Wine Trail

The Hunter Valley is no place for teetotalers, and is the kind of destination where you come to taste a little and leave with a lot – of wine in the boot, that is. Full-bodied whites, medium-weight reds and ports are the heroes here, with something to tantalise every taste bud. The region is home to some big-name producers, including Lindemans, Rothbury and Wyndham Estate, as well as family-owned independent labels and smaller, boutique drops. The best place to start is the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre, just outside Cessnock, where you can pick up a map of the region’s cellar doors. If you are good with the spittoon, why not self drive? Otherwise book a group or private tour for a day of safe, hassle-free tasting.

Wine Trail Hunter Valley

Gourmet Delight

Where there’s good wine, good food generally follows, and the Hunter is no exception. The region is dotted with award-winning restaurants, local producers and artisanal treats to soak up all that lovely vino. Stop by the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company in Pokolbin to watch the chocolatier and fudge maker craft tasty morsels. And don’t leave town before visiting the Hunter Valley Cheese Company for a quick tutorial and to sample their handmade varieties. Elsewhere in the valley there are cured meats, jams, chutneys, olive oil, confectionary and fresh farm produce to tempt.

Singleton

Singleton is a quaint heritage town on the banks of the Hunter River most famous for its picturesque Lake St Clair. When you’ve spent the day stocking up on wine and culinary treats, Lake St Clair is the perfect place for a gourmet picnic. Relax on the lawn under the trees, go fishing, swim or enjoy a bushwalk to work off some off the day’s indulgences. Take in the cellar doors, heritage buildings, boutiques and restaurants before you hit the road, and why not tour the Australian Army Infantry Museum?  

Hunter Valley Gardens

Getting back to nature is the perfect antidote for over indulgence, and at the Hunter Valley Gardens you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to green-thumb therapy. Here you’ll find 10 themed gardens sprawling across 24 hectares tucked within the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges. Marvel at the Sunken Garden, enchant the kids in the Storybook Garden and find Zen in the Chinese Garden. There are also eight kilometres of walking paths to explore.

Hunter Valley Gardens

Hot-air Ballooning

Enjoying a glass of sparkling for breakfast after a hot-air balloon flight is a tradition the world over. So it’s fitting then to take to the air above one of Australia’s most famous wine producing regions. At Lovedale, Wine Country Ballooning will have you soaring over the vineyards on an unforgettable dawn adventure. Flights last about an hour, giving you a bird’s-eye view of the Hunter, before you are safely deposited back on terra firma to enjoy a glass of bubbly and chocolates.

Hot air ballooning in the Hunter

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