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Hunter Valley - A Taste of New South Wales' Wine Country

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Hunter Valley is New South Wales' premier wine region. Its flourishing vineyards, wine estates and restaurants are a mere 2-hour drive from Sydney. You can soak in views, vineyards, and viticulture, then rest your head in a wide selection of accommodation types. With luxury spas, golf courses, and historic towns to explore, there's something for every taste.

Tour the wine estates

 

Hunter Valley's cellar doors are your gateways to the wineries. They're perfect pit stops to indulge in tastings of the region's famous sémillons, Shiraz, and crisp chardonnays. There are more than 150 producers to choose between, ranging in size from large-scale to boutique. You can explore working vineyards, meet the makers, and indulge in a wine master class. Whether you join an organized tour or create your own schedule, the mountain-backed views are as arresting as the winemaking process.

 

  • Audrey Wilkinson, DeBeyers Road, Pokolbin, 2320, NSW; Tel: +61 02 4998 1866; Website: Audrey Wilkinson
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  • Tyrrell's Wines, 1838 Broke Road, Pokolbin, 2320, NSW; Tel: +61 02 4993 7028; Website: Tyrrell's Wines

Gourmet safaris

 

Food and wine make the perfect bedfellows, and the Hunter Valley has the best of both. You will be able to savor modern Australian cooking, with wine pairings served by educated staff in kitchen gardens, vineyards, or even a barn. With homegrown ingredients commonplace, dishes focus on fresh and healthy cuisine. A charming selection of artisan food shops and farmers' markets allow you to take the experience home with you.

 

  • Margan Restaurant, 1238 Milbrodale Road, Broke, 2330, NSW; Tel: +61 02 6579 1372; Website: Margan Restaurant
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  • Muse Restaurant, Hungerford Hill Wines, Broke Road, Pokolbin, 2320, NSW; Tel: +61 02 4998 6777; Website: Muse Restaurant

 

Charming hotels and guesthouses

 

Luxury hotels, sweeping resorts, boutique bolt-holes, destinations spas, cozy cabins, and cottages make up Hunter Valley's selection of accommodation types. By staying in the town of Pokolbin, you are well-placed to explore the area's many wineries. Nearby Newcastle and Maitland offer larger bases. Alternatively, book into a vineyard resort complete with sprawling grounds, wellness facilities, and fine restaurants.

 

Family-friendly side trips

 

There's plenty to do in the Hunter Valley when you're not wining and dining. From hot-air balloon safaris to horse riding, shopping, and championship golf courses, there's something for every member of the family. You can wander the village of Wollombi - the historic heart of the Hunter Valley - or explore the lakes, topiary and oriental-themed landscapes at the Hunter Valley Gardens. To see kangaroos and other wildlife in their natural habitat, take a hike in spectacular Yengo National Park.

 

 

After dark in the Hunter Valley

 

If you're looking to continue after the wine estates have closed, head for the cities. Central Maitland has seen a burgeoning collection of boutique bars join its long-established pub scene. For live music, head to Newcastle, where an inviting selection of bars could compete with those found in major cities. Out in the rural towns and countryside, you'll find breweries, thriving local pubs, and even the odd cocktail bar.

 

  • Goldfish, Tempus Two Winery, Corner of Broke and McDonalds Roads, Pokolbin, 2320, NSW; Tel: +61 02 4998 7688; Website: Goldfish
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  • The Edwards, 148 Parry Street, Newcastle West, 2302, NSW; Tel: +61 02 4965 3845; Website: The Edwards

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