Hunter Valley Wine Tours
The Wineries of New South Wales
The Hunter Valley is the oldest of Australia’s wine regions, with its first vines planted in 1825 [Source: Wine Australia]. From these humble beginnings, the Hunter has grown to become a popular tourist destination with more than 80 wineries.
Hunter Valley Wines
The region’s warm climate is perfect for citrus-flavored white wines. The Hunter’s semillons are world-famous, although they also produce fantastic verdelhos and chardonnays. The Hunter Valley also creates some outstanding shirazes.
Hunter Valley Wineries
With so many wineries in the Hunter Valley, it can be difficult for tourists to decide what to see. The following Australian wineries all deliver outstanding wines and more.
700 Dalwood Road, Dalwood
Wyndham Estate is the oldest winery in New South Wales and home to Australia’s first commercial shiraz wines. Today the vineyard is still famous for its shirazes, which stand alongside verdelhos, merlots, roses, and chardonnays. The winery also features an award-winning 400-seat restaurant.
Robyn Drayton Wines
Corner McDonalds and Pokolbin Mountains Roads, Pokolbin
Robyn Drayton is a fifth-generation Drayton, who proudly runs her family vineyard. Her winery produces a small but quality range of white, red, and fortified wines. Tourists are invited to visit the winery’s museum to learn more about the family’s history. Robyn Drayton Wines also sells a variety of local produce including oils, vinegars, and jams.
Margan Family Winegrowers
266 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin
Margan Family Winegrowers may be a small vineyard, but they’ve been beating some of the big boys at wine shows around the country. The winery produces zesty whites and mellow reds that stay true to the character of the grapes used. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at the cellar door will make your tasting experience a pleasure.
Corner Broke Road and Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin
Sparkling wine lovers will enjoy a trip to Peterson House. This is the only winery in the region specializing in sparkling wines made using traditional methods. They produce a range of sparkling whites, reds, and roses, as well as still and dessert varieties.
Bimbadgen Estate Wines
790 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin
Bimbadgen is an Aboriginal word for “lovely views,” and this winery really lives up to its name. It sits high on a hill, so visitors are treated to amazing views of the countryside while they sample the winery’s diverse range. Bimbadgen is also home to the acclaimed Esca Restaurant.
The Hunter Valley is a two-hour drive from Sydney and around an hour’s drive from Newcastle. With many accommodation options available in the Hunter Valley, many travelers choose to drive and stay overnight.
The Hunter is also a popular destination for day trips, and many coach companies run winery tours from Sydney and Newcastle. One of New South Wales’ biggest touring companies, Rover Coaches, operates winery tours from Newcastle, Singleton, Maitland, Wollombi, Cessnock, and Sydney. Boutique Wine Tours and Fine Wine Tours will also take you on a day trip from Sydney to the Hunter.
For something really different though, you could take a bike ride around the vineyards with Hunter Valley Cycling, enjoy a romantic horse and carriage ride with Hunter Valley Carriages, or take to the skies with Hunter Wine Helicopters.
The Hunter Valley has one of the largest and most diverse accommodation selections of any wine region in the country. These include affordable hotels like Branxton Hotel and Cessnock Motel, lavish resorts including Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and Hunter Resort, self-contained cottages like Vineyard Hill and Whispering Brook, and boutique bed and breakfasts such as Wilderness Grove and Bimbadeen Mountain Retreat.
April – Hunter Semillon and Seafood is a three-day event pairing local fish, crabs, prawns, and more with some of the Hunter’s best Semillons.
Third weekend in May – The Lovedale Long Lunch is a progressive lunch where participants enjoy food and wine from seven participating wineries.