Wine + holidays – is there any better combination? We think not! Leave the kids at home and spend a long weekend exploring some of the best wineries the Hunter Valley has to offer.
Tulloch has been named Star Cellar Door by Gourmet Traveller Wine and has won the Cellar Door of the Year award twice - and it's easy to see why. They've been in the biz for 122 years but there's nothing fuddy duddy about their wines. You can taste a drop that's exclusive to the cellar door, including vermentino, sangiovese and zinfandel, and they even have a wine club that provides access to discounts and their 1895 Member Lounge. Our hot tip? Sign up before your trip and taste the benefits!
Audrey Wilkinson is one of the oldest vineyards in Australia, and they’ve certainly perfected their craft. Their Semillions are award winning and the cellar door has been rated by Gourmet Traveller Wine as one of the 10 best in Australia. Perched amongst the Brokenback Mountain Ranges, they also boast a pretty spectacular view.
Bimbagen Estate isn’t just known for its wines, but also for its excellent restaurant, Esca. After all, you’ll need something to line your stomach! The winery building itself has been designed specifically to be able to capture the view from every angle, and you can also get a great view of the wine making operations themselves from viewing platforms surrounding the open plan facility.
The founder of Thomas Wines, Andrew Thomas, has been named the Hunter Valley winemaker of the year twice, and there’s a good reason. Known for specialising in Semillions, they also host events at restaurants throughout the region.
The Small Winemakers Centre is the perfect place to go to discover wines by growers who are too small to have their own cellar door. You might just find a new favourite, and you’ll be supporting over 15 winemakers who call the venue home.
McGuigan Wines are a household name, having won the International Winemaker of the year 4 times. It’s family run, and there’s plenty of wine to choose from, all reasonably priced.
If you’re all wined out (is there such a thing?) don’t forget to check out our other recommendations for a weekend in the Hunter Valley. You can also check out the Hunter Valley Wine Show for even more deliciousness.
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Located on Broke Road in Pokolbin, in the heart of Vyneyards, next door to the shopping village & Hunter Valley Gardens with its 25 acres of international gardens.
Hunter Valley Resort
The Resort is located at the heart of the Hunter Valley Wine Country just 2 hours drive north of Sydney. There are around 70 wineries to visit, and activities such as Hot Air Ballooning; Horse & Carriage Tours; Tandem Sky Diving; cafes; antiques, book and dress shops; plus much more. The resort is nestled amongst its own vineyards and incorporates a Wine Tasting Cellar and the Hunter's largest winery.