Steeped in history with close to two centuries of continued viticulture on the northern end of the Lower Hunter Valley, the original Sweetwater Station, located on the east face of the elevated Sweetwater Ridge, had vineyards planted in the mid 1800’s. The vineyard was replanted and restored in 1998 with a total of 39 acres dedicated to Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon. Unique for it’s red loamy soil over limestone commonly referred to as “Terra Rossa’’, Sweetwater is producing distinctive wines of the highest quality with a fragrant floral fruit character and rich textural tannins.
The wines are entirely estate grown on the crest of Sweetwater, overlooking the Sweetwater Valley. Winemaker and General Manager Bryan Currie’s excitement for this site and its unique terroir is high, rivalling that of the famous Cabernet and Shiraz regions of Australia in structure & acidity with supple Hunter Valley freshness.
Sweetwater has carefully reserved a library of museum wines of both Shiraz and Cabernet which have exceptional provenance from their storage on the estate.
With its heritage dating back to the mid 1800’s, sustainable farming is an integral part of Sweetwater with no pesticides or chemicals used on this property. The property also boasts six dams for water storage. Since 2016, a significant amount of energy and focus has gone into bringing this single estate back to its greatest potential through sustainable viticultural practices. From farming to bottling the estate believes in minimal impact to leave the smallest environmental footprint.