What you can do thereVisitors to the Hunter Valley can enjoy unique experiences at award-winning cellar doors, dining at some of Australia’s best restaurants, hot air balloon rides, horse riding and hiking in national parks. The Hunter Valley also has a calendar packed with lively events and music festivals. Accommodation options range from luxury resorts with golf courses and spas to boutique accommodation, nature retreats and farm stays.
• Audrey Wilkinson
This 150-year-old vineyard, perched on the foothills of the Brokenback Range, has stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside. Audrey Wilkinson is a family-run cellar door that offers tastings, picnics among the vines, behind-the-scenes tours and fortified wine and cheese pairings. There is also a free museum and guest accommodation in modern cottages. audreywilkinson.com.au
Brokenwood Wines is one of Australia’s most reputable premium wine labels and a must visit in the Hunter Valley. Key offerings include the famous Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, ILR Reserve Semillon and Cricket Pitch Range. The venue in Pokolbin is a state-of-the-art tasting facility and offers a museum, café and restaurant and function space for 20-400 people. Brokenwood’s VIP Soil-to-Cellar experience is a rare opportunity to gain exclusive access to one of Australia’s most iconic vineyards whilst enjoying a unique and personalised experience. It includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the winery, a degustation menu with matched wines, barrel tasting and a bottle of current release Graveyard Shiraz. brokenwood.com.au
• Tulloch Wines
Over four generations and 125 years, Tulloch has been crafting wines and experiences that celebrate ‘the good life’ of wine, food, family and friends. Tours include a Chocolate and Wine pairing, a Mystery Wine Tour and the Museum Experience. Their newest experiences include Hunter Heroes & Global Flavours, where guests can immerse themselves in the history of the Hunter Valley by tasting the iconic Hunter wines and the Hunter Wine, Seafood & BBQ, a half-day experience that includes an afternoon at the cellar door tasting premium wines and cooking a decadent barbecue with the Tulloch chef. tullochwines.com
Tours and activities
• Balloon Aloft
Balloon Aloft is an adventure activity with flights beginning at sunrise so guests can enjoy views of the picturesque wine regions. Balloon flights last one hour and are followed by a sparkling wine breakfast. balloonaloft.com
• Two Fat Blokes
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Two Fat Blokes offers fun foodie experiences. There are daily half- and full-day tours for small groups of up to 14 people. Tours include wine and beer tastings, cheese and chocolate. twofatblokes.com.au
• Hunter Valley Private Tours
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With 20 years of experience, the team at Hunter Valley Private Tours know their way around the region. Choose from vineyard tours, wine tastings and fun experiences including helicopter rides and go-karting. huntervalleyprivatetours.com.au
Hit the road and head north from Sydney to explore some of New South Wales’ most drinkable destinations. From the breweries of the Central Coast to the vineyards of Australia’s oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley, you’ll never have to travel far between tastings. Download a snapshot of our recommended itinerary here.
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