Planning a midweek or weekend getaway to the Hunter Valley in NSW? Are you or your family celebrating a special milestone or are you longing for a break from the busyness of life?
Just a 2-hour drive from Sydney is the Hunter Valley, one of Sydney’s most popular getaway destinations for wine connoisseurs, and foodies and a very popular family-friendly destination.
If you enjoy wine the Hunter Valley Wine Country has over 150 cellar doors and is well known for its Semillon wine. You will be spoilt for choice when visiting Australia’s premier food and wine destination. The region offers visitors outstanding beauty and breathtaking country views. There is nothing more relaxing than getting away from the busyness of the city and waking up to the sounds of the bellbirds or watching kangaroos grazing in the early morning light.is soaring high over the Hunter Valley vineyards a bucket list item for you? We have 25 more to whet your appetite. Click here to read.
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Best Time To Visit the Hunter Valley
Spring (September, October, November) – see the new green shoots on the vines. The country gardens are in bloom.
Summer (December, January and February) – the vines are heavy with grapes. January is harvest time in the Hunter.
Autumn (March, April, May) – the winemakers are blending their wines.
Winter (June, July, August) – the vines are barren, it is a good time for tasting reds and enjoying hearty meals beside an open fire.
Where To Stay in the Hunter Valley
Hotels in the Hunter Valley
To Travel Too Top Tip: Check with the accommodation for ‘romantic Hunter Valley packages’ and ‘Hunter Valley weekend deals”.
Crowne Plaza Hotel Hunter Valley (Now Rydges Resort) at 430 Wine Country Drive Lovedale
Deluxe accommodation in deluxe rooms, resort suites and villas just perfect for romantic getaways and family holidays. Visit their day spa for a relaxing spa treatment after a day of sightseeing and wine tasting.
Dining options are available at the:
- Redsalt Restaurant
- Lovedale Bar and Restaurant
- Vista Lounge
- Enjoy local craft beers at the Sydney Brewery Hunter Valley.
Facilities include an adults-only pool, golf and the Water Dragons Kid Club.
Latest review: “Staff were kind, friendly and helpful. Location was close to everything, shops, restaurants and wineries.”
Potters at Wine Country Drive in Nulkaba have 68 rooms, villas and suites available.
Their Bar and Brasserie is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- State of the art gaming facility and TAB
- Micro Brewery – the Hunter Beer Company available for tastings and tours
- For children: Outdoor children’s playground
- Day/night tennis court
- Heated outdoor spa
- Two swimming pools
- Boules court
- Courtesy bus
- Live entertainment
- Heritage-listed beehive kilns
Latest Guest review:
Very nice place, with lovely open spaces, a lawn and a lake to walk around. Very private & nicely maintained.
Liked the rooms, are spacious, nicely appointed and clean, great shower,
Check availability here for Potters Apartments
The Hunter Valley Resort at Hermitage Road, Pokolbin
The Hunter Valley Resort is suitable for couples, families, solo travellers and groups.
We enjoyed our 2 night midweek stay. We can also highly recommend the two tours that the resort offers which are complimentary for staying guests. Bookings are essential.
- Wine Theatre – 2 sessions daily at 10 am and 3 pm. The tour commences with a 30-minute video followed by wine tastings.
- Guided Vine Experience daily at 9 am followed by wine tastings.
4 Pines at the Farm offers an extensive food and drinks offering.
- Breakfast 7:30 am – 10:00 am (7 Days)
- Lunch 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (7 Days)
- Bar menu 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm (7 Days)
- Dinner 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Wednesday-Sunday)
Facilities: Swimming pool, tennis court, games room, massage centre, adventure centre, electric bikes, bushwalking trails, horseriding tours, Segway tours and a guest library.
Latest Guest Review: “Loved the grounds and facilities available to guests, our children loved visiting the farm with lots of different animals to see. We also had wine theatre and tasting with my hubby whilst the kids played with lego on the big table. Along with a swimming pool to play in between activities as well. Our room was cosie and comfy with an expansive backyard for the kids to explore while we rested and great for looking at the stars at night! It was a really great family-friendly, relaxing wine country experience for us!”
Chateau Elan, Vintage Drive in Pokolbin
The award-winning 5-star Chateau Elan is a luxury resort with 100 luxurious appointed rooms and a 17-room spa. The private villas have breathtaking views over the countryside and have either balconies or terraces. The 5 Spa villas in the main building offer complete privacy with their own secluded courtyards.
- 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course
- Swimming pool
- Tennis courts
- Hair and beauty salon
- Views over the golf course
- Legends Grill Restaurant
- 19th hole golf course bar – Spike Bar
Estate Tuscany at Broke Road Pokolbin
A boutique 4-star hotel that offers 26 Olive Grove Rooms and 12 Vineyard View Rooms.
- Inground swimming pool
- Cellar door
- Breakfast room
Brokenback Bar at the Estate Tuscany opens 7 days from 12 pm till late.
Harrigan’s Irish Pub & Accommodation Hunter Valley – 2090 Broke Road Pokolbin
Harrigan’s Irish Pub & Accommodation Hunter Valley has a range of accommodation to suit solo travellers, couples and families:
- Studio Rooms
- Executive Rooms
- Deluxe Suites
- Premier Suites
- 2 bedroom apartment
- 3 bedroom apartment
Facilities at Harrigan’s include:
- Burger Bar
- Sports Bar
- Bottle Shop
- VIP Lounge
- Outdoor swimming pool for hotel guests
- Latest guest review: “Great location. Comfy bed. Handy to restaurant and bar. Live music most weekends. Priced accordingly.”
Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens – Cnr. Broke and McDonald’s Road Pokolbin
The Mercure Resort is a 4.5-star hotel that offers 72 studio, superior, deluxe and suite rooms with either a private balcony or courtyard overlooking the gardens and the Hunter Valley. The Mercure Resort Suites offer guests a spa bath and a lounge area with a fireplace for that special romantic getaway.
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Elements – the Signature Restaurant of Mercure Resort with a menu inspired by the flavours of France and Italy
The Convent at 88 Halls Road, Pokolbin
The Convent has 19 luxuriously appointed deluxe and superior bedrooms, a Premier Bedroom and a Garden Suite ideal for families and small groups.
Latest guest review:
“Amazing experience, unique property on beautiful, quite grounds. Liked te location, service and venue.”
Cessnock Motel at 13 Allandale Road Cessnock
20 ground floor units with ensuite bathrooms, reverse cycle airconditioning, Foxtel, swimming pool and bbq area.
Latest guest review: Great central location in Cessnock, comfy bed, very clean room and great value.
Hotel Cessnock at the Junction of Wollombi Road and Vincent Street, 234 Wollombi Road, Cessnock
Latest guest review: ‘Location, gorgeous building, great staff, comfy bed, excellen amenities, lovely balcony to sit on to watch the world go by.’
Accommodation, Restaurant and Outdoor dining facilities are available.
Self Contained Accommodation in the Hunter Valley
Barefoot at Broke at 596 Milbrodale Road Broke Fordwich
Nestled at the foot of the Yengo Mountain Range Barefoot at Broke offers accommodation for up to 6 people on 23 acres with stunning mountain and bush views.
- The main bedroom with ensuite on one wing
- Two further bedrooms on the other wing
- A large gourmet chefs kitchen
- Open plan living
- Outdoor entertaining deck
- Gas BBQ
- Free wifi
- Dog friendly
Nightingale Villas at 1239 Milbrodale Road Broke
There are 6 x 64 m2 luxury villas situated on 60 acres with:
- Self-contained kitchens
- Wifi available
- BBQ facilities
- Continental breakfast
- On-site restaurant
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Wheelchair access
- Latest guest review: Great location. Nice and welcoming staff. Villa was well-maintained and tidy. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Cedar Creek Vineyard Cottages at 1840 Wollombi Road Cedar Creek.
There are 4 self-contained 1 bedroom cottages and 3 self-contained 2 bedroom cottages with views over the vineyards. Accommodation includes:
- A Breakfast hamper of bacon, eggs, tomatoes, bread, cereal, freshly squeezed orange juice, Tea/coffee
- Spa bath
- Verandah with vineyard and valley views
- Internet access
- In house massage available
- 20% off at cellar door
- Late midday check-out
Adina Vineyard at 492 Lovedale Road Lovedale
3 x 3 bedroom self-contained villas overlooking the vineyards. Facilities include:
- Full kitchen facilities
- Outdoor settings
- Gas log fires
- A swimming pool.
Bluebush Estate at 196 Wilderness Road Lovedale
Bluebush Estate can accommodate up to 40 people in 4 cottages with views over the Molly Morgan Ranges. Suitable for wedding and guest accommodations, family reunions, golf weekends and small conferences and meetings.
Bluebush Cottage – up to 7 people in 3 bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen and entertaining area with BBQ facilities
Bluebush Chalet – up to 10 people in 3 bedrooms with ensuites, large lounge dining and kitchen area, billiard room and outdoor entertaining with BBQ
Bluebush Lodge – up to 12 people, 5 bedrooms (3 with private ensuites) large kitchen, full-size billiard table, large undercover entertaining area with BBQ facilities
Bluebush Country House – up to 11 adults, 5 bedrooms all with ensuite, large kitchen, snooker room, large undercover outdoor entertaining area with BBQ
Cottages on Lovedale at 636 Lovedale Road Lovedale
3 self-contained and separate cottages on 25 acres. Each includes:
- 3 bedrooms with that can sleep 6 and extra 2 people on a double sofa bed
- Gourmet kitchen
- 2 bathrooms
- Air conditioning and slow combustion fire
- Gas bbq
- Gourmet breakfast hampers on weekends
- Continental breakfast hamper midweek
Emma’s Cottages at 438 Wilderness Road Lovedale
Emma’s cottages consist of 2 x 2 bedroom cottages, a three-bedroom cottage and a four-bedroom cottage with views over the vineyards. They include:
- Fully equipped kitchens
- Stylish bathrooms
- Log fires
- Outdoor settings
- Swimming pool
Cottages on Mount View at 1329 Mount View Road Mount View
The Cottages of Mount View offer 4 x 4-star 2 bedroom cottages on 120 acres in a natural bush setting. 3 of the cottages have open-air spas and each sleeps up to 6 people. Facilities include:
- Hammocks between the gum trees
- Private picnic tables
- Fully equipped kitchens
- Breakfast baskets
The Residence is located at 540 Wilderness Road Lovedale.
Perfect for families and getaways The Residence is a 2-storey house for up to 10 guests with 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms.
- Loft area with 2 sofa beds
- Fully-equipped kitchen
Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard Accommodation at 750 DeBeyers Road Pokolbin
Three cottages are available in the Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard with breathtaking views over the vineyards and countryside:
The Mulberry Cottage offers luxury accommodation for 8 guests in 4 bedrooms with 5 bathrooms and a well-equipped kitchen.
The Dairy Cottage
The Dairy Cottage offers accommodation for 4 guests in 2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms with a fully equipped kitchen and indoor fireplace.
The Oakdale Cottage
Beltana Villas at 186 Old North Road Pokolbin
Beltana Villas offer 1 and 2 bedroom villas with balconies overlooking the bush and vineyard.
- Fully equipped kitchens
- Woodburning fires
- 12m pool & spa (October)
Casa La Vina at 657 McDonalds Road Pokolbin
Casa La Vina offer guests 3 luxurious Santa Fe-inspired villas for couples that are open-plan with plush king beds.
- Gas log fireplace
- Free wifi
- Granite kitchenette
- Private courtyard with BBQ
- Full breakfast hamper on arrival
- The Grand Spa Villa has a large jacuzzi spa.
ChezVous Villas at 148 Debeyers Road Pokolbin
ChezVous Villas are more suited for couples, due to open ponds a dam. Accommodation includes:
- 2 studio villas
- 2 x 1 bedroom balcony villas
- 1 self-contained 2 bedroom villa
- Swimming pool
ChevVous Villas is a touch of provincial France in the Hunter Valley.
Hanging Tree Homestead at 294 O’Connors Road, Pokolbin
The Hanging Tree Homestead offers accommodation for up to 8 guests in 4 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms. Facilities include:
- Extensive fully equipped kitchen
- Living areas
- Wrap around deck
- Private tasting at the Hanging Tree Cellar Door
- 10% off Hanging Tree Wines
- Rose gardens,
- Olive grove
Misty Glen Cottage at 293 Deasys Road Pokolbin
Accommodation available is a 3 bedroom cottage with kitchen, lounge area, fire pit, airconditioned, laundry facilities and BBQ area. The cottage is dog-friendly.
Old Hillside Homestead at Marrowbone Road, Pokolbin
Old Hillside Homestead is a charming 100-year-old self-contained cottage set on 160 acres, just minutes from wineries.
Three bedrooms are available for up to 6 people and a sofa bed in the lounge for a further 2.
Unlax @ Hunter Valley at 47 Coulson Road, Pokolbin
Unlax accommodation is made up of 4 self-contained cottages with private balcony, BBQ facilities, kitchen and breakfast hamper. There is swimming pool access for all 4 cottages.
Vinden Estate Homestead at 138 Gillards Road, Pokolbin
Winner: ‘Best Accommodation, Hunter Valley’ Gourmet Traveller 2020 Cellar Door Awards
The Vinden Estate Homestead sleeps up to 12 people with views over 10 acres of vineyards.
- Large country kitchen
- Two open fireplaces
- Large dining and lounge areas with French doors that open out to spectacular views
- Two marble-finished bathrooms
- 10 foot high ceilings
- Swimming pool
Talga Estate at 307 Talga Road Rothbury
Talga Estate accommodation offers a 1-bedroom villa and a 2-bedroom villa with 2 person spa bath. Facilities include:
- Fully equipped gourmet kitchen
- Verandah with breathtaking views over the vineyards and the Brokenback mountain range
- Gas BBQ
- Outdoor seating
- Breakfast hamper on arrival
Hunter Homestead at 348 Talga Road Rothbury
2 fully self-contained houses – the Homestead which sleeps 12 and the Cottage which sleeps 6. A large entertaining area with a gas BBQ on 20 acres in Lovedale surrounded by olive groves and vineyards.
Bed & Breakfast in the Hunter Valley
Abelia House at 745 Lovedale Road Lovedale
Accommodation is a private room in the homestead located on 5 acres.
Breakfast is served between 8.30 am and 9.30 am. In summer breakfast is served on the verandah and in winter beside one of the open fireplaces.
Tourist Parks in the Hunter Valley
Wine Country Tourist Park at 3 O’Connors Road Nulkaba
Wine Country Tourist Park facilities:
- Powered caravan slab sites
- Powered camping sites
- 2 bedroom poolside cabins
- 3 bedroom cottage
- Swimming pool
- Camp kitchen and BBQ
- Pet friendly
- Family-owned and run
Top Things To Do in the Hunter Valley
Popular Cellar Door Tastings
Tempus Two Chocolate and Wine Tasting Review
The tasting lasts around 30 minutes and you pair 4 Tempus Two wines with 4 delicious Cuvee chocolates.
Our first pairing was with the 2013 Pewter Pinot Chardonnay which went exceptionally well with the Blanc de Caramel (caramelised chocolate with sea salt). The honey flavour of the Pinot Chardonnay from the Adelaide Hills was enhanced by the Blanc de Caramel.
Another delightful combination using Amphora Chocolate (65% dark chocolate) was with the Copper GSM made from Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre from the Barossa Valley.
Cuvee’s Bianco chocolate (35% white chocolate) was thoroughly enjoyed with the 2022 Copper Rose. At first, we thought darker chocolate would have suited the Rose but the match was perfect.
The Grand Cru (75% dark chocolate) was a favourite with the smoky 2018 Pewter Cabernet Sauvignon from the Coonawarra Region of South Australia.
We kept some of the Grand Cru Cuvee Chocolate in reserve to enjoy with the 2022 Copper Maestri a 14% medium-bodied red made from Lambrusco. The flavours of both did not disappoint.
You can book your Chocolate and Wine Tasting at Tempus Two here.
Tempus Two Uno & Museum Premium Tasting Review
As the name suggests this is a ‘lux’ tasting of 5 of Tempus Two Uno & Museum Wines. Duration of the tour is approximately 45 minutes.
The Hunter Valley is known for its Semillon and Tempus Two has 5 wonderful UNO Semillon which we compared their individual uniqueness of flavour through the years starting with 2016 and ending with 2004.
We learnt that Semillon does not have to be chilled to enjoy its flavour. Did we have a favourite – yes the 2004 vintage? A darker golden hue colour the Zenith Semillon we felt to be much smoother and richer than the others coming close to it was 2014 which was smooth as well as oaky.
The UNO Shiraz 2017 Pinot Noir was aged in French oak and produced a smooth and creamy texture, a very enjoyable easy-to-drink wine.
Tempus Two do make some great Shiraz and the 2017 and 2018 were both enjoyable.
To book the UNO & Museum Premium Tasting at Tempus Two click here.
Address of Tempus Two: D/2144 Broke Road Pokolbin
McGuigan’s Wine Cheese & Chocolate Tasting Review
We sampled Harrigan’s Vintage Cheddar cheese, 3-year-old mid-strength cheese that is made in the traditional style.
The 2018 Chardonnay paired very well with the Vintage Cheddar. The wine came from Tumbarumba and was aged for 5 months in new french oak barrels. The Chardonnay was a definite favourite.
The Branxton White Mould Brie was creamy and made also in a traditional manner.
Our favourite turned out to be the Hunter Gold Washed Rind which was delicious. A creamy taste and the edible rind was tasty and made in the northern “European Butter style”.
Our first tasting was the 2021 Cellar Select Vermentino which is a Gold Award-winning fruity wine with a hint of apple.
We progressed to the 2021 Chenin Blanc which spent 7 – 8 days fermenting in french oak barrels.
We could choose our wine from a large selection that was available. We were coming back in the afternoon to enjoy the Intimate Wine Tasting which does include most of the wines from the Wine Chocolate and Cheese Tasting. We left some of the reds for the afternoon.
We did have the opportunity of tasting the very smooth 2021 Pinot Noir from the Cellar Select range and the award-winning 2021 Mastercraft Tempranillo and 2021 Mastercraft Montepulciano which had a hint of blackcurrant and came from their Grand Junction Vineyard 50 km north of Mildura.
We finished on the 2021 Gold award-winning Cellar Select Carmenere which had hints of peppercorn and blackcurrant which would be a perfect accompaniment with lamb.
To book this experience click here.
Duration: approximately 45 minutes
Address: 447 McDonalds Road Pokolbin
McGuigan’s Wine Intimate Tasting Review
Duration: approximately 45 minutes
The gold award-winning 2022 Mastercraft Pinot Grigio started our afternoon’s wine tasting followed by the 2021 Verdelho. Both refreshing and easy to drink.
If you are a member of McGuigan Wine Club your tasting includes the Personal Reserve wines. Every 3 months you will have 12 bottles sent to you of your choice at a 20% discount. We found the McGuigan Wines to be very reasonably priced. Included in your delivery is a mix of wines as well as their Premium wines, with cellar notes and a suggested recipe to go with each wine,
For details on how to join click here.
As we were hosted by McGuigans for both tastings we were fortunate to be able to enjoy the Personal Reserve wines that are reserved for members.
They included the 2019 Personal Reserve Shiraz which we paired with some of the Amphora chocolate from the morning’s tasting (which we held back as we knew we would be tasting some of the Personal Reserve). Other Shiraz’s that we enjoyed in the tasting were the:
2017 Vanessa Vale Shiraz – an award winning Shiraz
2010 Personal Reserve Shiraz
A firm favourite was the 2016 Philosophy Cabernet Shiraz.
If you are a Cabernet Sauvignon fan you can’t go past the 2019 Personal Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon that hails from Langhorne Creek next to the Barossa Valley.
We also had the opportunity of trying the 3 dessert and fortified wines:
- Botrytis Semillon
- Tawny Port
- Mastercraft Choc Coffee Cream (watch out Bailey’s you have a strong competitor here).
- Book the Intimate Experience here
Binnorie Dairy is located at the Corner of Lovedale Road and Lodge Road Lovedale
Opening hours: 7 days from 10 am to 5 pm
Binnorie Dairy specialises in cow and goat cheeses. Pop in and taste their award-winning cheeses with a glass of wine on their sunny deck.
The Lovedale Smokehouse is located at 64 Majors Lane Lovedale.
Not only do they sell their own products they run a cooking school and smoking and curing classes.
Cooking School – Asian cuisine – outdoor cooking class in the vineyard which includes recipes, a glass of wine or beer and a souvenir apron.
Smoking & Curing Classes – learn how to hot smoke a variety of produce
Hunter Beer is located at Potters Hotel Brewery Resort, Wine Country Drive, Nulkaba
Opening hours: daily 10 am – 5 pm.
Tours are available from Monday – Friday at 4 pm.
Tours are available on Saturday – Sunday at 12 pm and 4 pm.
Top Tours from Pokolbin
Hunter Valley Zoo
The Hunter Valley Zoo is at 138 Lomas Lane Nulkaba.
The Zoo is open from Thursday to Tuesday 0900-1600
Open everyday school holidays
130 species of birds, mammals, primates, reptiles, lions, cheetahs, meerkats, ostriches, alligators, Tasmanian devils
Book up close and personal experiences with a tamarin, marmoset or meerkat.
The Hunter Distillery is located at 1686 Broke Road Pokolbin
1686 Broke Road Pokolbin
Open daily 1000-1700
Taste a range of premium organic Vodkas, Schnapps, Liqueurs and Gin
Hunter Valley Chocolate Company
Visit the factory, shop and coffee lounge at Hunter Valley Chocolate Company at 2320 Broke Road Pokolbin.
Try 30 different varieties of fudge and the finest Belgium couverture chocolate.
Hunter Valley Cheeserooms
Hunter Valley Cheese Rooms at McGuigan Cellars 447 McDonalds Road Pokolbin
These are the delicious cheeses that we had with the McGuigans Wine, Cheese and Chocolate pairing.
Cheesemaking workshops available duration of 2.5 hours.
Cheese Talks are run daily 11 am and 3 pm – free no bookings needed.
Tastings are held daily at 9 am – 5.30 pm.
Cheese and Antipasto boards available – all-day.
Hunter Valley Gardens
Hunter Valley Gardens is located at Broke Road Pokolbin.
Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Closed on Christmas Day.
Facilities and events:
- Amusement Rides
- Christmas Lights Spectacular
- Snow Time in the Garden during winter school holidays
- Dine in the Garden Terrace
- Shopping Village
- Hunter Valley Gardens Train
Visit the themed Gardens: Sunken, Storybook, Rose, Formal, Border, Indian, Lakes Walk, Oriental, Chinese, Italian Grotto
Pokolbin Cider House
Visit the Pokolbin Cider House at 2342 Broke Road Pokolbin (Lambloch Estate)
Enjoy their range of ciders – 6 non-vintage and 4 vintage ciders.
Handmade in the Hunter Markets
When: Saturdays 9 AM-2 PM & Sundays 9 AM-2 PM
Where: Kevin Sobels Wines cnr Broke Road and Halls Road Pokolbin 0900-1500
Hunter Wine Country Markets
When: Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm
Where: at De Bortoli Wines in Pokolbin
Broke Village Community Market
When: first Sunday of the month 8 am – 12 pm. McNamara Park, Wollombi Street, Broke
2nd Sunday of the month. Corner of Wollombi Road & Great North Road, Wollombi 9 am – 2 pm.
Hunter Valley Vineyards: Wine Tastings and Cellar Doors
Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard
Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard is located at 712 Wollombi Road Broke Fordwich
Open Friday Saturday Sunday 10 am to 4.30 pm
Cellar door features biodynamic wines for tasting and delicious organic cheeseboards. Wines available at the Cellar Door include Semillon, Verdelho, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Shiraz, Dessert Wines, Sparkling Wines and Rose.
Margan Wines are located at 1238 Milbrodale Road Broke and are a family-owned award-winning winery. Margan Wines was established in 1996 by Lisa and Andrew Margan and have 100 hectares of quality vineyards.
Wines produced: Shiraz, Rose, Semillon, Chardonnay, Mourvedre, Blanc de Blancs, Cabernet Sauvigon and Ripasso.
5 Star Winery James Halliday Wine Companion 2009 – 2020
Andrew Margan- Viticulturist of the Year 2015
Winner – Best Winery, NSW & Hunter Tourism Awards 2013, 2014, 2015 – Hall of Fame
Winner – Hunter Valley Cellar Door of the Year 2013 & 2018
Cellar Door is opened daily from 10 am – 5 pm.
Nightingale Wines are located at 1239 Milbrodale Road Broke.
Wines available are Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Merlot, Semillion, Verdelho, Rose, Chardonnay, Sparkling Shiraz, Sparkling White N.V., Port
Nightingale Wines Cafe now open 7 days a week
Opening Hours for the Cafe and Cellar Door:
Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday 9 am till 7 pm
Sunday 9 am till 4 pm
They also have a Wine Club.
Running Horse Wines
Running Horse Wines are located at 1133 Milbrodale Road Broke Fordwich
Wines produced: Shiraz, Semillon, Verdelho, Rose, Sparkling Rose
Daily from 10 am – 6 pm (Monday – Thursday hours may vary call to confirm prior to arrival 0474 156 786).
Cedar Creek at 1840 Wollombi Road Cedar Creek
Family-owned and run vineyard award-winning wines.
Wines produced: Shiraz, Rose, Chambourcin, Les Trois Rouges, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sparkling White Rose and Red, Dessert wines and Port.
Cellar Door open 7 days a week.
Adina Vineyard & Olive Grove
Adina Vineyard & Olive Grove is located at 492 Lovedale Road Lovedale
Cellar door and wines.
Semillon, Prosecco, Botrytis Semillon, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Tempranillo, Cabernet Franc
Open daily for tastings also available Twilight Group Tastings (appointment only)
Olive products are available from the cellar door.
There is a Wine club available to join.
Emma’s Cottage Vineyard
Emma’s Cottage Vineyard is located at 438 Wilderness Road Lovedale
Try the range of Emma’s Cottage wines: Chardonnay, Semillon, Verdelho, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz at their Cellar Door.
Cellar Door Opening Hours:
Friday: 12 pm to 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 10am to 4pm
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day & Good Friday, 3rd and 4th weekend of May
Saltire Estate is located at 113 Wilderness Road Lovedale
Cellar Door Wine Tastings available Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 4 pm. Bookings essential.
Wines produced are: Shiraz, Moscato, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sparkling Brut Chardonnay, Barbera, Merlot, Cabernet Merlot, Chambourcin, Semillon, Grenache, Shiraz, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Verdelho, Muscat.
Ascella Organic Wines
Ascella Organic Wines are at 203 Thompsons Road Milbrodale
The cellar door is open 7 days a week.
Wines produced are: Vintage White, Vintage Red, Semillon, Verdelho, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Merlot and Rose.
Organic wine tastings, organic cheese and olive plates available.
Millbrook Estate is located at 1617 Mount View Road Millfield
Hunter Valley Wines with platters of cheeses and antipasto.
Cellar Door open 7 days 10 am- 5 pm.
Wines produced: Chardonnay, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling Wines, Brandy Liqueur and speciality wines.
Petersons are located at 2347 Mount View Road Mount View.
Wines produced are: Chardonnay, Semillon, Verdelho, Shiraz.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9 am – 5 pm.
Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Ernest Hill Wines
Ernest Hill Wines are located at 307 Wine Country Drive Nulkaba NSW 2325
Wines produced are: Merlot, Verdelho, Gewurztraminer, Tempranillo, Rose, Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Blanc de Blanc, Dessert wines, Muscat
Cellar Door open 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm.
Audrey Wilkinson Wines
Audrey Wilkinson Wines is located at 750 DeBeyers Road Pokolbin
Wine Club and Cellar Door
Tasting experiences available:
Standard tasting $5 per person
Premium tasting $15 per person
Heritage Cellar Experience $25 per person
Fortified & Fromage $60 per person
Picnic among the vines $75 per person
Behind the Scenes Winery $120 per person
Premium Picnic Upgrade $195 per person
Brokenwood Wines are located at 401-427 McDonald’s Road Pokolbin
Brokenwood Wines is a 5-star winery in the heart of the Hunter Valley famous for their Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, ILR Reserve Semillon and the range of Cricket Pitch Wines.
Friday – Monday 9 am – 5 pm
Tuesday – Thursday 11 am – 5 pm
Visit the largest cellar complex in the Hunter with its tasting pods, outdoor terrace with stunning views, private tasting and dining rooms, the wine museum and you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and snacks at the Cru Bar and Pantry.
Constable Estate is located at 205 Gillards Road Pokolbin
The Cellar Door is open 7 days a week from 10 am to 4 pm.
Wines produced are: Shiraz, Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscat, Verdelho, Chardonnay, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Dry White, Rose, Sparkling Shiraz, Cabernet Shiraz and Cabernet Merlot.
The Gardens are open for viewing 7 days a week from 10 am to 4 pm.
Drayton’s Family Wines
Drayton’s Family Wines are located at 555 Oakey Creek Road Pokolbin
Cellar door and café available.
Monday to Friday – 8 am to 5 pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 10 am to 5 pm.
Closed Christmas Day
Wines produced are: Chardonnay, Shiraz, Semillon, Traminer Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Verdelho, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc
The 5-star boutique Elbourne Wines are located at Marrowbone Road Pokolbin.
Their award-winning wines include Chardonnay and Shiraz and you can enjoy their Rose, Verdelho and Tempranillo from their 4 acres of vines.
Elbourne Winery is a very popular ‘family-friendly’ winery that is perfect if you have little ones. There is a kid’s playground and farm animals to delight the young ones. Not only do they have Wessex Saddleback pigs, black Suffolk sheep, English Springer Spaniels, but pheasants, guinea fowls, ducks and chooks roaming the farm.
Appointments for tasting please call 02 4998 6996.
Gemelli Estate is located at 168 Palmers Lane Pokolbin
Wines produced: Cabernet Merlot, Moscato, Sparkling Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Muscat.
Friday 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday – Open first Sunday of the Month 10 am – 4 pm
Monday 10 am – 2 pm
Cheese Platters, fine teas and coffee and wine by the glass available.
Visit the Art Gallery. Kids play area available.
Glandorewines are located at 1595 Broke Road Pokolbin
Cellar Door open 10 am to 5 pm daily.
Wines produced are: Semillon, Shiraz, Savagnin, Fiano, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Rose, Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Merlot, Shiraz Cabernet, Sparkling Shiraz
Chocolate and Wine pairing with Adora Handmade Chocolates $20 per person
Cheese Boards from $30
Glen Oak Wines
Glen Oak Wines are located at 493 Marrowbone Road Pokolbin
Telephone 02 4998 7504 for private tastings.
Wines produced are: Shiraz, Semillon, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Sparkling Moscato and Riesling.
Hanging Tree Wines
Hanging Tree Wines are located at 294 O’Connors Road Pokolbin
Wines produced are Grenache Merlot, Shiraz Cabernet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Cabernet Merlot, Merlot, Shiraz, Rose, Muscat, Sparkling Brut, Botrytis Semillon, Muscato, Port
Cellar Door is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.
Hunter Resort – Hermitage Road Cellars
Hunter Resort is located at the corner of Hermitage Road and Mistletoe Lane Pokolbin
Cellar Door is open from 10 am – 5 pm daily except for Christmas Day and Good Friday.
49 wines from 10 local producers – Andrew Thomas, David Hook, Andrew Margan, Ian Little, Lisa McGuigan, Polin & Polin, Stormy Ridge, Hele Family, Crisford Family.
McGuigans Wines are located at 447 McDonalds Road Pokolbin
Wines produced are: Semillon, Cabernet Shiraz, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Montepulciano, Verdelho, Chardonnay and alcohol-free wines.
Cellar Door is open from 10 am – 5 pm
Mistletoe Wines are located at 771 Hermitage Road Pokolbin.
Mistletoe is a small family-owned vineyard and winery.
Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Christmas Day.
Wines produced are: Pinot Shiraz, Sangiovese, Semillon, Cabernet Merlot, Rose, Chardonnay, Bubbly Moscato.
Visit the Pokolbin Gallery and Mistletoe Sculpture Garden.
Misty Glen Wines
Misty Glen Wines are located at 293 Deasys Road Pokolbin.
Wines produced are: Semillon, Chardonnay, Chambourcin, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
Cellar Door open on Saturday 10 am-5 pm
Sunday 10 am-4 pm
Most Public Holidays 10 am-4 pm
Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Peterson House is located at the corner Broke Road & Wine Country Drive Pokolbin
There are over 40 varieties of red and white sparkling wines.
Cellar Door open daily 9 am to 5 pm
Pokolbin Estate Vineyard
Pokolbin Estate Vineyard is located at 298 McDonalds Road Pokolbin
Wines produced: Shiraz, Semillon, Riesling, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo
Their award-winning wines are: Semillon, Shiraz Viognier, Tempranillo
Cellar Door tastings 9 am to 5 pm
Pop into their Gourmet Food Centre.
Olive Tastings are available at at the Hunter Olive Centre daily from 10 am to 4 pm.
Tamburlaine Organic Wines
Tamburlaine Organic Wines are located at 358 McDonald’s Road Pokolbin.
Behind the Scenes 90 minutes Tour of the vineyard and winery, wine tasting and complimentary cheeseboard. Bookings are essential.
Tours: Monday to Friday at 9.30 am and Sundays at 1.00 pm.
Wine and Cheese Tasting (by appointment only) **vegan cheese also available
Cellar Door open 7 days 9 am – 5 pm except for Christmas Day
Wine Club available.
Tempus Two Wines
Address: 2144 Broke Road Pokolbin
Wines produced: Prosecco, Pinot Chardonnay, Semillon, Semillon Sav Blanc, Verdelho, Fiano, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Gamay, GSM, Tempranillo, Montepulciano, Shiraz, Cabernet Shiraz, Cab Sav, sweet wines, Shiraz Pinot Noir
Open: 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm. Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Tintilla Estate and Olive Grove
Tintilla Estate and Olive Grove is located at 725 Hermitage Road Pokolbin
Wines produced: Semillon, Chardonnay, Classic White, Rose, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Merlot, Classic Red, Sparkling Wines and Fortified Wines.
Cheese and meat platters 2 tastings of 8 wines Monday – Friday $20 per person
Open 7 days 10.30 am – 6.00 pm.
Tyrrell’s Wines are located at 1838 Broke Road Pokolbin.
Wine Experiences: 45 minute tasting
Wines produced: Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Brut, Cuvee Brut, Verdelho, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Rose and Tawny Port
Cellar Door opening hours Monday to Sunday and Public Holidays 10 am – 3 pm.
Vinden Estate Wines
Vinden Estate Wines are located at 138 Gillards Road Pokolbin
Cellar Door Wednesday to Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.
The bistro is open on Saturday and Sunday for lunch 12 pm – 3 pm.
Wines produced are:– Alicante Bouschet, Roses, Semillon, SSB, Verdelho, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Merlot
Black Creek Farm
803 Old North Road Rothbury
Wines produced: Semillon, Chardonnay, Rose, Cabernet Merlot, Shiraz
Cellar Door is open Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm.
Hunter Valley Wine Trails
Around Hermitage Wine & Food Trail
Broke Fordwich Wine Trail
Includes the wines of:
- River Flats Estate
- Bright Farm
- Winmark Wines
- Margan Wines & Restaurant
- 1813 Wine
- Nightingale Wines
- Whispering Brook
- Mount Broke Wines
- Running Horse Wines
- Glenguin Estate
- Bisous Estate
- Catherinevale Wines
- Talits Estate
- Details click here www.brokefordwichwinetrail.com.au
Where To Eat in the Hunter Valley
The Margan Restaurant is located at 1238 Milbrodale Road Broke. They are pioneers of agri-dining in the Hunter Valley region and their ethos is ‘estate grown, estate made”‘. Produce for the restaurant is sourced from their 1-acre garden and orchard. They also have their own olive trees, free-range chickens, honey and raise their own lambs.
For reservations and more information click here.
The Margan Restaurant is open:
Lunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Deck Café – One of our Favourite Brunch Spots
One of our favourite places for Brunch. Favourite brunch dishes are Smashed Avocado and French Toast with berries and maple syrup.
Deck Cafe is located at 701 Lovedale Road Lovedale (Gartelmann Wines)
Monday – Friday 8.30 am – 2.30 pm
Saturday – Sunday 8 am – 2.30 pm
Friday and Saturday nights 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm
For more information and reservations click here
Lovedale Smokehouse Café
Lovedale Smokehouse Cafe is located at 64 Majors Lane Lovedale
Open Thursday to Monday 11 am – 4 pm
Courtyard dining fully licensed and BYO
For reservations click here
Blaxland Inn is located at 2198 Broke Road Pokolbin.
They are the longest “continuous” running restaurant in the Hunter Valley since 1976.
There is a courtesy vehicle available for dinner service only within a 10-minute radius of Blaxland Inn from Thursday to Sunday.
They pride themselves on great products for a great price and more towards a steak house feel, but with plenty of other options available.
Blaxland Inn can assist with weddings, functions and corporate groups and have a private dining room available as well.
Lunch daily 12 pm – 3 pm
Dinner daily 6 pm – 9 pm
Brokenback Bar at Estate Tuscany
Estate Tuscany at Broke Road, Pokolbin
Open for casual dining 7 days from 12 pm.
Circa 1876 at the Convent
Address: 88 Halls Road Pokolbin
Reservations: call +61 2 4998 4999
2, 3, 5 and 7-course tasting menus are available with an award-winning wine list.
AGFG Award Winner Restaurant for 2020 Circa 1876 opening hours are:
- Open Wednesday – Sunday
- Wednesday – Friday Dinner from 5.30 pm to 9.00 pm
- Saturday: Lunch (12 pm – 2.30 pm ) Dinner (5.30 pm – 9.00 pm)
- Sunday: Lunch (12 pm – 2.30 pm)
- Closed Monday and Tuesday
Harrigans Bistro at 2090 Broke Road Pokolbin.
Cnr Broke Road and Wine Country Drive Pokolbin
Modern Australian cuisine using local produce.
Open 7 days:
Breakfast 08.30 am – 11 am.
Lunch 12 pm – 3 pm.
Perfect for weddings and groups.
Ridegeview Restaurant is located at 273 Sweetwater Road Pokolbin
Fresh seasonal produce from their own garden.
Breakfast Friday to Sunday
Lunch and Dinner Thursday to Sunday
Try their Cypriot Meze 15 dishes over 4 courses
The Cellar Restaurant
Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village
Broke Road Pokolbin
Modern contemporary Australian cuisine using local and seasonal produce.
Dine-in indoor garden setting or outside in the courtyard
The Oyster Bar
The Oyster Bay is located at corner Broke Road & Wine Country Drive
Open from 10 am Saturday and Sunday
Fresh Sydney Rock oysters and Pacific oysters from Port Stephens
Fresh King Prawns, char-grilled antipasto platters
Hunter Valley Cheeses
Live music on Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm
Sabor Dessert Bar
Sabor Dessert Bar is located at 2342 Broke Road Pokolbin. It is the first dessert Bar opened in the Hunter Valley pairing their 50 delicious desserts with local wines, dessert wines and ports.
Top tip: You must try the Casa de Sabor’s Sabor Portuguese Mousse.
Thursday – Friday 10 am – 4.30 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5.30 pm
Sunday – Monday 10 am – 4.30 pm
Bistro Vinden is located at 138 Gillards Road Pokolbin
Homemade food open for lunch Saturday and Sunday 12 pm – 3 pm.
How To Get To The Hunter Valley
There is an Express Train from Sydney Central Station to Singleton (7 stops).
For details click here.
To Newcastle Airport
Newcastle Airport is 50 minutes away. There are direct flights to Newcastle Airport from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and the Gold Coast.
Travelling from Australia – click here
Getting Around the Hunter Valley
Vineyard Shuttle Service Ph 024991 3655
Cessnock Taxi 02 4990 1111
iHop Hunter Valley Hop-on Hop-off Bus
Towns to Visit
To visit the towns of Laguna, Wollombi and Broke take the Scenic Drive 33 from Sydney.
Johanna Griggs from the Channel 7 Network in Australia states
“The sleepy Hunter Valley town of Laguna may look small but it’s hiding some seriously stylish accommodation, art shows and places to drink and eat – number 6 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet‘.
Laguna is the greatest getaway in the history of the world,” declares Joanna Griggs. Not that you might think so, at first glance – the sleepy town in the lower Hunter Valley has “only five or six buildings when you’re driving through,” she admits, but go looking “and you’ll uncover some real hidden gems.”
Wollombi has plenty of accommodation to suit all types of travellers and budgets. The small colonial country town has cafes, shops, a country pub, the Endeavour Museum, St Michael’s Church and St John’s Church.
Broke is well-known for its boutique wineries, accommodation and local dining establishments. explore the World Heritage wilderness and visit the ancient rock art on the Finchley Cultural Walk.
The Hunter Valley has so much to offer the visitor. It certainly is a destination that you can revisit many times and find something new and exciting to enjoy. There are many hidden gems, so take your time and don’t rush this beautiful region of NSW.
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