
  • Balmoral Stud - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Barador Stud
  • Baramul Stud
  • Bengalla Stud - 02 6541 4355
  • Byerley Stud
  • Columbia Stud - 02 6547 5147
  • Coolmore Stud
  • Coronet - 02 6547 8004
  • Darley Woodlands
  • Edinglassie Stud
  • Ferndale Thoroughbreds - 02 6547 2236
  • Golden Grove - 02 6547 2099
  • Hollydene
  • Kirksbridge Farm - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Monarch Stud
  • Patinack Farm
  • Redman Park - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • River Ridge - 02 6547 4474
  • Riverslea Farm
  • Wexford Farm - 02 6547 2800
  • Widden Stud

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[1] (Hunter Thoroghbred Breeders Association 2011)
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