Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is Australia's oldest wine region, dating back to the early 1800s, and a wine zone that includes the Hunter region and the sub-regions of the Upper Hunter Valley, Broke Fordwich and Pokolbin. It lies northwest of Newcastle in New South Wales, about a two to three-hour drive from the Sydney CBD (on a good day!). It has a warm and humid climate, with heavy cloud cover that tends to produce wines that are lower in alcohol than the warm climate wines of South Australia, for example. Famous for Semillon - and Semillon's aged styles - Shiraz and also Chardonnay.


32.7680° S


151.2664° E


P.J. Charteris



CHARTERIS is a story of exploration and connection. Its protagonist is renowned winemaker and senior wine show judge PJ Charteris, his wines, a lens to view time and place. PJ fell in love with the Hunter Valley whilst working at Brokenwood Wines in 1999, where he remained for 12 years as Senior Winemaker before embarking on his pursuit for mastering Pinot Noir & Riesling under his own tiny wine label CHARTERIS in 2008 from Central Otago. With his focus keenly set on the sub regions within Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand & Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley, harvest timing allowed him the best of both worlds. With over 30 years of winemaking experience & senior wine show judging sitting across regional and capital wine shows, PJ’s knowledge is second to none. With his partner Chrissi they have carved out a highly regarded reputation for producing their tiny but impressive portfolio of sort after wines from two world class wine regions.