There was an obvious reason for Undercliff Winery co-owner Jane Hamshere to offer her acreage as a venue for Sculpture in the Vineyards.
‘‘It’s my love of art,’’ she said.
Mrs Hamshere’s Wollombi vineyard was born with artistry in mind; an artist laid out the property in 1994.
She said each year the sculptures brought visitors from the Hunter and beyond.
‘‘We get a lot of regular visitors and they look forward to it from year to year,’’ she said.
‘‘I think it’s because they’re individual pieces and they’re site-specific sculptures.’’
Purpose-built sculptures have begun popping up among the vines this month, taking pride of place at several Wollombi Valley vineyards.
Curator Tara Morelos said the natural beauty of the Hunter was vital to Sculpture in the Vineyards’ success.
‘‘I think it’s got a lot to do with the region,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s just a perfect location to show sculpture.’’
Outdoor sculptures are featured at Undercliff, Stonehurst Cedar Creek, Noyce Brothers, Wollombi Village Vineyard and Wollombi Wines vineyards.
The Gate Gallery will also feature an indoor exhibition this year.
Sculpture in the Vineyards will run until January 2011.