Wine Hunter by Campbell Mattinson

A pioneering tale of the Hunter Valley and its wines

By Robyn Lewis
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Wine Hunter, The Story of Maurice O'Shea, the Greatest Vigneron in Australia by Campbell Mattinson

Wine Hunter, The Story of Maurice O'Shea, the Greatest Vigneron in Australia by Campbell Mattinson


Campbell Mattinson's biography of pioneer Hunter Valley vigneron is one of the best books on wine you will find anywhere in the world because it's not just wine facts.

It's a genuine story: full of life, emotion, dedication, passion, and all things that make great books and great wine and a true one at that.

In what surely should be ranked as one of the most dynamic biographies to be recently published in Australia, Campbell paints a moving and lyrical picture of pioneering life in what was then 'outback' NSW the Hunter Valley.

It is also a story of one man's obsession with making great wines, of proving to himself and the world that this could be done, in what was then the untested terroir of Australia.

Maurice O'Shea is now recognised as one of the founders and true greats of Australian wine.

Torn between his two loves, wine making and his wife Marcia Fuller, at at huge personal cost, O'Shea's legacy lives on in the great Australian wines we drink today.

Salut, Maurice, and salut Campbell for bringing to life this wonderful story.


Wine Hunter by Campbell Mattinson is published by Hachette Australia (Sydney NSW 2007; sc) and retails for RRP A$35.


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  • Lower Hunter (NSW)
  • Hunter including Newcastle (NSW)
  • Hunter Valley (NSW)

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