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ISSUE #3 Wine: growing organic, award-winning wines and small yet mighty cellar doors Dine: seasonal salads, top spots for al fresco dining and beat-the-heat treats Explore: pet-friendly properties + Regional guide & map

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O A K VA L E SINCE 1893

WE BELIEVE GREAT WINES ARE CREATED IN THE VINEYARD

FINALIST CELLAR DOOR OF THE YEAR 2014 Our wines are sold and distributed exclusively through our Cellar Door which nestles serenely at the base of the Brokenback Range. Here our friendly staff are available seven days a week to help wine lovers of all levels explore our range of wines and discover the unique characteristics of the Hunter. In winter our log fire is waiting to welcome you and in summer our beautiful estate gardens offer the perfect place to relax and unwind. 1 5 9 6 B R O K E R O A D , P O KO L B I N N S W. 2 3 2 0 A U S T R A L I A

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Contents. 45 Q&A

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The Valley’s latest wine news

46 Life’s a pooch

8 Little beauties

Discover.

51 The essential sights and services

Meet some of the region’s pioneering organic wine producers

51 A world of wine

20 Best in show

Read all about the winners in the 2014 Hunter Valley Wine Show

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Savoury snippets and local gourmet goodies

26 Salad superstars

10 great reasons to visit

Explore the various Hunter Valley subregions

54 Cellar doors

Sample the region’s award-winning wines

69 Restaurants & cafes

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24 Made in the Hunter Spotlight on Lovedale Smokehouse

52 Subregions

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Places to stay with your four-legged friend

Discover some of the smaller, family-operated cellar doors

15 The big O

Get to know tour operators Ben Bowe and Debbie Maiden

Get a taste for the Hunter Valley way of life

79 Gourmet

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Enjoy local produce & brews

83 Tours

Local chefs turn the simple salad into a main-course event

Discover the secrets of the Hunter Valley

33 Summertime treats

89 Experiences

5 cool treats to beat the heat

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Sightseeing highlights

36 What’s on

A round-up of must-visit events in the region

41 Spice girl

Meet restaurateur/hotelier Belinda Stapleton

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Enjoy a range of activities and attractions

97 Accommodation

Find your Hunter Valley home away from home

109 Weddings

Wedding venues and services

111 Services

Watch us – Huntervalleywc

Download the free Hunter Valley Official Guide iPhone app and discover more

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Contributors. MAGAZINE

Welcome... to the third issue of the Hunter Valley Magazine. We have been celebrating recently, as American publisher USA Today’s readers have awarded our region a place in the Top 10 Best Wine Regions to Visit in the world. Hunter Valley wineries were also named among the top 20 must-see destinations in the latest edition of Lonely Planet’s East Coast Australia (the book refers to the Hunter Valley as the ‘‘premier wine district’’ in New South Wales). Plus, two of the Hunter Valley’s talented young achievers won the Australian Young Winemaker and Young Restaurateur of the Year titles. In this issue, we put the spotlight on some of the smaller, familyoperated cellar doors on page 8, as well as pioneering organic wine producers on page 15. You can also discover the winning wines at the Hunter Valley Wine Show on page 20; which summer salad recipes are our chefs’ favourites on page 26; and some of the Valley’s pet-friendly accommodation options on page 46. Plus, you’ll find visitor information, business listings and a regional map to help you get around one of the top 10 wine regions in the world. Gus Maher, General Manager Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association

DANIEL HONAN Daniel Honan was born and raised in the Hunter Valley. He’s a former news journalist turned wine writer, and founder of In Grapes We Trust events, and What’s In Your Glass? His articles have appeared in James Halliday’s Wine Companion Magazine, Selector and regularly in the Newcastle Herald.

STEPHANIE CLIFFORD-SMITH Stephanie Clifford-Smith is a food writer and author. She co-edited the Sydney Eats guide for three years and now reviews for many guides, including the SMH Good Food Guide. Her work has appeared in many publications including The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian.

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Published by Hardie Grant Media (50 Yeo St, Neutral Bay, NSW 2089, 02 9908 8222, hardiegrant.com.au) for the Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association (2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin, NSW 2320, 02 4990 0900, winecountry.com.au). Printed in Australia by Offset Alpine and distributed by Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this magazine and guide, no responsibility can be accepted by the publisher for errors or omissions, and in particular, no responsibility can be accepted for the quality of goods and services supplied by advertisers or members, prices quoted or printer’s errors. Editorial material copyright @2014 Hardie Grant Media. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part either electronically or conventionally without the written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited. The publication is a representative of members of Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association, and the Association and its agents cannot be held responsible for any consequences resulting from misdescription or inadvertent errors contained herein. All images are the copyright of the respective photographers/members and may not be copied or used in any other form.

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CHRISTINE SALINS

LISA JOHNSTON

Christine Salins is an experienced travel writer, wine columnist, restaurant reviewer and judge. She edited The Canberra Times’ food and wine section for eight years and has freelanced for more than a decade, contributing to many publications, including Hospitality Magazine and National Liquor News.

Lisa Johnston has an infectious enthusiasm for all things vinous with a fascination for the everchanging nature of wine and the wine experience. She is a wine educator and wine business consultant with her own blog, Wine Muse, and contributes to Palate Press, Country Home Ideas, Drinks Trade, Wine Diva, QCM, Harpers (online) and Enobytes.


Open 7 days, 10am – 5pm 638 DeBeyers Road, Pokolbin | 02 4998 7580 www.tullochwines.com | cellardoor@tullochwines.com

The Tulloch family have been producing outstanding wines from the Hunter Valley since 1895. Now in its 119th year the Tulloch name lives on as a founding producer of the Hunter, continuing to strive for excellence in the production of premium wines. “The Tulloch brand continues to build success on success.” James Halliday

Hunter Valley Cellar Door of the Year 2014 & 2007 - Hunter Valley Wine Industry Awards Wine of Provenance Award, 2013 Hunter Valley Wine Show - Hector Limited Release Shiraz Heritage Award, 2012 Hunter Valley Wine Industry Awards – Pokolbin Dry Red label Legend Award, 2011 Hunter Valley Wine Industry Awards – J.Y. Tulloch


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Phil Ryan back in the saddle Renowned winemaker Phil Ryan, who retired from McWilliam’s Wines in 2012 after a 35-year career at Mount Pleasant Estate, obviously didn’t take to retirement very well. He’s already back in the vinous saddle, producing an eponymous brand of Hunter Valley wines for Saddler’s Creek Wines, with whom he’s had a close relationship for years. “My wife, Sylvia, and I don’t live far from both Saddler’s Creek and Mount Pleasant, and in 1988 we planted our own vineyard. We initially sold the grapes to Mount Pleasant, but in later years sold the Chardonnay to Saddler’s Creek,” Phil explains. “I’ve had a long working relationship with Saddler’s through owner and friend John Johnstone for more than 40 years now, and after

retiring, the opportunity presented itself to process our own grapes to bottle with our own brand. “I also assist Saddler’s Creek in a mentoring role with winemaker Brett Woodward, whose family were grape suppliers to Mount Pleasant for a number of decades. And the family relationship is further enhanced as our daughter, Vanessa, has been working with Saddler’s since 1998!” The 2012 Ryan’s Reserve Semillon ($38) is the inaugural release, followed by the 2014 Ryan’s Reserve Semillon ($38) released in September, and a 2014 Ryan’s Reserve Hunter Valley Chardonnay and 2014 Ryan’s Reserve Hunter Valley Shiraz in 2015. Available only at the Saddler’s Creek cellar door. For more info, turn to page 64 or saddlerscreek.com

WINE DICTIONARY – punt No, we’re not referring to your gambling habits or weekend activity on a river or footy field. In winemaking circles, a punt is the name of the indentation or dimple in the bottom of a wine bottle. So what’s it for? There are many varied – and outlandish – theories, but some say it’s a leftover tradition from

when bottles were handmade by glassblowers and the process left a seam on the base; others say it made the bottle more stable, and yet others that it collects sediment as wines age. In sparkling wines it’s said punts help with structural integrity of the bottle, allowing it to hold the high pressure.

A chilled glass of rosé is summer personified in the bucolic climes of France and Spain – and it’s gaining popularity here, too. Rosé is usually made from red grapes (although it can be made from a blend of red and white) with very little skin contact – just enough to give it a pink blush – and is a wine to drink now and enjoy. There are numerous Hunter Valley brands producing the delicious drop, including Mistletoe Wines, whose 2013 Barrel Fermented Rosé ($20) made from Shiraz (pictured above) was one of the top 10 Rosés in Australia in James Halliday’s 2015 Australian Wine Companion. Scarborough Wine Co. produces a Pinot Noir-based Rosé (2014, $18) with raspberry and rhubarb flavours; Audrey Wilkinson’s Merlot-based version (2013, $22) sees cherries and strawberries on the palate; and Tintilla Estate’s Sangiovese-based Rosato di Jupiter (2012, $22) has a touch of cranberry. Love bubbles? Bimbadgen Estate has a Sparkling Rosé ($22) that’s a blend of Shiraz and Merlot with a mouth-filling burst of berries. So if you’re hankering for an uncomplicated drink this summer, think pink.

Adopt a vine Looking for a Christmas, Valentine or birthday gift for the wine lover in your life? Surprise them with the ultimate gift that keeps giving when you adopt a vine at Drayton’s Family Wines. The adoption process is easy – simply sign up for membership and you’ll receive an adoption kit with a membership card, photo of your adopted vine (labelled with its parent’s name, of course) and a location map of where your vine is in their vineyard. You’ll also be invited to take part in vineyard activities and education sessions throughout the year, including grape picking, pruning, vineyard tours, winery tours and wine masterclasses, so you can really experience the life cycle of your vine. You’ll not only learn more about wine, but you’ll also get a 20% discount on wine purchases and 50% discount on accommodation at Drayton’s Cottage. A threeyear membership package is $75. adoptavine.com.au 05


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Ask the expert We asked the current Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year, Andrew Thomas, about the rights and wrongs of decanting wines. What does decanting a wine mean?

There are two main reasons for decanting. The first is to separate the clear wine from any natural sediment that has formed over time, particularly with older reds. The second, and possibly most important, reason is to allow the wine to ‘breathe’. There is a saying that “oxygen maketh the wine”, and it is this contact with air that allows the wine to ‘open up’ and improve its freshness and vitality. When should you decant a wine, and for how long?

Older reds should generally always be decanted, but allow the bottle to rest upright for a few hours beforehand to give the sediment a chance to settle to the bottom. Some older-vintage wines can be quite fragile, so best to drink them soon after decanting. The main change in recent years is that young wines can benefit, too. With the majority of wines being sealed under airtight screwcaps these days, they can appear a bit ‘closed’ when first poured from the bottle. Ever noticed how some young wines improve in your glass? That’s exposure to air (oxygen).

There’s probably not going to be any sediment in a young red, so you can just splash it into your decanter without worrying. I rarely decant any whites, but it can be useful in some very young wines, particularly if you are sensitive to any preservatives. What about double decanting?

Double decanting, as the name suggests, is quite simply decanting a wine twice. This is generally more applicable to young wines, and can be particularly useful if the wine has any overtly ‘reductive’ (stale) characters. This can occasionally occur with screwcap-sealed wine, and is a result of the wine being stored in a totally anaerobic/airtight environment. Thankfully you don’t see this very often.

I’d better put it to the test… One half of a very good bottle of 2009 Hunter Valley Shiraz decanted traditionally, and the other half into my blender at about 24000rpm for 30 seconds. And hyperdecanting – the trend of decanting in a blender, Interesting results. If you like your red wine to look and taste like which is said to be a better, a deconstructed fruit and spice faster tool for aerating wine frappé then go for your life. If than a decanter? you prefer to enjoy your wine’s I’d never done it, and I must say subtlety, its delicate nuances I was sceptical, as we go to great pains to minimise handling during with some elevated freshness and vibrancy, then keep it simple the winemaking process. But in and use a decanter. the name of science I thought

Young achiever For a woman of 31, Briar Ridge chief winemaker Gwyn Olsen (pictured left) has achieved an awful lot in a very short time, including being awarded the prestigious Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine Young Winemaker Medal in 2014, an award that “left me completely speechless,” says Gwyn. “With so many young winemakers doing interesting things and making their mark on the industry, I felt very humbled and privileged to accept this award.” Gwyn honed her winemaking skills at Villa Maria in New Zealand and McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant Estate in the Hunter Valley before moving to Briar Ridge in 2013. The award topped off a bumper year with several trophy wins, including the best current vintage Semillon at the 2014 Clear Image Hunter Valley Wine Show for her 2014 Briar Ridge Dairy Hill Single Vineyard Semillon ($35) and Best Shiraz 2012/2013 vintage at the 2014 NSW Small Winemakers Show for the 2013 Briar Ridge Dairy Hill Single Vineyard Shiraz ($60), both available at the cellar door. For more info, turn to page 66 or briarridge.com.au 06 winecountry.com.au

CONGRATULATIONS • The 2011 Mount Pleasant Estate Maurice O’Shea Shiraz was named Shiraz of the Year by James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion, with Semillon of the Year going to Thomas Wines 2013 Braemore Semillon. • Leogate Estate was awarded the Best Wine in its first year of production for the 2011 The Basin Reserve Shiraz at the 2014 International Wine Challenge in London. • McLeish Estate won dual trophies at the 2014 Australian Boutique Wine Awards, taking home the Best Semillon and Best White Wine of Show trophies.


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beauties THE HUNTER VALLEY MAY BE HOME TO MANY BIG-NAME WINERIES, BUT THE SMALL, FAMILY-RUN CELLAR DOORS ARE JUST AS EXCITING – AND REWARDING – TO EXPLORE. WORDS RICK ALLEN PHOTOS CHRIS ELFES

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PREVIOUS PAGE: TINKLERS’ PICTURESQUE CELLAR DOOR. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: BE POINTED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AT BLUEBERRY HILL VINEYARD; ART AND WINE COMBINE AT EMMA’S COTTAGE; SHIRAZ IS ONE OF THE STAR VARIETIES AT WOMBAT CROSSING VINEYARD; MOOREBANK VINEYARD ESTATE SERVES UP A LITTLE HUMOUR WITH ITS WINE; FIND WINE (AND WOMBATS) APLENTY AT WOMBAT CROSSING; ENJOY A RED AND A TINKLE ON THE IVORIES AT BLUEBERRY HILL.

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e’re just a small, family-run operation, nothing too fancy,” says Meredith McManus of Stomp! Wines. And then, as if to highlight her point, the credit card machine throws a wobbly. “I’m sorry,” she says to the customer who is purchasing a case of wine. “We have to go outside – it likes it better out there for some reason.” And sure enough, with a bit of sun on its back, the hand-held machine swings happily back into action… and another case of Stomp’s finest wine is heading back to Sydney. Meredith rolls her eyes when she comes back inside. “You’d be amazed the number of times I have to walk people out to their car to get this thing to work.” Stomp sits in the heart of Broke, the smallest and most remote of the subregions of the Hunter Valley, a 20-minute drive west of Pokolbin. The boutique cellar door sits opposite the far more imposing Margan winery and restaurant, and alongside Nightingale Wines, which also dwarfs the tiny Stomp. But that’s the thing about Wine Country – there’s something for everyone. Some will seek out only the finest wines, others the most picturesque cellar doors… but for some, the highlight is getting off the beaten track and visiting the smaller operations for a bit of one-on-one service and discovering wines you’ll only find onsite. Just like Stomp. Rustic and small, they produce about 1200 cases a year – but full of country hospitality. And while they take their wines very seriously, they certainly don’t take themselves too seriously. Meredith’s husband Michael, formerly of Tamburlaine winery, makes the wines, and aside from their Stomp label – the Reserve Shiraz is excellent – they also do a cheaper, entry-level range called Pssst ’n’ Broke, which would have to be a conversation starter at any dinner table. “We also do cheese and wine matching, as well as chocolate and wine matching,” says Meredith. “I guess we feel that if we can sit people outside, where they’re surrounded by our vines and take in the spectacular mountain view while sipping on our wine, well… you’ve got to be happy with that.” It’s hard to argue.


Another relatively new cellar door is Wombat Crossing Vineyard – and yes, to get to it you have to cross a small creek that wombats happily call home. The winery, which produced its first vintage in 2005, sits back off the road behind trees and can be easy to miss – so it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled. Taking pride of place on the large, barn-like entry door is a wonderful poster of four wombats on a pedestrian crossing – an animal version of The Beatles’ famous Abbey Road shot. At Wombat Crossing you’re in proud rugby union territory. On the wall inside the large cellar door are Wallaby jumpers, framed and signed. Cellar club members can even view big matches at the winery while sipping the local product. “It’s cool in here in summer, and in winter we put the fire on, which is cosy,” says sommelier Simon Brooker, who runs the cellar door. There’s also an outside area where visitors can sit, sip their wines and lap up the tranquillity. But the wines are the real star here. Wombat Crossing produces just 700 cases each year, making them one of the smallest producers in the Hunter Valley, and they concentrate on what the region does best – Semillon, Shiraz and Chardonnay. And pretty successfully too, judging by their impressive medal and trophy haul. “We also have a sparkling wine made out of Semillon, which sells very well,” Simon says, referring to their charmingly named Fuzzy Headed Wombat Sparkling. “If we have a tough vintage and our wines aren’t up to what we expect, we don’t produce the wine, simple as that.” Blueberry Hill Vineyard is another cellar door that offers great hospitality. Onsite are two self-contained cabins, a swimming pool and a tennis court, and with The Vintage golf course pretty much across the road, there’s a lot to like. And it’s whisper quiet. The cellar door is unpretentious, with views across the vines. The polished-timber tasting bench sits on wine barrels, and there’s an old piano against the wall. Proprietor John Howarth likes his wines soft and immediately approachable, and that’s exactly what he offers patrons. He makes a few different varieties – a Pinot Shiraz blend for example,

“for some, the highlight is getting off the beaten track and visiting the smaller operations for a bit of one-on-one service” which is soft, plummy and oh-so-easy to drink, with the Shiraz (20 per cent) just adding some fleshy roundness at the finish of the palate. His Rosé is a big seller – an ideal summer quaffer – and his Cabernet Merlot equally impressive. And for those who are looking for something a bit special, you can book in any night for an exclusive tasting with John in his underground cellar by candlelight. With a name like Blueberry Hill and a piano in the cellar door, is there a musical connection? “Not really, but I did have one guy, an American, come in and ask if his son could play the piano. It was magical,” John recalls. “It turned out he was a top-shelf concert pianist, but most of the time it’s just people tinkering around with two fingers.” So why not get rid of it? “You ever tried to move a piano?” he asks with a big smile. Smack-bang in the heart of Wine Country, but tucked away on a dead-end road, is Tinklers, one of the oldest family operations in the Hunter Valley. The magnificent old peppercorn trees outside the timber cellar door have been around since long before any of us were born, and the benches below are an inviting spot to savour a glass of wine. Inside, depending on the time of year, there are fruits and vegetables for sale from the Tinklers orchards – the annual fig harvest, in particular, is eagerly anticipated by locals. The wines are made by Usher Tinkler, one of the Valley’s brightest young winemakers, and are strong across the range. The 2011 Semillon is the star white, and a soft, plummy Merlot a definite crowd-pleaser, but the top wine is the U & I 2011 Shiraz. 11


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Essentially a reserve wine, it’s a step up on the Merlot, both in price and quality, and has a long future ahead of it. Over on the Lovedale side of the Hunter Valley sits Emma’s Cottage Vineyard, a pretty spot down the end of Wilderness Road, with a strong food and art connection and a range of accommodation options. The restaurant’s dining area, which spills outside onto the deck, overlooks a rotunda and rose garden and is picture-book Hunter Valley. There’s also a small art gallery alongside the tasting area. Traffic? Forget it. The only real movement is the kangaroos in the late afternoon sun. The wines are made by David Hook, another highly regarded winemaker. They do one of the few Semillon Chardonnay blends in the region, a Pinot Noir, as well as the usual suspects – Chardonnay and Shiraz. They also produce two dessert wines. And finally, let’s introduce you to an old girl called Sheila at Moorebank Vineyard Estate. Sheila is the family’s black sheep, who feels so at home that she has been known to wander into the cellar door and stand among the patrons. There’s even a wine named after her – the Sheila Black Sheep Shiraz. Tasty, too. TINKLERS’ WINEMAKER USHER TINKLER AND WIFE EBONY.

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Moorebank – “our surname is Moore and the bank provides the funds, hence Moorebank” – produces several unusual wine blends, including a Semillon, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer. “We call it the SCG,” says Kelly Baker, who works at the cellar door. “It was fantastic last summer when we were beating England in the cricket and their fans came up here and saw the SCG on the tasting list. They thought that was really rubbing it in,” she laughs, referring of course to an SCG even more famous than their own, the hallowed Sydney Cricket Ground. But Moorebank is as much about condiments as wine. One whole wall is lined with spreads, sauces, mustards and rubs, and according to Kelly, the spicy grape sauce marches out the door. Co-owner Debra Moore, who makes the condiments, also takes her turn behind the counter, and believes the personal service of the smaller cellar doors is vital. “People are served by the family members, so they get that one-on-one experience,” she says. There’s no sign of Sheila in the cellar door today, but that’s okay – the family of kangaroos grazing beside the vines will do nicely. For contact details and more cellar doors, go to page 54.


Custodians of a Hunter Valley Legacy When Maurice O’Shea planted his Shiraz and Semillon vines as far back as 1921, he did not know he was pioneering and perfecting what would become the Hunter Valley’s signature varietals. And when he built the Mount Pleasant Winery on Marrowbone Rd at Pokolbin he could never have foreseen how popular visitation to the Hunter Valley would become; and how well placed Mount Pleasant is for visitors entering the region through Cessnock. He simply wanted to make great wine.

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Today you can start your Hunter Valley experience at its very cradle and taste award winning vintages made from Maurice O’Shea’s original plantings. So turn onto Marrowbone Road and immerse yourself in the very essence of the Hunter Valley. Contact Us

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Mount Pleasant Estate Open 7 days 401 Marrowbone Road 10am - 5pm Pokolbin NSW 2320 Daily Winery tours at 11am T: (02) 4998 7505 W: mountpleasantwines.com.au

Old Paddock & Old Hill Shiraz 2011 97 Points - James Halliday Lovedale Semillon 2007 96 Points - James Halliday


MISTLETOE WINERY ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Quality without compromise” 771 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin 2320

OPEN 10AM UNTIL 6PM DAILY

MISTLETOE is a small family owned and run winery that was established by the current

owners in 1989. Now in its 26th year, Mistletoe’s “no-compromise” approach to producing small quantities of “true to origin” premium quality wine has seen it rewarded with many, many hundreds of awards and accolades.

Recent accolades / awards include: • Trophy – Best Semillon – Winewise Small Vignerons Awards 2014 • Trophy – Reserve Semillon 2013 – Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers Show 2014 • Winestate 5 Star rating – 2013 Hunter Shiraz • Champion White Wine of Show – NSW Small Winemakers Show 2013 • Blue/Gold Top 100 Award – Sydney International Wine Competition 2013 • One of the Top 10 Australian Rosés – James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014 • NSW Wine of the Year 2011 With over 20 different wines, including Sparkling, Whites, Reds, Rosés, Fortified and Dessert styles on tasting, Mistletoe has one of the most comprehensive ranges of wines to be seen in the Hunter. • • • • •

All wines are made in our onsite winery Working vineyard at the winery Winery tastings available for larger groups – bookings essential! Mistletoe Wines are only available for purchase from the Winery Cellar Door Knowledgeable and friendly staff to make you welcome.

Mistletoe is also home to Wine School Australia. Here’s your chance to learn all about wine in a relaxed, informal, and informative session, held in the Mistletoe Winery. For full details and bookings go to www.wineschoolaustralia.com.au When visiting Mistletoe be sure to take time to visit POKOLBIN GALLERY and MISTLETOE SCULPTURE GARDEN also in the grounds of the Cellar Door.

Phone: 1800 055 080 Fax: 02 4998 7792 Email: office@mistletoewines.com Website: www.mistletoewines.com

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THE PIONEERING SPIRIT IS ALIVE AND WELL IN THE HUNTER VALLEY, WITH A HANDFUL OF NICHE GROWERS PRODUCING SOME OUTSTANDING ORGANIC WINES.

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he Hunter Valley is not only the oldest winegrowing region in Australia; it’s also one of the hardest places in the world to grow and make wine. When James Busby made the trek up from Sydney back in 1824 and planted the first vines at Kirkton, there’s a strong chance he didn’t know much about the challenges future pioneers would face in making a good drop of wine in this region. The climate of the Hunter Valley is mostly subtropical, which means hot days and warm nights, where grapes ripen faster than in many other wine regions. When the Barossa starts sending out their pickers for harvest, Hunter Valley winemakers are already at the pub – for them vintage is done and dusted for another year.

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Getting the Hunter Valley wine region to where it is today required initiative and innovation. Pioneers such as Drayton’s, Tyrrell’s and Tulloch forged ahead, despite the challenges, and as a result of their dogged determination, produced wines that are unique to the Hunter Valley and are now celebrated by wine lovers across the world. This pioneering spirit continues today with a handful of wine producers, including Tamburlaine, Macquariedale, Krinklewood and Ascella, opting to take on the challenge of producing premium organic wines. They are all certified by the Australian Certified Organic (ACO) program, and while still small in scale, organics is turning out to be one of the fastest growing sectors in the Australian wine industry. “Organics is still a small part of the market,” says Geoff Brown from Ascella Pure Wines at Milbrodale out near Broke. “It’s growing, but it’s still quite small compared to the rest of the Hunter Valley.” Organic winegrowing means vignerons can’t use any synthetic chemicals in their vineyard to help fend off pests and disease – which is a bit of a challenge when you’re trying to grow grapes and make wine in a sub-tropical climate. Fungal diseases such as powdery and downy mildew can get into a bunch of grapes and wreak havoc on a vineyard’s crop level, which affects yields and therefore the amount of wine the vigneron can make each vintage. Organic growers need


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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: THE VINES AT ASCELLA PURE WINES, NEAR BROKE. ABOVE: KRINKLEWOOD BIODYNAMIC WINES. BELOW: AS WELL AS TENDING TO THE VINES, ROD AND PETER WINDRIM OF KRINKLEWOOD WINES ALSO RAISE PIGS, SHEEP AND COWS ON THE VINEYARD TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE ENCOURAGING AS MUCH BIODIVERSITY AS POSSIBLE.

“I think about it more like we’re offering our services to nature. We’ve got 400 permanent staff working here, every day, and only three of them are human.” to summon up a little bit of that old Hunter Valley spirit and work with nature to combat any disease and pestilence that gets thrown at them. “We harness and employ nature’s eco-system,” explains Peter Windrim from Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard in Broke. “I think about it more like we’re offering our services to nature. We’ve got 400 permanent staff working here, every day, and only three of them are human.” As well as growing grapes, Krinklewood raises pigs, sheep and cows on the property. Ascella also raises sheep, while Macquariedale raises cows. Encouraging biodiversity is one of the principal conventions of organics, and winegrowers who practise this method of viticulture spend a lot of time developing protocols that help to combat harmful pests and disease by utilising tools that nature has provided.

“The trick with organic growing is to make sure the vineyard has as much biodiversity as possible,” says Barbara Brown from Ascella. “So, we have sheep which graze in the vineyard in winter, and they eat the weeds and the grass under the vines, so we don’t need to use any herbicides.” “Vineyards are a monoculture, and that leaves them susceptible to attack from pests, such as light brown apple moths,” explains Ross McDonald from Macquariedale Organic Wines, in Rothbury. “So, we want to encourage other organisms like spiders, lizards and ladybirds into the vineyard, because they attack and eat unwanted bugs, like the apple moths.” Because these organic winegrowers don’t use any synthetic chemicals to grow their grapes, relying instead on natural methods, such as proactive canopy and crop management, their yields during harvest can be lower than normal. “The viticultural practices [by organic growers] of reducing their canopy and crop levels mean they sometimes produce less wine, but in doing so, they can achieve better ripening results, which can make for really great-tasting wines,” says Greg Silkman, managing director of First Creek, who also makes two organic wines, Bianco Puro and Rosso Puro. Bianco Puro (pure white) is a blend of Verdelho and Semillon, whereas Rosso Puro (pure red) is a Chambourcin, Shiraz and Merlot blend. 17


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: SHEEP MAKE GREAT WEEDERS; GREG SILKMAN OF FIRST CREEK; ASCELLA'S COMPLIMENTARY CHEESE PLATTER WITH WINE TASTING.

Despite lower yields, Krinklewood, Macquariedale and Ascella are still able to offer a significant range of wines. Krinklewood is probably best known for its cool(er) climate Chardonnay and unique blend of Semillon, Chardonnay and Verdelho, known as Spider Run Reserve White. Ascella produces a refreshing still and sparkling Rosé, as well as its own Shiraz and Merlot single varieties. Macquariedale has a site perfect for Merlot, and also grows Shiraz, Semillon and Chardonnay and, in 2012, made a Pinot Noir from estategrown fruit, which was arguably one of their best wines ever. “For us, we believe organic fruit means we can make greattasting, beautiful wines that are equal to any non-organic wine,” says Barbara at Ascella. “And we’ve proved that, whenever we’ve won medals or trophies at wine shows where the judges don’t know we’re organic.” “Our wines are alive,” adds Ross from Macquariedale. “We use wild-yeast ferments to complement the flavour intensity of the grapes to make wines that are true to the Hunter Valley. Organic viticulture helps us make wines with unique aroma and flavour profiles, and represent our place in the Valley.” “There is an unknown quality that a lot of our customers comment on,” says Peter from Krinklewood. “They always say there’s something different about our wines... in a good way!” Just like the pioneering families that colour the Hunter Valley’s rich past, and made winegrowing a thriving industry throughout Australia, the organic winegrowers working in the Hunter Valley today are forging ahead and writing the next chapter of this beautiful region’s story with delicious wines that, one day, might also be celebrated by wine lovers all around the world.

Tasting notes. BY DANIEL HONAN KRINKLEWOOD ���� CHARDONNAY Hailing from a slightly cooler climate than the rest of the Hunter Valley, this wine from the Broke Fordwich region is golden straw in colour, scented with crunchy peach and nectarine stone fruits. Firm yet soft textures (like the cool side of a pillow) support ripe tropical fruits wrapped around a fig and hazelnut core. $28 18

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MACQUARIEDALE ���� MACBLUSH ROSÉ Blended from free-run Merlot and Shiraz juice with a little time on skins (to extract some colour and flavour), this wine has summertime splashed all over it. Pale candy pink, sweet strawberry and red fruit perfumes float over a juicy, dynamic and totally toothsome example of a Hunter Valley Rosé. $24

FIRST CREEK ���� BIANCO PURO This wine is a tropical getaway in a glass! The Verdelho bursts out from behind melon, pineapple and quick banana flashes, while classic Hunter Semillon races up alongside to prevent such sweetness from taking over. Round textures are followed by thirstslaking acids that linger a while, providing pleasant refreshment. $25


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THIS YEAR'S HUNTER VALLEY WINE SHOW HAS BESTOWED HONOURS UPON A TRULY RICH CROP OF WINES.

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he Clear Image Hunter Valley Wine Show is not just a celebration of the region’s Shiraz or Semillon. Since the first show in 1974, it has also been a celebration of the region’s innovative spirit, its history as one of Australia’s first wine regions and its proud sense of provenance. This year, 719 wines were opened, tasted and spat. It was a strong year that saw a high proportion of wines awarded medals; of more than 420 medals presented, 54 were gold. Chairman of Judges, Jim Chatto, believes Shiraz was the highlight of the 2014 show – particularly the 2011 and 2013 Shiraz classes – and that these are some of the best Hunter Valley reds since the 1960s. As one of the premier wine shows in Australia, the Hunter Valley Wine Show attracts a panel of carefully chosen judges from around Australia, along with highcalibre international guest judges. This year’s international

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guest judge was Fongyee Walker, who is also a wine educator and consultant, and has the distinction of being mainland China’s only candidate to pass the Master of Wine exams. She credits the Hunter Valley as one of the regions that really had an influence in her wine development. One of the first great wines she was given was an aged Hunter Valley Semillon – a Tyrrell’s Stevens from the 1990s. Hunter Valley Semillon is unique as it is made with fruit picked early and lean, seeing little by way of winemaking artifice, leaving the purity of the fruit to shine through. With age, these Semillons develop honeyed depths which add a round fleshiness, as exhibited by multiple trophy winners Tyrrell’s 2006 Vat 1 Semillon (Best Mature Two-Year-Old and Older Semillon, Best Semillon, and Best White Wine of the Show), Tyrrell’s 2005 HVD Semillon (Best Museum White) and McLeish Estate 2007 Semillon (Best Named Vineyard White Wine and Best Named Vineyard Wine). While the Tyrrell’s Museum Semillons will be hard to find, happily the McLeish 2007 Semillon is available direct from the winery and sells for $85. The trophy winners all have deep roots in the Hunter Valley, although there was a mix of old hands and new faces, reflecting the generational shift that is keeping the spirit of the region alive and dynamic. Gwyn Olsen, in her first vintage as chief winemaker at Briar Ridge, collected the Best Current Vintage Semillon trophy for the Briar Ridge 2014


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Chatto believes Shiraz was the highlight of the 2014 show – particularly the 2011 and 2013 Shiraz classes.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: CHAIRMAN OF JUDGES, JIM CHATTO; ��� WINES WERE JUDGED AT THIS YEAR'S WINE SHOW; CHATTO SAYS THE YOUNG SHIRAZ WINES WERE THE STARS OF THE SHOW.

Dairy Hill Single Vineyard Semillon. Pepper Tree Wines’ 2011 Tallawanta Grand Reserve Shiraz won four trophies, including Best Red Wine of Show. Both are available, for $35 and $90 respectively, at their cellar doors. Andrew Thomas, winner of the Iain Riggs Wine of Provenance trophy for his Cellar Reserve Braemore Semillons 2004, 2006 and 2014, has been making Hunter Valley wines for over 25 years. You can buy the 2014 Braemore Semillon ($30) and 2008 Cellar Reserve Braemore Semillon ($50) from the Small Winemakers Centre, but unfortunately the trophy-winning 2004 and 2006 vintages are sold out. The trophy flow was not limited to the lower Hunter, with the Two Rivers Wines 2013 Stones Throw Semillon winning Best One-Year-Old Dry Semillon. It is available at the winery for $16, providing an excellent reason to travel that bit further north to visit them near Denman. It was another good year for Tyrrell’s Wines, winning a slew of medals, with the whites faring particularly well. And not just the Semillons, with their soon-to-be-released Tyrrell’s 2012 Belford Chardonnay, and their 2013 vintage (to be released in 2015), both winning trophies – the 2012 vintage winning Best Chardonnay, and Best Two-Year-Old and Older Chardonnay, and the 2013 awarded the Best Current and One-Year-Old Chardonnay. The Drayton’s Family Wines Heritage Vines Verdelho NV won Best Fortified Wine, while the Heritage Vines 1978

Tawny won the Silver Bullet trophy. According to Max Drayton, 1978 was his son Trevor Drayton’s first vintage, so this particular Tawny is the family’s sentimental favourite. Both are available for $60 at the cellar door. For Jim Chatto, the young Shiraz wines were the “real stars” this year, a sentiment echoed by Fongyee Walker. The best contemporary Hunter Valley Shirazes wrap ebullient fruit around a savoury core of finely grained oak – a style that placed the Hunter Valley on the vinous map in the early years and is now the driving force to reclaiming this position. Brokenwood Wines won Most Successful Exhibitor of Young Wines, with their 2013 Mistress Block Shiraz (to be released in March 2015) also winning the hotly contested trophy for Best One-Year-Old Shiraz. It narrowly beat the 2013 Verona Shiraz, also from Brokenwood, and wines from Briar Ridge, Tyrrell’s, De Iuliis and David Hook. De Iuliis did not leave empty-handed though, winning Best Museum Red for their 2006 Show Reserve Shiraz and Best Other Red Wine trophy for the 2013 Shiraz Touriga Nacional. Both are available for $125 (limited supply) and $40 respectively. It was the quality and unique personality of the Hunter Valley wines that impressed the judges this year and generated plenty of discussion. However, it was these words from Jim Chatto, echoed by so many on trophy day, that tell the true story. “This is what we do best… It is an exciting era in our long and proud history.” 21


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� AL FRESCO FAVOURITES Enjoy a lazy long lunch this summer at one of the Hunter Valley’s fantastic al fresco drinking and dining spots. 1 At Elizabeth’s at McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant Estate you can opt for the verandah or courtyard and enjoy the vineyard views, with a seasonal mod Oz menu designed to match their excellent wines. 2 Cafe Enzo’s courtyard is popular with families, who come to tuck into wagyu

PRODUCT PHOTO: BRETT STEVENS

NEW AND NOTABLE • Bistro Molines awarded a chef ’s hat in the 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide • New La Glace Dessert Bar opened at Hunter Valley Resort • Restaurant Botanica at Spicers Vineyards now open for dinner daily • Sabor in the Hunter opened its second dessert bar at Lambloch Estate • Hunter Valley Steakhouse has changed its name to Elements Restaurant

burgers, salads and more under the market umbrellas and refuel with a Campos Coffee. 3 Balcony dining doesn’t get much better than at Esca Bimbadgen, with extensive views over the vines and nearby golf course. Try one of the tasting plates, matched with a glass of Bimbadgen wine, and you’ll see why it won 2014 Northern NSW Restaurant of the Year at the Savour Australia HOSTPLUS Awards.

4 From your table on the covered verandah at the multi-award-winning Margan Restaurant (above), you can see where your meal was grown, with most ingredients sourced from the one-acre kitchen garden and orchard. 5 Ask any local where they’ve had their longest al fresco lunch and odds are they’ll mention Bistro Molines, with the coveted tables on the verandah or central courtyard.

You’d think operating three restaurants would keep anyone busy 24/7, but not Matt Dillow, chef and owner of The Verandah Restaurant, Twine Restaurant and The Deck Cafe at Lovedale. He’s recently launched Matt’s Produce – a line of gourmet products to give your home-cooked meals some restaurant pizzazz, including olive tapenade, beetroot relish, preserved lemons, and summer berry and vanillascented jam, to name a few. Prices from $10. For more info, go to mattsproduce.com.au

Hats off to a talented chef Muse Restaurant’s Troy RhoadesBrown has been on a five-year winning streak, which has culminated in him being named Australian Young Restaurateur of the Year at the 2014 Electrolux Appetite for Excellence awards, and garnering two coveted chef’s hats in the 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. Not bad for a 29-year-old! But the Pokolbin-based chef and restaurateur has some serious fine-dining cred – he honed his skills in the early years working with acclaimed local chef Robert Molines, won the prestigious Brett Graham Award in 2005, which saw him do a stint

at London’s two-Michelin star The Ledbury, and then became head chef at Robert’s restaurant. But his success really kicked off after opening his own Muse Restaurant in 2009 with wife Megan at Hungerford Hill, and two years later the more casual Muse Kitchen at Keith Tulloch Wine, with both receiving multiple

awards (Muse Kitchen awarded a 2015 chef’s hat). Critics are effusive, diners devoted and locals proud to have such fine dining right on their doorstep. “Receiving both awards has been an incredible achievement and a great pat on the back for our fantastic staff who work tirelessly with so much passion and drive for Muse,” says Troy. “Our focus remains the same though – our guests’ experience. We are proud that these awards continue to help put Muse and the beautiful Hunter Valley on the culinary map.” To cook one of Troy′s recipes, go to page 29. musedining.com.au 23


Made in the Hunter. LOVEDALE SMOKEHOUSE

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The Australian Women’s Weekly Test Kitchen proudly tripletests all recipes for its cookbooks, but Ben Sales, chef/owner at Lovedale Smokehouse, has that covered. “Every product has a recipe, and most are tested half a dozen times,” he says. “Our vine-smoked bacon, which was my first smoked product, was tested 16 times before I thought I’d got it right.” Ben and partner Debbie Jenkins started Majors Lane Restaurant 10 years ago, and the Lovedale Smokehouse offshoot sprang out of Ben’s passion for local produce, and a desire to create as many products as possible in-house. “I decided to start smoking bacon as the guesthouses in the region were serving local Nulkaba eggs and Morpeth Sourdough for breakfast, but there wasn’t a local bacon product. Now visitors can enjoy a bacon and egg breakfast knowing the ingredients are produced just down the road.” Learning the craft has been a process of trial and error, even though Ben’s German father used to smoke goods in their Maitland laundry when Ben was growing up. But as Ben says, “What kid is interested in smoking sausages?” 24 winecountry.com.au

It’s a different matter today, though. Lovedale Smokehouse produces more than 200 products – from smoked trout, eel and turkey to salami and smoked cheese – with around four new products released every month. “We have three smokers – 450kg, 250kg and 70kg – and they’re operating every day, with all steps in the smoking process done in-house. “We use grapevine clippings from the property to smoke our goods,” says Ben. “With 45 acres under vine, we usually get two tonnes of grapevines for the smokehouse, and we pick, chip, dry and store everything right here.” Ben likes to work closely with local producers, and was recently approached by a pecan farmer with 600 trees. “We’ll not only smoke the pecans, but we’ll be able to use the hickory from the trees, which will add a new flavour profile.” Experimenting is key, says Ben, with the temperature, humidity, amount of salt, and time smoking and curing varying with each ingredient. “I have three rules: the first is to preserve the product, the second is to enhance the flavour, and the third is to maintain the product’s integrity.” So what is he experimenting with next? “Native meats. Kangaroo jerky is on the blackboard special now, but I want to expand to include smoked crocodile and emu,” he says. And if he had to choose his favourite product? “The smoked duck or duck pate, washed down with a local Pinot Noir.” Products are available at Lovedale Smokehouse Gourmet Pantry at 64 Majors Lane, Lovedale.

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Salad superstars. CANNY CHEFS ARE HEAPING A WHOLE LOT OF LOVIN’ ON THE HUMBLE SALAD, TURNING A SIMPLE SIDE INTO A SENSATIONAL MAIN-COURSE EVENT. WORDS STEPHANIE CLIFFORD-SMITH PHOTOS BRETT STEVENS & CHRIS ELFES

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e’ve come a long way. Gone are the days when a salad in Australia equalled bottle-dressed iceberg lettuce, and pushing the boat out meant throwing in a few chunks of anaemic tomato. Today, with our increasingly cosmopolitan chefs and their access to great produce, the salad has been reinvented. Sure, it can still be a sidekick to a steak, but as summer temperatures soar, the idea of salad as the main course gains traction. Protein is the component that will raise a salad to star status and give it the substance to work as a main. The French have understood this forever; salade Niçoise being one of the most famous standalone salad meals, and it’s the hard-boiled egg and tuna that elevate it. Travel anywhere in France at any time of year and green salads are boosted with melted goats’ cheese croutons, sliced duck breasts or creamy slabs of foie gras. Asian flavours also lend themselves well to this concept. Oishii, in Pokolbin, teams green leaves with crabmeat and fish roe in its signature salad. The seafood theme continues in a king prawn salad, then comes over all Thai with a beef, cucumber and chilli affair. Paula Rengger, chef at Shakey Tables in Rothbury, serves a sticky soy pork belly salad with shaved fennel, cucumber, lime, mint and chilli (pictured right), using local produce as far as possible. “The pork comes from my pigs, so there’s pride in that. The fennel and the acidity of the lime work so well with pork belly. The belly is slow braised and pressed, cut when cold, fried in a pan, then rejuvenated in a liquor of soy, garlic and caramelised shallots until it’s sumptuous.” Supplying as much as possible from the estate is not always easy. “We have a vegetable patch here, but the pigs keep getting into it, so I have sporadic periods of success, then disaster! I didn’t grow the fennel for this, but everything else comes from this property,” Paula says.

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Even the wine match – a barrel-fermented Viognier – is made onsite by her husband, Simon. “It has residual sweetness and fragrance that goes well with the fennel and lime,” she says. The Deck Cafe at Gartelmann Wines in Lovedale serves a dill-cured salmon gravlax salad with kipfler potatoes, fennel, Spanish onion and mustard aioli, topped with fried baby capers and homemade lavosh. “We house-cure the Tasmanian salmon using rock salt, sugar, dill and white pepper,” says chef and owner, Matt Dillow. “The salad is nice and light, and the fried baby capers give it crispness. The kipflers, which also add some substance, are local,” he says. He recommends pairing the salad with Gartelmann’s 2014 Semillon. “It goes perfectly with the seafood in the salad. There’s a sweetness and saltiness to the fish as well as citrus, so this classic Hunter Semillon with its lemon and lime flavours is perfect.” To listen to chef and owner at Muse Restaurant, Troy Rhoades-Brown, talk about heirloom tomatoes is to hear a man obsessed. He grows about eight varieties at home, which stay on the vine until perfectly ripe and never see a cool room. “They have full sweetness and fragrance. Their shine and their colours – they’re naturally beautiful, and you don’t need to do too much to them,” he says. His perfectly simple salad is an ode to this sentiment. The tomato chunks are tossed with ricotta made with Udder Farm Jersey milk, which Troy whips to a mousse, and the salad is dressed with Olio Mio olive oil. He tops it all with home-grown society garlic flowers and foraged wild fennel pollen crushed with salt. An even more substantial version has warm flakes of butter-poached blue-eye trevalla folded through. “It’s so simple, you don’t need to concentrate to enjoy it,” he says. For contact details and more dining options, turn to page 69.

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Sticky soy pork belly with shaved fennel, cucumber & lime salad ~ Shakey Tables Serves 4 Ingredients

500g pork belly 2 pig’s ears (from your butcher) 500ml chicken stock Canola oil, for frying 1 fennel bulb, thinly shaved 1 telegraph cucumber, thinly shaved into ribbons 1 bunch mint, gently torn Marinade for pork

3 shallots (red Asian or French), chopped 1 garlic clove, chopped 200ml kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce) 2½ tablespoons sweet chilli sauce 1 tablespoon Chinese black vinegar (chinkiang) 1 lime, juiced 2½ tablespoons water Dressing

100ml canola oil 1½ tablespoons Chinese black vinegar (chinkiang) 2 limes, zested and juiced 1 long red chilli, seeded and finely chopped Dry spice for ears ABOVE: SHAKEY TABLES’ CHEF PAULA RENGGER COOKS THE STICKY PORK BELLY. BELOW: PREPARING THE SHALLOTS, FENNEL AND RED CHILLI FOR THE SALAD.

Plain flour Chinese five-spice Dried chilli flakes Salt Method

1 Start preparing this dish a day ahead. Preheat oven to 120°C. Place pork belly in a roasting pan and cook for 1¼ hours. Place in the fridge overnight, with another tray on top, weighed down with something heavy. Meanwhile, place pig’s ears and stock in a fairly deep baking tray and cover with foil. Set oven at its lowest temperature and braise ears overnight. 2 Next morning, remove ears, reserving stock for future use. Place ears on baking paper in fridge until completely cool, then slice into long, thin strips. 3 For the marinade, fry off shallots and garlic in a little canola oil until caramelised. Add to remaining marinade ingredients, then combine with a stick blender. 4 Combine dressing ingredients in a bowl and set aside. 5 Cut pork belly into 1cm-thick slices. Place in a heavy-based frying pan with enough marinade to cover the base. Place over low heat and cook for 2 minutes, then turn pork belly over and cook for a further few minutes or until marinade reduces to a sticky, caramelised consistency. 6 Toss ears in combined flour and five-spice. Deep-fry until crisp, then toss the ears in chilli flakes and salt. 7 Combine fennel, cucumber and mint on a serving plate, drizzle with dressing and top with pork belly and ears. Wine match Shakey Tables Estate 2013 Viognier


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THIS PAGE: MUSE RESTAURANT’S CHEF AND OWNER TROY RHOADES-BROWN PLATES UP HIS ODE TO HEIRLOOM TOMATOES, WHICH ARE TOSSED WITH FORAGED WILD FENNEL AND TOPPED WITH WARM FLAKES OF BLUE-EYE TREVALLA AND JERSEY-MILK RICOTTA.

Blue-eye trevalla, heirloom tomatoes, Jersey ricotta & wild fennel salad ~ Muse Restaurant Serves 4 Ingredients

500-600g ripe heirloom tomatoes (such as ox heart, ananas noire, green zebra, black Russian), at room temperature, cut into large chunks 1 generous handful picked wild fennel (or 2 small bulbs and fronds, thinly sliced) 100ml extra virgin olive oil, plus extra, for drizzling 2 tablespoons Chardonnay vinegar 800g blue-eye trevalla Society garlic flowers and fennel pollen, optional Jersey ricotta

1 litre full-cream Jersey milk 175ml cream 80ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

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1 For the ricotta, combine all ingredients in a heavybased saucepan and cook over low heat, without stirring, for 1 hour, or until curds have split from whey. Using a slotted spoon, scoop out curds, and transfer to a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Leave for 10 minutes to drain. Using a food processor, blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 2 Preheat oven to 130°C. For the salad, toss tomatoes and fennel in olive oil and vinegar. Season to taste. 3 Place fish in a hot, lightly oiled, non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook for 30 seconds, then turn and place in oven. Check after 8 minutes; cooking time will depend on thickness of fish. Do not overcook fish; it needs to be tender enough to flake, but remain moist. 4 Arrange tomatoes on serving plates. Break fish into natural flakes over tomatoes. Spoon ricotta over. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil, a pinch of sea salt, and garlic flowers and fennel pollen, if using. Wine match Tinklers 2013 Poppy’s Chardonnay 29


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ABOVE: THE DECK CAFE’S CHEF AND OWNER, MATT DILLOW, CURES THE TASMANIAN SALMON IN-HOUSE FOR THIS LIGHT SALAD FEATURING A CLASSIC COMBINATION OF FLAVOURS, INCLUDING FRIED CAPERS AND HOMEMADE LAVOSH FOR A CRISP FINISHING TOUCH.

Dill-cured salmon gravlax with kipfler potatoes, fennel, preserved lemon, mustard aioli & fried baby capers ~ The Deck Cafe Lovedale Serves 4 Ingredients

Method

4 cups rock salt 2 cups sugar 1 bunch dill, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons crushed white pepper 1 side (1kg) fresh Australian salmon, skin on and pin-boned 500g kipfler potatoes 90ml olive oil 2 tablespoons baby capers 1 small fennel bulb, shaved 1 Spanish onion, thinly sliced 3 tablespoons aioli 1 tablespoon grain or seeded mustard 1 teaspoon chopped preserved lemon Lemon cheeks and lavosh or sourdough, for serving

1 Start this recipe a day ahead. Combine rock salt, sugar, dill and pepper in a large bowl. Place salmon in a large oven tray. Rub salt mixture into salmon, then place in fridge for 24 hours, turning halfway. This will cure the salmon and draw the moisture out, so the salmon absorbs all the sweet, salty flavours. 2 Wash mixture off salmon. Using a sharp knife, thinly slice salmon, starting at the tail. The salmon will keep chilled for up to 7 days. 3 Boil potatoes until just tender when tested with a skewer. Drain, cool and cut into 1cm-thick slices. 4 Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add capers and fry until crisp, then strain and set aside to cool. 5 Combine potato slices, fennel, onion, aioli, mustard and preserved lemon in a bowl and gently toss to combine. 6 Place gravlax slices on a serving plate topped with potatoes and fried capers, and serve with lemon cheeks and some lavosh or fresh sourdough. Wine match Gartelmann Wines 2014 Semillon

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Summertime treats. WHEN THE MERCURY SOARS, TRY THESE FIVE COOL LOCAL TREATS TO BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT.

PHOTO: CORBIS

WORDS BRENDA CHRISTIAN

A melting ice-cream cone epitomises an Australian summer, and the go-to place for a creamy cone in Wine Country is the Hunter Valley Gelato Company at the Smelly Cheese Shop. Their traditional Italian gelato range is made with imported Italian ingredients using 200-year-old recipes, but they’re also continually concocting new flavour combos for you to lap up. “We produce more than 100 varieties of gelato, but only have room for 40 varieties in store,” says store manager Narelle Browne. “With so many varieties, it’s hard to pick the most popular gelato, but the salted caramel and the mango sorbet are big at the moment.” But when Keith Grice, head brewer at Hunter Beer Co at Potters Hotel Brewery Resort thinks of the hot Aussie sun burning down in summer, “a hard-earned thirst starts to build and I want something to cool down that has flavour, is light-bodied, easy-drinking and refreshing,” he says. “I mix it up between Kolsch, Belgian Witbier and an alcoholic ginger beer – all part of the regular range – but also enjoy our seasonal beers. This summer, a coconut and lime beer is on the list, along with a banana smoothie beer, and we’ll also release three beers in December to celebrate Christmas – a Russian Imperial stout, a barley wine and a special plum pudding-inspired dark ale.” For an alcohol-free thirst quencher, you can’t beat an iced tea made from scratch, and the daily high tea at Peppers Convent offers just that during summer. “We create a tall, refreshing iced tea built on lots of ice, ruby red grapefruit, persimmon and lime, topped with Dilmah jasmine-flower green tea, finished with a touch of elderflower cordial,” says Nicholas Schroor, Roberts Circa 1876 bar manager. “It’s ideal for sipping during long summer days to beat the heat just as it is, but vodka or gin could be added to make it a refreshing adult treat.” Another way to cool off when the temperature soars is to head to Sabor in the Hunter Dessert Bar and dig into a range of deliciously cool desserts, including summer specials like a passionfruit and coconut mousse meringue cake. You can also get your caffeine hit without raising a sweat with an espresso milkshake. And there’s no better way to keep the kids happy than with a frosty Paddle Pop, so slip into the General Store at Pokolbin Village or Pokolbin Convenience Store at Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village for a tasty treat for the whole family. For contact details, turn to the Visitor Guide on page 49.

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Growing Family Traditions! Every year we bring thousands of families together to celebrate the magic of Christmas. With exciting new displays including Candyland, Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, the North Pole scene, sound & light displays, children’s entertainment, festive food, beverages, Santa photos* and much more.

MEGA BUGS

3-26 JANUARY 2015

This is an event the whole family will enjoy! Christmas Lights open from 6.30pm - 10pm*, 7 November 2014 - 26 January 2015

The BIGGEST display of animatronic bugs in Australia coming this January. Featuring Spider-saurus and a towering 8 metre Praying Mantis, plus many more mega creatures from the underworld! All this plus the Christmas Lights display.

For information and online tickets - www.hvg.com.au

Join us for updates & giveaways

Broke Road Pokolbin - Ph: 02 4998 4000 Accommodation available at harrigans.com.au Program subject to change check social media for updates. Gardens open 9am - 4pm. Closed 25 December. This event will not open in adverse weather conditions. Admission charges apply. Some activities may not open in adverse weather conditions and unscheduled maintenance. *Santa photos end on the 24th December 2014.


Explore. Stroke of genius Too many golf courses, too little time? Problem solved with the Wine Country Golf Super Pass, which entitles you to play 18 holes of golf at four Hunter Valley courses – and it’s valid for 12 months. So if you’ve always dreamed of winning the grand slam, now you can. Imagine birdieing the 18th hole at the par 72 championship course at Cypress Lakes, followed by an eagle on the quality greens at Hunter Valley Golf & Country Club at Crowne Plaza Resort… then enjoy a round on the 6127-metre course at the redeveloped Stonebridge Golf Club, finishing off on the fairways of the acclaimed Greg Norman-designed course at The Vintage. If that’s not golfing paradise, we don’t know what is. Buy the pass ($245) at any golf course (includes shared electric cart hire).  

GET HUMMERED

Rejuvenating retreat Performing a tree pose overlooking lush vineyards is certain to inspire your yoga practice, so why not indulge in a weekend of yoga and meditation in the heart of Wine Country at Peppers Guest House? Following the success of its first yoga retreat in October, Peppers is running two more retreats with the option of one- or two-night stays on March 13–15 and June 20–22. Suitable for beginners as well as enthusiasts who want to take their yoga practice up a notch, with the added bonus of the Hunter Valleyʼs attractions being just minutes away. Two-night retreats ($620pp twin share) include accommodation, breakfast and dinner, five yoga/meditation sessions and bike hire or a mini spa session. peppers.com.au/guest-house

You see them outside red-carpet events in the city; now they’re popping up outside cellar doors as well. Arrive First Class is running vineyard tours on weekends in Presidential super-stretched Hummers, which seat 15, so you can make like you’re a rich and famous Hollywood movie star and bring along your entourage. Inside, there are four televisions, a DVD/CD sound system with 2000 watts surround sound, karaoke with two cordless microphones, laser light show, strobe lights, colour neon lights, and a bar, ceiling and floor that changes colour. For more info go to page 84 or arrivefirstclass.com.au

SIMPLY THE BEST • Lovedale Lager from Lovedale Brewery won the Australian trophy for Best European-Style Lager at the Australian International Beer Awards • Snow Time at Hunter Valley Gardens, Margan Winery & Restaurant, Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa Elysia, and Chateau Élan at The Vintage all took home gold awards at the 2014 Hunter Central Coast Tourism Awards

New & notable • East Coast Xperiences is running one-hour Segway tours through the vines at Hunter Valley Resort and along the Great North Road Convict Trail, as well as at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley • Bluetongue Brewery Cafe has changed its name to Matilda Bay Brewhouse + Dining 35


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What’s on.

November

HERE’S A ROUND-UP OF EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS.

ROSE SPECTACULAR @ HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS Sat Oct 11–Sun Nov 16 The phrase “stop and smell the roses” really comes into its own at this floral extravaganza, with more than two million rose blooms on over 35,000 rose bushes in 125 varieties, as well as talks by rose experts. hvg.com.au

Enjoy a bright start to 2015 with around one million lights in the Christmas Lights Display to see on the ground, and a fireworks spectacular in the sky at 9pm. hvg.com.au

NEW YEAR’S EVE @ HARRIGAN’S IRISH PUB

Sat 25 Oct–Sat 29 Nov

Wed 31 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SPECTACULAR AT HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS.

ROAD TO WOLLOMBI

Thu Nov 27–Sun Dec 21

Fri Nov 7–Mon Jan 26, 2015

An exhibition by two widely exhibited artists, Julianne Allcorn and Barbie Hooper, exploring the significance and history of the road between Cessnock and Wollombi, at the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery. 02 4991 6619

See more than one million lights on show every night from 6.30pm to 10pm over the Christmas season. hvg.com.au

OAKVALE SIMPLY HUNTER ALFRESCO SUMMER LONG LUNCH

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SPECTACULAR @ HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS

JIMMY BARNES � THE LIVING END Sat 8 To celebrate his 30th anniversary as a solo artist, Jimmy Barnes will be rockin’ at Bimbadgen Winery, along with The Living End, Baby Animals, Mahalia Barnes + The Soul Mates, and Nick Barker. adayonthegreen.com.au

THE ROLLING STONES

Sat 15

See the greatest rock’n’roll band – The Rolling Stones – strut their stuff among the vines at Hope Estate as part of the ‘14 On Fire’ Australian tour. ticketmaster.com.au 36 winecountry.com.au

NEW YEAR’S EVE @ HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS Wed 31

SCULPTURE IN THE VINEYARDS Coupling more than 70 outdoor sculptures with boutique wines, this is an annual exhibition at four wineries along the Wollombi Valley Wine Trail. Includes guided tours, workshops, a twilight tour by Ngurra Bu Aboriginal Tours and the very first Sculpture by Night on November 29. sculptureinthevineyards.com.au

served in the Peppers Guest House garden with a Christmas carols soundtrack, followed by a movie under the stars. Dinner, movie and dessert $60pp. Dinner 6.30pm, movie 9pm. Bookings on 02 4993 8999.

Sat 29 Sit down to a seven-course degustation catered by Muse Restaurant, including matching wines and live music, at Oakvale Wines. This annual event is popular, so book early. $135pp. 02 4998 7088. oakvalewines.com.au

THANKSGIVING BANQUET FEAST Sun 30 Join Roberts Circa 1876’s Americanborn executive chef George Francisco for a banquet feast from 1pm to 6pm with platters brimming with abundant food. $85 per adult, $45 per child. Bookings essential on 02 4998 4998.

December

Dance the night away to the sounds of KDL and GENR8, then enjoy a spectacular midnight fireworks display at Harrigan’s Irish Pub & Accommodation. Bookings on 1800 800 522. harrigansirishpub.com.au

RIDGEVIEW SUMMER IN SEASON DINNER

CASINO ROYALE EXTRAVAGANZA AT THE VINTAGE

Fri 5

Wed 31

Enjoy a four-course dinner using the best seasonal produce from the onsite kitchen garden with canapes and a glass of RidgeView bubbles, at 6.30pm; $65pp, or $85 with matching wines. Bookings on 02 6574 7332. ridgeview.com.au

The Vintage brings the glitz and glamour of Vegas to the Hunter Valley with a glittering fancy-dress event to celebrate the New Year. There are amazing prizes to be won, including $10,000 worth of playing chips, as well as a photo booth, Vegas showgirls and entertainment. $229pp. Bookings on 02 4998 2201. thevintage.com.au

JACK NEWTON CELEBRITY CLASSIC Tue 16–Wed 17 Watch professional golfers and 50 celebrities get into the swing of things in the heart of Wine Country at the 36-hole pro-am Jack Newton Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament at Cypress Lakes Resort. celebrityclassic. jacknewtongroup.com

STARLIGHT CINEMA

Wed 24

Start your Christmas Eve with a casual barbecue dinner and dessert

NEW YEAR’S EVE IN THE ROSE GARDEN Wed 31 Ring in the New Year with a magnificent outdoor dinner in the rose garden at The Sebel Kirkton Park. The gala event includes a four-hour beverage package, canapes, three-course dinner and entertainment. $160pp. Bookings essential on 02 4998 7680. sebelhuntervalley.com.au


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January

February

MEGA BUGS

Sat 3–Mon 26 See Mega Bugs, the biggest display of animatronic bugs in Australia, featuring Spider-saurus and a towering eight-metre-high praying mantis, plus many more mega creatures from the underworld as you explore Hunter Valley Gardens and view the Christmas lights display as well. hvg.com.au

WOLLOMBI AUSTRALIA DAY MARKET

STING � PAUL SIMON

Mon 26

Sat 14

Visit historic Wollombi on Australia Day and stroll around this community market featuring over 100 stalls, including local produce and crafts, plants, clothes, tools, bric-a-brac and more, held at the Wollombi Saleyards from 8am to 1pm. wollombimarkets.com

Long-time friends Sting and Paul Simon first performed together in 2013 and the two iconic singer/ songwriters have decided to team up again at Hope Estate as part of their ‘On Stage Together’ tour. A double bill not to be missed. ticketmaster.com.au

AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATION IN SINGLETON

A DAY ON THE GREEN STARRING ROXETTE

Mon 26 Celebrate Australia Day at the Civic Centre Green with a barbecue breakfast, food and craft stalls, kids’ entertainment, a visit from Hunter Valley Zoo with some of its favourite reptiles, and live performances by country music legend Lance Friend. singleton.nsw.gov.au

Sat 28 See legendary Swedish pop-rockers Roxette play in the middle of Wine Country at Bimbadgen Winery. With support acts Eurogliders, Dragon and Boom Crash Opera belting out their favourite hits, there will be plenty of music to enjoy all afternoon and evening. adayonthegreen.com.au

Q&A.

PHOTO: ASAF SULTAN

ELYSSA SYKES-SMITH, ARTIST What is it about the Sculpture in the Vineyards exhibition (October 25 to November 29) that appeals to you? I have been to the Hunter Valley before and am always taken by its natural beauty. As my practice is predominantly focused on the figure in landscape, I am excited to bring my sculptures to the vineyards and let them explore! Tell us a little about your exhibit in this year’s Sculpture in the Vineyards. In sculpture, the physical evokes the emotional. My sculptural installation for this year’s exhibition depicts three figures engaging with the knowledge and understanding of their physicality and material quality. Each figure reacts in a different way to this knowledge – portraying confrontation, curiosity and denial at that point in time. We, as the audience, witness this discovery taking place in the quietly active natural environment, and are invited to embody each state of being. The timber is a natural, but modified, material. Cut into geometric shapes, it is an ideal medium to translate the space, movement, form and plane that exists in the body. The relationship to drawing is made using the white and black painted timber pieces to highlight the form and movement. Where do you get your inspiration from? I get most of my inspiration from observing people, their physical and emotional states, and my own experiences and interactions with people. I also draw inspiration from nature and architecture, where I am particularly drawn to the shapes of mountains, cliffs and rock formations, architectural passageways, and the interaction of people within these spaces. Other artists who inspire me are Rodin, Antony Gormley, Francesca Woodman, Andy Goldsworthy and Clara Hali.

TOP: STING WILL BE PERFORMING AT HOPE ESTATE WINERY. BELOW: MEGA BUGS, THE BIGGEST DISPLAY OF ANIMATRONIC BUGS EVER.

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Calendar.

Regular events.

March

HIGH TEA @ PEPPERS CONVENT

WINE AND CHOCOLATE TASTING

Daily

Weekends

Take high tea at Peppers Convent with a selection of premium teas (iced tea during summer), coffees and savoury and sweet treats, from 12.30pm to 4.30pm. High tea $42pp; $56pp, inc glass of sparkling; $64pp, inc glass of Taittinger. Bookings on 02 4998 4999. peppers.com.au

Taste four wines matched with Brix premium chocolate and finish off with a Contango Espresso Roasters coffee at Pepper Tree Wines. $20pp. Bookings essential on 02 4909 7100. peppertreewines.com.au

Sun 1–Tue 31

FLICKS ON THE GREEN

HIGH TEA AT THE SEBEL KIRKTON PARK

RIDGEVIEW AUTUMN IN SEASON DINNER

Watch a movie by moonlight in Wollombi on December 6, January 24 and February 21. Bring your own chairs or beanbags. $15pp (inc glass of wine). Bookings essential on 02 4998 3483. facebook.com/ flicksonthegreen

Fri 6

Daily Enjoy a high tea in the Conservatory from noon to 4pm; $35pp inc glass of sparkling wine. Bookings on 02 4998 7680. sebelhuntervalley.com.au

Monthly

HUNTER IN A GLASS

HIGH TEA @ GEMELLI ESTATE

Restaurant Botanica showcases Hunter Valley wines every Tuesday night, where you receive a complimentary 100ml glass of Hunter Valley wine with each course. Bookings essential on 1300 192 868.

Monthly

Weekly

SUNDAY TASTES

Weekly

Dine at Twine Restaurant on Sunday and enjoy a housemade mezze plate and then a Tastes From Around the World main (cuisine changes monthly), followed by dessert. From 5.30pm. $49pp. Bookings on 02 4998 7449.

MUSIC BY THE VINES

Weekly

Each Sunday, Restaurant Botanica holds a three-hour music session in the restaurant, where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch or opt for a glass of wine and a snack beside the vines. Bookings on 1300 192 868.

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A TASTE OF AUTUMN AT THE SEBEL KIRKTON PARK Infuzion Restaurant at The Sebel is showcasing the best of the Hunter Valley with a five-course paddockto-plate dinner menu for the month of March. Bookings essential on 02 4998 7680. sebelhuntervalley.com.au

Enjoy a four-course dinner using the best seasonal produce from the onsite kitchen garden with canapes and a glass of RidgeView bubbles, from 6.30pm. $65pp, or $85 with matching wines. Bookings on 02 6574 7332. ridgeview.com.au

THE EAGLES

Sat 7

Enjoy a Sunday high tea in the garden or gallery with sweet and savoury treats and a glass of estate wine on November 23 and December 7, from 1pm to 5pm. $35pp. Bookings on 02 4998 7910. gemelliestate. com.au

Enjoy a Peaceful Easy Feeling after a three-hour songfest of classic Eagles hits under the stars at Hope Estate Winery. The band’s ‘History of the Eagles’ world tour will include the key members – Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit. ticketmaster.com.au

HANDMADE IN THE HUNTER MARKETS

MAITLAND TASTE, FOOD, WINE � MUSIC FESTIVAL

Monthly

Sat 7–Sun 8

Showcasing handmade originals and home-grown produce at Kevin Sobels Wines on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, and Saturday and Sunday on long weekends. handmadeinthehuntermarkets. com.au

A two-day festival in Maitland’s Heritage Mall celebrating the Hunter Valley’s best wine, coffee, chocolate and local cuisine, with market stalls and cooking demonstrations, wine education and food-matching sessions. maitlandtaste.com.au

SACRED TREE MARKETS

PEACE TRAIN – THE CAT STEVENS STORY

Local artisan products and produce, held on the third Sunday of each month in Branxton. sacredtreemarkets.com.au

Sat 28

Monthly

Take a journey back in time with Darren Coggan at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre as he recreates the Cat’s timeless songs

RIDGEVIEW IS HOSTING AN AUTUMN IN SEASON DINNER IN MARCH.

as they were originally written – on an acoustic guitar and piano. $55pp. Bookings on 02 4990 7134. cessnock.nsw.gov.au

FOLK IN BROKE

Sat 28

See a line-up of 10 acts including Lloyd Spiegel, Alex Bowen, Gambirra, Gordi, Hillbilly Goats, Good Corn Liquor, Nic Cassey and Galleri at this unique folk festival, which also features handmade goods by Sacred Tree Markets, quality food, brews and local wines served from vintage caravans. $75pp. Tickets strictly limited via Facebook site: facebook.com/ folkinbrokefestival

A DAY ON THE GREEN STARRING BILLY IDOL WITH THE ANGELS, CHEAP TRICK � THE CHOIRBOYS Sat 28 Punk turned global rock superstar Billy Idol is returning to Australia for the first time since 2002 and will be performing an outdoor concert at Bimbadgen Winery in the Hunter Valley. Idol and his band will be joining forces with The Angels, Cheap Trick and The Choirboys for a gig that blends pop, punk, metal and good old rock’n’roll. adayonthegreen.com.au


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A Lindeman’s wedding epitomizes the perfect combination of Rustic Romance and Sophisticated Elegance. Stunning surroundings for your Ceremony, Photographs and Reception. Enjoy & Savour delectable food & wine – a match made in Lindeman’s heaven.

119 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320 t: (02) 4993 3700 e: function@lindemans.com.au www.lindemans.com.au https://vimeo.com/8698166


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Spice girl. SHE TOOK A HUMBLE GUESTHOUSE AND TURNED IT INTO A TOP-SHELF VINEYARD ESTATE. MEET THE DYNAMIC WOMAN BEHIND THE TRANSFORMATION.

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT THIS PAGE: ONE OF THE BLACK BERKSHIRE PIGS BELINDA AND MARK ARE RAISING; THE PROPERTY BOASTS BUSH, MOUNTAIN AND VINEYARD VIEWS; SEASONAL PRODUCE IS SHOWCASED AT RESTAURANT BOTANICA; THE KITCHEN GARDEN SUPPLIES FRESH PRODUCE TO THE RESTAURANT. CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT FACING PAGE: BELINDA STAPLETON; THE GUESTHOUSE IS DECORATED IN EARTHY TONES, WHICH BELINDA DESCRIBES AS "REGIONAL CONTEMPORARY".

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’m a bit of an organiser,” says Belinda Stapleton, the Hunter Valley’s 2014 Rising Star of the Year. Having overseen the $2 million transformation of a small guesthouse/restaurant into the luxury Spicers Vineyards Estate, created a staff trainee program, served as president of the Hunter Valley Sommeliers and raised her daughter, Matilda, this may just be the understatement of the year. Yet when husband Mark, chef at Spicers’ Restaurant Botanica, gets home at the end of a long evening, they still find the time to unwind over a glass of wine. “I love young fresh Semillon and I love aged Semillon,” says Belinda. She is particularly partial to Tyrrell’s Vat 1, but also loves Andrew Thomas’ Braemore Semillon. “The [Braemore] vineyard is close by and when I taste that wine I know it’s from that vineyard. I think I could pick it every time.” Belinda’s palate has been honed by a long career in hospitality that began as a job to get herself through uni. “I kept going further into hospitality,” she says. “By the time I finished uni, I was at the level of being a restaurant manager.” Although she completed her studie s in psychology and human resources, she has only worked in hospitality. Admittedly, both areas of study come in handy. Belinda and Mark were running a restaurant and wine bar at the Australian Wine Centre in Sydney when they decided to look for a country property. “It seemed a pretty obvious move to come to the Hunter Valley. We were already familiar with the wine community and the region had space for a property at the upper end.”

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In 2008, with business partners Graham and Jude Turner, they bought a 10-hectare property on Hermitage Road, Pokolbin. It had splendid views and a small guesthouse and restaurant. Within 18 months, they had built four new guest rooms, revamped the original eight rooms, expanded the restaurant from 50 seats to 80, and added the gorgeous Spa Anise. “Then I decided we needed a new pool, so we threw that into the mix,” says Belinda. Always ready for a challenge, she took on the role of project manager. “I’d be over on the site at 6am to meet the builders, then I’d go to the office. If I was lucky, I’d have some visits from my daughter,” recalls Belinda, who has a part-time nanny to care for Matilda, now three-and-a-half. Mark’s job as chef, and the fact they live onsite, allows him to share the parenting: “As any parent does, you juggle and do the best you can.” Seeking a style that “speaks of the property” with its bush, mountain and vineyard views, the guesthouse is decorated in green and earthy tones. “I like to think of it as regional contemporary,” Belinda explains. “It’s not country cottage and it’s not funky contemporary.” Grapes from the three-hectare vineyard on the estate are made into wine for their guests. Belinda writes the restaurant’s Hunter Valley-focused wine list. “We are very lucky to have amazing relationships with so many wonderful winemakers in the region, and we have a number of verticals of great wines,” she says.


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“We are very lucky to have amazing relationships with so many wonderful winemakers in the region, and we have a number of verticals of great wines.” Mark and Belinda are passionate about sourcing the best seasonal produce; they have planted a kitchen garden and are raising three black Berkshire pigs, from which they will make cured meats. “When we purchased the property and were deciding on a new name for the restaurant, we knew we wanted to have a vegetable garden, and with our own vineyard, Botanica seemed just fitting,” Belinda says. “So our main focus for the restaurant is to showcase the amazing wines of the region with wine-friendly food – growing as much fresh produce as possible, and always seeking local products first. My favourite would be the lovely cheeses from Binnorie Dairy just down the road. Their marinated feta is just perfect in many of our dishes, or even a great salad at home.” Customers drive from Sydney especially to enjoy the sourdough bread Mark has been perfecting for more than a decade. “He was very lucky to have a friend who is one of Australia’s top pastry chefs, who shared some of the 150-year-old starter from the original San Francisco sourdough starter. Because of the age, the depth of flavour and intensity is just amazing.” Mark does a lot of the work on the raised beds in the halfacre kitchen garden. “We grow all soft micro herbs, and obviously everything depends on the season. Our broccoli is fabulous at the moment. I love it when the pomegranate trees are fruiting, as the bright red fruit is a great sight.” Mark plants and harvests by the biodynamic calendar. “As sceptical as I was at the start,” says Belinda, “the proof

of the pudding is in the eating. I love people saying you can taste how fresh the food is. That’s gold – it’s fantastic.” The rest of the kitchen team also helps in the garden, pulling weeds while picking produce. “We’re all very handson,” says Belinda. “You cannot achieve what we do here without fabulous people.” From a staff of eight when they bought the estate, there are now 29 people on the books. Belinda decided to become involved in Hunter Valley Sommeliers to help raise the level of education in the industry. “In Sydney, tastings are available almost every day, but in a regional area you don’t always have that access.” In a perfect world, Belinda would spend from 8am to 6pm “in the office with my team, growing my business”. In the real world, she might be serving breakfast, checking guests out, jumping on a tractor or taking bookings. Throughout it all, she and Mark let each other get on with their own thing, doing what each of them does best. “We’ve been together for 14 years and we’ve worked together the entire time. We just know what each other does and what works well. “I don’t get off the property too often, but I ensure I stop at least once a day to enjoy a coffee with my hubby and a babycino with my little girl at Botanica. On the off-chance we do go out for breakfast or coffee, we head to Cafe Enzo at Peppers Creek. It’s lovely sitting out in the courtyard.” Spicers Vineyard Estate is at 555 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin. spicersretreats.com/spicers-vineyards-estate Discover other guesthouses and restaurants at winecountry.com.au 43


Australia’s White Wine of the Year 2014 NSW Wine of the Year 2014 Two Trophies - 2014 Australian Boutique Wine Show Two Trophies - 2014 Hunter Valley Wine Show Four Trophies - 2014 Sydney Royal Wine Show Trophy - Best Semillon in 2013 & 2014 Sydney International Wine Competition Trophy - Best Semillon 2012 & 2013 London International Wine Challenge

Experience our ultra-premium range of Estate grown single vineyard wines at our Boutique Cellar Door

McLeish Estate Wines 462 DeBeyers Road Pokolbin PH: (02) 4998 7754 www.mcleishhunterwines.com.au


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Q&A. MEET TWO LOCAL TOUR OPERATORS WHO WORK HARD TO SHOW YOU THE BEST THE HUNTER VALLEY HAS TO OFFER. DEBBIE MAIDEN, HUNTER VALLEY CADILLACS

BEN BOWE, HUNTER VINEYARD TOURS

What do you love about your current job? Well, firstly my Cadillacs. What’s not to love about gleaming chrome, tailfins, whitewall tyres and the purr of a big V8 as you drive around the vineyards? On a beautiful sunny day with the roof down on my convertible, wind in my hair, sun on my face, happy tour guests, who could ask for more?

What do you love about your current job? The variety. Each day is different, as we change our itineraries daily, so it’s not a set routine. The people we take on tour come from a wide range of countries, nationalities and age groups, so they have very different requests as to what they want to see in Wine Country. If you think variety is the spice of life, this is the job for you!

What is the most unusual request you’ve had from someone on a tour? I haven’t really had any unusual requests – more like challenging ones, such as the international guest who booked a half-day tour and wanted to visit the wineries with the best Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. Not easy when we normally visit three wineries on a half-day!

What is the most unusual request you’ve had from someone on a tour? Hmmm, I’d have to say the four Americans I took on a tour who didn’t drink wine. All they wanted to do was chase kangaroos, which they spotted through a vineyard while on the bus!

Who is the one person you’d like to take on a tour? I’d love to tour with Billy Connolly. He’s my favourite comedian and the very thought of him makes me laugh. I reckon Billy would have a blast on one of my tours and so would I!

Who is the one person you’d like to take on a tour? It would have to be Neil Diamond. I saw him when he appeared at a concert at Hope Estate and he sang “Red, Red Wine”. I’d love to show him some of the exceptional reds we have in the Hunter Valley.

Your favourite food and wine match? I love Semillon paired with beautiful fresh seafood, but I can’t go past a juicy Angus porterhouse steak teamed with crisp green beans, homemade chips and, of course, a glass or two of a yummy Shiraz, and I’m happy, happy, happy!

Your favourite food and wine match? I love a big, juicy T-bone steak cooked medium-rare on the barbie, matched with a good Hunter Valley Shiraz – either a McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant Rosehill or Tulloch Hector.

PORTRAIT PHOTOS: CHRIS ELFES

What would be on your Hunter Valley bucket list? A wine tour in one of my Caddies, having a picnic at a vineyard, spoiling myself at a day spa, taking a fighter jet ride and seeing a sunrise in a hot-air balloon.

What would be on your Hunter Valley bucket list? My bucket list would include a joy ride in a fighter jet and a hot-air balloon ride.

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Life’s a pooch. SPACE TO ROAM, OTHER FURRY PLAYMATES AND PAMPER PACKS ON ARRIVAL... THE HUNTER VALLEY'S PET-FRIENDLY PADS ARE SURE TO GET TWO PAWS UP. WORDS KRISTY BARRATT PHOTOS CHRISTOPHER IRELAND

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rom pet-grooming services that feature warm blowdries to local companies selling bespoke designer canine clothes, Australians just adore treating their four-legged companions. Perhaps that’s why Blackthorn Hill Retreat in Pokolbin, with its own dog chaise lounge inside the house and ‘pet pamper hamper’ offering, has been the NSW winner of the Best Pet-Friendly Property award two years running. “Dogs receive the red-carpet treatment when they arrive to holiday at Blackthorn Hill,” says owner Claire Fury. Angela McQuillan, 51, and partner Mike Moore, 46, can vouch for that, having holidayed at Blackthorn Hill in July with their dogs Daisy, a bull Arab, and Annie, a Great Dane. On arrival, both dogs were given a holiday ID tag to wear during their stay, should the mood strike them to explore the 25-acre working honey and nut farm with Blackthorn’s kelpie-cross farm dog, Angus. “We left the girls to roam with Angus while we went wine tasting – it was perfect,” says Angela, from the Sunshine Coast. “With so much room for them to play off the leash, it made our holiday much more relaxed. It was like a home away from home.” For Jenee Brandon, 44, and partner Michael, 47, that’s exactly what Hunter Hideaway Cottages was for them during winter: a home away from home. While the pair renovated their house in Cessnock, they needed a place to stay for two months with their chihuahua, Reggie, and foxy-Jack Russell cross, Zena. “We travel a lot within NSW and always take the puppies, but Hunter Hideaway was the most suitable place we’ve ever been,” says Jenee. “It has lots of open space and a lovely verandah for the puppies to soak up the sun.” The promise of open spaces, rolling hills and cool dams is what lures many dog lovers to the Hunter Valley, especially Sydneysiders. Putri and Nick Ferraro, both 30, recently celebrated Nick’s 30th away from the city at Wirral Grange Vineyard and Cottage with Charlie, their German short-haired pointer. “We loved walking Charlie around the property and collecting fresh eggs from the chickens to cook for breakfast,” says Putri. “It was our first time holidaying in the Hunter with Charlie and we’ll definitely be going back.” As former Sydneysiders, Wirral Grange’s owners Terry and Carol Hughes say part of the joy in running the property is having the dogs come and stay. “We moved here 12 years ago from Balmain,” says Carol. “Our two chocolate border collies, Brandy and Remy, love having new friends to play with.”

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Tuscany Wine Estate Resort is another pooch-friendly, family-run business that loves animals, having been home to a shih tzu and a blue heeler, who have now passed on. “We’ve been holidaying at Tuscany Wine Estate for six years and each time we visit, the staff ask us if KC, our 12-year-old border collie, is coming with us,” says Robert Megna, 59. Splitting their time between Los Angeles and Sydney, Robert and his wife Katie, 51, are no strangers to the travelling life. The couple rescued California-born KC when he was six weeks old, and since then, he too has led a life of leisure, regularly joining his owners on their jaunts to LA. For most dog owners, their four-legged pals are a part of their intimate family circle, so when they go on holidays, they like to bring their furry friends, too. Just ask Peter Hearle, 64, and wife Cate, 57, who recently holidayed at Englewood Ridge in Rothbury with their extended family: son Michael, daughter-in-law Greta and baby Bailey, and daughter Elise, son-in-law Luke, and their staffy Zeus. “Elise and Luke often have trouble finding accommodation that is safe and pet-friendly so they can take Zeus,” says Peter. “But Englewood Ridge was perfect. It’s a beautiful big house on a lovely property with a fenced yard. The boys played golf while the ladies went to high tea – typical,” he laughs. And Zeus? “Well, he just chilled out – he loved it.” Pet-friendly holidays aren’t only reserved for dogs, though. Jan Owen, 60, and husband Dave, 65, have been road-tripping around Australia in a RV for two years. From the couple’s hometown of Cairns, they’ve travelled far and wide – with their South American pet parrot Ollie in tow. Every two months the Queensland couple service their van, seeking accommodation for a few days at a time. That’s how they ended up at The Wattle Lodge, a grazing property near Pokolbin, run by husband-and-wife team Winn and Roger Drinan. With Pepper and Dolly, two pure-bred German coolies, waiting to greet the Owens as they arrived, Jan was happy to have stumbled upon the self-contained lodge. “It was wonderfully set up for pets,” recalls Jan. “At night, we brought Ollie’s cage into our room and when we went wine tasting he stayed inside at the property. Ollie has become like one of my children,” laughs Jan. “My kids can’t get over it. They think I spoil him rotten and that they got the raw end of the stick.” For more pet-friendly accommodation, turn to page 97.


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: PEPPER AND DOLLY CALL THE WATTLE LODGE HOME; ANGUS FROM BLACKTHORN HILL; SPACE TO ROAM AT BLACKTHORN HILL RETREAT; HUNTER HIDEAWAY COTTAGES; INSIDE BLACKTHORN HILL RETREAT; REMY AT WIRRAL GRANGE VINEYARD; COLLECT FRESH EGGS AT WIRRAL GRANGE VINEYARD; THE PET PAMPER HAMPER FROM BLACKTHORN HILL.

“With so much room for them to play off the leash, it made our holiday much more relaxed. It was like a home away from home.”

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Home Grown Traditions When you have someone to share your passion with, anything is possible. Ian & Merralea Scarborough may have started Scarborough Wine Co. in the late 70s, however creating amazing wine runs in this family. Over 10 years ago Jerome Scarborough returned to the Hunter Valley to collaborate with Ian and became the second winemaker for Scarborough Wine Co. Working so closely with your family can be tough, however both Ian and Jerome have always found

Scarborough Wine Co. 179 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin

Scarborough on Hermitage 972 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

common ground when it comes to making great wine.

Their combined passion is driving Ian and Jerome to not only continue producing wines like their classic Yellow Label Chardonnay, but creating new traditions such as their Pinot Noir Rosé and I.M Red blend. Today you can taste Scarborough wines in two unique locations in the gorgeous Hunter Valley. When you drink Scarborough wine, you get more than a great wine, you become part of the family. Our Home. Your Wine.

www.scarboroughwine.com.au 1300 888 545 or cellar@scarboroughwine.com.au

Atmosphere for Discovery «««««

JAMES HALLIDAY 5 STAR WINERY

Nestled in the heart of the Hunter Valley, Pepper Tree has been handcrafting wines of purity, elegance and distinction since 1991. Continuing to receive international & national recognition for its wines, we offer a unique and relaxed atmosphere for wine tasting and encourage visitors to discover wines from four of Australia’s premium wine growing regions. We now provide visitors an enhanced experience with our coffee house, ‘Contango Espresso-Roasters’ serving award winning coffee roasted on-site. VISIT US at 86 Halls Rd, Pokolbin 2320 - Open 7 days Cellar Door - MON to FRI 9.00am to 5.00pm Contango - MON to FRI 9.00am to 3.30pm SAT & SUN 9.30am to 5.00pm SAT & SUN 9.30am to 3.30pm * Buses by appointment only!

www.peppertreewines.com.au


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Your guide to the region’s essential sights and services. • Cellar Doors • Restaurants & Cafes • Gourmet • • Tours • Experiences • Accommodation

• Weddings • Services •

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must visit destination International Winemaker of the Year, 2009, 2011 and 2012 at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London, White Winemaker of the Year at the 2013 International Wine Challenge and Trophy for Best White Single Varietal at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2013. Call in and taste our range of International award winning and Cellar Door exclusive wines. Ask our friendly staff about the Vintage Wine Club. Winery Tours at 12 noon each day and on weekends 11am and 12 noon. We cater for groups up to 100 people. (Conditions apply). Phone for further information regarding group and tour bookings.

McGuigan Cellars, Corner Broke & McDonalds Roads, Pokolbin Ph 02 4998 4111 *One voucher per transaction.

Present this advert at our Cellar Door and receive a *Free GiFt when purchasing any three bottles of wine.


Discover.

A world of wine

10 great reasons to visit

So close to Sydney yet truly a world away, the Hunter Valley is the birthplace of Australian wine. Wine Country – as the Hunter Valley is known – is a dynamic wine region with more than 150 premium wine producers, 60 tempting restaurants and 180 inviting places to stay. It has all the ingredients for a perfect getaway, from gourmet regional produce, boutique breweries, indulgent spas and action-packed adventures to acclaimed gardens, galleries and heritage towns. Pokolbin and Rothbury represent the traditional heart of the Hunter Valley, but there are plenty of other towns to explore and secrets to discover. The rural community of Wollombi is famed for its colonial architecture, convict-built buildings and lush bushland, while Lovedale, Mount View and Broke exude an air of tranquillity with boutique wineries, family-owned restaurants and cafes, and hospitable B&Bs. Wind your way between old delights and new surprises as you relax and unwind in this remarkable region.

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courses, which take advantage of the views.

The Hunter Valley is famous for its Semillon and Shiraz, but you’ll also find Chardonnay, Verdelho, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and specialty varieties (organic, biodynamic, sparkling, fortifieds and dessert wines).

Hunter Valley Gardens has over 25 landscaped hectares of themed display gardens to see, which change from season to season.

Did you know? There are 2664 hectares of wine grapes planted in the Hunter Valley (1153 red, 1511 white).

Sample everything from olives, olive oils, tapenades, jams, chocolate, cheese, coffee to beer and spirits, all locally grown and made.

Source: ABS Vineyards Survey

Drive time Discover the Hunter Valley way of life – it’s just a two-hour drive north of Sydney. With the new Hunter Expressway you can now travel a more direct route to the vineyards, and it will cut travel times between Newcastle and the Hunter Valley by up to 25 minutes.

� CREATIVE CUISINE Lunch at a casual al fresco cafe overlooking the vines or enjoy dinner at a fine-dining restaurant with a crackling fire.

� GOURMET PRODUCE

� TOURS OF ALL TYPES Take a tour in a horse-drawn carriage, a Cadillac convertible, a modern limousine or on the back of a bike (more tour options on page 83).

� CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF Tee off among the vines at one of three international-class

� FLOWER POWER

� FLIGHTS OF FANCY Greet the morning with a sunrise hot-air balloon flight, then see the sights in your own private helicopter (see page 89 for more aerial activities).

� RESCUE REMEDY The Hunter Valley boasts several destination spas, so you can sign up for an hour, a day or a week of indulgent treatments.

� ARTISAN LANDSCAPES Explore galleries showcasing a range of local artists’ work from paint and sculpture to glasswork and woodwork.

�� EVENTS TO REMEMBER Watch your favourite performer and enjoy great food and wine at one of the Valley’s signature events, concerts and festivals (see page 36–38 for What’s On). 51


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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: VINEYARDS IN BROKE AT THE FOOTHILLS OF THE BROKENBACK RANGE; SHIRAZ IS THE REGION'S FLAGSHIP RED; EXPLORING THE ABORIGINAL SITES OF WOLLOMBI; MCDONALDS ROAD POKOLBIN.

Hunter Valley subregions. While it is the Hunter Valley as a whole that is recognised and remembered as a world-class food and wine destination, the region is made up of a number of smaller subregions. Each has its own secrets to reveal and subtle nuances in terms of wine characteristics. They can be discovered on their own or as part of the Hunter Valley food and wine trail.

BROKE FORDWICH The Broke Fordwich region, a 20-minute drive from Pokolbin, is nestled at the foothills of the Brokenback Range in the shadow of the majestic Yellow Rock escarpment. It has a rustic charm and is pin-drop quiet, making it the perfect destination for a relaxing rural retreat. Peppered with boutique and biodynamic vineyards, olive groves, cosy accommodation options and restaurants, it has two bigticket events: A Little Bit of Italy held each April and the Broke Village Fair & Vintage Car Display in September.

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Road and turn left you’ve arrived in Lovedale, a relaxed neighbourhood east of Pokolbin. The winding country roads are lined with cellar doors, eateries and an eclectic collection of places to stay – pick up a copy of the Tour De Lovedale map, painted by local artist Megan Barrass, and follow the self-drive route. It’s also home to mobs of kangaroos and wallabies, and the Lovedale Long Lunch, which takes place on the third weekend in May each year.

MOUNT VIEW As far as idyllic rural backdrops go, you can’t ask for much better than Mount View. Weaving its way past terraced vineyards, tasting rooms and charming B&Bs, Mount

View Road takes you up to the Bimbadeen and Mount Bright Lookouts, with breathtaking views in every direction. It’s off the beaten track, but the mountaintop outlook, peaceful setting and memorable food and wine experiences are worth seeking out.

POKOLBIN Pokolbin isn’t a town or village, but it’s hailed as the hub of the Hunter Valley because it has the highest concentration of wineries, restaurants, accommodation and activities in the region. The first vineyards in the Valley were planted in Pokolbin in the early 1800s, and it continues to play a pivotal role in winemaking today with winemakers producing the region’s award-winning flagship wines – Shiraz and Semillon – as well as new varieties that receive widespread acclaim. While Pokolbin revolves around Broke and McDonalds Roads, it also includes established trails such as Palmers “Wine Lovers” Lane and the Around Hermitage Trail.

UPPER HUNTER The Upper Hunter is the largest horse-breeding region in Australia with an extensive viticultural industry based around Denman, Muswellbrook and Jerrys Plains. Stretching from Singleton in the south to Murrurundi in the north, it has a bevy of paddock-to-plate produce to sample, including olives, cheese and boutique wines, as well as outdoor and water-based activities at Lake St Clair and Lake Glenbawn.

WOLLOMBI VALLEY Drive 30 minutes south-west of Pokolbin to the quaint village of Wollombi and you’ll be transported back to a bygone era. Established in the mid-1800s, the pretty hamlet is famed for its colonial architecture and oldworld general store. The gateway to the Wollombi Valley, it offers a heady mix of attractions from ancient Aboriginal sites, national parks and the Great North Road convict trail to farmgate produce and boutique wines.


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Rodd St, Broke 

02 6579 1386

KIDS’ PLAYGROUND

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1273 Milbrodale Rd, Broke 

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Margan Winery & Restaurant

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LOVEDALE � NORTH ROTHBURY Adina Vineyard & Olive Grove

492 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7473

Allandale Winery

132 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4990 4526

Andevine Wines

247 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7258

Capercaillie Wine

4 Londons Rd, Lovedale

02 4990 2904

Emma’s Cottage Vineyard

438 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale 

02 4998 7734

Gartelmann Wines

701 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7113

Tellace Wines

356 Tuckers Ln, North Rothbury 

02 4938 7173

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Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard

750 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 1866

Ballabourneen Wine Co.

2347 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6505

Bimbadgen

790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 4600

Blueberry Hill Vineyard

999 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7295

Brokenwood Wines

401–427 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7559

Calais Estate Wines

151 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7654

Cockfighter’s Ghost Wines

Cnr McDonalds & DeBeyers Rds, Pokolbin 

02 4993 3600

Constable Estate

205 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7887

David Hook Wines

Cnr Ekerts & Broke Rds, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7121

De Bortoli Wines

532 Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin 

02 4993 8800

De Iuliis Wines

1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 8000

Drayton’s Family Wines

555 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7513

Eagles Rest Wines

534 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6714

Ernest Hill Wines

307 Wine Country Dr, Nulkaba 

02 4991 4418

First Creek Wines

600 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7293

Gemelli Estate

168 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7910

Glandore Estate Wines

1595 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7140

Gundog Hunter Cellar & Gourmet Pantry

101 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6873

Hanging Tree Wines

294 O'Connors Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6608

Harkham Wines

266 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7648

Hermitage Road Cellars & Winery

Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7777

Hungerford Hill Wines

2450 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7666

Keith Tulloch Wine

Cnr Hermitage & Deasys Rds, Pokolbin

02 4998 7500

Kelman Vineyard

2 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4991 5456

Kevin Sobels Wines

5 Halls Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7766

Lake’s Folly

2416 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7507

Lambloch Estate

2342 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6722

Leogate Estate Wines

1693 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7499

Lindeman’s

119 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4993 3700

Macquariedale Organic Wines

170 Sweetwater Rd, Rothbury 

02 6574 7012

Marsh Estate

95 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7587

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WINE VARIETIES The Hunter Valley produces less than two per cent of Australia’s wine, yet lays claim to some of the industry’s oldest and most well-known winemaking families, and consistently produces an impressive, award-winning array of varieties and styles. Semillon The Hunter Valley sets the world benchmark for Semillon, and it is, both nationally and internationally, the most highly awarded variety produced in the region. In its youth, it is zesty, bright with lemon/lime aromas and flavours, and has a delicate acidity to finish – perfect for fresh seafood. Those who are prepared to wait are rewarded with complexity – biscuit, malt, honey and toasty richness. Chardonnay Typically medium- to full-bodied in style, Hunter Valley Chardonnay is characterised by peach, fig and tropical fruit-like flavours with crisp and fresh unwooded styles, and full-bodied, rich and fulfilling wooded styles. Verdelho A style unique to the Hunter Valley, Verdelho, customarily made without oak, is a fruit-driven medium-bodied wine. Shiraz Shiraz is undoubtedly the most important red variety in the Hunter Valley. Regionally distinctive, it is medium- to fullbodied, characterised when young by blackberry, mulberry and plum characters, as well as spice, chocolate and liquorice with the characteristic regional earthy, leathery tones and complexity developing with age. Cabernet Sauvignon Hunter Valley Cabernet is somewhat of an enigma, producing wines with firm tannins, a fragrant bouquet and smoky aromas developing into cigar-box complexity with age. Merlot Merlot from the Hunter Valley shows suppleness, fine tannins and leafy complexity. A number of specialty wines, including organic, sparkling, fortified and dessert wines are also produced. No matter what your preference, you’ll always find a style to share and enjoy in the Hunter Valley. 55


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NULKABA, POKOLBIN � ROTHBURY CONTINUED McGuigan Wines

447 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7402

McLeish Estate

462 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7754

Meerea Park

@ Tempus Two Complex, Pavilion B, 2144 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7474

Mistletoe Winery

771 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin 

1800 055 080

Misty Glen Wines & Cottage

293 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7781

Moorebank Vineyard Estate

150 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7610

Mount Pleasant Estate

401 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7505

Oakvale Wines

1596 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7088

Pepper Tree Wines

86 Halls Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4909 7100

Peter Drayton Wines

@ IronBark Hill, Vineyard, 694 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin 

02 6574 7085

Peterson House

Cnr Broke Rd & Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin 

RidgeView Wines Rothvale Winery Saddler’s Creek Wines Scarborough on Hermitage Scarborough Wine Co.

179 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7563

Small Winemakers Centre

426 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7668

St Clements Estate

136 Talga Rd, Rothbury 

02 4930 7799

Tempus Two Cellar Door

Cnr Broke & McDonalds Rds, Pokolbin 

02 4993 3999

Thomas Allen Wines

1733 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7250

Thomas Wines

@ Small Winemakers Centre,  426 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7668

Tinklers

53 Pokolbin Mountains Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7435

Tintilla Estate Wines & Olives

725 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7093

Travertine Wines

78 Old North Rd, Pokolbin 

02 6574 7378

Tulloch Wines

638 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7580

Tyrrell’s Wines

1838 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4993 7028

Vinden Estate Wines

138 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7410

Wombat Crossing Vineyard

530 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin 

02 6574 7357

Wynwood Estate 

310 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7885

Briar Ridge Vineyard

593 Mount View Rd, Mount View

02 4990 3670

Mount View Estate

502 Mount View Rd, Mount View 

02 4990 3307

Petersons Wines

552 Mount View Rd, Mount View 

02 4990 1704

Savannah Estate

402 Mount View Rd, Mount View 

02 4990 6326

Tallavera Grove Vineyard

749 Mount View Rd, Mount View 

02 4990 7535

2 Yarrawa Rd, Denman

02 6547 2556

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273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7332

223 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7290

15 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4991 1770

972 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 6538

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UPPER HUNTER Two Rivers Wines

WOLLOMBI Stonehurst Wines 

1840 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi 

02 4998 1576

Wollombi Wines

Wollombi Rd, Wollombi 

02 4998 3427

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���� LIVING LEGEND KEVIN SOBELS.

HUNTER VALLEY LEGENDS AND WINE INDUSTRY AWARDS Congratulations to the 2014 Hunter Valley Legends and Wine Industry Awards winners, who were announced at a gala event at historic Wyndham Estate earlier this year. The winners of each category were judged by a panel of past winners, industry leaders and guest media judge, Patrick Haddock. › Winemaker of the Year, sponsored by First Creek Winemaking Services, recognises an outstanding Hunter Valley winemaker who is a leader in their profession and the 2014 winner is multi-award-winning winemaker Andrew Thomas from Thomas Wines. › Cellar Door of the Year, sponsored by CBA Local Business Banking, recognises excellence at the cellar door, and the family-owned and operated Tulloch Wines won this coveted accolade. › Rising Star of the Year, sponsored by Riedel, recognises an aspiring star involved in winemaking, vineyard management, marketing or sales and this year Belinda Stapleton from Spicers Vineyards Estate and Restaurant Botanica took home the title. › Viticulturist of the Year, sponsored by Laffort Australia, recognises an outstanding viticulturist involved in the management of Hunter Valley vineyards and this year’s recipient was Louise Eather from Wyndham Estate. › Kevin Sobels was inducted into the Hunter Valley Hall of Fame as the 2014 Living Legend, acknowledging his lifetime of service to the Hunter Valley. › The Hunter Valley Heritage Award, sponsored by Brian & Fay McGuigan, honours the Hunter Valley’s history as Australia’s oldest commercial wine region. This year, there were two recipients: the first was the 1973 Hunter Vintage Festival Poster, and the second was Cessnock’s oldest sawn timber home Marthaville. The Heritage-Trust listed twin-gabled homestead was built as early as 1885 and retains many of its original features. For full details of results, visit winecountry.com.au 57


CELLAR DOORS BROKE FORDWICH • LOVEDALE

KRINKLEWOOD BIODYNAMIC  VINEYARD ��� WOLLOMBI RD, BROKE 

T 02 6579 1322 E info@krinklewood.com krinklewood.com Krinklewood is a certified biodynamic/organic, family-owned vineyard, managed in a holistic and sustainable way. The French-inspired cellar door is set in Provençal gardens with Wollombi Brook and the Brokenback Range spectacular backdrops. Cheese platters available. Sat–Sun 10am–5pm

WHISPERING BROOK RODD ST, BROKE

T 02 6579 1386 E info@whispering-brook.com whispering-brook.com “Whispering Brook is one of the best cellar doors in the area, with sweeping vistas and a stellar wine list,” wrote CNN Travel’s Thomas Woodgate. See for yourself and experience a tutored tour through the winery, vineyards and olive groves followed by a wine tasting. Sat 11am–5pm, Sun 10.30am–4.30pm

MARGAN WINERY � RESTAURANT

STOMP! WINES

���� MILBRODALE RD, BROKE

���� MILBRODALE RD, BROKE

Leading winemaker Andrew Margan hand-crafts premium estate-grown, estate-made wines from the Margan old vine vineyards. Enjoy expansive views of the vineyards and spectacular Brokenback Range from the cellar door. Awarded Hunter Valley Cellar Door of the Year 2013 and a 5-star James Halliday rating from 2009 to 2014. Daily 10am–5pm

Owners Michael and Meredith will guide your tasting of highly awarded, contemporary brands Stomp! and Pssst ’n’ Broke, as they share their passion for growing and crafting fresh, fruit-driven wines. Savour classic estate-grown Hunter Valley varieties and a rare sparkling Verdelho. Fri 12.30–4.30pm, Sat–Sun 10.30am–4.30pm

ADINA VINEYARD � OLIVE  GROVE

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

T 02 6579 1372 E cellardoor@margan.com.au margan.com.au

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

T 02 4930 7473 E info@adinavineyard.com.au adinavineyard.com.au Adina Vineyard is a destination with something for everyone – great wines, estate-produced providore products, extra virgin olive oils, 4.5-star accommodation, cafe/restaurant and day spa. The friendly staff is ready to welcome you and ensure you enjoy the Adina experience. Daily 10am–5pm

M 0409 774 280 E meredith@stompwine.com.au stompwine.com.au

ALLANDALE WINERY T 02 4990 4526 E wines@allandalewinery.com.au allandalewinery.com.au Allandale boasts a distinguished portfolio of classic Hunter Valley wines, as well as more contemporary varieties such as Pinot Gris and Tempranillo. Tastings are held in the winery where friendly cellar door staff will help you find wines that you’ll enjoy while taking in the breathtaking Valley views. Mon–Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 10am–5pm

ANDEVINE WINES

CAPERCAILLIE WINE

EMMA’S COTTAGE VINEYARD

��� WILDERNESS RD, LOVEDALE

� LONDONS RD, LOVEDALE

��� WILDERNESS RD, LOVEDALE

Andrew Leembruggen has been making internationally awarded wines for more than 15 years. His Andevine Wines are handcrafted to exhibit floral aromas and delicate flavours, and are 100% grown and made in the Hunter Valley. The cellar door combines the best of modern comfort, old-world charm and friendly service. Fri–Mon 10am–5pm

Capercaillie winery and cellar door is situated on some of the best vineyards in the Lovedale region. It offers a range of Hunter Valley wines, including the flagship Ghillie Shiraz, as well as a selection of multi-regional blends using specific parcels of fruit from other areas. Daily 10am–4pm

Try estate-grown wines, including sparkling and liqueur wines, at this friendly family-owned cellar door. You can also browse the adjoining art gallery with original works by Megan Barrass, a well-known local artist. There’s also a restaurant and accommodation onsite. Sat–Sun 10am–5pm

T 02 4930 7258 E andrew@andevinewines.com.au andevinewines.com.au

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T 02 4990 2904 E sales@capercailliewine.com.au capercailliewine.com.au

T 02 4998 7734 E emmascottage@bigpond.com hunteraccommodation.com.au


CELLAR DOORS

LOVEDALE • NORTH ROTHBURY • NULKABA • POKOLBIN

GARTELMANN WINES

TELLACE WINES

ERNEST HILL WINES

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

��� TUCKERS LN, NORTH ROTHBURY 

��� WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

T 02 4930 7113 E sales@gartelmann.com.au gartelmann.com.au Experience the Gartelmann difference. Come in and be absorbed by the tranquil surrounds of this eco-friendly designed cellar door while you enjoy the quality boutique difference at Gartelmann Wines. The wines represent the best of the Hunter and beyond. Family owned and operated with passion. Mon–Sat 9am– 5pm, Sun 10am–4pm

T 02 4938 7173 E info@tellace.com.au

Tellace Wines is a working vineyard with a cosy cellar door and three-bedroom cottage surrounded by bushland in a quiet country lane. With local boutique beer on tap and wine available by the glass or bottle, it’s an ideal spot to relax and enjoy a picnic. Fri–Sun 10.30am–5pm

T 02 4991 4418 E wines@ernesthillwines.com.au ernesthillwines.com.au Known for its superb wines and excellent service, this family-owned and operated cellar door is the home of the multi-award-winning Alexander Chardonnay and William Henry Shiraz. It also produces delicious lighter-style dessert wines and a liqueur Muscat. All wines are exclusive to the cellar door. Daily 10am–5pm

AUDREY WILKINSON VINEYARD

BALLABOURNEEN WINE CO.

BIMBADGEN

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 6505 E info@ballabourneen.com.au ballabourneen.com.au

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 4600 E cellardoor@bimbadgen.com.au bimbadgen.com.au

Planted in 1866, Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard was the first vineyard established in the Parish of Pokolbin, more than 140 years ago. With breathtaking views of the Hunter Valley, this James Halliday red 5-star winery is an absolute must-visit for visitors to the region. Daily 10am–5pm (closed Xmas & Boxing Day)

Experience Ballabourneen’s friendly approach to wine education and excellent range of Hunter Valley wines made by prize-winning winemaker Daniel (Buckets) Binet, including the only Gamay Noir in the region, a light-bodied Beaujolais-style red. Nominated a Dark Horse Winery to watch in James Halliday’s 2012 Australian Wine Companion. Daily 10am–5pm

Located high on a hill in the heart of Wine Country, Bimbadgen is a striking winery with a cellar door featuring more than 23 varieties and blends, award-winning Esca Bimbadgen Restaurant, cafe, outdoor amphitheatre and accommodation all in the one stunning location. A James Halliday 5-star winery. Sun–Thu 10am–5pm, Fri–Sat 10am–7pm

T 02 4998 1866 E cellardoor@audreywilkinson.com.au audreywilkinson.com.au

BLUEBERRY HILL VINEYARD ��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

BROKENWOOD WINES

CALAIS ESTATE WINES

���–��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

��� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

You’ll find your thrill at Blueberry Hill, a wellestablished vineyard growing six varieties – Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The boutique cellar door boasts panoramic views across vineyards to the Brokenback Range and there’s lovely B&B accommodation too. Daily 10am–5pm

Brokenwood’s cellar door is located in the original winery and boasts an impressive array of premium wines, sourced from all the right regions, for all the right reasons. From the flagship wine, the acclaimed Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, to the popular Cricket Pitch range, the quality will impress. Daily 9.30am–5pm

Located in a convict-carved sandstone cellar door, Calais Estate has one of the largest ranges of boutique wines in the Valley, including a full range of hand-produced Methode Traditionelle sparkling wines. The Estate includes a homewares and gift shop, as well as The Verandah Restaurant. Daily 9am–5pm

T 02 4998 7295 E blueberryhill@pacific.net.au blueberryhill.com.au

T 02 4998 7559 E sales@brokenwood.com.au brokenwood.com.au

T 02 4998 7654 E info@calaiswines.com.au calaiswines.com.au

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COCKFIGHTER’S GHOST WINES

CONSTABLE ESTATE

DAVID HOOK WINES

CNR MCDONALDS � DEBEYERS RDS, POKOLBIN

��� GILLARDS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7887 E hunter@constablevineyards.com.au constablevineyards.com.au

CNR EKERTS � BROKE RDS, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7121 E sales@davidhookwines.com.au davidhookwines.com.au

The Cockfighter’s Ghost label is stabled in a state-of-the-art, architecturally designed building. Located on the historic Post Office Vineyard and surrounded by the region’s oldest Shiraz vines, a visit to the Cockfighter’s Ghost cellar door is one of the highlights of the Hunter Valley. Daily 10am–5pm (closed Xmas & Boxing Day)

Try the mouth-watering Sparkling Pink Moscato and Botrytis Semillon, and then meet Matilda the cow and solve the mystery tune painted on her shoulder at this delightful property. There are also beautifully landscaped gardens, bronze and marble sculptures, and a new lookout to explore. Daily 10am–4pm

One of the district’s most exclusive small cellars, David Hook Wines specialises in single-vineyard wines made from the region’s traditional varieties including Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz, and is also renowned for the Italian varieties Barbera and Pinot Grigio. A 5-star James Halliday winery. Daily 10am–5pm

T 02 4993 3600 E info@cockfightersghost.com.au cockfightersghost.com.au

DE BORTOLI WINES

DE IULIIS WINES

DRAYTON'S FAMILY WINES

��� WINE COUNTRY DR, POKOLBIN

T 02 4993 8800 E hunter_info@debortoli.com.au debortoli.com.au

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4993 8000 E sales@dewine.com.au dewine.com.au

��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

Proudly family owned since 1928. This cellar door, at the gateway to Wine Country, offers an extensive portfolio of wines, including the iconic Noble One dessert wine, local Semillon and Shiraz, delicious Moscato as well as premium fortified wines and sparkling wines. Daily 10am–5pm

One of the hardest names to say in the Australian wine industry, but one of the best! This acclaimed producer focuses on regionality and a modern winemaking approach to ensure unique yet highly identifiable wines with a sense of time and place. A James Halliday red 5-star winery. Daily 10am–5pm

Drayton’s Family Wines is proud to be one of the oldest, 100% family-owned producers of quality wines. The range of wines is indicative of the Hunter’s best and a visit to the cellar door will provide you with an authentic Hunter Valley Wine Country experience. Mon–Fri 8am–5pm, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm

T 02 4998 7513 E drink@draytons.com.au draytonswines.com.au

EAGLES REST WINES

FIRST CREEK WINES

GEMELLI ESTATE

��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

��� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 6714 E cellardoor@eaglesrestwines.com.au eaglesrestwines.com

T 02 4998 7293 E sales@firstcreekwines.com.au firstcreekwines.com.au

T 02 4998 7910 E info@gemelliestate.com.au gemelliestate.com.au

At the heart of Eagles Rest Wines is the renowned Maluna vineyard with a history stretching back to the 1860s. Replanted in 1971, this vineyard produces super-premium wines which exemplify the notion of distinguished single vineyard sites for Chardonnay, Semillon and Shiraz. Daily 10am–5pm

Immerse yourself in the wine experience at First Creek Wines, with daily winery tours from 10.30am and cellar door tastings of Hunter classics, emerging varieties and a trophy winner or two. With a red 5-star James Halliday rating, First Creek Wines is not to be missed. Mon–Sat 9.30am–5pm, Sun 9.30am–4pm

At this boutique, family-owned business you can sample hand-picked wines and buy wine by the glass or bottle and enjoy with a cheese platter while taking in the stunning views. You can indulge further and book in for the monthly high tea or stay in the quaint cottage on the property. Sat–Sun 10am–5pm, Mon & Fri 10am–4pm

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GLANDORE ESTATE WINES ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7140 E info@glandorewines.com glandorewines.com Glandore Estate’s aim has been to produce wines of great character, regionality and style from the traditional varieties known in the Hunter Valley to new and exciting alternative varieties such as Tempranillo and Savagnin. Visit the boutique cellar door and taste what everyone’s talking about. Daily 10am–5pm

HARKHAM WINES ��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7648 E info@harkhamwine.com harkhamwine.com This family-run and owned winery produces kosher wines – wines made according to Judaism’s religious law. It focuses on small batches of hand-picked, high-quality fruit, selected predominantly from hillside vineyards in the Valley, with minimal intervention in the winemaking process. Sat–Sun 10am–6pm or weekdays by appointment

GUNDOG HUNTER CELLAR  � GOURMET PANTRY ��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 6873 E info@gundogestate.com.au gundogestate.com.au

HANGING TREE WINES ��� O'CONNORS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 6608 E info@hangingtreewines.com.au hangingtreewines.com.au

Discover high-quality regionally distinct wines and a hand-picked selection of gourmet products, reflecting Gundog’s ‘quality over quantity’ philosophy at this 5-star James Halliday winery. Awarded Best Small Cellar Door – Lower Hunter by Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine in 2013. Daily 10am–5pm

Hanging Tree cellar door is located in the heart of Pokolbin. It is one of the most picturesque properties in the Valley with rose gardens, a duck pond and an antique-filled cellar door, all teeming with character. Pop in and taste the award-winning wines. Fri–Sun 10am–5pm & public holidays, or by appointment

HERMITAGE ROAD CELLARS  � WINERY

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7777 E wines@hunterresort.com.au hunterresort.com.au/wine/index.htm

Nowhere else in the Valley can you try so many wines under the one roof. Offering an exclusive range of premium wines from small Hunter Valley winemakers, including Thomas Wines, David Hook, Margan Wines, Little Wine Co, Polin & Polin and Stormy Ridge. Daily 10am–5pm (closed Xmas Day)

HUNGERFORD HILL WINES T 02 4998 7666 E wines@hungerfordhill.com.au hungerfordhill.com.au Rated a 5-star winery in the 2014 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, Hungerford Hill offers a premium tasting experience in stylish surrounds. Enjoy a traditional stand-up tasting, or book in for a seated Epic™ food and wine tasting experience with bites prepared by Muse Restaurant. Sun–Thu 10am–5pm, Fri–Sat 10am–6pm

SOME OF OUR VINES ARE OLDER THAN THE ONES IN FRANCE. LUCK Y YOU. KEITH TULLOCH WINE CNR HERMITAGE � DEASYS RDS, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7500 E info@keithtullochwine.com.au keithtullochwine.com.au Keith is a fourth-generation Hunter Valley winemaker specialising in crafting small-batch, ultra-premium wines made in classic styles. The focus at the vineyard is on winemaking excellence to ensure each and every bottle has both unique character and outstanding cellaring potential. Daily 10am–5pm

A curious fact but true. Planted from the early 1800s, our vines were untouched by the phylloxera epidemic of the late 1800s which wiped out all of France’s vineyards.

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KELMAN VINEYARD

KEVIN SOBELS WINES

LAKE’S FOLLY

� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

� HALLS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7766 E kevin@sobelswines.com.au sobelswines.com.au

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7507 E wine@lakesfolly.com.au lakesfolly.com.au

Nestled at the gateway to Mount View, Kelman is a community-owned vineyard producing both classic, premium wines and a sweet wine range. Visit the Pokolbin cellar door and try the wines, and you can also sample a range of delicious local olives, olive oils and condiments. Daily 10am–4pm

The Sobels winery stands on the corner of Broke and Halls Roads in Pokolbin, and every wine for sale under the Sobels label is made, aged and bottled onsite. The sales room is staffed by friendly, knowledgeable people offering a range of dry and sweeter style Hunter Valley wines. Daily 9am–5pm

A Hunter icon and Australia’s first boutique winery, Lake’s Folly was established in 1963. Its two flagship wines – a Cabernet blend and a Chardonnay – are produced in limited quantities and grown, made and bottled on the Estate. Lake’s Folly has a red 5-star James Halliday winery rating. Daily 10am–4pm (when wine available)

T 02 4991 5456 E admin@kelmanvineyard.com.au kelmanvineyard.com.au

LAMBLOCH ESTATE

LEOGATE ESTATE WINES

LINDEMAN’S

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

Home of The Loch, a flagship Shiraz rated 96 points for the last two years in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion. You can enjoy a wine-tasting experience with cheese and chocolate at this elegant cellar door and take in some of the best views of the Valley. Daily 10am–6pm

Opened in 2013, Leogate Estate Wine’s cellar door is in the centre of the Brokenback Vineyard, surrounded by the 50-year-old vines that produce the trophy- and gold-medal-winning wines. Taste in the opulent villa or relax in the fountain courtyard. A James Halliday 5-star winery. Daily 10am–5pm

Lindeman’s has been an integral part of the Hunter Valley landscape for 170 years. Its trademark hospitality includes exclusive cellar door wines, a wine club with special members’ benefits, private tasting experiences, wedding and event space for 300+ and Cafe 1843 offering lunch daily. Daily 10am–5pm (closed Good Friday, Xmas, Boxing & New Year’s Day)

T 02 4998 6722 E cellardoor@lambloch.com lambloch.com

T 02 4998 7499 E sales@leogate.com.au leogate.com.au

T 02 4993 3700 E cellardoor@lindemans.com.au lindemans.com.au

MARSH ESTATE

MCGUIGAN WINES

MCLEISH ESTATE

�� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7402 E hunter@mcguiganwines.com.au mcguiganwines.com.au

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7754 E info@mcleishhunterwines.com.au mcleishhunterwines.com.au

Marsh Estate was planted more than 40 years ago on two of the most famous soil profiles in the Hunter Valley, qualifying for the Heritage Listing Old Vines. Everything is grown, handpicked, made, matured and bottled onsite, and the entire vineyard is non-irrigated. Daily 10am–4.30pm

Winner of the 2009, 2011 and 2012 International Winemaker of the Year, and 2009, 2012 and 2013 International White Winemaker of the Year, McGuigan Wines is a must-visit destination. Enjoy awardwinning museum and cellar-door-only wines in the recently refurbished tasting rooms. Daily 9.30am–5pm

Over 29 vintages this James Halliday 5-star winery has established itself as one of the region’s most awarded premium boutique wineries, including winning the Best Semillon Trophy at the 2013 London International Wine Challenge. It’s an essential stop for anyone who enjoys exceptional wines. Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm

T 02 4998 7587 E sales@marshestate.com.au marshestate.com.au

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MEEREA PARK

MISTLETOE WINERY

MISTY GLEN WINES � COTTAGE

@ TEMPUS TWO COMPLEX, PAVILION B, ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

��� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7474 E info@meereapark.com.au meereapark.com.au Meerea Park was established in 1991 by Rhys and Garth Eather. It has a red 5-star rating by James Halliday – his highest winery rating – and is ranked in his Top 100 Australian wineries. It offers a broad portfolio of wines, specialising in individual vineyard Semillon and Shiraz. Daily 10am–5pm

T 1800 055 080 E office@mistletoewines.com.au mistletoewines.com.au

T 02 4998 7781 E wines@mistyglen.com.au mistyglen.com.au

Mistletoe is a small family-owned and operated vineyard and winery established by the current owners in 1989. From vineyard to bottle, Mistletoe’s ‘quality without compromise’ approach to producing small quantities of premium wine has earned it a James Halliday 5-star rating from 2007 to 2014. Daily 10am–6pm (closed Xmas Day)

At Misty Glen Wines you can try a diverse range of medal-winning wines, from traditional Semillon to the more unusual Chambourcin, all from grapes grown on the 16-acre vineyard. You can enjoy the wines with a sumptuous meal or while relaxing on the verandah. Fri, Sun & Mon 10am–4pm, Sat 10am–5pm

MOOREBANK VINEYARD ESTATE

MOUNT PLEASANT ESTATE

OAKVALE WINES

��� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN 

��� MARROWBONE RD, POKOLBIN

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant is one of the great wine estates of Australia with a red 5-star James Halliday rating. You can taste benchmark wines and enjoy a meal at Elizabeth’s Restaurant, along with outstanding customer service, acknowledged by TripAdvisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence Award. Daily 9am–5pm

Established in 1893, Oakvale is one of the oldest working wineries in the Valley. Family-owned and operated, it is dedicated to producing premium hand-crafted wines, available exclusively at the state-of-the-art cellar door. Enjoy benchmark wines and apple cider, available by the glass. Daily 10am–5pm, Anzac Day 12–5pm (closed Xmas Day)

T 02 4998 7610 E sales@moorebankvineyard.com.au moorebankvineyard.com.au Moorebank offers an extensive selection of sustainably grown, ultra-premium wines as well as a collection of ginseng-infused wines. There’s also a wide range of handmade, wine-inspired condiments and sauces, including its famous Spicy Grape Sauce and handmade Lemonade Syrup, which are all available for tasting. Daily 10am–5pm

T 02 4998 7505 E mtpleasant@mcwilliamswines.com.au mountpleasantwines.com.au

T 02 4998 7088 E info@oakvalewines.com.au oakvalewines.com.au

PEPPER TREE WINES

PETER DRAYTON WINES

PETERSON HOUSE

�� HALLS RD, POKOLBIN

@ IRONBARK HILL VINEYARD, ��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN T 02 6574 7085

CNR BROKE RD � WINE COUNTRY DR, POKOLBIN

T 02 4909 7100 E ptwinery@peppertreewines.com.au peppertreewines.com.au Pepper Tree was established in 1991 and hand-crafts wines of purity, elegance and distinction. It continues to receive national and international recognition for its wines, which you can taste at the picturesque cellar door and also relax with an award-winning coffee roasted onsite at Contango Espresso Roasters. Daily 9am–5pm

E cellardoor@peterdraytonwines.com.au peterdraytonwines.com.au

T 02 4998 7881 E bubbles@petersonhouse.com.au petersonhouse.com.au

Boutique cellar door and vineyard with an outstanding collection of medal-winning wines including Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, Verdelho and Semillon. Sparklings, fortifieds and a James Halliday 95-point rated Shiraz. Onsite accommodation and a relaxed cafe with vineyard vistas. Daily 10am–5pm

Peterson House is the specialist producer of sparkling wines in the Hunter Valley. It offers an array of sparkling varieties, from the easy-drinking Blush to the premium blends. Allow the time to enjoy a glass of bubbles on the deck with an oyster or cheese platter. Daily 9am–5pm

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RIDGEVIEW WINES

ROTHVALE WINERY

SADDLER’S CREEK WINES

��� SWEETWATER RD, POKOLBIN

��� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN 

�� MARROWBONE RD, POKOLBIN 

Boutique family-owned winery showcasing award-winning wines in Riedel glasses. Renowned Generations and Impressions ranges, and an eclectic mix of lesser-known varietals. Private tasting room available for small groups (bookings essential). Onsite restaurant specialising in food-wine pairing and cottage accommodation. Wed–Sun 10am–5pm

Enjoy some classic Hunter Valley varieties and learn about the wine production process and how to taste wine with father and son team Max and Luke Patton at this 75-acre working vineyard. You can also sleep among the vines in one of the five comfortable country cottages. Daily 10am–4pm

Saddler’s Creek, a James Halliday 5-star rated winery, crafts regional premium white, red and dessert wines that are distinctively different. Be welcomed at the cellar door and enjoy award-winning wines from some of Australia’s premium growing regions. Saddler’s, the home of Bluegrass and Club Equus. Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm

T 02 6574 7332 E wines@ridgeview.com.au ridgeview.com.au

T 02 4998 7290 E wines@rothvale.com.au rothvale.com.au

T 02 4991 1770 E winery@saddlerscreek.com saddlerscreek.com; clubequus.com.au

SCARBOROUGH ON HERMITAGE

SCARBOROUGH WINE CO.

SMALL WINEMAKERS CENTRE

��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN 

��� GILLARDS RD, POKOLBIN 

T 02 4998 7563 E info@scarboroughwine.com.au scarboroughwine.com.au

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN 

T 02 4998 7668 E info@smallwinemakers.com.au smallwinemakers.com.au

Scarborough on Hermitage is another home for the Scarborough Wine Co. This bright, modern space is one of the Hunter Valley’s most exciting venues, offering an exceptional tasting experience, amazing views and winery tours. For the Scarboroughs, it’s not just making wine, it’s a way of life. Thu–Mon 10am–5pm

This family-owned business is one of the leading names in quality Hunter Valley wine, specialising in Chardonnay. You’ll be wooed by the distinctly regional wines and the sweeping views at the cosy cellar door, which offers a relaxed seated tasting. Daily 9am–5pm

With six of the best winemakers under one roof, the Small Winemakers Centre is your must-do cellar door. Home to Thomas Wines, Little Wine Co., Hart & Hunter and a great selection from David Hook, Margan Wines and Keith Tulloch Wine. Also home to the unique Icon Lounge. Daily 10am–5pm

T 02 4998 6538 E cellar@scarboroughwine.com.au scarboroughwine.com.au

TEMPUS TWO CELLAR DOOR

THOMAS ALLEN WINES

THOMAS WINES

CNR BROKE � MCDONALDS RDS, POKOLBIN 

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

@ SMALL WINEMAKERS CENTRE, ��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN  T 02 4998 7668

The striking Tempus Two cellar door stands out from the crowd and so does the wine. There’s a fashionable collection of award-winning wines for tasting, many hand-crafted exclusively for the cellar door, including the Copper Series Shiraz and Semillon. Groups and private tastings welcome (bookings essential). Daily 10am–5pm

Thomas Allen Wines stunning new cellar door is nestled at the foot of the Brokenback Range on the famous Moon Mountain vineyard. Drop in and enjoy the spectacular views and wines, especially the estate wines, including Mango Tree Chardonnay, The Doctor Cabernet Sauvignon and Alasdair Shiraz. Daily 10am–5pm

T 02 4993 3999 E cellardoor@tempustwo.com.au tempustwo.com.au

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T 02 4998 7250 E john@thomasallenwines.com.au thomasallenwines.com.au

E sales@thomaswines.com.au thomaswines.com.au

Specialising in single-vineyard Semillon and Shiraz, Thomas Wines has access to some of the Hunter Valley’s most distinguished vineyards, producing world-class uniquely regional wine styles. You can also taste Thomas Wines at the Hunter Valley Resort cellar door. A red 5-star James Halliday winery. Daily 10am–5pm


CELLAR DOORS POKOLBIN • ROTHBURY

TINKLERS �� POKOLBIN MOUNTAINS RD, POKOLBIN 

T 02 4998 7435 E enjoy@tinklers.com.au tinklers.com.au

Enjoy quality single-vineyard wines made from 100% estate-grown grapes at this James Halliday 5-star winery in the foothills of the Pokolbin Mountains and share the history of the Tinkler family, who have lived in the Hunter Valley for more than 100 years. Daily 10am–5pm

TINTILLA ESTATE WINES � OLIVES ��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN 

T 02 6574 7093 E info@tintilla.com.au tintilla.com.au Tintilla finds that perfect blend of food, wine and family. Take a seat at the table in the cellar door, sip the wines and taste estate-grown olives, vinegars, verjuice and homemade relishes while looking out over the rolling vines. Cheese platters also available. Daily 10.30am–6pm

TRAVERTINE WINES �� OLD NORTH RD, POKOLBIN 

T 02 6574 7378 E sales@travertinewines.com.au travertinewines.com.au Travertine Wines is a 30-hectare property located on the rolling hills of Pokolbin. The undulating hillside site sits on the Belford Dome, a limestone formation that adds wonderful flavours to the premium wines. Taste a wide selection of varieties from Chardonnay to Chambourcin. Wed–Sun 11am–4pm

TULLOCH WINES

TYRRELL’S WINES

VINDEN ESTATE WINES

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN 

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN 

��� GILLARDS RD, POKOLBIN

Tulloch’s story began in 1895 when John Younie Tulloch accepted a neglected vineyard as payment of a debt and so began the proud family tradition that continues today with 24 wines for tasting, including the acclaimed Verdelho. A James Halliday red 5-star winery. Daily 10am–5pm (closed Good Friday & Xmas Day)

Tyrrell’s family-owned and operated winery has been awarded more than 5000 trophies and medals. It was named 2010 Winery of the Year and has been rated a red 5-star winery for the eighth consecutive year by James Halliday. Visit this friendly cellar door and experience award-winning wines and hospitality. Mon–Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 10am–4pm

This family-owned boutique winery has an exceptional reputation among Sydney’s top sommeliers, supplying many hatted restaurants. It produces small quantities of premium wine onsite from hand-picked grapes using traditional methods of open fermentation, hand plunging and basket pressing. Wed–Sun 10am–5pm

T 02 4998 7580 E cellardoor@tullochwines.com tullochwines.com

T 02 4993 7028 E cellardoor@tyrrells.com.au tyrrells.com.au

T 02 4998 7410 E finewines@vindenestate.com.au vindenestate.com.au

WOMBAT CROSSING VINEYARD

WYNWOOD ESTATE

MACQUARIEDALE ORGANIC  WINES

��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN 

T 02 6574 7357 E wines@wombatcrossing.net wombatcrossing.net

��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN 

T 02 4998 7885 E cellar@wynwood.com.au wynwoodestate.com.au

��� SWEETWATER RD, ROTHBURY

This may be the smallest winegrower in the Valley but it delivers big results, offering outstanding single-vineyard, estate-grown wines in a country setting. Enjoy a personalised seated tasting of current releases, and museum and trophy-winning Semillon, Shiraz, Rosé and Chardonnay. Sat 10.30am–4.30pm, Sun 10am–3pm (Fri & Mon by appt)

The refurbished cellar door and unique ambience, combined with great views across the vineyards, makes this Estate a must-visit on your next Hunter Valley wine tour. Wynwood Estate offers a wide range of wines, from easy-drinking styles, limited release and reserve ranges through to Hunter Valley classics. Mon–Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 10am–5pm

Visit Macquariedale and experience striking views and an award-winning range of certified organic and biodynamic wines, rich in flavour, full of colour and with a fabulous diversity of aromas (as well as low in sulphur preservatives) achieved through sustainable farming practices. Vineyard tours by arrangement. Daily 10am–5pm

T 02 6574 7012 E sales@macquariedale.com.au macquariedale.com.au

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ROTHBURY • MOUNT VIEW • UPPER HUNTER • WOLLOMBI

ST CLEMENTS ESTATE

BRIAR RIDGE VINEYARD

MOUNT VIEW ESTATE

��� TALGA RD, ROTHBURY

��� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW

T 02 4990 3670 E cellardoor@briarridge.com.au briarridge.com.au

��� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW 

T 02 4990 3307 E sales@mtviewestate.com.au mtviewestate.com.au

The combination of cellar door and Lillino’s Bar & Trattoria makes St Clements Estate a special place to visit. It’s a great place to grab yourself a glass of Hunter Valley wine or a Peroni and a plate of freshly cooked seafood, pasta or a vineyard platter and enjoy the views. Thu–Mon 10am–5pm

This James Halliday red 5-star winery is a leading producer of iconic Hunter Valley wines, consistently winning awards. The charming cellar door offers wine tasting and sales under the watchful eye of winemaker Gwyn Olsen and the onsite function centre is ideal for special occasions. Daily 10am–5pm

Over the last 40 years Mount View Estate has produced some of the Hunter Valley’s most awarded wines. The red 5-star James Halliday winery owns two of the oldest vineyards in the picturesque Mount View region, and all wines are 100% estate-grown and estate-made. Daily 10am–5pm (closed Good Friday, Xmas, Boxing & New Year’s Day)

T 02 4930 7799 E luigi@stclementsestates.com.au stclementsestates.com.au

PETERSONS WINES

SAVANNAH ESTATE

TALLAVERA GROVE VINEYARD

��� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW 

��� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW 

T 02 4990 6326 E wine@savannahestate.com.au savannahestate.com.au

��� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW

T 02 4990 7535 E cellardoor@tallaveragrove.com.au tallaveragrove.com.au

The family-owned Petersons Wines has been making award-winning wines for more than 30 years. Sitting among the rolling hills of Mount View, the cellar door has a spectacular backdrop with impressive views and friendly staff who will treat you to a taste of the current releases. Mon–Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 10am–5pm

Cosy and inviting boutique cellar door with medal-winning wines at the gateway to Mount View. Taste a range of sparkling, dessert, red and white wines made from select parcels of fruit from the Hunter Valley and other regions on the verandah or indoors by the fire in winter. Mon–Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 10am–5pm

Nestled in the scenic hills of Mount View with breathtaking views over the Valley, this James Halliday 5-star winery offers single-vineyard, small production wines, including cult Italian varieties such as Vermentino and Sagrantino. All wines are available to enjoy over lunch at the adjoining Bistro Molines restaurant. Thu–Mon 10am–5pm

T 02 4990 1704 E sales@petersonswines.com.au petersonswines.com.au

TWO RIVERS WINES

STONEHURST WINES

WOLLOMBI WINES

� YARRAWA RD, DENMAN

���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI 

T 02 6547 2556 E linda@tworivers.com.au tworivers.com.au

T 02 4998 1576 E wines@stonehurst.com.au stonehurst.com.au

T 02 4998 3427 E orders@wollombiwines.com.au wollombiwines.com.au

Escape to the tranquillity of the Upper Hunter at Two Rivers, near the picturesque village of Denman. Taste the award-winning range of wines and enjoy a tasting platter filled with local produce on the sun-drenched deck. Ancient topography, timeless beauty. Daily 11am–4pm

Stonehurst believes that a great wine begins in the vineyard, producing award-winning wines from organically grown, hand-picked fruit. Enjoy a warm welcome at this boutique winery, tucked away in the historic hamlet of Wollombi, and then explore the rest of the Wollombi Valley Wine Trail. Daily 10am–5pm

Wollombi Wines boasts a scenic setting on the banks of Wollombi Brook, just 1km from the historic village of Wollombi. Savour winemaker Nick Paterson’s superb wines and enjoy a picnic and BBQ facilities under shady pergolas. Groups, kids and pets all welcome. Daily 10am–5pm

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Visit us this summer to taste the Hunter’s best Semillon

2015 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2007 ILR Reserve Hunter Valley Semillon 98 points, ‘Best of Variety’, awarded the highest points in Australia 2009 Latara Vineyard Semillon, 96 points 2013 Hunter Valley Semillon, 94 points

401-427 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin, NSW p: 02 4998 7559 e: sales@brokenwood.com.au


Australian Family Owned Since 1858

Experience over 150 years of winemaking excellence and tradition at Tyrrell’s Wines, Hunter Valley. Visit our Cellar Door and discover why Tyrrell’s has received over 5000 trophies, medals and awards since 1971. 1838 Broke Road Pokolbin NSW P 1800 045 501 E cellardoor@tyrrells.com.au

Explore the rich heritage first hand including Edward Tyrrell’s original ironbark hut and the authentic red clay dirt cellar. Tours daily at 10.30am Open Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm Sunday 10am - 4pm

www.tyrrells.com.au


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@ Tallavera Grove, 749 Mount View Rd, Mount View

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AL FRESCO DINING

1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke

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MOUNT VIEW Bistro Molines

LOVEDALE � NORTH ROTHBURY Emerson’s Cafe & Restaurant

@ Adina Vineyard, 492 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7029

Leaves & Fishes

737 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7400

Lovedale Smokehouse Cafe

64 Majors Ln, Lovedale

02 4930 7832

Majors Lane Restaurant

64 Majors Ln, Lovedale

02 4930 7832

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Redsalt Restaurant

@ Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, 430 Wine Country Dr, Lovedale

02 4991 0944

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Sabor in the Hunter Dessert Bar

319 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale

1300 958 850

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Shakey Tables

@ Hunter Country Lodge, 1476  Wine Country Dr, North Rothbury

02 4938 1744

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Tatler Tapas Cafe

@ Tatler Wines, 477 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 9139

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The Deck Cafe Lovedale

@ Gartelmann Wines, 701 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 9007

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@ Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, 430 Wine Country Dr, Lovedale

02 4991 0000

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NULKABA, POKOLBIN � ROTHBURY Amanda’s on the Edge

@ Windsor’s Edge Vineyard, 1039 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7900

Australian Regional Food  Store & Cafe

@ Small Winemakers Centre, 426 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6800

Bistro Vinden

@ Vinden Estate, 138 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7410

Bodega Restaurant & Bar

@ Cypress Lakes Resort, Cnr  McDonalds & Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 1555

Cafe 1843 at Lindeman’s

@ Lindeman’s, 119 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 3700

Cafe Elan

@ The Vintage, Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2500

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Cafe Enzo

@ Peppers Creek Village, Cnr Broke & Ekerts Rds, Pokolbin

02 4998 7233

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Chez Pok

@ Peppers Guest House, 57 Ekerts Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 8999

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7 DAYS

Elements Restaurant & Bar

@ Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 2000

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7 DAYS

Elizabeth’s

@ Mount Pleasant Wines, 401 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7505

Esca Bimbadgen

@ Bimbadgen, 790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4666

Harrigan’s Irish Pub 

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4300

Il Cacciatore Restaurant 

@ Hermitage Lodge, 609 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7639

Infuzion Restaurant 

336 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7680

IronBark Hill Cafe

@ Peter Drayton Wines,  694 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7085

Matilda Bay Brewhouse  + Dining

@ Hunter Valley Resort, Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7777

Muse Kitchen

@ Keith Tulloch Winery, Cnr Hermitage & Deasys Rds, Pokolbin

Muse Restaurant

@ Hungerford Hill Wines, 2450 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

Oishii Old Brickworks Brasserie 

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02 4998 6777

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@ Tempus Two Complex, Cnr Broke & McDonalds Rds, Pokolbin

02 4998 7051

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@ Potters Hotel Brewery Resort, Wine Country Dr, Nulkaba

02 4991 7922

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NULKABA, POKOLBIN � ROTHBURY CONTINUED Restaurant Botanica

@ Spicers Vineyards Estate,  555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7229

Restaurant Cuvée

@ Peterson House, Cnr Broke Rd  & Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin

02 4998 7881

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Restaurant Eighty Eight

@ Peppers Convent, 88 Halls Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4999

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RidgeView Restaurant & Cafe

@ RidgeView Wines, 273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7332

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Roberts Circa 1876

64 Halls Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4998

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The Brokenback Bar

@ Tuscany Wine Estate Resort, Cnr  Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7288

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The Cellar Restaurant

Hunter Valley Gardens Village,  Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7584

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The Legends Grill

@ The Vintage Golf Club, Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2213

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The Mill Restaurant

@ Tuscany Wine Estate Resort, Cnr  Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7288

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The Verandah Restaurant

@ Calais Estate, 151 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7231

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Twine Restaurant

@ Wynwood Estate, 310 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7449

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Two Fat Blokes Gourmet  Kitchen

@ De luliis Wines,  1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6699

Villa du Pays

@ Leogate Estate Wines, 1693 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7499

Al-Oi Thai Restaurant

17 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 8666

Ink Cafe & Takeaway

109 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 4371

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Calais Estate Wines Gemelli Estate

3 x Gas BBQs 1 x Gas BBQ

Hermitage Road Cellars & Winery

2 x Gas BBQs

Kevin Sobels Wines

1 x Gas BBQ

McLeish Estate

4 x Gas BBQs

Pepper Tree Wines

Picnic Area

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1 x Gas BBQ

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Picnic Area

Tellace Wines

2 x Gas BBQs

Tyrrell’s Wines

3 x Electric BBQs

Wollombi Wines

2 x Gas BBQs

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A little birdie told me ...

EXPERIENCE AN AUSTRALIAN FAVOURITE

right here in the Hunter

.... it ’s magic!

Discover why Restaurant Botanica has been named the No.1 Fine Dining Restaurant in Australia at TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travellers’ Choice Awards.

Lunch: Thursday - Monday Dinner: Friday - Saturday Open for group bookings by special arrangement

Lunch 12:00pm to 3:00pm, Saturday and Sunday. Dinner from 6:00pm, seven days.

Tel: (02) 4990 9553 www.bistromolines.com.au

To make a booking please call 1300 584 780

E V E N T DINE

WINE

A R T GROW

SLEEP

SHAKEY TABLES RESTAURANT AT THE HUNTER COUNTRY LODGE

Dinner 7 nights • Lunch Saturday & Sunday www.shakeytables.com.au • 1476 Wine Country Drive North Rothbury •

4938 1744


RESTAURANTS � CAFES BROKE • MOUNT VIEW • LOVEDALE

MARGAN WINERY � RESTAURANT

BISTRO MOLINES

EMERSON’S CAFE � RESTAURANT

���� MILBRODALE RD, BROKE

@ TALLAVERA GROVE, ��� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW T 02 4990 9553

@ ADINA VINEYARD, ��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

T 02 6579 1372 E restaurant@margan.com.au margan.com.au

E dine@bistromolines.com.au bistromolines.com.au

T 02 4930 7029 E info@emersonsrestaurant.com.au emersonsrestaurant.com.au

Savour the complete food and wine experience, with seasonal cuisine sourced locally and from Margan’s kitchen garden with estate-grown wines. Top 10 Best NSW Regional Restaurants 2014, Gourmet Traveller; Sustainable Restaurant of the Year, SMH GFG 2014; Tourism Awards Hall of Fame. Breakfast Sun 9–10am, lunch Fri–Sun 12–3pm, dinner Fri–Sat 6–9pm

Bistro Molines boasts spectacular views overlooking Mount View vineyards. Robert and Sally Molines take pleasure in offering French Provincial dishes combined with attentive, friendly service and beautiful surrounds. Awarded one chef’s hat Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2010–2014. Lunch Thu–Mon 12–3pm, dinner Fri–Sat 7–9pm

Emerson’s caters for hungry diners with hearty breakfasts, lunches and Modern Australian cuisine during dinner service, with the option of an eight-course degustation menu Thu–Sun nights. Awarded an Australian Good Food Guide Chef’s Hat in 2011, 2012 & 2013. Breakfast Sat–Sun 8–11am, lunch Wed–Sun 11am–3pm, dinner Thu–Sun 6–10pm

LEAVES � FISHES

LOVEDALE SMOKEHOUSE CAFE

MAJORS LANE RESTAURANT

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

�� MAJORS LN, LOVEDALE

�� MAJORS LN, LOVEDALE

Leaves and Fishes is a unique dining alternative with a proven smart and simple approach. The restaurant features stylish, indoor and outdoor relaxed surroundings plus fabulous food that focuses on fresh seafood with an Asian kick as well as options for the non-seafood lover. Lunch Wed–Sun 11.30am–3pm, dinner Fri–Sat 6–9pm

Lovedale Smokehouse Cafe serves handmade artisanal charcuterie including smoked and cured meats, fish and cheese. Enjoy a relaxing lunch with a glass of estate-grown wine in the stunning courtyard complete with water features and vineyard views, or indoors surrounded by local artwork. Breakfast Sun 9–11am, lunch Thu–Mon 10.30am–4pm

Majors Lane Restaurant takes the term ‘regional cuisine’ to a new level with a menu that showcases seasonal, local produce. Dine in the covered al fresco area with splashing fountains and vineyard views, or indoors surrounded by local artwork. Available for weddings and functions. Dinner Fri–Sat from 6pm (functions 7 nights)

REDSALT RESTAURANT

SABOR IN THE HUNTER  DESSERT BAR

T 02 4930 7400 E eat@leavesandfishes.com leavesandfishes.com.au

T 02 4930 7832 E majorslane@bigpond.com majorslane.com

T 02 4930 7832 E majorslane@bigpond.com majorslane.com

TATLER TAPAS CAFE

@ CROWNE PLAZA HUNTER VALLEY, ��� WINE COUNTRY DR, LOVEDALE T 02 4991 0944

��� WILDERNESS RD, LOVEDALE

T 1300 958 850 E enquiries@casadesabor.com.au saborinthehunter.com.au

T 02 4930 9139 E sales@tatlerwines.com tatlerwines.com

Redsalt has an uncompromising focus on enhancing excellent produce, particularly meat, with beef sourced direct from Australia’s very best producers. It offers a memorable, refined and relaxed experience. Breakfast Mon–Fri 6–10am, Sat–Sun & public holidays 6.30–11am, dinner daily 6–10pm

Offering more than 50 desserts paired with local wines. Try the award-winning Portuguese chocolate mousse, decadent cakes and handmade chocolates. Also gourmet products, light lunches and barista-made coffee for dine-in or takeaway. Fri–Sat 10am–10pm, Sun 10am–5pm, Mon (public hol only) 10am–4pm

Tatler Tapas Cafe serves generous tapas-style food in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. Boasting a view of the spectacular Brokenback Range and 100 acres of vines from the al fresco dining area, it’s a popular choice for a casual lunch or a special occasion. Lunch Thu–Tue from 12pm, dinner Fri–Sat from 6pm

E redsalt.hunter@ihg.com crowneplazahuntervalley.com.au

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RESTAURANTS � CAFES LOVEDALE • NORTH ROTHBURY • NULKABA • POKOLBIN

THE DECK CAFE LOVEDALE

THE LOVEDALE

SHAKEY TABLES

@ GARTELMANN WINES, ��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

@ CROWNE PLAZA HUNTER VALLEY, ��� WINE COUNTRY DR, LOVEDALE

@ HUNTER COUNTRY LODGE, ���� WINE COUNTRY DR, NORTH ROTHBURY T 02 4938 1744

The Deck Cafe, located at Gartelmann Wines, is a stylish restaurant-style cafe open for breakfast and lunch daily. The cafe provides a diverse menu complemented by Gartelmann wines and a generous range of beverages, including Piazza D’oro coffee. Mon–Fri 8.30am–3.30pm, Sat–Sun 8am–3.30pm

A place where scrumptious meals are made, where the drinks run cold and where conversations just flow with live entertainment and more. Mon–Thu 10am–late, Fri–Sun 8am–late

T 02 4930 9007 E info@deckcafelovedale.com.au deckcafelovedale.com.au

T 02 4991 0000 E redsalt.hunter@ihg.com crowneplazahuntervalley.com.au

OLD BRICKWORKS BRASSERIE 

AMANDA’S ON THE EDGE

@ POTTERS HOTEL BREWERY RESORT, WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

@ WINDSOR’S EDGE VINEYARD, ���� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4991 7922 E info@pottershbr.com.au pottershbr.com.au

T 02 4998 7900 E dine@amandas.com.au amandas.com.au

Family-friendly venue with large eating area, including a lounge bar with unique tree table, kids’ playground and jumping castle on Sundays. Daily specials plus beer brewed onsite at Hunter Beer Co. A courtesy bus is available by phoning reception. Daily, breakfast 7.30–10am, lunch 12–3pm, dinner 6–9pm

Amanda’s on the Edge offers magnificent vineyard views from every table. Dine on delicious international and modern Australian seasonal flavours by the log fire in winter, al fresco on the verandah or at lawn tables that are ideal for families with young children. Lunch Fri–Mon 12–3pm, dinner daily 5.30–9.30pm

E paula@shakeytables.com.au shakeytables.com.au

Enjoy award-winning contemporary cuisine matched with fine wines in a colourful and creative dining space. Awarded 2009 Hunter Region Restaurant of the Year and Modern Australian Restaurant of the Year 2001–2009. Functions and private groups by arrangement. Onsite accommodation available. Lunch Sat–Sun 12–3pm, dinner daily 5–9pm

AUSTRALIAN REGIONAL FOOD  STORE � CAFE @ SMALL WINEMAKERS CENTRE, ��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN T 02 4998 6800

E australianregionalfood@westnet.com.au australianregionalfoods.com.au

Dine indoors or al fresco with bush and water views at this combo cafe/gourmet food store. There’s a seasonal menu, onsite barista and complimentary food tastings by knowledgeable staff, including Hunter Valley Cheese Factory tastings. Daily 9am–5pm

FOOD FANATIC OR EDUCATED PALATE? BISTRO VINDEN

BODEGA RESTAURANT � BAR

@ VINDEN ESTATE, ��� GILLARDS RD, POKOLBIN

@ CYPRESS LAKES RESORT, CNR MCDONALDS � THOMPSONS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7410 E finewines@vindenestate.com.au vindenestate.com.au At Bistro Vinden you can enjoy an al fresco lunch on the terrace overlooking the estate vineyard. The seasonal menu has a distinct focus on high-quality meals with incredible depth of flavour. Food is matched with highly awarded Vinden Estate Wines, available for tasting at the cellar door. Lunch Sat–Sun 12–3pm

T 02 4993 1555 E cypresslakes@theoaksgroup.com.au oakshotelsresorts.com Bodega is located on the grounds of Cypress Lakes Resort, overlooking the stunning lake and hinterland surrounds. Experience contemporary cuisine coupled with an extensive selection of local wines. Breakfast Mon–Fri 7–10am, Sat–Sun 7–10.30am, lunch daily 11am–5pm, dinner daily 5pm–late

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CAFE ���� AT LINDEMAN’S

CAFE ENZO

CHEZ POK

@ LINDEMAN’S, ��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN T 02 4993 3700

@ PEPPERS CREEK VILLAGE, CNR BROKE � EKERTS RDS, POKOLBIN T 02 4998 7233 E cafeenzo@westnet.com.au

@ PEPPERS GUEST HOUSE, �� EKERTS RD, POKOLBIN

enzohuntervalley.com.au

T 02 4993 8999 E guesthouse@peppers.com.au peppers.com.au/guesthouse

Named after the year Dr Henry Lindeman first planted grapes in the Hunter Valley, Cafe 1843 offers great local food and wine in a historic setting. It’s child friendly, specialises in wood-fired pizza and great coffee, and has indoor and outdoor dining options. Mon–Fri 12–3pm, Sat–Sun 12–4pm (closed Good Friday, Xmas, Boxing & New Year’s Day)

Sip a Campos coffee while feasting on seasonal menus using homemade and locally grown produce. Cafe Enzo is known for its sandstone surrounds, relaxed al fresco dining and Victorian fireplace. Functions on request. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mon–Thu 9am–4pm, Fri 9am–4.30pm & 6pm–late, Sat 8.30am–4.30pm & 6pm–late, Sun 8am–4pm

Chez Pok is a unique dining experience that has showcased the best of the Hunter Valley’s great food and wine flavours since 1984. Take in the picturesque view across the Valley; enjoy a romantic table for two on the outdoor terrace or by the fire in winter. Breakfast Mon–Fri 7–10am, Sat–Sun 7.30–10.30am, lunch Fri–Sun 12.30–3pm, dinner daily 6.30–9.30pm

E cellardoor@lindemans.com.au lindemans.com.au

ELEMENTS RESTAURANT � BAR

ELIZABETH’S

ESCA BIMBADGEN

@ MERCURE RESORT HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS, ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN T 02 4998 2000

@ MOUNT PLEASANT WINES, ��� MARROWBONE RD, POKOLBIN

@ BIMBADGEN, ��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

Executive chef Jean Marc Pollet has created a new menu driven by the food philosophy of the fusion of classic French cuisine with the best Australian produce. Ingredients are of the finest quality, including produce sourced from his garden. Lunch Sat–Sun 12–2.30pm, dinner daily 5.30–8.30pm

Elizabeth’s offers modern Australian cuisine using the best seasonal produce, expertly matched with Mount Pleasant wines in a relaxed indoor and courtyard setting. The estate boasts some of the world's oldest Shiraz vines. A great location for weddings, functions and private dinners. Daily 8.30am–3pm

E reservations@mercurehuntervalley.com.au mercurehuntervalley.com.au

T 02 4998 7505 E elizabeths@mcwilliamswines.com.au mcwilliamswines.com.au

T 02 4998 4666 E esca@bimbadgen.com.au bimbadgen.com.au

Dedicated to the art of food and wine matching, Esca’s Modern Australian cuisine and spectacular views make for a memorable dining experience. Winner of over 15 awards for excellence in its 12-year history, Esca exemplifies the unique nature of a winery restaurant. Lunch daily from 12pm, dinner Wed–Sat from 6pm

IL CACCIATORE RESTAURANT

INFUZION RESTAURANT

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

@ HERMITAGE LODGE, ��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN T 02 4998 7639

��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

E info@hermitagelodge.com.au ilcacciatore.com.au

T 02 4998 7680 E h8797-fb@accor.com sebelhuntervalley.com.au

This family-friendly hotel offers excellent value meals with live entertainment every weekend and a jumping castle for the kids. Enjoy a pint of Guinness or select from the range of boutique Australian and imported beers. Daily, breakfast 7–10.30am, lunch 12–3pm, dinner 5.30–9pm

Il Cacciatore offers Northern Italian-inspired cuisine using fresh, local produce and authentic Italian ingredients. Dine in a relaxed atmosphere indoors or al fresco overlooking the reed-lined dam with friendly, attentive service. Takeaway pizzas and pastas from 5pm daily. Gnocchi-making classes on request. Dinner daily from 6pm; lunch for private functions only

Located on 70 acres at the Sebel Kirkton Park estate, Infuzion Restaurant offers diners classic Australian cuisine in an intimate setting. Enjoy breakfast and lunch in the conservatory overlooking the rose garden and a memorable dinner in the main restaurant with its sandstone-encased fireplace. Daily, breakfast 7.30–10am, lunch 11am–3pm, dinner 6–9pm

HARRIGAN’S IRISH PUB  � ACCOMMODATION T 02 4998 4300 E enquiries@harrigans.com.au harrigans.com.au

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IRONBARK HILL CAFE @ PETER DRAYTON WINES, ��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 6574 7085 E cellardoor@peterdraytonwines.com.au peterdraytonwines.com.au Looking for a scenic spot for a leisurely light lunch? IronBark Hill Cafe is set within a picturesque vineyard with a relaxed atmosphere and a menu that includes a sensational ploughman’s lunch, as well as antipasto or cheese platters sourced from local suppliers, along with coffee and cake. Lunch daily 10am–5pm

MATILDA BAY BREWHOUSE  + DINING @ HUNTER VALLEY RESORT, CNR HERMITAGE RD  � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN T 02 4998 7777

E dining@hunterresort.com.au hunterresort.com.au Offering bites, pizza and pasta with all pasta made from scratch, in the traditional Italian way. Sample the 12 craft brews, see the wine theatre, wine and cooking school, and the candymaking class. Dine in or takeaway. Daily, breakfast 7.30–9.30am, lunch 12–4pm, dinner 6pm–late

MUSE KITCHEN @ KEITH TULLOCH WINERY, CNR HERMITAGE � DEASYS RDS, POKOLBIN T 02 4998 7899

E muse@musedining.com.au musedining.com.au Located at Keith Tulloch Winery, this Europeaninspired bistro is the little sister to Muse Restaurant at Hungerford Hill Wines. Inspired by seasonal produce and quality-controlled cooking, Muse Kitchen offers an award-winning casual dining experience for you to enjoy, relax and share. Lunch Wed–Sun 12–3pm, dinner Sat 6–9pm

MUSE RESTAURANT

OISHII

RESTAURANT BOTANICA

@ HUNGERFORD HILL WINES, ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN T 02 4998 6777

@ TEMPUS TWO COMPLEX, CNR BROKE � MCDONALDS RDS, POKOLBIN

@ SPICERS VINEYARDS ESTATE, ��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN T 02 6574 7229

Focused on delivering refined, seasonal produce with professional, intuitive service that strives to impress, comfort and connect, Muse is one of Australia’s finest regional restaurants. After five successful years, multiple awards and thousands of delighted diners, Muse continues to deliver a memorable experience. Lunch Sat–Sun 12–3pm, dinner Wed–Sat 6.30–10pm

This Thai/Japanese restaurant offers an extensive menu including traditional favourites such as teriyaki chicken, Thai curries, sushi and sashimi. Dine inside the Asian-themed room or on the undercover terrace overlooking the vines and architecturally designed amphitheatre. Takeaway available. Daily, lunch 11.30am–3pm, dinner 5.30–9.30pm

With stunning vineyard and mountain views, an award-winning wine list, a welcoming and passionate team, and an abundant kitchen garden, Restaurant Botanica offers intimate and relaxed regional dining at its best. Lunch Sat–Sun 12–3pm, dinner daily from 6pm (bookings essential)

E muse@musedining.com.au musedining.com.au

T 02 4998 7051 E info@oishii.com.au oishii.com.au

E reception.vineyards@spicersretreats.com spicersretreats.com/spicers-vineyards-estate

RESTAURANT CUVÉE

RESTAURANT EIGHTY EIGHT

RIDGEVIEW RESTAURANT � CAFE

@ PETERSON HOUSE, CNR BROKE RD � WINE COUNTRY DR, POKOLBIN

@ PEPPERS CONVENT, �� HALLS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7881 E cuvee@petersonhouse.com.au petersonhouse.com.au

T 02 4998 4999 E convent@peppers.com.au peppersconvent.com.au

@ RIDGEVIEW WINES, ��� SWEETWATER RD, POKOLBIN T 02 6574 7332

Located within the atmospheric sandstone walls of Peterson House, Restaurant Cuvée is a popular stop for bubbles with breakfast or a leisurely lunch gazing over the vines. The à la carte menu uses fresh local produce, offering Mod Oz cuisine at its best. Daily, breakfast 8.30–11am, lunch 12–3pm

Restaurant Eighty Eight at Peppers Convent is under the direction of executive chef George Francisco, and presents a relaxed setting and comfort-food menu with emphasis on organic, integrity of ingredient and nourishment. Breakfast daily 8–10am, lunch daily 12–3pm, dinner Fri–Sat 5.30pm–close

E dine@ridgeview.com.au ridgeview.com.au RidgeView’s Mediterranean and Middle Easterninspired cuisine uses fresh seasonal produce from the onsite kitchen garden. All dishes – both modern and traditional Mezedhes and Cypriot Meze Feast – are designed to share, with an emphasis on food/wine pairing. Breakfast uses free-range eggs from the owner’s hens. Thu 12–8pm, Fri–Sat 9am–late, Sun 9am–8pm

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ROBERTS CIRCA ����

THE BROKENBACK BAR

THE CELLAR RESTAURANT

�� HALLS RD, POKOLBIN

@ TUSCANY WINE ESTATE RESORT, CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN T 02 4998 7288

HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS VILLAGE, BROKE RD, POKOLBIN T 02 4998 7584 E thecellar@bigpond.com

T 02 4998 4998 E roberts@circa1876.com circa1876.com This heritage-listed cottage is set among the vineyards on Pepper Tree Estate and features the intimate Taittinger Lounge, the Vineyard Deck set beside the organic market garden and a stunning main dining area. It’s an ideal setting for a romantic dinner for two, or private functions for up to 140 people. Lunch and dinner daily 12pm–late

E reservations@tuscanywineestate.com.au tuscanywineestate.com.au

The casual Mediterranean menu includes wood-fired pizza and tapas, but you can also call in for coffee and cake, ice-cream, or cook your own barbecue lunch or dinner and enjoy the expansive vineyard and mountain views. Takeaway also available. Daily 12–9pm

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The Cellar Restaurant specialises in rustic Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on quality steaks, as well as a range of other meats, poultry and fish, all cooked to your liking on the char-grill. Dine inside in the indoor garden setting or al fresco in the courtyard. Lunch Mon–Sat 12–3pm, dinner Mon–Fri 6.30–9pm & Sat 6–9pm

THE MILL RESTARURANT

THE VERANDAH RESTAURANT

TWINE RESTAURANT

@ TUSCANY WINE ESTATE RESORT, CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

@ CALAIS ESTATE, ��� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

@ WYNWOOD ESTATE, ��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7288 E reservations@tuscanywineestate.com.au tuscanywineestate.com.au Savour fusion cuisine while enjoying panoramic vineyard and mountain views. Award-winning chef Rebecca Kaye also offers quality catering for weddings and groups with exclusive use of the restaurant. Bookings recommended. Breakfast daily 8–10am, lunch Sat–Sun 12.30–4pm, dinner daily from 6pm

T 02 4998 7231 E bookings@verandahrestaurant.com.au verandahrestaurant.com.au Located on the award-winning Calais Estate, The Verandah Restaurant has sweeping views over the vineyards and Brokenback Range. Enjoy all-weather dining on the verandah or inside by the fireplace on cold winter nights, plus a modern tapas-style menu showcasing the best local produce. Lunch Thu–Sun 12–4pm, dinner Thu–Sun from 6pm

T 02 4998 7449 E bookings@twinerestaurant.com.au twinerestaurant.com.au Twine is known for its Mod Oz food with a twist, offering à la carte dining on Friday and Saturday evenings and a fireside dining menu on Sunday nights. Perfect for all occasions, from romantic dinners for couples to group functions and weddings. Lunch daily 12–3pm, dinner Fri–Sat 6–9pm, Sun 5.30–7.30pm

VILLA DU PAYS

CAFE ELAN

@ DE IULIIS WINES, ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

@ LEOGATE ESTATE WINES, ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN T 02 4998 7499

@ THE VINTAGE, VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

A European-style deli/cafe matching wine and beer with a menu that revolves around the deli, which is stocked with cheeses and smallgoods. Tasting platters, Swiss cheese and chocolate fondues, and a cheese and wine experience daily at 11am and 3pm (bookings essential). Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat–Sun 7.30am–5pm

Dine on French country cuisine and dry-aged Australian Black Angus steaks in a French-inspired setting at this new restaurant overlooking the Brokenback Vineyard at Leogate Estate Wines. You can even view the beef dry-ageing room, select your steak and preferred degree of cooking. Lunch Fri–Mon 12–2.30pm, dinner Thu–Mon 6–9pm

Whether you choose to experience the famous high tea or indulge in a gourmet picnic hamper, Cafe Elan is a decadent way to spend an afternoon in the Valley. Enjoy the Parisian-style surrounds and range of gourmet delights. Fri–Sun 7.30am–5pm & Mon 7.30am–1pm

TWO FAT BLOKES GOURMET KITCHEN T 02 4998 6699 E info@twofatblokes.com.au twofatblokes.com.au

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E sales@leogate.com.au leogate.com.au

T 02 4998 2500 E cafeelan@thevintage.com.au chateauelan.com.au


RESTAURANTS � CAFES ROTHBURY • CESSNOCK

THE LEGENDS GRILL

AL-OI THAI RESTAURANT

INK CAFE � TAKEAWAY

@ THE VINTAGE GOLF CLUB, VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

�� VINCENT ST, CESSNOCK

��� VINCENT ST, CESSNOCK

T 02 4998 2213 E reception@thevintage.com.au thevintage.com.au

With its contemporary interior and welcoming ambience, Legends Grill is the place to unwind, relax and indulge. Enjoy the experience of savouring mouth-watering Australian steaks, local produce, premium wines and delicious cocktails while overlooking the magnificent golf course and Brokenback Range. Daily 7am–late

T 02 4990 8666 Traditionally Thai meals are always shared and Al-Oi Thai provides the perfect venue for sharing, whether it’s a romantic dinner or a celebration with family and friends. Al-Oi Thai is a family-run restaurant that uses only the best produce. Deliveries available. Lunch daily 11am–3pm, dinner daily 5–10pm

T 02 4990 4371

Ink Cafe offers friendly service, great coffee, all-day breakfast, made-to-order focaccias, wraps, burgers, sandwiches and light meals. The homemade and gluten-free slices and cakes are delicious, and the specials menu changes weekly to complement the season and fresh produce available. Mon–Fri 7am–5pm, Sat 7am–2pm, Sunday pending Hunter Valley events

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Hunter Beer Co.

@ Potters Hotel Brewery Resort, Wine Country Dr, Nulkaba

02 4991 7922

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Hunter Distillery

1686 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6737

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Lovedale Brewery

@ Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, 430 Wine Country Dr, Lovedale

02 4991 0900

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Matilda Bay Brewhouse

@ Hunter Valley Resort, Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7777

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@ Small Winemakers Centre, 426 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6800

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Binnorie Dairy

@ Tuscany Wine Estate, Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 6660

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Gundog Hunter Cellar & Gourmet Pantry

101 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6873

Hunter Valley Cheese Factory

@ McGuigans Complex, 447 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7744

Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop

@ Tempus Two Complex, Pavilion G, 2144 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6713

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@ Pokolbin Village, 3/2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6960

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La Glace Dessert Bar

@ Hunter Valley Resort, Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7777

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Lovedale Smokehouse

64 Majors Ln, Lovedale

02 4930 7832

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Pokolbin General Store

@ Pokolbin Village, 2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7633

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Pukara Estate

@ Ballabourneen Wine Co., 2347 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

0408 144 149

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Pukara Estate

1440 Denman Rd, Muswellbrook

02 6547 1055

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Tempus Two

Cnr Broke & McDonalds Rds, Pokolbin

02 4998 4000

Tinklers Produce

53 Pokolbin Mountains Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7435

Tintilla Estate Wines & Olives

725 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7093

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen

@ De Iuliis Wines, 1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6699

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HUNTER BEER CO.

HUNTER DISTILLERY

LOVEDALE BREWERY

@ POTTERS HOTEL BREWERY RESORT, WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

� CROWNE PLAZA HUNTER VALLEY, ��� WINE COUNTRY DR, LOVEDALE

T 02 4991 7922 E info@pottershbr.com.au hunterbeerco.com Hunter Beer Co. runs tours at 4pm Mon–Fri and noon and 4pm Sat–Sun. Head in to learn about how the beer is made or sit in the brewery room with the brewers and enjoy a tasting paddle from the selection on tap. Daily 10am–5pm

T 02 4998 6737 E peterm@hunterdistillery.com.au hunterdistillery.com.au Visit Australia’s only organic distillery, home of the award-winning Valli vodka brand, and enjoy a tasting of premium organic vodka, schnapps, liqueurs and gin. Daily tours of the distillery are offered and you can also register for a distillery course. Daily 10am–5pm

T 02 4991 0900 E reservations.hunter@ihg.com crowneplazahuntervalley.com.au From the heart of the Hunter Valley, Lovedale Brewery is dedicated to creating the best craft beers in Australia. Brewed lovingly by hand in small batches, each variant is designed to epitomise the style, personality and people that make Sydney and the Hunter Valley great. Daily

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MATILDA BAY BREWHOUSE

BINNORIE DAIRY

@ HUNTER VALLEY RESORT, CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

@ TUSCANY WINE ESTATE, CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

GUNDOG HUNTER CELLAR  � GOURMET PANTRY ��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7777 E brewery@hunterresort.com.au hunterresort.com.au

T 02 4998 6660 E binnoriedairy@bigpond.com binnorie.com.au

T 02 4998 6873 E info@gundog.com.au gundogestate.com.au

What better way to finish a hard day of wine-tasting than with one of Matilda Bay Brewhouse’s 12 craft beers? Try the beer-tasting paddle with each of the brews, laze away the afternoon listening to great music or try something delicious off the blackboard menu. Daily 10am–late

Simon Gough opened Binnorie Dairy in 2003 after making cheese in Europe and Victoria’s Yarra Valley. He creates hand-crafted soft cow and goat cheeses made from locally sourced milk, which are the gourmet choice in many local restaurants. Drop in for a free tasting. Tue–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 10am–4pm

The Gundog Hunter Cellar & Gourmet Pantry offers a premium tasting experience. Set in the historic Pokolbin Schoolhouse, visitors not only have the chance to taste award-winning wines, but also discover a selection of gourmet products reflecting Gundog’s quality over quantity philosophy. Daily 10am–5pm

HUNTER VALLEY CHEESE FACTORY

HUNTER VALLEY SMELLY  CHEESE SHOP

@ MCGUIGANS COMPLEX, ��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN T 02 4998 7744

E contact@huntervalleycheese.com.au huntervalleycheese.com.au

Watch the cheesemakers through viewing windows, sample handmade cheese made onsite, and enjoy free cheesemaking talks daily at 11am and 3pm at this boutique cheesery. Plus, there’s a range of regional and housemade produce, cheeseboards and charcuterie for al fresco snacks. Daily 9am–5.30pm

LOVEDALE SMOKEHOUSE �� MAJORS LN, LOVEDALE

@ TEMPUS TWO COMPLEX, PAVILION G,  ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 6713 E info@smellycheese.net.au smellycheese.net.au Providores of the finest local and imported cheeses, gourmet foods and gelato, including its own product range. You can take the goodies home or sit down and enjoy a pizza, baguette or burger with a glass of local wine or beer. Daily 10am–5pm

POKOLBIN GENERAL STORE

T 02 4930 7832 E majorslane@bigpond.com majorslane.com

@ POKOLBIN VILLAGE, ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

Creators and providores of handmade artisanal charcuterie, including smoked seafood, cheese, lamb, beef, pork, poultry, game and sausages. The Gourmet Pantry is also stocked with an abundance of cured meats, terrines, pates, olive oils, sauces, salad dressings, jams, chutneys, sweet treats and local artwork. Tastings available. Thu–Mon 10am–5pm

Call in for all your supplies – takeaway food and drinks; newspapers and magazines; groceries, local produce and ice-creams; espresso coffee, ice and giftware; tourist maps and information; and the little things you have left behind. Sun–Fri 8am–5pm, Sat 8am–6pm

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LA GLACE DESSERT BAR  @ HUNTER VALLEY RESORT, CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7777 E desserts@hunterresort.com.au hunterresort.com.au

La Glace is the oldest confectionary in Denmark, founded in 1870. Hunter Valley Resort owners also have generations of Danish heritage as hoteliers in Copenhagen and La Glace was their favourite café growing up. Stop by for the freshest ice-creams, cakes, chocolates and, of course, coffee. Wed–Sun 11am– 4pm

PUKARA ESTATE @ BALLABOURNEEN WINE CO., ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

M 0408 144 149 E info@pukaraestate.com.au pukaraestate.com.au

Pukara Estate delights tastebuds with an extensive range of flavoursome olive oils, vinegars, dukkahs, relishes, tapenades and mayonnaises. Enjoy a free tasting at the Pokolbin tasting room or visit the grove and tasting room at 1440 Denman Rd, Muswellbrook. Daily 10am–5pm (Muswellbrook 9.30am–4.30pm)


GOURMET PRODUCE

TEMPUS TWO

TINKLERS PRODUCE

CNR BROKE � MCDONALDS RDS, POKOLBIN

�� POKOLBIN MOUNTAINS RD, POKOLBIN

Tempus Two is considered to be the food, wine and entertainment heart of the Hunter Valley, offering an acclaimed cellar door, Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop, Goldfish cocktail lounge, Meerea Park cellar door, Oishii and Tuk Tuk restaurants and The Barrel Room Function Centre. Check with individual businesses for trading hours

The Tinkler family has been farming for more than 60 years, growing an abundance of seasonal produce including table grapes, peaches, nectarines, avocados, figs, mixed citrus and vegetables. You can buy the home-grown, hand-picked produce fresh or there’s a wide range of jams and preserves. Daily 10am–5pm

T 02 4998 4000 tempustwo.com.au

T 02 4998 7435 E enjoy@tinklers.com.au tinklers.com.au

TINTILLA ESTATE WINES  � OLIVES ��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 6574 7093 E info@tintilla.com.au tintilla.com.au Tintilla Estate olives are handpicked and bottled with traditional herbs and spices. Sample fine olives, regional oils, luscious fig jams, mustards, verjuice, vinegars and local honey or order a cheese platter and sit on the deck with a glass of vino. Daily 10.30am–6pm

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H U N T E R VA L L E Y

Stunning handcrafted wines from prized vineyard sites, Sabor in the Hunter Dessert Bar and simply spectacular views.

is opening November in Lambloch!

Lambloch open daily for sales and tastings 10am-5pm P 02 4998 6722 E cellardoor@lambloch.com www.lambloch.com Sabor open Thursday to Monday 10am-5pm P 1300 958 939 E saborpokolbin@gmail.com www.saborinthehunter.com.au 2342 BROKE ROAD POKOLBIN NSW


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SYDNEY PICK-UP

DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE HUNTER VALLEY.

0437 149 612

Cheers Bus

0408 987 057

Country Trails Private Tours

0430 543 465

diVine tours

0414 858 671

Fine Wine Tours

0421 855 355

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02 4930 6058

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0431 810 548 1A Aberdare Rd, Cessnock

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02 4991 2500

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0419 419 931

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02 4996 4059

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Hunter Valley Classic Carriages Hunter Valley Horses

02 4991 3655 @ Hunter Valley Resort, 917 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

0431 337 367

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02 4998 6757

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02 4930 7689

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02 9357 5511

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02 4991 1659

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0419 851 010

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02 4930 5193

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02 6571 1600

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Slattery Helicopters

Cessnock Airport Terminal, Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin

0408 649 696

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472 Ross Smith Ave, Mascot

02 9317 3402

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0410 462 540

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Tours

0414 316 859

Vineyard Shuttle Service

02 4991 3655

Wine Country Limousines

02 4990 2852

Wine Country Tours

02 9484 0477

Wine Rover

02 4990 1699

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5/14 Frederick St, Bondi

0406 757 295

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A GRAPE X PECTATIONS TOUR

M 0405 155 456 E fun@grapetours.com.au grapetours.com.au

Enjoy a grape time with a guided tour, private tailored tour or food and wine matching experience. A Grape X Pectations tour showcases the real taste of the Hunter Valley with hand-crafted premium wines and delicious food from renowned eateries for the ultimate sensory sensation. Daily (closed Good Friday, Xmas & New Year’s Day)

ARRIVE FIRST CLASS

ALL AROUND THE VINES 

M 0459 145 065 E enquiries@allaroundthevines.com.au allaroundthevines.com.au

Join All Around the Vines and tour the picturesque Hunter Valley on a half- or full-day wine tour. The company caters for small or large groups, runs private tailor-made tours, golf packages, and cheese, chocolate and olive tours. Restaurant, social functions and airport transfers also available. Daily

BEST TOUR

ALL HUNTER WINE TOURS

M 0400 427 050 E ahwt@bigpond.net.au allhunterwinetours.4t.com

All Hunter Wine Tours offers a great day out at competitive prices, visiting the smaller cellar doors for personalised tastings with prices and wine styles to suit all. Group tours for up to 13, or special private charter packages tailored to suit you. Daily

CHEERS BUS

M 0421 036 280 E enquire@arrivefirstclass.com.au arrivefirstclass.com.au

M 0437 149 612 E besttour@bigpond.com besttour.com.au

M 0408 987 057 E book@cheersbus.com cheersbus.com.au

Arrive First Class provides hummers and helicopters with quality professional service and multiple package options including wedding cars, school formals, private helicopter getaways, fly and drive vineyard packages, airport transfers, hens nights, concerts and corporate events. Super-stretch limousines are ideal for an intimate evening or lavish celebration. Daily

Family-owned and operated, Best Tour has been running winery tours since 2001. For a great day out, hop aboard the Best Tour bus and join a small-group tour that showcases the best of the Hunter Valley Wine Country, including tastings of some benchmark wines. Bookings essential

Cheers Bus offers personalised and professional full-day wine tours in an air-conditioned minibus seven days a week. Specialising in boutique winery tours for the young and young at heart, Cheers caters for both small and large groups, as well as airport and conference transfers. Daily

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COUNTRY TRAILS PRIVATE  TOURS

M 0430 543 465 E info@countrytrails.com.au countrytrails.com.au Country Trails offers small-group shared and private wine tours, departing from Sydney or the Hunter Valley. Providing a highly personalised service, the shared tours are for a maximum of six and private tours are tailored to your requirements. Luxury Mercedes Viano tour vehicle. Daily

DIVINE TOURS

M 0414 858 671 E info@divinetours.com.au divinetours.com.au Offering gourmet wine tours for small groups including restaurant lunch, wine tasting, cheese and chocolate tasting, commentary and a behind-the-scenes winery tour to make the day informative and fun. Private tours with exclusive use of the bus and an itinerary tailored to you are available on request. Daily


TOURS

FINE WINE TOURS

GRACE COACHES

M 0421 855 355 E info@finewinetours.net finewinetours.net

T 02 4930 6058 E info@gracecoaches.com.au gracecoacheshuntervalley.com.au

Discover, learn and enjoy with Fine Wine Tours. This tour company offers guided educational wine appreciation tours of the Hunter Valley and other regions within NSW/ACT. Specialises in small readily formed groups of 10–20 guests, but caters for larger groups on request. On request

Looking for airport transfers, transport for your corporate or wedding guests or like to take friends on a winery tour? Grace Coaches offers personalised solutions for all occasions, providing bus and coach charters and tours, with minibuses and coaches that accommodate from five to large groups. Daily, 24 hours

GRAPE VINE TOURS

HALL’S PRIVATE TRANSFERS

M 0437 451 742 E info@grapevinetours.com.au grapevinetours.com.au

M 0431 810 548 E pwjkhall@hotmail.com

Grape Vine Tours is family owned and operated out of the Hunter Valley, and is committed to providing you with the most enjoyable wine tour experience, whether you’re completely new to wine or a wine connoisseur. Daily

Personalised half- and full-day wine tours for up to four people to the vineyards of your choice, or Hall’s Private Transfers can recommend an itinerary for a great day out. Restaurant, Newcastle/Sydney airport and cruise boat transfers also available. Tours daily, restaurant transfers Mon–Fri

HUNTER VALLEY BOUTIQUE  WINE TOURS

M 0419 419 931 E tours@huntervalleytours.com.au huntervalleytours.com.au Ranked #1 for Food/Drink in the Hunter Valley by TripAdvisor, this small-group specialist offers fulland half-day tours that provide a unique insight into the Valley, its premium wines and gourmet food. You’ll enjoy a fun and informative day out. Mon–Sat (& Sun on long weekends)

HUNTER VALLEY CADILLACS

T 02 4996 4059 E cruise@huntervalleycadillacs.com.au huntervalleycadillacs.com.au

Private and exclusive wine-tasting tours. Fun, friendly and unique, a tour in a 1960 Cadillac convertible or 1958 Cadillac limousine is the ultimate way to enjoy all the Hunter Valley has to offer. Rated 5 stars on TripAdvisor. Daily

HERTZ RENT A CAR �A ABERDARE RD, CESSNOCK

T 02 4991 2500 E hertzcessnock@bigpond.com hertz.com.au Explore the Hunter Valley at your own pace with a Hertz rental car. Hertz offers competitive rates, one-way rentals, delivery to your hotel, hatches, sedans, wagons and buses, and you can earn Virgin Australia frequent flyer points. The friendly team is waiting to assist you. Also covers Maitland. Mon–Fri 8am–5pm, Sat 8am–12pm

HUNTER VALLEY CLASSIC  CARRIAGES

T 02 4991 3655 E tours@huntervalleyclassiccarriages. com.au huntervalleyclassiccarriages.com.au Clip-clop your way along tree-lined back roads of Pokolbin in unique old-style covered wagons or Victorian and Landau carriages. Offering full- or half-day general tours for couples or groups, plus exclusive tours for two to four guests. Family horse-drawn carriage rides and wedding carriage hire available. Daily

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HUNTER VALLEY HORSES @ HUNTER VALLEY RESORT, ��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN 

M 0431 337 367 E hvhorseriding@yahoo.com.au huntervalleycarriages.com.au

A ride on the horse or a drink in the carriage, it’s fun for the kids and good for the marriage! Offering horseriding, pony rides, full- and half-day horse and carriage wine tours, private charters and wedding carriage hire. Daily 9am–5pm, bookings essential

HUNTER VALLEY WINE  TASTING TOURS

T 02 9357 5511 E info@huntervalleywinetastingtours.com.au huntervalleywinetastingtours.com.au Specialists in small, personal day tours of the Hunter Valley wineries in luxury Mercedes-Benz minicoaches. Daily wine tours include wine tastings at a selection of five cellar doors, lunch options and visits to cheese and chocolate outlets. Private tours also available. Daily 10am–4pm

HUNTER VALLEY PRIVATE TOURS  BY WENDT ON TOURS

T 02 4998 6757 E glenn@huntervalleyprivatetours.com.au huntervalleyprivatetours.com.au Full- and half-day personalised group or private boutique wine tours conducted by local hosts Glenn and Margaret Wendt. A one-course gourmet lunch is included with the full-day wine-tasting experience. Hosted in Mercedes-Benz MPVs that seat up to seven passengers. Daily (closed Xmas Day & Good Friday)

HUNTER VINEYARD TOURS

Tour operator Bradley Garrett has 40 years’ experience in food and wine and it shows. His tours are laced with relevant information and useful hints to help build your confidence, including how to interpret wine label info, food and wine matching tips and more. Daily 9.30am–5.30pm

PRIVATE TOURS

T 02 4991 1659 E tours@huntervineyardtours.com.au huntervineyardtours.com.au

M 0419 851 010 E hunterprivatetours@gmail.com hunterprivatetours.com.au

Hunter Vineyard Tours is a family-owned and operated company that specialises in winery tours with great commentary and personal service. It also offers transfers for conference and incentive tours, social events, excursions and sporting trips, as well as airport and restaurant transfers. Daily (closed Good Friday & Xmas Day)

Exclusive private tours showcasing the best of Wine Country. Indulge in premium local wines, gourmet produce and gorgeous scenery. Ideal for special occasions, special events or corporate activities. Each tour is unique and private to you and your chosen companions. Daily

SIGNATURE LIMOUSINES

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HUNTER VALLEY VINE LINK

T 02 4930 7689 E bradley@vinelink.com.au vinelink.com.au

SILVER SERVICE LIMOUSINES

T 02 4930 5193 E siglimo2@bigpond.com signaturelimousines.net

T 02 6571 1600 E admin@taxico.com.au taxico.com.au

Relax and enjoy touring the Hunter Valley in a luxury, super-stretch limousine, which seats up to 12 people. Choose your own itinerary or let Signature Limousines plan one for you. Bring your own drinks and nibbles, and they’ll supply ice, glasses and music. Daily, by appointment

Silver Service Limousines provides transfer services and private wine tours by sedan, minibus or stretch limousine. Coordinators Derek and Dave have many years of experience as a cellar door manager and assistant winemaker, which ensures you have a unique tour every time you visit. Daily 24 hours


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SLATTERY HELICOPTERS

SYDNEY HELITOURS

CESSNOCK AIRPORT TERMINAL, WINE COUNTRY DR, POKOLBIN  M 0408 649 696

��� ROSS SMITH AVE, MASCOT T 02 9317 3402

E info@slatteryhelicopters.com.au slatteryhelicopters.com.au

Slattery Helicopters is the Hunter Valley’s leading helicopter company with a modern fleet of helicopters and friendly, experienced local pilots. Scenic flights start from $60pp, or opt for a package tour such as Champagne breakfast, cellar door and lunch, coastal flights or tailor your own experience. Operating daily

TWO FAT BLOKES GOURMET  TOURS 

M 0414 316 859 E info@twofatblokes.com.au twofatblokes.com.au

The Hunter Valley’s No. 1 tour operator – awarded a Certificate of Excellence for the past four years by TripAdvisor. Offering full- and half-day snapshot tours, or tailor a tour to suit your needs. Small groups only (2–10 guests). Daily (closed Good Friday, Xmas, Boxing & New Year’s Day)

WINE COUNTRY TOURS

E bookings@sydneyhelitours.com.au sydneyhelitours.com.au Whether you’re after a Hunter Valley lunch package, a helicopter transfer to or from Sydney or a custom tour where you decide the itinerary, Sydney Helitours can provide a solution. Complimentary minibus service to and from Sydney’s CBD. Winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013 and 2014. Flights daily

VINEYARD SHUTTLE SERVICE

TEXTOURS

M 0410 462 540 E info@textours.com.au textours.com.au Small-group specialist (maximum 12 people) offering comprehensive and informative tours. Enjoy structured group tastings at each vineyard, cheese and olive oil tastings, as well as chocolate and fudge tastings. A casual and complete experience that only a TexTour can deliver. Daily

WINE COUNTRY LIMOUSINES

T 02 4991 3655 E tours@vineyardshuttle.com.au vineyardshuttle.com.au

T 02 4990 2852 E info@winecountrylimousines.com.au winecountrylimousines.com.au

Relax and enjoy the best the Hunter Valley has to offer in air-conditioned comfort with daily guided tours. Visit wineries of your choice or leave it up to Vineyard Shuttle Service to show you the highlights. Restaurant shuttle service, airport transfers and wedding guest transfers available. Daily

This luxury wine tour specialist has more than 30 years of local knowledge and specialises in boutique cellar door tastings. Or why not create your own itinerary? Travel in style in a nine-seater limousine or a four-seater sedan. Caters for weddings, and restaurant and airport transfers. Tours daily, transport daily 24 hours

WINE ROVER

T 02 9484 0477 E info@winecountrytours.com.au winecountrytours.com.au

T 02 4990 1699 E bookings@rovercoaches.com.au rovercoaches.com.au 

Small-group specialist with tours from Sydney or within the vineyards hosted by experienced winemaker Richard Everett. Richard conducts private guided tastings at the region’s most interesting wineries. Morning tea at Peppers with lunch options including Muse Kitchen or Roberts Circa 1876. Private tours and larger groups on request. Daily

Wine Rover moves you effortlessly through one of the world’s great wine regions, stopping at specially selected wineries and attractions, including Pokolbin Village and Hunter Valley Gardens Village, so you can experience the best of the Valley. Pick-ups arranged from all Wine Country accommodation. Mon–Sat 9.30am–4.30pm

ZEPHER TOURS �/�� FREDERICK ST, BONDI

M 0406 757 295 E info@zephertours.com.au zephertours.com.au Zepher Tours is a fun, new Hunter Valley experience. Emphasising great music and no boring commentary. Wine, cheese, chocolate and organic vodka tastings. Group tours, private tours, Hunter Valley music events. Tours run from Sydney (8am–6.30pm) and the Hunter Valley (10am–4pm). Daily

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ACTIVITIES Aqua Golf & Putt Putt

Hunter Valley Gardens Village, Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7896

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Balloon Aloft

Meeting @ Peterson House, Broke Rd, Cessnock

1300 723 279

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1800 818 191

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Chapman Valley Horse Riding

7054 Putty Rd, Howes Valley

02 6579 4593

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Cloud 9 Balloon Flights

Meeting @ The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, 336 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

1300 555 711

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East Coast Corporate & Group Xperiences

@ Hunter Valley Resort, cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

1300 465 636

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Hunter Valley Horse Riding & Adventures

288 Talga Rd, Rothbury

02 4930 7111

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Hunter Valley Wine, Cooking & Candy School

@ Hunter Valley Resort, Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7777

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Hunter Wine Theatre

@ Hunter Valley Resort, Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7777

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Majors Lane Cooking School

64 Majors Ln, Lovedale

02 4930 7832

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The Cooking School

@ Tuscany Wine Estate, Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7288

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Wine Country Warbirds

Cessnock Airport, Cessnock

02 4001 0112

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Balloon Safaris

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02 4998 4000

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Butterflies Gallery

@ De Iuliis Wines, 1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7724

Ogishi Craft Centre

540 Wilderness Rd, Rothbury

02 4998 7979

Pokolbin Gallery & Mistletoe Sculpture Garden

771 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

ATTRACTIONS Hunter Valley Gardens

GOLF Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club

15 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 1555

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Hunter Valley Golf

@ Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, 430 Wine Country Dr, Lovedale

02 4991 0977

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Stonebridge Golf Club

Mount View Rd, Cessnock

02 4990 1633

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The Vintage Golf Club

Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2208

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Australian Alpaca Barn

1946 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6669

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Come What May

@ Calais Estate Wines, 151 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

0400 747 072

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Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 4000

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Pokolbin Village

2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7670

Sacred Tree Markets

Cnr Station St & New England Hwy, Branxton

Wine Glass Gallery

Shop 3, Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village, Broke Rd, Pokolbin

SHOPPING

02 4998 6888

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SPAS Château Élan Spa

Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2500

Golden Door Spa Elysia

165 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 8500

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Spa Anise

@ Spicers Vineyards Estate, 555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7229

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Tea Tree Spa

@ Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, 430 Wine Country Dr, Lovedale

02 4991 0959

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Thai Nature Massage

40 Cumberland St, Cessnock

02 4991 3331

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You’re always welcome at Oishii • • • •

A favourite dining experience for locals and visitors Always fresh ... Always vibrant Open 7 days for lunch and dinner Takeaway available every day

Tempus Two Complex, Hunter Valley Corner of Broke & McDonalds Roads, Pokolbin P 02 4998 7051 W www.oishii.com.au

Lovedale WINE • D I N E • STAY • P LAY

www.lovedalehuntervalley.com.au

the heart of the Hunter


EXPERIENCES ACTIVITIES

AQUA GOLF � PUTT PUTT

BALLOON ALOFT

HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS VILLAGE,  BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

MEETING @ PETERSON HOUSE, BROKE RD, CESSNOCK T 1300 723 279

T 02 4998 7896 E aquagolf@golftothemax.com.au golftothemax.com.au Hit golf balls into a beautiful lake and land them in the target net to win cash or vouchers to restaurants, cellar doors and activities. You can also challenge family and friends to 18 holes of mini golf on the picturesque putt putt course. Golf club hire is free. Daily 9.30am–4.30pm

E balloons@balloonaloft.com balloonaloft.com Experience a balloon flight over the vineyards with the award-winning Balloon Aloft, followed by a gourmet breakfast and bubbles at Peterson House. The most experienced hot-air balloon operator in Australia has been offering daily sunrise flights for more than 30 years. Awarded TripAdvisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence. Daily sunrise flights

BALLOON SAFARIS

T 1800 818 191 E flights@balloonsafaris.com.au balloonsafaris.com.au Enjoy panoramic views of Wine Country from a Balloon Safaris hot-air balloon. This award-winning local operator uses local pilots with local knowledge and boasts a 100% safety record. Features modern, colourful balloons, VIP and group flights, in-flight photos and optional gourmet breakfast. Daily sunrise flights

CLOUD � BALLOON FLIGHTS

EAST COAST XPERIENCES

T 02 6579 4593 E cvhorseriding@outlook.com chapmanvalleyhorseriding.com

MEETING @ THE SEBEL KIRKTON PARK HUNTER VALLEY, ��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

T 1300 555 711 E info@cloud9balloons.com.au cloud9balloons.com.au

@ HUNTER VALLEY RESORT, CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

Ranked #1 in NSW for horse riding on TripAdvisor, CVHR supplies a fun and safe environment to ride a horse. No experience required, full training is given prior to riding. Also caters for experienced riders with responsive and willing horses. The perfect balance of fun and safety. Daily 8am–sunset, bookings essential

Enjoy an aerial adventure with this award-winning Australian company and enjoy personalised service. All flights include a Champagne buffet breakfast, online photos and certificate. Corporate and group bookings, VIP flights and gift vouchers available. Daily sunrise flights, bookings essential

Experience the fun of riding a Segway Personal Transporter through the vines at Hunter Valley Resort or explore the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley property. The tour is ideal for families and friends, and you’re guaranteed to have so much fun, you won’t want to get off! Daily, bookings essential

HUNTER VALLEY  HORSE RIDING � ADVENTURES

HUNTER VALLEY WINE, COOKING � CANDY SCHOOL

CHAPMAN VALLEY HORSE RIDING ���� PUTTY RD, HOWES VALLEY

��� TALGA RD, ROTHBURY T 02 4930 7111 E ride@huntervalleyhorseriding.com.au huntervalleyhorseriding.com.au

Stay and play at Hill Top, a 300-acre property famed for its friendly horses and scenic trail rides – from pony and picnic rides to romantic sunset rides. Enjoy guesthouse and villa accommodation, spectacular Valley views, kangaroos, dressage displays, hiking and Devon cattle. Daily 8am–sunset

T 1300 465 636 E info@eastcoastxperiences.com.au eastcoastxperiences.com.au

@ HUNTER VALLEY RESORT, CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7777 E events@hunterresort.com.au hunterresort.com.au

Take part in a fun, hands-on class and learn a new skill, be it a daily two-hour wine or cooking school, candymaking class, grape stomping or craft beer-making tutorial. Minimum numbers apply. Daily, bookings essential

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EXPERIENCES ACTIVITIES • ARTS � CRAFTS • ATTRACTIONS

HUNTER WINE THEATRE

MAJORS LANE COOKING SCHOOL

THE COOKING SCHOOL

� HUNTER VALLEY RESORT, CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

�� MAJORS LN, LOVEDALE T 02 4930 7832

@ TUSCANY WINE ESTATE, CNR HERMITAGE RD  � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN T 02 4998 7288

Watch grapes being harvested, see the winemaking process and learn about the Hunter Valley’s wine heritage up on the big screen. After the 15-minute show, up come the lights and it’s down to the business of tasting a bracket of Hunter Valley wines. Daily, 11am and 2pm (closed Xmas Day)

Have fun and be inspired by a hands-on, outdoor Asian cooking class on a beautiful vineyard. Learn how to balance the fundamental flavours of Asian cuisine as you prepare and enjoy a wonderful feast featuring Hunter Valley produce. Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Sichuan classes are available. Sat 10am–1pm, private classes daily by appointment

Cook up a storm with friends, family, work colleagues or a great idea for your hens party; book The Cooking School at Tuscany Wine Estate Resort. This hands-on cooking school is for groups of two people and upwards. Brilliant fun, educational and team building. By appointment

T 02 4998 7777 E wines@hunterresort.com.au hunterresort.com.au

E majorslane@bigpond.com majorslane.com

E reservations@tuscanywineestate.com.au tuscanywineestate.com.au

WINE COUNTRY WARBIRDS

BUTTERFLIES GALLERY

OGISHI CRAFT CENTRE

CESSNOCK AIRPORT, CESSNOCK

@ DE IULIIS WINES, ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

��� WILDERNESS RD, ROTHBURY

T 02 4001 0112 E fly@winecountrywarbirds.com.au winecountrywarbirds.com.au

T 02 4998 7724 E gallery@butterflies.com.au butterflies.com.au

T 02 4998 7979 E info@ogishi.com.au ogishi.com.au

Join Wine Country Warbirds in one of their Russian Yak 52 military trainers for the ride of a lifetime. They’ll show you some exhilarating formation flying, low-level bombing missions, aerobatics, or simply enjoy a pleasant cruise over the vineyards. All pilots are ex-military aviators with thousands of flight hours. Daily

Butterflies Gallery is set in a pretty cottage garden next to De Iuliis Wines and Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen. It showcases changing exhibitions of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewellery, wood and glass by Australian artists and craftspeople. Daily 10am–4.30pm

This gallery exhibits and sells Setsuko Ogishi's glass, as well as a variety of Australian-made fine crafts. Enjoy a green tea cappuccino or hot chocolate on the verandah and book in for a glassblowing lesson for a fun and creative experience that will put a smile on your face. Fri–Mon 11am–4pm

POKOLBIN GALLERY � MISTLETOE SCULPTURE GARDEN

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7770 E sales@mistletoewines.com.au pokolbingallery.com.au Pokolbin Gallery and Mistletoe Sculpture Garden are located in the grounds of Mistletoe Winery. Unique collectable art, sculptures, internal and external, paintings in all media, photography, ceramics and exclusive handmade jewellery are all on exhibit and available for purchase. Daily 10am–6pm

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HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS T 02 4998 4000 E welcome@hvg.com.au hvg.com.au Winner of NSW Best Tourist Attraction and inducted into the NSW Tourism Hall of Fame, Hunter Valley Gardens is exquisite. Explore 10 internationallythemed feature gardens over 60 acres, enjoy garden talks and annual family events such as the Christmas Lights Spectacular, or plan your perfect wedding. Daily 9am–5pm (closed Dec 25)


EXPERIENCES GOLF • SHOPPING

CYPRESS LAKES GOLF � COUNTRY CLUB �� THOMPSONS RD, POKOLBIN

HUNTER VALLEY GOLF @ CROWNE PLAZA HUNTER VALLEY, ��� WINE COUNTRY DR, LOVEDALE T 02 4991 0977 E huntervalleygolf@ihg.com

T 02 4993 1555 E cypresslakes@theoaksgroup.com.au oakshotelsresorts.com

huntervalleygolfcc.com.au

This 18-hole championship golf course offers visitors an unrivalled experience in the Hunter Valley with panoramic views across the vineyards and surrounding mountain ranges promised from each tee and green. Offers corporate golf event packages, club memberships or rounds at leisure. Daily 6am–dusk

Enjoy a spectacular 18-hole championship course set among the Hunter Valley’s world-famous vineyards with premium resort facilities, impressive mountain range views and warm, friendly service. Experience the home of golf in the Hunter Valley. Daily 6.30am–5.30pm

STONEBRIDGE GOLF CLUB

THE VINTAGE GOLF CLUB

AUSTRALIAN ALPACA BARN

MOUNT VIEW RD, CESSNOCK T 02 4990 1633 E admin@stonebridgegolf.com.au

VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

This newly redeveloped golf club has brand-new clubhouse facilities and a course that was redesigned by Jack Newton, providing a true test of golf, from the beginner to the low marker. The Club also has a bar and bistro, open for lunch daily and dinner Thursday to Saturday. Daily 7am–late

Tee off at the Hunter Valley’s prestigious Greg Norman-designed 18-hole championship golf course, which is ranked among the best in Australia and ideal for golfers of all levels. Facilities include a fully stocked golf shop, Spike Bar, Cafe and Grill. Stay & Play packages available. Daily from 7am

The Australian Alpaca Barn specialises in quality Australian alpaca fashion, homewares and accessories. Discover the luxury, the softness and the lightness of alpaca by visiting the Australian Alpaca Barn at Peppers Creek Village or the new outlet in the Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village. Daily 10am–5pm

COME WHAT MAY

HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS  SHOPPING VILLAGE

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

stonebridgegolf.com.au

� CALAIS ESTATE WINES, ��� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

M 0400 747 072 E info@comewhatmay.com.au comewhatmay.com.au

This homewares and gift shop combines both vintage treasures and modern pieces. The collection has many special items that help make a house a home, ranging from beautiful soaps to unique furniture. Located at Calais Estate, beside the cellar door. Thu–Sun 10am–5pm

T 02 4998 2208 E golf@thevintage.com.au thevintage.com.au

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 4000 E welcome@hvg.com.au hvg.com.au Located next to the Gardens in the heart of Pokolbin, the Village features boutique shops, restaurants, essential services such as a pharmacy and more. Visit the Aqua Golf driving range or enjoy the BBQ facilities and children’s playground. Daily 10am–5pm (check individual store trading hours)

T 02 4998 6669 E sales@australianalpaca.com australianalpaca.com

POKOLBIN VILLAGE T 02 4998 7670 E relax@pokolbinvillage.com.au pokolbinvillage.com.au The Pokolbin Village complex in the heart of Wine Country has something for everyone. Explore the range of specialty stores selling chocolate, cheese, homewares and jewellery, or enjoy relaxed dining at the restaurant and general store. Self-contained and hotel-style accommodation is available. Daily, breakfast from 8am, shopping from 10am

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EXPERIENCES SPAS

CHÂTEAU ÉLAN SPA

GOLDEN DOOR SPA ELYSIA

VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

��� THOMPSONS RD, POKOLBIN

Relaxation, rejuvenation, recuperation – whatever your reason for visiting the Spa at Château Élan Hunter Valley, it’s dedicated to your peace of mind and physical wellbeing. The Spa has highly trained staff and a large range of indulgent treatments and products to cater to your needs. Daily 9am–7pm

The Golden Door Spa Elysia is a haven of relaxation and healing located within Golden Door’s Health Retreat. The world-class spa boasts 26 treatment rooms, a spacious relaxation lounge and complimentary steam rooms and spa baths, all created for you to take time out, relax and rebalance. Daily 9am–6pm

SPA ANISE

TEA TREE SPA

@ SPICERS VINEYARDS ESTATE, ��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN T 02 6574 7229 E reception.vineyards@

@ CROWNE PLAZA HUNTER VALLEY, 430 WINE COUNTRY DR, LOVEDALE T 02 4991 0959 E spa.hunter@ihg.com teatreespa.com.au

THAI NATURE MASSAGE, CESSNOCK

T 02 4998 2500 E enquiries@chateauelan.com.au chateauelan.com.au

spicersretreats.com spicersretreats.com

Newly built Spa Anise is located at leading Hunter Valley retreat, Spicers Vineyards Estate, and offers intimate spa experiences in relaxed luxury. Matching breathtaking Australian-made Waterlily products with indulgent treatments carried out by highly experienced therapists, Spa Anise is home to your own private spa experience. Daily 9.30am–6pm

Relax your body, soothe your soul and uplift your spirits with a visit to Tea Tree Spa. Indulge in the extensive spa menu or be pampered in the Spa Sanctuary or VIP suites, perfect for couples and hens groups. Sun–Thu 9am–6pm, Fri–Sat 9am–7pm

T 02 4993 8500 E programcoord@elysia.com.au goldendoor.com.au

�� CUMBERLAND ST, CESSNOCK T 02 4991 3331

thainaturemassage.com.au

Thai Nature Massage offers a wide range of relaxing massage services, just 10 minutes from the Hunter Valley. So, after a day touring the wineries why not let the experienced and well-trained massage therapists revive you with a rejuvenating massage? Daily 9am–9pm

DEEPLY FASCINATING WITH RICH OVERTONES OF ENJOYMENT, AND A LONG, MEMORABLE FINISH. 94 winecountry.com.au


Hunter Valley Horse Riding & Adventures Spectacular Hunter Valley and Wine Country Views Incredible Native Wildlife - Kangaroos HORSE RIDING - For the Beginner and Experienced Rider Sunset Rides - Picnic Rides - Personalised Rides Hens & Bucks Days - Corporate Groups PONY Rides - Hay Rides - Farm Animals Ride over 300 Magnificent Acres STAY - In Villa and Guest House Accommodation Just 3.88km from the Hunter Expressway

288 Talga Road, Rothbury, NSW 2320 P: 02 4930 7111 E: stay@hilltopguesthouse.com.au W: www.huntervalleyhorseriding.com.au

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COME AND ENJOY OUR NEW SUMMER MENU!

HARRIGAN’S IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO ESCAPE THE HASSLES OF THE EVERYDAY WITH LIVE MUSIC EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT. Enjoy the spring weather with a meal at Harrigan’s where you will be immersed in the authentic Irish décor and be surrounded by beautiful gardens, vineyards and mountains. Have a pint of Guinness, a glass of Sparkling Semillon in the Bistro or even “try the luck of the Irish” in the Sports bar.

Blackthorn Hill Retreat

• • • • •

Three bedroom self contained house Sleeps 6 to 8 persons maximum Fully equipped throughout with private pool Set on a 25 acre working farm in Pokolbin STATE WINNERS - ‘Best Pet Friendly NSW 2012/13’ - The Stayz Group Holiday Rental Awards

For more information call us on

(02)

4998 4300

Broke Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320 www.harrigansirishpub.com.au

393 Hermitage Road, Polkobin NSW | P 0477 010 010 www.billabongmoon.com.au stays@huntervalleystays.com.au

148 Old North Road Pokolbin NSW 2320 P 02 6574 7318 M 0420 901 006 W bhretreat.com


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Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard 

@ Diamond Estate, 112 Halls Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7591

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Cháteau Élan at The Vintage

Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2500

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Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

430 Wine Country Dr, Lovedale

02 4991 0900

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Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotels  & Resorts

Cnr McDonalds & Thompsons Rds, Pokolbin

1300 886 091

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Grand Mercure The Vintage

Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2222

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Harrigan’s Irish Pub & Accommodation

Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 4300

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Hermitage Lodge

609 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7639

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Hunter Country Lodge

1476 Wine Country Dr, North Rothbury

02 4938 1744

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Hunter Valley Resort

Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7777

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Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 2000

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Peppers Convent Hunter Valley

Halls Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4999

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Peppers Guest House

57 Ekerts Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 8999

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Pokolbin Village

2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7670

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Potters Hotel Brewery Resort

Wine Country Dr, Nulkaba

02 4991 7922

$$

The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley

336 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7680

Tuscany Wine Estate Resort

Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7288

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SELF-CONTAINED Amelies on Pokolbin Mountain

338 Pokolbin Mountains Rd, Pokolbin

0413 813 399

$$$

Araluen Mistletoe Cottages

108 Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7567

$$

Avoca House & Cottage Accommodation

2683 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

0404 032 303

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Bellbird Cottages & Swallows Homestead

Lewis Ln, Mount View near Millfield

0414 786 705

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Beltana Villas

186 Old North Rd, Pokolbin

0448 867 114

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Billabong Moon

393 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

0477 010 010

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Blackwattle Luxury Retreats

169 Talga Rd, Lovedale

0421 419 371

$$$

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Bluebush Estate

196 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7177

$$

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Broken View Estate

547 Old North Rd, Pokolbin

0400 112 341

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Buffs at Pokolbin

47 Coulson Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7636

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Burncroft Guesthouse

207 Talga Rd , Lovedale

02 4930 7246

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Casa La Vina

657 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

0406 770 294

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Cedar Creek Cottages

1840 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 1576

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Cedars Mount View

60 Mitchells Rd, Mount View

02 4990 9009

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Cottages on Mount View

1329 Mount View Rd, Mount View

02 4990 8989

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Englewood Ridge

65 Talga Rd, Lovedale

0417 287 345

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Grapevines Boutique Accommodation

1941 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6766

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Gundog Hunter’s Retreat

101 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6873

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234 Tuckers Ln, North Rothbury

0408 499 557

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02 4964 4028

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Ironstone Estate

97 Olsen Rd, Lovedale

0416 048 424

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Kinsale Cottage

551 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

0412 931 191

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Lillians on Lovedale

356 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4990 6958

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Lovedale Lodge

197 Londons Rd, Lovedale

02 4384 3394

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Madigan Vineyard

504 Wilderness Rd, Rothbury

02 4998 7815

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Midnight’s Promise Estate

300 Talga Rd, Lovedale

02 9235 3947

$$$$

Mount View Lodges

839 Mount View Rd, Mount View

0419 479 001

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Nirvana Vista Resort

Lot 3 Sweetwater Rd, Rothbury 

0409 461 711

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North Lodge Cottages

198 Old North Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7259

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SELF-CONTAINED CONTINUED Old Hillside Homestead

493 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7504

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RidgeView Cottages

273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin

0419 475 221

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Rothvale Vineyard Cottages

223 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7290

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Serenity Grove

556 Milbrodale Rd, Broke

02 6579 1444

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Silverpoint Accommodation

217 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin

0405 842 818

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Somewhere Unique

Narone Creek Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3257

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Tatler Vineyard Accommodation

477 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 9139

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Tellace Wines Accommodation

356 Tuckers Ln, North Rothbury

02 4938 7173

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The Grange on Hermitage

820 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7388

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The Vintry

780 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6825

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The Wattle Lodge

1402 Glendon Brook Rd, Glendon Brook

02 6577 6193

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The Woods at Pokolbin

107 Halls Rd, Pokolbin

0412 627 316

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Wine Country Villas

136 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7630

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Wirral Grange Cottage

168 Lomas Ln, Lovedale

02 4991 2874

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Woolshed Hill Estate

342 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7685

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GUESTHOUSES Capers Guesthouse & Cottage

2859 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3211

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Spicers Vineyards Estate

555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7229

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MOTELS Australia Hotel Motel

136 Wollombi Rd, Cessnock 

02 4991 4197

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Cessnock Motel

13 Allandale Rd, Cessnock

02 4990 2699

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Hunter Valley Hotel Academy

McLeod Rd (off Heddon St), Kurri Kurri

02 4936 0341

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Windarra Lodge

266 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7648

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Wine Country Motor Inn

5 Darwin St, Cessnock

02 4993 2999

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Brilex Park B&B

1214 Leggetts Dr, Mount Vincent

0438 505 045

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377 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4990 9537

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ACCOMMODATION RESORTS/HOTELS

CARRIAGES BOUTIQUE HOTEL  � VINEYARD @ DIAMOND ESTATE, ��� HALLS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7591 E stay@thecarriages.com.au thecarriages.com.au

Unwind in this boutique hotel, set among vineyards at the end of a pretty lane. Ten luxury suites feature crisp white sheets, goose-down duvets and log fires, plus there’s a saltwater swimming pool, tennis court and a breakfast basket delivered each morning.

CYPRESS LAKES RESORT  BY OAKS HOTELS � RESORTS

CHÂTEAU ÉLAN AT THE VINTAGE VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

T 02 4998 2500 E reservations@chateauelan.com.au chateauelan.com.au Widely regarded as Australia’s finest golf, spa and conference resort, Château Élan at The Vintage offers luxury retreats for 200 guests. The resort overlooks the fairways of The Vintage golf course and features a large day spa and Cafe Élan.

GRAND MERCURE THE VINTAGE VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

CROWNE PLAZA  HUNTER VALLEY ��� WINE COUNTRY DR, LOVEDALE

T 02 4991 0900 E reservations.hunter@ihg.com crowneplazahuntervalley.com.au Surrounded by picturesque vineyards and golf course greens, and framed by the rugged Brokenback Range, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley epitomises the best in award-winning hospitality and deluxe accommodation, including two- and three-bedroom villas and a range of onsite facilities for you to enjoy.

HARRIGAN’S IRISH PUB � ACCOMMODATION

T 1300 886 091 E cypresslakes@theoaksgroup.com.au oakshotelsresorts.com

CNR MCDONALDS � THOMPSONS RDS, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 2222 E reservations@grandmercurethevintage.com.au grandmercurehuntervalley.com.au

T 02 4998 4300 E enquiries@harrigans.com.au harrigans.com.au

Nestled in the Hunter Valley’s picturesque surroundings, Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotels & Resorts promises a tranquil and indulgent escape, ideal for a leisurely holiday with family and friends, golfing break, memorable wedding, bachelorette and bucks party, or unique conferencing experience.

Grand Mercure The Vintage offers resort-style living with spacious one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments clustered around a sparkling swimming pool. Facilities within The Vintage precinct include an award-winning restaurant, spa, BBQ area and Greg Norman-designed 18-hole championship golf course.

Harrigan’s Irish Pub & Accommodation offers studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with hotel facilities and a jumping castle for the kids. It is a perfect venue for business or pleasure, centrally located with close proximity to Hunter Valley Gardens, Aqua Golf and Hunter Valley Zoo.

BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

HERMITAGE LODGE

HUNTER COUNTRY LODGE

HUNTER VALLEY RESORT

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

���� WINE COUNTRY DR, NORTH ROTHBURY

T 02 4938 1744 E simon@huntercountrylodge.com.au huntercountrylodge.com.au

CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7777 E stay@hunterresort.com.au hunterresort.com.au

Set on 25 acres, the award-winning Hermitage Lodge is nestled in the centre of the vineyards, within easy walking distance of many wineries and tourist attractions. It also has an award-winning restaurant, Il Cacciatore, which is open seven nights and serves Northern Italian-inspired cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.

Wake up to birdsong and grazing kangaroos at Hunter Country Lodge, which is tucked away on 100 acres of bushland, deep within a working vineyard. The Lodge has 16 ensuite rooms with vineyard views, a swimming pool, entertainment deck and BBQ, and is home to the award-winning Shakey Tables Restaurant.

Everything you love about the Hunter Valley at one resort. Featuring four-star accommodation as well as Matilda Bay Brewhouse + Dining, La Glace Dessert Bar, wine, cooking and candy schools, cellar door/winery, wine theatre, massage centre, horseriding and Segway and carriage tours, all nestled within 40-year-old vineyards.

T 02 4998 7639 E info@hermitagelodge.com.au hermitagelodge.com.au

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MERCURE RESORT  HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 2000 E reservations@mercurehuntervalley.com.au mercurehuntervalley.com.au With an enviable location next to the display gardens and boutique shopping village, this 72-room resort is the ideal place for a conference, celebration or a relaxing escape. Facilities include a steak restaurant, day spa, swimming pool, tennis courts and fitness centre.

POKOLBIN VILLAGE ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7670 E relax@pokolbinvillage.com.au pokolbinvillage.com.au With an unrivalled location right in the centre of Wine Country, Pokolbin Village is the ideal base for couples, families and groups seeking comfortable accommodation with a charming and friendly village atmosphere. Relax by the swimming pool, play tennis or boules, dine onsite or explore the shops.

TUSCANY WINE ESTATE RESORT CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7288 E reservations@tuscanywineestate. com.au tuscanywineestate.com.au This award-winning, four-star boutique hotel is set on 26 acres with a stunning backdrop of the Brokenback Range and vineyards. It features 38 rooms, a tennis court, a swimming pool, massage therapist and onsite cellar door, as well as the acclaimed Binnorie Dairy, Mill Restaurant and Brokenback Bar.

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PEPPERS CONVENT HUNTER VALLEY

HALLS RD, POKOLBIN T 02 4998 4999 E convent@peppers.com.au peppers.com.au/convent

PEPPERS GUEST HOUSE �� EKERTS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4993 8999 E guesthouse@peppers.com.au peppers.com.au/guesthouse

Recently renovated, historic Peppers Convent offers 17 gorgeous guestrooms with French doors opening onto verandahs and sweeping views overlooking the estate. Offering 24-hour butler service, room service from onsite restaurants Eighty Eight and Roberts Circa 1876, complimentary canapés and glass of wine, à la carte breakfast and a rose petal turn-down option.

Nestled in the heart of the Valley, Peppers Guest House is one of the region’s most-loved retreats. The contemporary-style guesthouse is perfect for a relaxing weekend getaway or short break, with fine wines and gourmet dining at Chez Pok restaurant and indulgent treatments at endota spa.

POTTERS HOTEL BREWERY  RESORT

THE SEBEL KIRKTON PARK  HUNTER VALLEY

WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

Potters features 68 well-appointed villas and suites situated on 11 acres of landscaped gardens. Relax and unwind utilising the resort facilities or head over to the hotel for a meal and drinks. 2013 AHA NSW Winner for Best TAB (Country).

Set on 70 acres of manicured gardens with panoramic vineyard views, this stylish hotel contains 71 rooms and suites – all with ensuites, cable television, WiFi and minibars. Facilities include indoor heated pool, floodlit tennis courts, basketball court and gymnasium.

AMELIES ON POKOLBIN  MOUNTAIN

ARALUEN MISTLETOE  COTTAGES

��� POKOLBIN MOUNTAINS RD, POKOLBIN

��� MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

Looking for a romantic getaway with complete privacy? Amelies is the only cottage on a 1000-acre family property, perched on the Brokenback Range overlooking vineyards. The double spa has picture-perfect views. Amelies is close to everything, yet in a world of its own.

If your getaway wish list includes vineyards and the Australian bush, kangaroos at sunset, the sweet song of native birds and a frogs’ chorus from nearby dams, Araluen Mistletoe Cottages is for you. It’s surrounded by vineyards yet within walking distance of wineries, restaurants and cafes.

T 02 4991 7922 E info@pottershbr.com.au pottershbr.com.au

M 0413 813 399 E amelies@pokolbinmountain.com.au pokolbinmountain.com.au

T 02 4998 7680 E h8797@accor.com sebelhuntervalley.com.au

T 02 4998 7567 E araluencottages@gmail.com araluencottages.com.au


ACCOMMODATION SELF-CONTAINED

AVOCA HOUSE ���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

M 0404 032 303 E info@avocahouse.com.au avocahouse.com.au Enjoy warm hospitality, great food and private uncluttered cottage accommodation at this beautiful property nestled in historic Wollombi. Hosted breakfasts served daily in the central courtyard overlooking the duck ponds and cows grazing, or in the farmhouse dining room. Sleeps 8–10. Small groups, families and couples welcome.

BILLABONG MOON ��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

M 0477 010 010 E stays@huntervalleystays.com.au billabongmoon.com.au Want your own space for a romantic escape or to share time with special friends? This 20-acre property has just five private cottages scattered throughout with each boasting wood fires, spas, A/C, BBQs and lots more. Breakfast provisions and wine included. Enjoy birdsong by the billabong.

BELLBIRD COTTAGES �  SWALLOWS HOMESTEAD LEWIS LN, MOUNT VIEW NEAR MILLFIELD

M 0414 786 705 E suziq@netspace.net.au bellbirdcottage.com.au

M 0448 867 114 E admin@beltanavillas.com.au beltanavillas.com.au

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Weekend magazine’s Best Weekend Away. Just 15 minutes from Pokolbin, concert venues and other attractions, yet wake up to bellbirds on the tranquil side of the Valley. Three vintage cottages on 120 private acres, for couples or groups of up to 20. Pooch friendly.

Close to vineyards, concert venues, restaurants and galleries, these one- and two-bedroom villas are ideal for couples or small groups, with scenic views of neighbouring vineyards and bushland, framed by the Brokenback Range. All 10 villas are selfcontained with well-equipped kitchens and BBQs on private balconies.

BLACKWATTLE LUXURY  RETREATS

��� WILDERNESS RD, LOVEDALE

��� TALGA RD, LOVEDALE

M 0421 419 371 E stay@blackwattleluxuryretreats.com.au blackwattleluxuryretreats.com.au What makes Blackwattle so special? For some, it’s the tranquil vineyard setting, stunning mountain views and privacy. For others, it’s the luxurious interiors, wood fires and contemporary design of these beautiful retreats, tailor-made for romantic couples, but also great for friends.

BROKEN VIEW ESTATE

BUFFS AT POKOLBIN

��� OLD NORTH RD, POKOLBIN

�� COULSON RD, POKOLBIN

Looking for the perfect place to recharge, rekindle, rediscover and relax? The ★★★★ AAA-rated villas at Broken View Estate combine privacy, luxury and romance with king-sized beds, two-person spa baths and open fires, overlooking the expansive dam to the picturesque Brokenback Range.

A bush getaway set in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Buffs’ four cottages are spacious and private, one or two bedrooms, each with a wood-burning fire, A/C, BBQ and large covered verandah. Relax with a glass of wine, listen to the kookaburras and spot a kangaroo. Close to restaurants and wineries.

M 0400 112 341 E info@brokenviewestate.com.au brokenviewestate.com.au

BELTANA VILLAS ��� OLD NORTH RD, POKOLBIN

BLUEBUSH ESTATE T 02 4930 7177 E unwind@bluebushestate.com.au bluebushestate.com.au Recipient of TripAdvisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence Award. Ideal for family reunions, wedding guests, golf weekends, small conferences and meetings for up to 40 people. Enjoy a game of tennis, billiards, volleyball or unwind by the pool or gas log fire. Intimate B&B accommodation available weekdays.

T 02 4998 7636 E buffsatpokolbin@bigpond.com buffsatpokolbin.com.au

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BURNCROFT GUESTHOUSE

CASA LA VINA

CEDAR CREEK COTTAGES

��� TALGA RD, LOVEDALE

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

TripAdvisor recommended. Burncroft offers private luxury accommodation for groups up to 12–14 people with all the bells and whistles. It has six bedrooms, each with ensuite and verandah with amazing vineyard and Brokenback Range views, a commercial kitchen, 14-seat banquet table, log fire, swimming pool, Foxtel and nine-hole paddock pitch ’n’ putt.

Casa La Vina offers three new, unique luxury villas for an intimate couples’ escape in the heart of the Hunter Valley. The Santa Fe-inspired adobe villas boast exposed log timber ceilings, gas log fireplaces, plush king-sized beds, outdoor jacuzzis, private courtyards and undercover parking. AAA ★★★★ rating.

Picturesque self-contained cottages overlooking vineyards in beautiful Wollombi Valley – for two, four, six or more. Relax and enjoy bushwalks, bird-watching and a taste of Stonehurst premium wines at the sandstone cellar door. Includes spa bath, log fire, BBQ, breakfast hamper and noon check-out.

T 02 4930 7246 E stay@burncroft.com.au burncroft.com.au

M 0406 770 294 E stay@casalavina.com.au casalavina.com.au

T 02 4998 1576 E relax@cedarcreekcottages.com.au cedarcreekcottages.com.au

CEDARS MOUNT VIEW

COTTAGES ON MOUNT VIEW

ENGLEWOOD RIDGE

�� MITCHELLS RD, MOUNT VIEW

���� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW

�� TALGA RD, LOVEDALE

Designed specially for couples celebrating a special occasion, these fully equipped, modern spa villas are scattered over a beautiful mountain valley with a meandering creek. Cedars offers unparalleled privacy, gas log fires, expansive views, WiFi, flatscreen satellite TVs, personalised itineraries and in-house romance packages.

Expect wallabies, birdsong, peace and quiet at this tranquil retreat. The deluxe spa cottages sleep up to six and feature your own private open-air spa, wood fire, fully equipped kitchen and hammock under the gumtrees where you can drift away. AAA ★★★★ rating.

Enjoy the wildlife, views and walks with the furry members of the family at the pet-friendly Englewood Ridge. This comfortable country house is set on 25 acres with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two dining areas, a swimming pool, gas BBQ and fenced yard.

T 02 4990 9009 E relax@cedars.com.au cedars.com.au

GRAPEVINES BOUTIQUE  ACCOMMODATION ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 6766 E stay@grapevines.com.au grapevines.com.au Grapevines provides a peaceful environment for couples and smaller groups up to 22. The selfcontained villas have breathtaking views and are within walking distance of Harrigan’s Irish Pub and Hunter Valley Gardens and Village. Gourmet breakfast basket included. AAA ★★★★ rating.

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T 02 4990 8989 E stay@cottagesonmountview.com.au cottagesonmountview.com.au

M 0417 287 345 E mike@englewoodridge.com.au englewoodridge.com.au

GUNDOG HUNTER’S RETREAT

HUNTER HIDEAWAY COTTAGES

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

��� TUCKERS LN, NORTH ROTHBURY

This luxurious single-bedroom studio apartment has an unbeatable location in the heart of Wine Country, attached to Gundog’s cellar door. It has all the mod cons, including a fully equipped kitchen, free WiFi, king-sized bed, ensuite with spa bath and fully stocked wine fridge.

Spot kangaroos at dusk and dawn in this quiet bushland setting. Three cedar cottages are hidden among shady gums, featuring cosy gas log fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens, A/C, shady verandahs and BBQs. Each two-bedroom cottage accommodates up to eight and is pet friendly.

T 02 4998 6873 E manager@gundogestate.com.au gundogestate.com.au

M 0408 499 557 E stay@hunterhideaway.com.au hunterhideaway.com.au


ACCOMMODATION SELF-CONTAINED

IRONBARK HILL

IRONSTONE ESTATE

KINSALE COTTAGE

@ PETER DRAYTON WINES, ��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

�� OLSEN RD, LOVEDALE

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

Ironstone Estate consists of two spacious, selfcontained country homes located on a 45-acre vineyard estate in the scenic Lovedale area. The Lodge has six bedrooms, all with ensuites, while the Homestead has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a swimming pool. Both houses have wood fires and BBQ facilities.

Kinsale Cottage is a well-appointed three-bedroom country home set on 110 private and peaceful acres, right in the heart of Pokolbin. Boasting magnificent views of the Brokenback Range, its facilities include a Jetmaster fireplace, A/C, Foxtel, DVD, CD player and BBQ.

T 02 4964 4028 E cellardoor@peterdraytonwines.com.au peterdraytonwines.com.au IronBark Hill's deluxe contemporary accommodation is nestled among the vines, with room for up to 15 people. Relax and enjoy the log fireplace, huge deck overlooking the vineyard, BBQ area, floodlit tennis court, in-ground swimming pool and onsite Peter Drayton Wines cellar door, which is open daily.

M 0416 048 424 E stay@ironstoneestate.com.au ironstoneestate.com.au

M 0412 931 191 E nesseddo@bigpond.net.au

LILLIANS ON LOVEDALE

LOVEDALE LODGE

MADIGAN VINEYARD

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

��� LONDONS RD, LOVEDALE

��� WILDERNESS RD, ROTHBURY

T 02 4990 6958 E info@lillians.com.au lillians.com.au

T 02 4384 3394 E info@lovedalelodge.com lovedalelodge.com

Minutes from wineries and restaurants, this very private, generously proportioned, elegantly furnished country house is set on 25 acres and caters for four. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large spa, A/C, open fire, hooded BBQ, full kitchen, breakfast provisions and TV/DVD/CD. It’s a supremely relaxing house... go on, you deserve it.

Charming AAA ★★★★ -rated homestead, villa and two cottages on a secluded 36-acre property. Enjoy a leisurely stroll, meet the kangaroos or relax with a glass of wine. Perfect for a weekend getaway with a group of friends (sleeps 4–30).

T 02 4998 7815 E reservations@madiganvineyard.com.au madiganvineyard.com.au Conveniently located with the focus on the peaceful country surroundings of Lovedale, Madigan Vineyard offers four self-contained cottages and a homestead suitable for couples, families and groups of up to 30. All are well equipped & comfortable with private balconies and BBQs. Your ideal Hunter Valley accommodation.

MIDNIGHT’S PROMISE ESTATE

MOUNT VIEW LODGES

NIRVANA VISTA RESORT

��� TALGA RD, LOVEDALE

��� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW

M 0419 479 001 E stay@mountviewlodges.com.au mountviewlodges.com.au

LOT � SWEETWATER RD, ROTHBURY

M 0409 461 711 E mail@nirvanavista.com.au nirvanavista.com.au

Located in the foothills of Lovedale, this Estate offers secluded, luxury self-contained accommodation in a vineyard setting. There are two country cottages (three bedroom and two bedroom with queen-sized beds and A/C) or a romantic Balinese-themed couples-only retreat: Villa Janji (villa of promise).

These architect-designed eco-lodges on the slopes of the Brokenback Range offer spectacular views over the vineyards and rolling hills. They’re within walking distance of Bistro Molines and boast open-plan living, wide balconies, queen-sized bedrooms, A/C and double showers. The fresh local produce, gourmet kitchens and BBQs are perfect for self-catering.

This luxurious seven-bedroom, four-bathroom homestead accommodates up to 20 and is ideal for wedding parties. There’s a bridal suite with a large ensuite and circular spa bath, an in-ground pool, outdoor spa and huge deck. It also boasts a wedding gazebo and wedding marquee for up to 120 guests.

T 02 9235 3947 E info@midnightspromise.com.au midnightspromise.com.au

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NORTH LODGE COTTAGES

OLD HILLSIDE HOMESTEAD

RIDGEVIEW COTTAGES

��� OLD NORTH RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 6574 7259 E unwind@northlodge.com.au northlodge.com.au

��� MARROWBONE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7504 E stay@oldhillside.com.au oldhillside.com.au

��� SWEETWATER RD, POKOLBIN

Gaze at the amazing sunsets and incredible wildlife from the wide verandahs of these lovely cottages set on 25 acres. Look forward to a spacious living area with polished timber floors, exposed high raked ceilings, two-person spa baths, wood fires, gas BBQ and generous breakfast hamper.

Unwind in this charming 120-year-old cottage, which is fully self-contained with log fires, A/C and sleeps up to eight. Set on a 160-acre cattle property and vineyard in the foothills of Pokolbin, it’s secluded but still only minutes away from the region’s attractions.

Beautifully furnished country cottages in a secluded setting among vineyards and bushland. Features include spa bath, double shower, log fire, A/C, full kitchen, undercover parking, private undercover BBQ area, jacuzzi, sauna, infinity-edge swimming pool and tennis court – plus onsite cellar door and restaurant.

SILVERPOINT ACCOMMODATION

M 0419 475 221 E sleep@ridgeview.com.au ridgeview.com.au

ROTHVALE VINEYARD COTTAGES

SERENITY GROVE

��� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN

��� MILBRODALE RD, BROKE

Stay on a 75-acre working vineyard complete with winery and cellar door. One-, two- and three-bedroom rustic, self-contained country cottages offer all you need for a comfortable getaway. Enjoy fires in winter and the pool in summer. Cook a barbecue or taste wines with father-and-son team Luke and Max all year round.

Searching for a tranquil retreat in a rural setting for a family get-together or weekend escape? Serenity Grove can accommodate two to 20 people in its two self-contained, three-bedroom cottages set among native bushland and an olive grove, with a large undercover entertaining area.

SOMEWHERE UNIQUE

TATLER VINEYARD  ACCOMMODATION

TELLACE WINES  ACCOMMODATION

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

��� TUCKERS LN, NORTH ROTHBURY

T 02 4998 7290 E wines@rothvale.com.au rothvale.com.au

NARONE CREEK RD, WOLLOMBI

T 02 4998 3257 E info@somewhereunique.com.au somewhereunique.com.au Nestled in the bushland of the beautiful Wollombi Valley sit two completely private couples-only retreats. Enjoy peace and quiet, a king-sized bed, two-person soaker bath, gorgeous views and more. Only minutes from boutique vineyards, cafes and historic Wollombi village. Eco-certified, awardwinning and ★★★★ AAA-rated.

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T 02 6579 1444 E serenitygrove@telstra.com serenitygrove.com.au

��� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN

M 0405 842 818 E reservations@silverpoint.net silverpoint.net.au Situated in the heart of the Pokolbin vineyard district on an expansive 32 acres, Silverpoint provides a comfortable, rustic experience in a spacious log cabin. It features a full kitchen, large television and impressive mountain views, while being located close to wineries, concert venues and other attractions.

T 02 4930 9139 E sales@tatlerwines.com tatlerwines.com

T 02 4938 7173 E info@tellace.com.au

Offering luxury accommodation for up to 14 on a working vineyard. Choose between the contemporary loft apartment or Tatler Lodge, and enjoy a complimentary bottle of Tatler wine while watching the sun set over the majestic Brokenback Range or cuddling up by the fire.

Watch kangaroos at play and take in the fabulous views across the vineyard from this modern three-bedroom, self-contained homestead, just a short walk from the Tellace Wines cellar door. It’s a tranquil spot with all the activities and attractions just a 10-minute drive away.


ACCOMMODATION SELF-CONTAINED • GUESTHOUSES

THE GRANGE ON HERMITAGE

THE VINTRY

THE WATTLE LODGE

��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7388 E stay@thegrangeonhermitage.com.au thegrangeonhermitage.com.au

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 6825 E stay@thevintry.com.au vintry.com.au

���� GLENDON BROOK RD, GLENDON BROOK

Quality affordable country accommodation on a 28-acre property, with a family-run vineyard. Offering guestrooms and two-bedroom cottages with complimentary breakfast hamper, ensuites, equipped kitchens, disability facilities, king- and queen-sized beds, spa, A/C, log fire and WiFi. Close to wineries, restaurants and other attractions.

A luxury country house with a AAA ★★★★ rating located in the vineyards with a beautiful bushland setting. You’ll enjoy something truly unique at this award-winning property, whether it’s a weekend with friends or an escape with your partner, with all the extra touches adding to the experience.

This spacious lodge is located on a grazing property halfway between the Pokolbin vineyards and Barrington Tops National Park. It provides all the comforts: two bedrooms with ensuites, kitchenette, dining and living areas, and deck overlooking the countryside. Organised tours to vineyards and horse studs by request.

T 02 6577 6193 E info@thewattlelodge.com.au thewattlelodge.com.au

THE WOODS AT POKOLBIN

WINE COUNTRY VILLAS

WIRRAL GRANGE COTTAGE

��� HALLS RD, POKOLBIN

M 0412 627 316 E info@thewoods.com.au thewoods.com.au

��� THOMPSONS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7630 E info@winecountryvillas.com.au winecountryvillas.com.au

��� LOMAS LN, LOVEDALE

Two exquisite country houses, set amid beautiful gardens and manicured lawns. Both offer four queen-sized bedrooms and four bathrooms, sleeping eight guests in each house. A leisurely stroll to renowned restaurants and wineries, such as Roberts Circa 1876, Pepper Tree Wines and Tower Estate. Pure elegance in the midst of Wine Country.

Escape to your haven in the Hunter. With eight stylish split-level villas overlooking 25 acres of lush Aussie bush, Wine Country Villas is the ideal spot to chill out. Each villa has a king-sized bed, full kitchen, generous breakfast basket, coffee maker, deck with BBQ and views.

This delightful three-bedroom cottage is set in the centre of a working vineyard and farm in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country, and features a fully equipped kitchen, log fire, A/C, pool and BBQ. Breakfast provisions and complimentary bottle of wine included. Pets welcome.

WOOLSHED HILL ESTATE

CAPERS GUESTHOUSE �  COTTAGE

��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN T 02 6574 7229

��� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7685 E info@woolshedhill.com.au woolshedhill.com.au Discover a boutique resort with its own private golf course – the perfect place for your Wine Country getaway. Woolshed Hill specialises in large groups of up to 30 adults with log fires, swimming pool, tennis court and everything else you need for a memorable weekend away with family and friends.

���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

T 02 4998 3211 E stay@capers.com.au capers.com.au For those wishing to experience a delightful mix of luxury accommodation with full service and stunning views, Capers is a sanctuary of comfort, peace and privacy for a handful of guests. Also available is the self-contained Capers Cottage for up to eight guests.

T 02 4991 2874 E carol@lioncrest.com.au wirralgrange.com.au

SPICERS VINEYARDS ESTATE

E reception.vineyards@spicersretreats.com spicersretreats.com/spicers-vineyards-estate Intimate escape, special occasion or gourmet indulgence – whatever your reason, Spicers has all the ingredients for a perfect getaway. All rooms include complimentary arrival minibar, open fire and ensuite spa, plus onsite Restaurant Botanica and Spa Anise. Awarded Australia’s No. 2 Hotel for Best Service 2013 by TripAdvisor.

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ACCOMMODATION MOTELS • BED & BREAKFASTS

AUSTRALIA HOTEL MOTEL

CESSNOCK MOTEL

HUNTER VALLEY HOTEL ACADEMY

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MCLEOD RD (OFF HEDDON ST), KURRI KURRI

Offering both pub-style and motel accommodation, this country hotel has an award-winning bistro (NSW AHA 2002/2003), caters specifically for big groups and has WiFi, full bar and TAB facilities, swimming pool, golf stay-and-play packages and more. AHA Best Traditional Bar NSW 2010.

Offering comfort, cleanliness and courtesy in freshly renovated AAA ★★★★ accommodation. Just a five-minute drive to vineyards and within walking distance of shops, clubs and restaurants, you can enjoy all the Hunter Valley has to offer without blowing the budget.

T 02 4991 4197 E enquiries@australiahotel.com.au australiahotel.com.au

T 02 4990 2699 E cess.mot@bigpond.net.au cessnockmotel.com.au

T 02 4936 0341 E hunter.hvha@tafensw.edu.au hunter.tafensw.edu.au/CareerAreas/FSH/Pages/ Accommodation.aspx Located on 200 acres of bushland, just 15 minutes from the region’s best wineries, Hunter Valley Hotel Academy features king, queen or twin beds, ensuites, TV and complimentary non-alcoholic minibar, with conferencing facilities onsite. Rover Coach pick-up and return for concerts available.

WINDARRA LODGE

WINE COUNTRY MOTOR INN

BRILEX PARK B�B

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7648 E info@harkhamwine.com harkhamwine.com

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T 02 4993 2999 E stay@winecountrymotorinn.com.au winecountrymotorinn.com.au

���� LEGGETTS DR, MOUNT VINCENT

In the heart of the Valley close to major wineries, this newly refurbished lodge is situated on Harkham Wine’s vineyard with picturesque views of the Brokenback Range. It offers standard double rooms, deluxe rooms and a two-bedroom selfcontained cottage, plus onsite cellar door and Casa Margarita Mexican restaurant.

Located in the centre of the Cessnock CBD, Wine Country Motor Inn is only 10 minutes’ drive from Hunter Valley Gardens and all of the other major attractions. It has 50 rooms on two floors offering a range of room types in a 100% non-smoking environment, with free WiFi and parking.

Located in Mount Vincent, midway between the Hunter Valley and Lake Macquarie, this comfortable B&B consists of a three-bedroom, self-contained cottage for up to eight guests with continental breakfast provided. The B&B has a ‘one group at one time’ policy, so you’ll have the place to yourself.

M 0438 505 045 E brilexparkbnb@bigpond.com brilexparkbnb.com.au

THE LUXURY OF MANY ACCO M M O DAT I O N O P T I O N S , WITH THE CONVENIENCE OF ROSEDALE B�B ��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

T 02 4990 9537 E stay@rosedalebnb.com.au rosedalebnb.com.au Recipient of TripAdvisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence Award, Rosedale B&B boasts a beautiful garden setting and three spacious ensuite bedrooms, all with queen beds. Private entrance, lounge and dining room, A/C, open fire, free WiFi and BBQ facilities. Close to wineries and restaurants.

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STAY & PLAY AT

820 HERMITAGE ROAD, POKOLBIN 2320 T: 02 4998 7388 E: stay@thegrangeonhermitage.com.au W: www.thegrangeonhermitage.com.au

Nestled in the Hunter Valley, Cypress Lakes Resort promises a tranquil and indulgent escape, ideal for a leisurely holiday with family and friends, golďŹ ng break, memorable wedding, bachelorette and bucks party, or unique conferencing experience.

CYPRESS LAKES RESORT BY OAKS HOTELS & RESORTS

Cnr McDonalds & Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin Hunter Valley NSW 2320 Phone 02 4993 1555 • cypresslakes@theoaksgroup.com.au

1300 886 091

Affordable country style self catering cottages & guestrooms situated on 28 acres of natural bush and our family vineyard. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of Hunter Wine Country, by relaxing on the verandah, watching kangaroos at dusk or wandering through our vineyard, accompanied by Zena, our friendly Black Labrador.

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Our property is situated within minutes from a wide range of wineries, restaurants, gardens, golf courses and other attractions.


Weddings. VENUES AND SERVICES FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY.

a thousand words to celebrants who will craft a ceremony just for you, Wine Country has them all. You will also find myriad hair and beauty consultants who will pamper you from top to toe and ensure you look your best on the big day, entertainment to get the party started, specialists in theming for a unique wedding, head-turning transport options, luxurious lodgings for your friends and family, and the perfect honeymoon options to begin your new life together.

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Serene beauty, breathtaking views… there’s no setting more romantic to begin your married life than the spectacular Hunter Valley. Whether you’re imagining an intimate event tucked away from the maddening crowds or a large gala celebration, the Hunter Valley can confidently meet all of your expectations – no matter your tastes. From distinctive venues to hold your ceremony or reception, an award-winning photographer who will produce a picture that is worth

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Newcastle

02 4962 1855

N/A

N/A

Beveridge’s Menswear

88 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 1310

N/A

MAP 2 D4

MAP

Fuse Gallery Hair. Skin. Body

89 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4991 4247

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MAP 2 C3

Hunter Valley Resort

Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7777

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MAP 1 F2

Hunter Wedding Ceremonies

Hunter Valley

0418 637 890

N/A

N/A

Maree Callaghan – Hunter Marriage Celebrant

80 Caledonia St, Kearsley

02 4990 4917

N/A

MAP 1 Q13

Photography on Hermitage

10 Bowen St, Branxton

02 4938 3547

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MAP 1 B9

Prestige Wedding & Event Hire

13 Ace Cres, Tuggerah

02 4353 4599

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N/A

Red Zebra Babysitting & Childcare Services

Pokolbin

0419 411 636

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N/A

Restaurant Cuvée

@ Peterson House, cnr Broke Rd & Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin

02 4998 7881

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MAP 1 J9

Spark Ceremonies Hunter Valley

18 Casuarina Dr, Rothbury

0429 354 177

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MAP 1 H7

St Michael’s Wollombi

2887 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 1576

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MAP 1 S2

St Patrick’s of Nulkaba

Cnr Wine Country Dr & Kerlew St, Nulkaba

02 4991 2555

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MAP 1 N11

Studio Valentine Photography

4B Pinchen St, Nulkaba

02 4991 4400

N/A

MAP 1 N11

E X P E R I E N C E A DAY YO U W I L L A LWAYS REMEMBER IN A P L A C E YO U W I L L N E V E R F O R G E T.

Whether you’re dreaming of a small, intimate gathering or a large gala celebration with all of your family and friends, the Hunter Valley has any number of wedding venues that will suit your tastes. And with so many things to see and do in the area, your guests will look forward to your special day as much as you. Come discover what this magical area has to offer.

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WEDDINGS

HUNTER VALLEY RESORT

PHOTOGRAPHY ON HERMITAGE

�� VINCENT ST, CESSNOCK T 02 4991 4247 E info@fusegallery.com.au fusegallery.com.au

CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7777 E events@hunterresort.com.au hunterresort.com.au

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5000 Brides can’t be wrong... The Hunter Valley’s leading and most contemporary salon in hair, skin and body is located in the Cessnock CBD, just five minutes from Pokolbin. The large salon boasts cutting-edge technology and facilities. Mon, Wed & Fri 9am–5.30pm, Tue 9am–7pm, Thu 9am–8pm, Sat 8am–2pm

Hunter Valley Resort caters for small and intimate weddings, and for occasions of up to 250 guests. Most importantly, the management and staff recognise this is your special day and aim to make it nothing short of perfect. Call for a tailored proposal

Photography on Hermitage was established in Pokolbin in 2001 by Sydney photographer Chris Elfes after moving to the Hunter Valley shortly after shooting the Sydney Olympics. Chris has an intimate knowledge of the area, shooting assignments for many of the local wineries, magazines and tourist industry. By appointment

PRESTIGE WEDDING �  EVENT HIRE

RED ZEBRA BABYSITTING �  CHILDCARE SERVICES

FUSE GALLERY HAIR. SKIN. BODY

�� ACE CRES, TUGGERAH

POKOLBIN

T 02 4938 3547 E elfesphoto@bigpond.com.au photographyonhermitage.com.au

RESTAURANT CUVÉE @ PETERSON HOUSE, CNR BROKE RD � WINE COUNTRY DR, POKOLBIN

T 02 4353 4599 E mp@prestigepartyhire.com.au prestigepartyhire.com.au

M 0419 411 636 E bev@redzebra.net.au redzebra.net.au

T 02 4998 7881 E cuvee@petersonhouse.com.au petersonhouse.com.au

Prestige prides itself on hiring quality equipment and providing excellent personal service. It offers AV, exhibition/trade booths, marquees, lighting, dance floors, furniture, cool rooms and more. With many years of expertise, Prestige can ensure your event is a success. Mon–Fri 8.30am–5pm, Sat 8.30am–12pm

Established in 1990 offering childcare services for locals and visitors. Specialising in short-term care for weddings and conferences, or just your night out for dinner. All carers are qualified and experienced and have Working with Children Check approvals. Daily, 24 hours

Restaurant Cuvée is an award-winning wedding venue with a beautiful sandstone building and sweeping vineyard views providing an ideal backdrop for your reception. Whether it’s a small, intimate wedding or a larger wedding of 140, the experienced staff can tailor a package that will suit any dream. Daily, evenings

SPARK CEREMONIES HUNTER VALLEY

ST MICHAEL’S WOLLOMBI

ST PATRICK’S OF NULKABA

���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

CNR WINE COUNTRY DR � KERLEW ST, NULKABA

�� CASUARINA DR, ROTHBURY

M 0429 354 177 E sparkceremonies@bigpond.com.au sparkceremonies.com.au A young and vibrant marriage celebrant, based in the heart of Wine Country, Kate Muller enjoys helping marrying couples create ceremonies as unique as they are. Modern or traditional, your ceremony is guaranteed to be a real celebration with a little bit of spark. Daily, by appointment

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T 02 4998 1576 E relax@cedarcreekcottages.com.au saintmichaels.org.au

T 02 4991 2555 E stpatricks_ofnulkaba@msn.com stpatricksofnulkaba.com.au

Charming sandstone church in historic Wollombi village, which seats 75. All denominations and civil weddings welcome. A lovely ambience indoors and beautiful outdoor setting ensures a special occasion. Create your own style with no time restraints, it’s your church for the day! Accommodation and reception venues nearby. Daily, by appointment

This unique 1892 sandstone chapel has a tradition of being a very special venue for wedding ceremonies. Now fully restored, this non-denominational chapel seats approximately 130 people. Beautifully landscaped grounds are the perfect backdrop for photos and video productions... memories are made of this. Daily, by appointment


Services. ESSENTIALS TO COVER ALL YOUR NEEDS. NAME

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Airport – Newcastle

1 Williamtown Dr, Williamtown

02 4928 9800

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N/A

Chris Elfes Photography

10 Bowen St, Branxton

02 4938 3547

MAP 1 B9

Council – Cessnock

62–78 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4993 4300

MAP 2 C4

Council – Singleton

Cnr Queen St & Civic Ave, Singleton

02 6578 7290

MAP 4 A4

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View St, Cessnock

02 4991 0555

MAP 2 A1 MAP 4 C5

EMERGENCY – Ambulance, Fire & Police HOSPITAL – Cessnock

MAP

HOSPITAL – Singleton

Dangar Rd, Singleton

02 6571 9222

Hospitality Recruitment Solutions

Newcastle & Hunter Valley

02 4961 2971

N/A

Newspaper – The Advertiser

155 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 1244

MAP 2 D3

Pharmacy – Pokolbin Village Pharmacy

Shop 13, Hunter Valley Gardens Village, Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6677

MAP 1 J5

Red Zebra Babysitting & Childcare Services

Pokolbin

0419 411 636

N/A

Sally Sneddon Graphic Design

4 Alfred Cl, East Maitland

02 4934 4781

N/A

Sheer Design

Maitland

02 4933 9000

MAP 1 N11

TAXI – Cessnock Radio Cabs

52 Cumberland St, Nulkaba

02 4990 1111

MAP 2 E5

TAXI – Singleton Taxico

15 Mary St, Singleton

02 6572 1133

MAP 1 B0

Visitor Information – Hunter Valley

455 Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin

02 4993 6700

MAP1 K10

Visitor Information – Maitland

Cnr New England Hwy & High St, Maitland

02 4931 2800

MAP 1 K10

Visitor Information – Newcastle

@ The Maritime Centre, 3 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle

1800 654 558

N/A

Visitor Information – Singleton

Townhead Park, New England Hwy, Singleton

1800 499 888

MAP 4 D5

BIG-NAME ACTS from rock legend bruce springsteen to swedish pop - rockers roxette ,

the hunter valley plays host to some of the world ’ s biggest acts .

Recent star performers also include The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Sting & Paul Simon, Jimmy Barnes, Fleetwood Mac, Bernard Fanning, Alicia Keys, Leonard Cohen, Lionel Richie, John Farnham, Hunters & Collectors, Daryl Braithwaite, Ian ‘Mossy’ Moss, Richard Clapton and country music favourites Toby Keith and Lee Kernaghan.

Visit winecountry.com.au to find out who’s headlining in 2015 and book your tickets.

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THE SPECTACULAR LANDSCAPE OF THE WOLLEMI NATIONAL PARK

Natural beauty spots. For breathtaking views across the Hunter Valley, head up to Mount Bright Lookout (Map 1 P7), Bimbadeen Lookout (Map 1 P7) or Pokolbin Mountains Road Lookout (Map 1 O3). Then make the most of the surrounding countryside and explore one of the nearby national parks.

YENGO NATIONAL PARK

WERAKATA NATIONAL PARK

Stretching 70km from Wisemans Ferry to the Hunter Valley, this wild area of steep gorges and rocky ridges is of cultural significance to local Aboriginal communities.

Surrounding the Cessnock area, the park has a rich history of Aboriginal occupation and conserves a diversity of plants and animals.

WATAGANS NATIONAL PARK

Encompasses the largest wilderness area in New South Wales, Wollemi boasts rich biodiversity and spectacular scenery.

Less than one hour’s drive from Cessnock, bushwalk on marked trails or explore the forest roads by mountain bike, 4WD vehicle or by horseback. 112 winecountry.com.au

WOLLEMI NATIONAL PARK

CHICHESTER STATE FOREST Featuring the southern foothills of the

Barrington Tops, there are day-use areas, lookouts and walking trails.

POKOLBIN STATE FOREST This 13,000-hectare forest is popular for 4WD driving, bushwalking, camping and off-road motorcycling.

MOUNT ROYAL NATIONAL PARK 50km north of Singleton, the park’s areas of rainforest are home to wallabies, koalas, platypus and more.


Looking for more than a simple wine tasting? Call us or check out our website to book in for one of our exclusive winery tour and tasting packages or, of course, just drop by the First Creek Cellar Door!

HHHHH Five Star James Halliday Rating 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014

Specialist Winemakers

2013 MEDAL TALLY: 2 x Trophies • 3 x Top Gold Medals • 13 x Gold Medals • 18 x Silver Medals • 35 x Bronze Medals

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02 4998 2992

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Hunter Valley Magazine Issue 3, 2014  
Hunter Valley Magazine Issue 3, 2014  

Wine, Dine, Explore. Plus your official guide to the region's essential sights and services