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Hope Estate was established in 1994 when Michael Hope purchased his first vineyard in the Hunter Valley comprising 15 hectares of vines on a 112-hectare property. This parcel of land was ideally suited to whites so a second acquisition of land being 80 hectares of the famed red basalt soil at Fordwich was made. This was planted with 40 hectares of Shiraz and Merlot. The Broke-Fordwich sub-region of the Hunter Valley has been gazetted as one of the first designated Australian vineyard areas to be accorded international registration by the Geographic Indications Committee (GIC) of the Australian Winemakers Federation. In August of 2006, the then 43 year old Michael Hope bought the Rothbury Estate winery, cellar door, function center and surrounding 10 hectares of vineyards. With this acquisition, Hope Estate now has a total of 129.5 hectares of land on Broke Road. Michael also acquired property in Western Australia (Geograph), planted mostly to Shiraz. In 2005, he introduced his Hope Estate WA Shiraz, called The Ripper (Aussie slang for "really good"), which will stylistically compliment the more medium-bodied Shiraz of the Hunter.

Every October, Hope Estate releases special pink labels of Shiraz and Chardonnay to raise awareness and to help in the fight to stop breast cancer. Since 2007, Hope Estate and Winesellers, Ltd. have together donated over $200,000 to various breast cancer charities.