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A luxurious guide to the Hunter Valley

A luxurious guide to the Hunter Valley

With the chilly season upon us, our first instinct may be to curl up in bed with the latest binge-worthy series – but a little getaway is the perfect way to beat the winter blues.

Often touted as the birthplace of Australian wine, the Hunter Valley boasts more than 120 wineries, and has been producing quality drops since the early 1820s. With so many wineries to choose from, there is something for everyone – whether you’re a complete novice or a wine connoisseur.

For a premium cellar door experience, Brokenwood Wines in Pokolbin has a range of tasting options to suit every budget and palate. Our personal pick is the Journey Wine Tasting Experience, which, for $120 per person, includes a behind-the-scenes look at the winemaking process, a tour of the vineyard, and a paired food and wine-tasting. To top it off, you’ll get the chance to taste one of Brokenwood’s pre-release wines from the barrel!

While the Hunter Valley is renowned for being a wine region, there is more to the area than pinot and riesling. Sprinkled throughout the sprawling vineyards are distilleries, breweries and cider houses serving up a vast array of enticing flavours for when you’re in the mood to mix it up.

For the gin enthusiast, look no further than Pokolbin Distillery. Here, you can find an impressive range of gin, flavoured vodka and liqueurs that are available for tasting at just $15 per person. Group tasting sessions are also available – just remember to book ahead. If beer and cider are more your tipple, check out Sydney Brewery’s Hunter Valley location in Lovedale, where you can enjoy a tour of the brewery and a paddle of four beers or ciders for just $20 per person.

After spending a day or two wining and dining, you may be on the hunt (pun intended) for a place to unwind. The Hunter Valley has plenty of accommodation options, so you’ll be able kick back after a day of exploring with no worries. Lovedale, in the heart of the Hunter, has a variety of self-contained cottage-style lodgings, which make an excellent base for your winery weekend.

To find out more about the Hunter Valley, read the Winter 2023 edition of Caravanning Australia.

Pictured: The Hunter Valley Countryside. Image courtesy of Destination NSW

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