The Hunter Valley is bigLike Australia in general, the Hunter Valley is spacious. Carved by the Hunter River and bordered north and south by highlands, the Hunter Valley covers some 30,000 square kilometres (nearly as big as Belgium!).It’s at least a half an hour on country high roads between its farthest flung cellar doors. Between these, there are around another 20 or so vineyards to sample. If you’re planning on a bit of exercise to sharpen your appetite, a morning detour to the many nature walks in the surrounding hills can easily add another 40 klicks to your mini-bus itinerary.
Take the high roadThe Hunter Valley has been settled for a couple of hundred years and so is criss-crossed by expressways, highways, back roads, bylaws and near-forgotten country lanes.The major access road is the relatively new Hunter Expressway (M15) – a world-class high-speed connection linking the Hunter with the coast. This then splays out into the Golden Highway and New England Highway. A network of other good roads link the Valley’s towns. Your mini-bus will be more than agile enough to cruise into the Hunter from the south along Putty Road too. It’s a quiet and meandering bush road that stretches all the the way down to Sydney’s northern burbs. This is the scenic route for sure, so if you just need to get to and from Sydney quickly, then it’s a 90-minute straight shot along the Pacific Motorway.
Hunter Valley wineriesThere are more than 20 different wineries in the Hunter Valley. They range from the stylish and luxurious to modest craft-wineries where the cellar door is literally just the cellar’s door! Here is a good, reliable selection for your mini-bus itinerary.
ANDREW THOMAS WINESA balance of making the Hunter more modern yet only offering the region’s blue-ribbon varieties: semillon and shiraz.
AUDREY WILKINSONFeaturing a wine museum and gorgeous views, there’s as much to see here as there is to taste.
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BROKENWOODA consistent and long-standing winery offering the signature shiraz or semillon taste of the Hunter.
DAVID HOOK WINESQuaint and inviting, this old-style boutique winery prides itself on giving you the unique flavour of individual vineyards.
DE IULIIS WINESA thoroughly modern cellar door offering wines nearly as impressive as the view.
DOMAINE DE BINETA family-run winery that does things differently. Taste something you’ve never come across before.
DRAYTON’S FAMILY WINESWith roots stretching back over 160 years, Drayton’s sticks to classic styles and dessert wines.
FIRST CREEK WINESAlways a lot going on here – especially as it makes wine for many of the Hunter’s smaller vineyards.
Thrilled to be on the wine list for HCA's signature event🍴 #Repost @hunterculinary ・・・ A delicious drop on the menu for this year's Food Fight. The 2017 First Creek Hunter Valley Semillon displays aromas of lifted notes of lemon and orange blossom with clean crisp characteristics of the variety, with great flavour and finesse on the palate. We think it sounds like the perfect accompaniment for one of the dishes at this year's event! We still have a few tickets available. To book contact email@example.com
HART & HUNTERWinemaking that highlights individual vineyards. The place to really get to grips with “terroir”.
HOPE ESTATEJust huge. Along with the wine, there’s also a brewhouse, restaurant, views and even the odd Rolling Stones concert. Really.
UNGERFORD HILLAn architect-designed tasting room for sampling wines from the Hunter and surrounding wine regions.
HUNTER’S DREAMWines produced among lavender fields and olive groves, this boutique winery has more than half a century of history to sample.
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LEOGATE ESTATE WINESFairly new, this place leads the way as a “country chic” setting. Great wines too.
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MARGAN WINESA truly Tuscan feel here, it’s a full food-and-wine experience directly among the vines.
McGUIGAN WINESYear-in and year-out, McGuigan makes good wines. The location is really convenient for some of the Hunter’s gourmet food attractions too.
MT PLEASANT WINESA Hunter Valley icon, this family-run winery does things its own innovative way.
PEPPER TREE WINESBuilt in an old convent, this cellar door, the gardens and the on-site Circa 86 restaurant have been a Hunter Valley fave for years.
PETERSONS WINESCosy and friendly ambience with great views and delightful award-winning wines.
SMALL WINEMAKERS CENTRETry the tipple of more than multiple vineyards in this central showcase for the Hunter’s ultra-boutique winemakers.
TAMBURLAINE ORGANIC WINESWho said organic wine was to be sniffed at? Try Tamburlaine and you’ll find it’s something to be savoured.
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TULLOCH WINESA place where classic varieties coexist alongside new ideas. Worth sampling over lunch at the restaurant.
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TYRRELL’SAn old-school winery where everything seems to be done just the way it was when the place was established 160 years back.
The line up from our 2017 Reds Release held at our winery in May. 🍷 2017 Single Vineyard Old Hut Hunter Shiraz 🍷 2017 Single Vineyard Mother's Hunter Shiraz 🍷 2017 Single Vineyard Stevens Hunter Shiraz 🍷 2017 Single Vineyard NVC Hunter Shiraz 🍷 2017 4 Acres Shiraz 🍷 2017 Johnno's Shiraz 🍷 2017 Old Patch Shiraz 🍷 2017 Vat 6 Hunter Pinot Noir 🍷 2017 Vat 9 Hunter Shiraz 🍷 2017 Vat 8 Hunter Shiraz Cabernet