HOPE ESTATE   Hunter Valley  -  AUSTRALIA

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.

Hope Estate has a range of premium varietal wines under a Hope Estate label in the US. These varieties include Verdelho, Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Merlot. Verdelho grows well in the Broke-Fordwich area and produces an excellent wine that is rapidly making a name as the signature wine for Hope Estate.

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. The Ripper displays more generous, aromatic and darker fruit and spice on a heavier frame with finely integrated tannins and wonderful depth of color — more typical of what consumers have come to expect from Australian Shiraz. The profile of wine is the result of a 3 days cold soak and gentle agitation during the must three-day journey from the Donnybrook Vineyard in Western Australia where the grapes are crushed, to Michael's winery in the Hunter Valley where the must is fermented and the wine is finished.

Every October, Hope Estate releases special pink labels of Shiraz and Chardonnay to raise awarenesse 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 charity.