Elyssa Sykes-Smith, Artist answers some additional questions for us following on from an interview as featured in the Hunter Valley Magazine Issue 3.
Sean O’Brien is manager of horticulture and maintenance operations and has worked at Hunter Valley Gardens for the past 10 years.
By the time Lee Kernaghan was 27 he was ready to give it all up. He’d been working in the music business for 10 years; his then current gig playing covers at the local pub in Albury barely gave him enough money to survive. But Kernaghan decided to give music one last chance, and in 1991, he recorded The Outback Club. ‘Boys from the Bush’, the album’s signature track, became a mega hit, and the album won Best Country Album at the 1993 ARIA awards.
For more than 40 years, Daryl Braithwaite has been at the heart of Australian rock ‘n’ roll. In the ’70s he had us singing to the triumphant pop classic ‘Howzat’, in the ’80s we were getting down to ‘One Summer’, then in the ’90s came ‘The Horses’, a solid feel-good Australian anthem. We caught up with Daryl to ask him about A Day on the Green, his new album, and the most outrageous thing he’s ever had a fan do. Continue reading
Sally grew up in the Hunter Valley and after a brief foray in the hospitality industry, returned to the wine fold and now works for the company her parents Ian and Merralea started in 1987. The self-confessed “chardonnay queen” – Scarborough specialises in Chardonnay – was awarded the Hunter Valley Rising Star of the Year Award in 2013. When Sally is not conducting research to find the best Chardonnay in Australia, the keen baker can be found experimenting with various cakes.
Under the intense heat of summer, the Hunter Valley looked picturesque with lush vineyards full of ripe bunches of grapes, ready for the vignerons to test before harvesting. The 2014 vintage provided consistently dry and warm days that saw the Hunter Valley’s vintage begin in January and finish incredibly early in mid-February.