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Hunter Valley wine escape 

Brokenwood Wines, PokolbinCREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy time out among the vines of Audrey Wilkinson estate in the Hunter Valley.

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Hunter Valley
wine escape 

Brokenwood Wines, Pokolbin CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy time out among the vines of Audrey Wilkinson estate in the Hunter Valley.

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Just two hours’ drive from Sydney, you’ll find more cellar doors than anywhere else in Australia in the Hunter Valley. One of the great pleasures of wine tastings in this region is the incredible breadth of flavour and character among the wines — but other weekend drawcards include acclaimed restaurants, luxurious hideaways and romantic adventures.

Eat 

Fresh local produce abounds in the Hunter Valley. Pop into Binnorie Dairy for delicious soft cheeses and labneh, and be tempted by the range of delectable smoked meats and fish at Lovedale Smokehouse. Weekend travellers with a sweet tooth should try the artisan chocolates from Cocoa Nib, including their signature bon bons and colourful chocolate blocks.  

For lunch, visit one of many local eateries — Leaves and Fishes, Yellow Billy Restaurant, Muse Kitchen or The Wood Restaurant — or collect a bottle of Audrey Wilkinson wine and fill a picnic hamper with homegrown goodies to enjoy a picnic among the vines. The Hunter Valley’s fine-dining scene includes many elegant restaurants for a special evening out, including Muse Restaurant, Bistro Molines and Margan Restaurant.  

Drink 

While the Hunter Valley has long been renowned for its semillon and shiraz, today you can also sip distinctive and innovative wines from classic chardonnay to newer varietals such as sangiovese and tempranillo. You can taste these wines at your pick of more than 150 wineries and cellar doors in the region, including Brokenwood, Pepper Tree Wines, Tyrrell’s Wines, Gundog Estate, Usher Tinkler Wines, Tamburlaine Organic Wines and Hungerford Hill. There are many winery experiences to choose from in the Hunter Valley and, if you’re travelling with children, don’t miss Tulloch’s Junior Tasting Experience, where young ones taste soft drinks and snacks as parents sample wine.  

Not a wine drinker? Drop in on one of the region’s innovative craft brewers or distillers. Head to Iron Bark Hill Brewhouse for beautifully crafted beers, Pokolbin Cider House for its crisp Classic Draught Apple and Hunter Distillery for certified-organic spirits, such as Lemon Myrtle Vodka or Blackberry Schnapps.  

Hunter Valley Highlight Selects CREDIT: Destination NSW

The Hunter Valley is the perfect place for a wine weekend away.

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Hunter Valley Highlight Selects CREDIT: Destination NSW

The Hunter Valley is the perfect place for a wine weekend away.

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Tulloch Wines, Pokolbin CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying a food and wine experience at Tulloch Wines, Pokolbin.

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Tulloch Wines, Pokolbin CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying a food and wine experience at Tulloch Wines, Pokolbin.

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Brokenwood Wines, Pokolbin CREDIT: Destination NSW

Visitors enjoying the wine tasting at Brokenwood Wines, Pokolbin.

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Brokenwood Wines, Pokolbin CREDIT: Destination NSW

Visitors enjoying the wine tasting at Brokenwood Wines, Pokolbin.

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For a truly unforgettable Hunter Valley experience, join a sunrise hot-air balloon flight with Balloon Aloft and soar high above the vineyards. Take in panoramic views of the Hunter Valley before enjoying a champagne breakfast back on the ground. After breakfast, join a tour with Two Fat Blokes to explore local vineyards, meet the winemakers and learn all about growing grapes and the surrounding region.  

For something a bit different, tour the Hunter Valley with Murchessons Horseback Wine and Dine Tours. Ride a horse through the vineyards, stopping for lunch and wine tastings. Or, if you’re more about learning some local epicurean secrets, several Hunter Valley restaurants offer cooking classes. At Majors Lane Cooking School, chef Ben Sales will show how to slow smoke meats and make curry pastes from scratch.  

Stay 

The Hunter Valley has an impressive range of accommodation, with everything from vineyard cottages to luxury guesthouses and expansive resorts. For a classic resort, stay at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley or Voco Kirkton Park. For something more on the boutique end of the scale, book into Spicers Vineyards Estate, Degen Estate, H Boutique Hotel or Estate Tuscany. Larger groups looking for their own private oasis should check out Corunna Station, Allawah Estate and Arenridge.

Murchessons Horseback Wine & Dine Tours, Pokolbin CREDIT: Destination NSW

Group enjoying a guided horseback tour at Hanging Tree Wines, Pokolbin with Murchessons Horse Wine & Dine Tours.

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Murchessons Horseback Wine & Dine Tours, Pokolbin CREDIT: Destination NSW

Group enjoying a guided horseback tour at Hanging Tree Wines, Pokolbin with Murchessons Horse Wine & Dine Tours.

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Spicers Vineyards Estate, Pokolbin CREDIT: Destination NSW

Guesthouse available bookings at the Spicers Vineyards Estate, Pokolbin.

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Spicers Vineyards Estate, Pokolbin CREDIT: Destination NSW

Guesthouse available bookings at the Spicers Vineyards Estate, Pokolbin.

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