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Why is Hunter Valley chardonnay so good?*

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COME VISIT The Hunter Valley has a remarkable blend of unique experiences. Book your accommodation and tours online winecountry.com.au

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6 ON THE GRAPEVINE A snapshot of what’s being shared on social media

8 SNIPPETS News, views and reviews from around the Valley

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14 C STANDS FOR CHARDONNAY A local wine writer’s favourite Chardonnays

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20 CHEAT SHEET Your wine-tasting 101 guide

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EXPLORE 42 A TALE OF TWO HUNTERS

Two visitors share their Hunter Valley experiences

45 REDS & GREENS Where to tee off in the region

50 LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Discover the boutique Lovedale region

57 EARLY RISERS Meet a high-flying couple of balloonists

50 87 RESTAURANTS & CAFES Get a taste for the Hunter Valley way of life

97 GOURMET Enjoy local produce and brews

101 TOURS Discover the secrets of the Hunter Valley

107 EXPERIENCES Enjoy a range of activities and attractions

115 ACCOMMODATION Find your Hunter Valley home

26 TOP TIPPLES

60 WHAT’S ON

126 WEDDINGS

Read all about the winners in the Hunter Valley Wine Show

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

Wedding venues and services

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Three restaurants that embrace paddock to plate

Your guide to the Valley

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Sample the region’s award-winning wines

31 FRESH PERSPECTIVES

Spotlight on Tinklers Produce

67 VISITOR GUIDE

72 CELLAR DOORS

128 SERVICES Essentials to cover all your needs

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Audrey Wilkinson Cellar Door De Beyers Road, Pokolbin (02) 4998 1866 www.audreywilkinson.com.au

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The heart of the Hunter.

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Welcome to the new-look Hunter Valley Magazine. We’ve been working with new publisher Edge to redesign the magazine to make it more enjoyable for you… and encourage you to be part of the magazine. One of the exciting additions is that we will now be running stories from passionate Hunter Valley visitors who are eager to share their recommendations, photos and tips. So if you’re visiting Wine Country for the first or 50th time and you have a blast of enthusiasm for a place or product, let us know! Of course, nobody knows the Hunter Valley as well as the locals, so their stories and experiences will continue to be the main focus of the editorial, with feature stories written by leading wine, food and travel writers. The magazine also includes visitor information, business listings and a regional map to help you get around one of the top 10 wine regions in the world. As the new Chairman of the Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association, I am thrilled to welcome you to the region and hope you come and visit us again and again.

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Why is Hunter Valley chardonnay so good?*

REGIONAL GUIDE & MAP

* Just love the peachy flavours

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Grant is a former PGA professional who now commentates on golf for Channel 7 in Australia, and FOX Sports across Asia. A columnist for Australian Golf Digest since 2002 and co-author of Barossa Wine Traveller.

STEPHANIE CLIFFORD-SMITH Stephanie is a food writer and author. She co-edited the Sydney Eats guide for three years and now reviews for many guides, including The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide.

DANIEL HONAN

Born and raised in the Hunter Valley, Daniel is a news journalist turned wine writer and founder of In Grapes We Trust events. He has been published in James Halliday’s Wine Companion Magazine, Selector and Newcastle Herald.

MELINDA KELLY

With a passion for great wine and food, freelance journalist Melinda Kelly has been happily eating and drinking her way around the globe for over 20 years, but says there’s no better place to call home than the beautiful Hunter Valley.


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The Tulloch family have been producing outstanding wines from the Hunter Valley since 1895. Now in its 120th year, the Tulloch name lives on as a founding producer of the Hunter continuing to strive for excellence in the production of premium wines. Visit our Cellar Door, Members Lounge and Tasting Lab to enjoy a great selection of wines from the Tulloch range.

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 Open 7 days, 10am - 5pm. 638 DeBeyers Rd Pokolbin NSW 2320 P 02 4998 7580 www.tullochwines.com E cellardoor@tullochwines.com

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MY HIDDEN HUNTER On her third trip to Australia, Heather Rudd Palmer and husband Gavin made a beeline to the Hunter Valley to enjoy a two-day country getaway. The couple from Virginia, USA, was blown away by all the region has to offer.

We began outdoors with an interactive discussion about the vines themselves, then moved indoors and learned about the differences in how white and red wines are made. I gained much more from the tour than I was expecting.

What did you uncover that really surprised you? I was surprised by the dozens of cows we saw as we drove around the Hunter Valley. I didn’t know it was home to livestock and farms as much as it is to vines, and I loved the country views and atmosphere.

What’s your favourite thing about Wine Country? I’ll always remember how relaxed and at home I felt in the Hunter Valley. It’s not always easy to truly be in holiday mode, but unexpectedly it was the one time during our three-week holiday where I was completely at ease – all before wine-tasting!

After visiting the Hunter Valley, what did you discover that you didn’t know before? I love sweeter wines, but I’d never heard of a Botrytis wine until I noticed them at nearly every cellar door we visited. My husband has an even sweeter tooth than I do and we purchased a Botrytis Semillon from Hungerford Hill and Margan to enjoy back in the United States. Any activities you would recommend to a friend? I learned so much during the guided vine experience at Hunter Valley Resort.

What do you like most about Hunter Valley wine? I wasn’t a red wine drinker until I lived in Australia for a year in 2010. I found I enjoyed almost every Shiraz I tried in South Australia, so I was very much looking forward to tasting Shiraz in the Hunter Valley on this trip. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the peppery, spicy characteristics of a Hunter Shiraz.

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CIDER COMEBACK What’s trending worldwide at the moment? Cider! A Canadian report says we’ll be consuming three billion litres of cider in 2020 (up from 2.4 billion in 2014). Enjoy your cider on tap? Head to Matilda Bay Brewhouse for Dirty Granny cider; Potters Hotel Brewery Resort for Tilse’s Apple Truck Cider; or Hope Brewhouse for apple cider brewed on site. Then pick up a few bottles of locally made cider to take home.

1. Oakvale 2014 Apple Cider $20: An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and so does a glass of apple cider. This sparkling alcoholic cider is handpicked, basket-pressed and so, so more-ish. Oakvale makes a pear cider, too. oakvalewines.com.au 2. Grandis Wines Cloudy Cider $18: A dry sparkling cider with crisp apple flavours that’s a real summertime favourite served over ice. Tastings at Moorebank Vineyard. grandiswines.com.au 3. Pokolbin Cider House Raspberry & Cranberry Cider $12: This drop is a real fruit cocktail, with apples, raspberry juice and an acid hit from the cranberries. There’s also a classic draught cider. Tastings at Peterson House. petersonhouse.com.au

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GET ON YOUR BIKE To pedal or not to pedal? Sutton Estate Bicycle Hire gives you the option, hiring out electric motor-assisted bikes to make those hill climbs around the Valley easier. There are 20 bikes available and you can whip along at 25 kilometres per hour using just the motor, or up to 45 kilometres per hour if you add pedal power. Helmet, bottled water, sunscreen, lock, map of recommended stops and roadside assistance are included in the hire rate. Twohour bike hire is $40; four hours is $50 and full-day hire is $65. suttonestateelectricbikehire.com

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Planning a family getaway to the Hunter Valley during the school holidays and looking for something to do with the anklebiters? Head to The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley and let them run wild in the grounds of this 70-acre estate, where they can also feed the resident pigs and chickens. There are four Australian Yorkshire pigs and 30 chooks, which are fed daily at 11am and everyone is welcome (you don’t have to be a guest). You can also collect fresh eggs from the stables and head down to the dam to check out the yabbies. See page 118 or sebelhuntervalley.com.au


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#HUNTER HOUNDS Dog-spotting is big in the Hunter Valley, with locals continually sharing pics of their spoilt pooches, such as this cutie, Eadie Vinden, above. Next time you tour the region, let us know about your favourite #hunterhounds on Facebook (HunterValleyWineCountry), Instagram (@HunterValleyWC) or Twitter (@huntervalleywc).

Name: Eadie Vinden Breed: German shorthaired pointer Age: 12 weeks Owner: Vinden Estate general manager/ winemaker Angus Vinden Pet hate: Grandma’s washing machine Favourite furry friend: Scrooge McDuck, her latest chew toy Dirty deeds: Chewing the tassels off Grandma’s cushions

Punch-down: If a winemaker asks you to help with a punch-down, you’re not in for a brawl. As wine ferments, the skins and stems rise to the top of the tank, forming a ‘cap’, and it’s vital to break up this cap to extract more colour and flavour into the wine. Winemakers ‘punch down’ the cap manually with an instrument to submerge it back into the wine.

SHIRAZ SMACKDOWN Mount Pleasant chief winemaker Jim Chatto made his thoughts known on the 2014 vintage when he tweeted: “1937, 1954, 1965, 2014. If you’re lucky you get one, maybe two, of these vintages in your career. Make it count.” And Hunter Valley winemakers did, producing some exceptional 2014 wines… and you can now get your hands on the much-hyped Shiraz just in time for those long summer barbies. If that’s not a buying tip, we don’t know what is. Grab a case, or three, and take advantage of one of the great Hunter Valley vintages. Here are five for the hit list.

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1. Briar Ridge Single Vintage Dairy Hill Shiraz $60: Classic, with brambly and savoury oak spice notes. Drink with sticky BBQ beef short ribs. 2. Bimbadgen Palmers Lane Shiraz 2014 $50: Rich palate with red fruit, spice and subtle oak. Serve with beef oxtail and mash. 3. Gundog Estate Hunter’s Shiraz 2014 $35: Medium-bodied and pure-fruited, with creamy oak. Polish it off with slow-cooked lamb shanks. 4. McLeish Estate Hunter Valley Shiraz 2014 $25: The intense dark cherry and raspberry flavours pair perfectly with beef bourguignon. 5. David Hook Hunter Valley Shiraz 2014 $18: Sweet berry and spice aromas with a peppery palate. Great with barbecued steak.

ASK THE EXPERT 2015 Winemaker of the Year Mike De Iuliis answers some frequently asked questions. How long does wine last once opened? I often judge the quality of a wine by how long it lasts once opened. The better the wine, the quicker it tends to disappear. You often see this happen at parties, when someone brings a good bottle and it doesn’t last long on the table. That said, realistically a young wine should easily

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last a couple of days, and this can help a young wine to ‘open up’. The older the wine, the shorter the amount of time you have to drink it once opened. Any tips for making it last longer? Buy two bottles – it will last twice as long. Buy a dozen and it will last even longer! What to do with wine that’s past its best? Coq au vin or beef bourguignon.


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FIVE TAPAS FAVOURITES On the hunt for some share-plate joints? Here are five favourites where you can divvy up a feast with friends. 1. While the menu changes regularly at The Verandah Restaurant, you’ll always find cumin-and-cayenne baby calamari with lime aioli on it. It’s so darned good they get complaints if they take it off the menu and it’s the number-one tapas dish with catering clients as well. 2. For Mediterranean and Middle Eastern share-plate food, head to RidgeView Restaurant and order the signature mezedhes (tapas) dish: grilled Greek haloumi with caramelised pears and pistachios infused with estate-grown oregano and chiffonnade of radicchio.

3. At Tatler Tapas Cafe, chef Katy Carruthers believes variety is the spice of life, changing the menu weekly. When pressed for a signature dish, she says deepfried goats’ cheese, but the big bowls of meaty mussels are also a hit with diners. 4. Owner/head chef Emerson Rodriguez says the most popular shared item on the Emerson’s Cafe & Restaurant lunch menu is the housemade duck liver pate. 5. At Brokenback Bar at Tuscany Wine Estate Resort (above) the menu has changed, but tapas is still the name of the game: everything from whitebait with tequila aioli and smoked paprika salt, to confit baby octopus with olive oil, garlic, chilli and herbs, and pizza bianca, to share.

The ultimate goal for most golfers is to drive the ball longer and straighter. Callaway’s Big Bertha Alpha 815 Driver ($629.99, stockists at au.callawaygolf.com) is popular with golfers who want to hit solid tee shots with low spin, so they can max out their distance. Where to play in Wine Country? See our round-up of the region’s top golf courses by local golf writer Grant Dodd on page 45.

BESIDE STILL WATERS Want to unwind on the waterfront, even in Wine Country? Not a problem at Lilies Luxury Retreat. The lakeside location of the twobedroom, two-bathroom retreat is striking, and so are the sunsets over the lake from the giant beanbags and handmade Brazilian hammocks on the wide, covered timber decks – the perfect spot to kick back with a vino. lilies.com.au For more places to stay, go to winecountry.com.au

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C STANDS FOR CHARDONNAY IT’S AS EASY AS ABC... LOCAL WINE WRITER RICK ALLEN REVEALS HOW HE GOT HOOKED ON HUNTER VALLEY CHARDONNAY AND SHARES HIS FAVOURITE DROPS. WORDS: RICK ALLEN PHOTOS: CHRIS ELFES


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RIGHT: TYRRELL’S CHIEF WINEMAKER ANDREW SPINAZE TESTS CHARDONNAY FROM THE BARREL WITH A PIPETTE.

IT WAS SCARBOROUGH that did it. Got me hooked on Hunter Valley Chardonnay, I mean. I don’t remember the venue – it was a restaurant in East Sydney somewhere – but I remember the wine all right. Seven-hundred and fifty millilitres of peachy, buttery, creamy delight. It was so good, in fact, that my wife and I decided then and there that it was time we revisited the Hunter Valley vineyards to see what we’d been missing. And bang! We were struck by another lightning bolt called Tyrrell’s Vat 47 Chardonnay. If the Scarborough didn’t seal the deal, the Vat 47 surely did. It was different to the Scarborough – zesty, fresh and extroverted – but every bit as lipsmacking. My love affair with Hunter Valley Chardonnay was up and running, and it has stayed strong ever since. Back then, there was only a handful of good Chardonnays – today, they’re as plentiful as the region’s kangaroos. So, buckle up, consider me your designated driver and let’s go tasting.

TYRRELL’S WINES Perched upon a hill with sweeping valley views, the rustic cellar door at Tyrrell’s

is exactly as it was all those years ago – dirt floor down the back and all. It belies the high-quality modern wines that come out of this family-owned operation. But let’s get straight to the Vat 47. I don’t know how many times I’ve said that at backyard barbecues over the years! Given decent vintage conditions, this may well be the slowest-ageing Chardonnay in the Hunter Valley. Wait five years and it has hardly changed colour and is still as fresh as a daisy. It’s incredible. Mind you, if you’re patient – really patient – you’re well rewarded, as it picks up stunning complexity over time. Fortunately, Vat 47 can be quite mesmerising as a youngster, too – extraordinarily vibrant, with loads of fine, citrusy acid and penetrating persistence of flavour.

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But, ahem, as good as it is, try to find time for one of the winery’s other Chardonnays if you can… for me, the other stand-out is the single-vineyard Belford. The Vat 47 gets the gold, all right, but this guy is also mighty impressive. Bright fruit, a hint of oak and mesmerisingly fresh and clean.

LAKE’S FOLLY

ABOVE: STEP INSIDE THE UNPRETENTIOUS LAKE’S FOLLY CELLAR DOOR FOR SOME SHOWSTOPPING CHARDONNAYS; LAKE’S FOLLY WINEMAKER ROD KEMPE ROLLING OUT THE OAK BARRELS; HARVESTING CHARDONNAY DURING VINTAGE.

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Okay, confession time: if I had to pick just one Hunter Valley Chardonnay, this would probably be it. Don’t be fooled by the cellar door – nothing fancy there. It’s bland, even. But at Lake’s Folly it’s wine first, daylight second and… well, there’s no third. I ask winemaker Rod Kempe what he strives for in his wines. “Here,” he says, handing me a Lake’s Folly wine brochure and pointing to a paragraph on the back page. “Read that, I can’t put it any better.”

The paragraph reads: “The wine styles are restrained and elegant showing finesse and complexity. They have clarity of structure and great length of flavour. The unique style of Lake’s Folly has made it one of Australia’s distinguished wines.” But be warned: if you want to get your hands on some Lake’s Folly, you’ll need a bit of Usain Bolt about you. At the time of writing, the recently released 2014 vintage had only about two or three weeks of stock left. The next vintage, the 2015, was already 75 per cent pre-sold. Get the picture? Wine storage company Wine Ark says Lake’s Folly is the second most cellared Chardonnay in Australia – a testament to its quality and ageing potential. Incidentally, the winery now does two Chardonnays: the regular Hunter Valley Chardonnay and the newer Hill Block, which has a more minerally core. Both classy, both delicious.


WINE CHARDONNAY MISTLETOE WINERY Mistletoe came onto my radar rather late – in 2011, in fact, when the winery’s 2009 Reserve Chardonnay was named NSW Wine of the Year. Hunter Valley wineries win major awards time and again for their Semillon and Shiraz, but Chardonnay? You’d better believe it – and it was just one of a swag of awards and medals this wine claimed. I managed to get my hands on a bottle… wow! I might have been slow on the uptake but I learned my lesson quickly and have followed Mistletoe ever since. The Mistletoe cellar door is part art gallery with paintings around the walls and ironwork sculptures in the grounds. I can’t give you much help with artwork but here’s a wine tip: while Mistletoe’s Reserve wine is the star, the entry-level Hunter Chardonnay is outstanding in its own right – a whole lot of yumminess for a modest $23 a bottle. The grapes for the Reserve are picked earlier than most around the Valley because Mistletoe wants the wine to have high natural acid and a fresher style, rather than more developed flavours. The result is a wine that will age gracefully – for seven to 10 years, easily, in good vintages – with stone fruit flavours at the core and some mineral and zesty citrus flavours. Very serious quality indeed.

FIRST CREEK WINES The First Creek tasting room has a big window that overlooks the barrel room.

“I can’t give you much help with artwork but here’s a wine tip... Mistletoe’s entrylevel Hunter Chardonnay is outstanding.” Is it just me or is there something special about sipping wine surrounded by barrels? Maybe I just like drinking while I can see others working. The winery’s Reserve Chardonnay is

“Enjoyable now but it will shine in three to five years.” Trouble is, I’m not sure I can wait. Oh, and by the way, the following vintage – the 2014 Reserve – won four

the one I’m interested in and, of all the wines mentioned, it’s the one that could really use some time in the bottle – say, three years – to develop and come out of its shell. Again, it has those white peach and citrus flavours, tightly coiled. With this little beauty you can’t help but feel there’s plenty more to come. If you’re familiar with French White Burgundies, this is along those lines: layered, brooding and complex. “It has more richness to it, and stone fruit depth that needs time to fully integrate,” winemaker Liz Silkman admits.

trophies, including best wine of show at this year’s Royal Queensland Wine Show. Yes sir, this fellow has form.

SCARBOROUGH WINE CO. Ah, Scarborough! On a hill overlooking a lake, Scarborough has one of the prettiest cellar door set-ups in the region. It’s a sitdown, structured tasting with cheese and crackers… and did I mention Chardonnay? You know you’re in serious Chardonnay territory when they make not one, but three, labels. There’s the Blue Label – lean and flinty, the winery’s Chablis style. There’s the Yellow Label – totally

LEFT TO RIGHT: MISTLETOE WINERY’S RESERVE CHARDONNAY IS A SERIOUS DROP; FIRST CREEK WINEMAKER LIZ SILKMAN SWIRLS TO RELEASE AROMA AND FLAVOUR.

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WINE CHARDONNAY LEFT TO RIGHT: SCARBOROUGH’S GILLARDS ROAD CELLAR DOOR, WHERE YOU CAN NIBBLE ON CHEESE AND BISCUITS WHILE YOU TASTE WINE; IAN SCARBOROUGH IN THE VINEYARD.

5 OTHER FAVOURITES 1. Allandale Chardonnay 2014, $20 As a young buck without much money in my pocket (some things never change) this was my ‘go to’ wine, always over-delivering for the price. Years later, it still does. Terrific value. 2. Wombat Crossing Chardonnay 2011, $32 It’s one of the tiniest wineries in the Valley but it’s big on quality and well worth seeking out. For me, Wombat Crossing’s Chardonnay is the star. It has already pulled in a

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swag of show trophies and medals. Supremely elegant. 3. Audrey Wilkinson Reserve Chardonnay 2013, $38 The winery has one of the best views in the Valley, no doubt, and its wines have never been better. This one’s a delight: peaches, some tangy green apple and citrus, and loads of natural acid. 4. Leogate Estate Wines Creek Bed Reserve Chardonnay 2012, $38 Leogate’s Shiraz wines

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have really made people sit up and take notice, so its whites have snuck under the radar a bit. But they’re mighty good, too. This is a delicious case in point. 5. Keith Tulloch Field of Mars Chardonnay 2013, $60 (sold in a collection) It’s powerful and packed with flavour, this guy, but beautifully balanced and quality from tip to toe. White peach, citrus, zingy acid and some minerally complexity. Could cellar easily, but when it’s this tasty already, why wait?

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opposite to the Blue Label, a fuller, more voluptuous style. And, finally, Scarborough’s new label, The Obsessive (which replaces the old White Label) – a nod to founder Ian Scarborough, whose drive to create the best Chardonnay seemingly knows no bounds. It’s the winery’s ‘best of the best’ and will only be made in outstanding years. It’s the one I love, a stunner. Exceptionally focused and, for me, the best Chardonnay that Scarborough has produced, full stop – and that’s saying something. Yet it’s the bolder, full-bodied Yellow Label that is still far and away Scarborough’s biggest seller and hugely popular with mailing-list customers. “I’d hate to think what would happen if we stopped making that,” says sales and marketing manager Sally Scarborough (known to locals as ‘the Chardonnay Queen’) with a laugh. “There’d be a riot!” I guess it really gets down to personal preference. Which do you prefer: Jennifer Lopez or Keira Knightley? Brad Pitt or Dwayne Johnson? Porsche or Mercedes? Each is mighty impressive; it’s just whatever rocks your boat. For cellar door contact details, see page 72 or go to winecountry.com.au WANT MORE?

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Gundog Estate is a boutique wine producer owned and operated by the Burton family. Our passion for high quality, regionally distinct wine has inspired us to pursue two of Australia’s most unique and highly acclaimed varieties - Semillon & Shiraz. We invite you to experience these wines in the relaxed ambience of the Gundog Hunter Cellar and Gourmet Pantry! “Best Small Cellar Door Lower Hunter” Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine “Five Star Winery” 2016 James Halliday Wine Companion “Rising Star” Winemaker Matt Burton, 2010 Hunter Wine Industry Awards Open 7 Days, 10am - 5pm 101 Mcdonalds Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320 | 02 4998 6873 info@gundogestate.com.au | www.gundogestate.com.au


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Arriving in Australia in the 1800s, the Semillon grape variety is a Hunter Valley classic, the basis for the region’s most distinctive white wine. Semillons are long-lived, typically light- to mediumbodied and bone-dry, with high acidity.

Originating from Portugal, Verdelho grown in the Hunter Valley is usually made into light, dry, fruity and easy-drinking white wines. However, there are also some excellent fortified examples made in the region.

Chardonnay is one of the wine world’s most versatile grape varieties. Hunter Valley Chardonnay is generally fullbodied, soft and lush; great examples are dry, elegant and age-worthy.

SMELLS LIKE: Fresh citrus fruits, lemons and limes, freshly cut grass. Older examples can acquire aromas of buttered toast, hay, honey and apricots.

SMELLS LIKE: Full-on tropical fruit and floral aromas similar to those of passionfruit, mango and guava.

TASTES LIKE: Young Semillons are fresh, crisp and high in acid. They can taste bright and citrusy, like crunching into a green apple that’s been splashed with lemon and lime juice. As Hunter Semillons age, the acid fades, leaving a soft, honey-like richness with a touch of nutty, buttered toast. GREAT WITH: Fish and chips on the beach during summer. LABELS TO LOOK FOR: Mount Pleasant. Gundog Estate. Tyrrell’s Wines. WINEMAKER’S QUOTE: “Hunter Semillon... delivers an authentic sense of place that is unique in the world of wine.” – Jim Chatto from Mount Pleasant

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TASTES LIKE: Light- to medium-bodied with hints of ripe tropical fruit, such as pineapple and passionfruit. GREAT WITH: Enjoy chilled by the pool with a bunch of friends, the loud music pumping, served with a platter of fresh cheeses and a big bowl of fruit salad. LABELS TO LOOK FOR: Bimbadgen Estate. Tulloch Wines. Macquariedale Organic Wines. WINEMAKER’S QUOTE: “Hunter Valley Verdelho is a wine that should compete with Sauvignon Blanc drinkers because of its clean, crisp and refreshingly ripe tropical flavours.” – Rauri Donkin from Bimbadgen Estate

SMELLS LIKE: Ripe yellow tropical fruits – golden pineapples, peaches and melons – usually with a slight scent of honey, oak and sometimes, surprisingly, flint and wet stones. TASTES LIKE: Anything from bonedry, crisp and lean, to rich, soft and fleshy, and sometimes buttery and oaky. Typically tasting of tropical fruit – soft peaches, pineapples and fresh melons. GREAT WITH: Serve chilled with cheese, fresh seafood or roast chicken. LABELS TO LOOK FOR: Tyrrell’s Wines. Oakvale Wines. Harkham Wines. WINEMAKER’S QUOTE: “I think good Hunter Chardonnays have a white peach character with grapefruit-like acidity. With age they get similar toasty, rich citrus characters to those that Semillons can develop.” – Chris Tyrrell from Tyrrell’s Wines


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WINE CHEAT SHEET

SHIRAZ (PRON. ‘SHI-RAAZ’)

“ Renowned for its low alcohol and soft tannins, Hunter Valley Shiraz, if cellared carefully, can be kept for a long, long time.”

TEMPRANILLO (PRON. ‘TEM-PRAH-NI-OH’)

This Spanish grape is well suited to the warm Hunter Valley climate, producing deep-ruby-coloured, soft, juicy and easy-to-drink red wines. SMELLS LIKE: Ripe red berries, cherries, plums and other red fruits, as well as cured and dried meats and, sometimes, cola. TASTES LIKE: Typically mediumbodied, Tempranillo is smooth, with lingering flavours of ripe cherries, strawberries, raspberries and plums, leather, meatiness and, occasionally, cola. Has dry, ‘grippy’ tannins that pinch the insides of your cheeks and sap the moisture from your mouth for a moment. GREAT WITH: Charcuterie, antipasto and other tapas-like share plates. LABELS TO LOOK FOR: Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard. Domaine de Binet. Glandore Estate Wines. WINEMAKER’S QUOTE: “Hunter Tempranillo is still in the typical red profile of medium-bodied with savoury spice, but the Hunter adds a layer of dark currant and red fruits.” – Jeff Byrne from Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard

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This variety has been grown in the region for more than 200 years, producing some of the Hunter Valley’s greatest red wines. Renowned for its low alcohol and soft tannins, Hunter Valley Shiraz, if cellared carefully, can be kept for a long, long time. SMELLS LIKE: Ripe red fruit, white pepper and earthiness, sometimes with a touch of worn leather, like the boots of a viticulturist. TASTES LIKE: Medium-bodied, fine, sometimes with grainy tannins, accompanied by the flavours of ripe red fruits – plums and raspberries – as well as pepper and spice, with a deep undertow of earth and oak. GREAT WITH: Sitting by the fireplace in a chesterfield lounge, or to accompany a weekend barbecue with loads of red meats – steaks, ribs and lamb – and a friend who wears a ‘Kiss the cook’ apron. LABELS TO LOOK FOR: Brokenwood Wines. Hart & Hunter. Thomas Wines. WINEMAKER’S QUOTE: “Shiraz has been the mainstay of Hunter Valley grape-growing and winemaking since the early 1830s. Because of their medium-bodied nature, they have a great ability to age for many decades.” – Iain Riggs from Brokenwood Wines


WINE CHEAT SHEET SANGIOVESE (PRON. ‘SAN-GIO-VASE-AHY’)

This Italian variety, sometimes known as Chianti, has been grown in the Hunter Valley only in recent years. But there are some tremendous examples trickling out of cellar doors around the region.

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SMELLS LIKE: Typically spicy and sweet when young, Sangiovese takes on more savoury aromas – of dark cherries, dried herbs, tomato vine and plums – as it ages. TASTES LIKE: Celebrated for its high acid content, which lends freshness and structure to typically firm tannins, Sangiovese tastes of red fruits, peppered raspberry, prunes, black olives and damp earth. GREAT WITH: Any and all classic Italian pasta dishes that feature rich tomato sauce, olives and a dash of cracked black pepper. LABELS TO LOOK FOR: De Iuliis Wines. Tintilla Estate. The Little Wine Company. WINEMAKER’S QUOTE: “The Hunter can produce light-bodied Sangiovese that is more down the savoury track than sweet. There are some excellent aged examples from here as well.” – Michael De Iuliis from De Iuliis Wines

“ The Hunter can produce lightbodied Sangiovese that is more down the savoury track than sweet.”

Acidity: Picked up by the tastebuds on the sides of your tongue, acidity gives wine its crispness and freshness on the palate.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON (PRON. ‘CAB-ER-NAY SO-VIN-YOHN’)

Originating in Bordeaux, France, Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular red wines in the world. In the Hunter Valley it is used to make powerful, long-lived wines of elegance and force. SMELLS LIKE: Dark black fruits such as blackcurrant, mulberry and blackberry, with subtle aromas of mint, forest floor, tobacco and cedar. TASTES LIKE: Full-bodied, rich and sappy. Typically very dense, dark wines with robust tannins and rich flavours of black fruit, olives, leather and earth. GREAT WITH: Slow-cooked lamb or beef, stews and steaks, blue and mouldy cheese. LABELS TO LOOK FOR: Lake’s Folly. Margan Wines. Meerea Park. WINEMAKER’S QUOTE: “These wines have a history and pedigree associated with what is one of the Hunter’s finest viticultural sites, which makes it one of Australia’s most collected Cabernets.” – Rodney Kempe from Lake’s Folly

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Sweetness & dryness: Most of the tastebuds for sweetness are on the tip and top surface of your tongue, but when you taste sweetness in a wine, it’s not always due to residual sugar from the fermentation process. Sometimes, intense fruit flavours can be mistaken for sweetness but the wine will still be dry. Tannin: Tannin is felt, rather than tasted, as a dehydrating sensation, causing your mouth to feel dry and your lips to pucker. An acid found in the pigment of grape skins, more noticeable in reds, tannin allows a wine to age gracefully and softens over time. Balance: Winemakers strive to achieve a balance between all of these various components of a wine: acidity, sweetness, dryness and tannin. Getting the mix of those components just right results in wines that are delicious to drink.


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TOP TIPPLES WANT TO SEEK OUT THE BEST WINES AS JUDGED BY SOME OF THE BEST PALATES IN THE LAND? WE REVEAL THE WINNERS AT THE HUNTER VALLEY WINE SHOW. WORDS: DANIEL HONAN PHOTOS: CHRIS ELFES

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WINE AWARDS

FAR LEFT: THIS YEAR’S JUDGING PANEL INCLUDED WINEMAKERS ANDREW SPINAZE AND SCOTT COMYNS. LEFT: THE 2014 SHIRAZ CLASS SET A NEW BENCHMARK FOR THE HUNTER VALLEY. BELOW: THE LONGEVITY AND QUALITY OF SEMILLON WAS VALIDATED AGAIN.

THE HUNTER VALLEY Wine Show has a long history in Australian wine, dating back to 1848, making it one of the first wine shows in the country. This year’s Clear Image Hunter Valley Wine Show featured wines from 69 producers, all vying for more than 25 trophies, including Best White Wine and Best Red Wine. “The purpose of the Hunter Valley Wine Show is, essentially, to improve the breed,” says winemaker and chairman of judges PJ Charteris. “It allows winemakers to get a peer review of their wines for a given vintage, and it’s a great way to benchmark their wines against many other wines that are made in the Hunter. The wines are assessed by some of the best palates in the land.” Each class of wine (for example, Semillon, Shiraz, aged and so on) is judged by a panel of wine industry professionals (including winemakers, sommeliers and wine writers), which is made up of a panel chair and includes three senior judges, three associate judges and one trainee judge. Seven judges initially see each wine, and then the

chairman of judges assesses the gold and silver medals awarded from each class. If a wine wins a trophy, it has been assessed by at least 20 judges to ensure everyone agrees the wine should receive a trophy. Frequent visitors to Wine Country will know about the impressive accolades consistently earned by Hunter Valley Semillon and Shiraz. UK Master of Wine Jancis Robinson once described Hunter Semillon as a “great gift to the wine world” – a sentiment echoed by this year’s international wine judge, wine writer Sarah Ahmed, also from the UK. “I can’t put it any better than Jancis Robinson,” Sarah says. “Hunter Semillon is a classic style that holds great merit. “Hunter Shiraz has such a unique character,” she adds, “and I’ve been very taken by the different styles, ranging from pretty with emphatic red fruits, to firmer, darker, more savoury styles that are redolent of sour plum and cherry fruit.” The 2014 vintage was hailed as a ‘vintage of a lifetime’ for Hunter Valley red wines, with generous amounts

of sunshine and rain at the right time allowing winemakers to pick the grapes at the optimum moment. This was proven true with a strong haul of medals awarded to the 2014 Shiraz class of wines. “This was a superb class, which shows the hype of 2014 Shiraz from the Hunter not to be a myth,” says PJ Charteris. “A super class of fresh and balanced wines, including a couple of classic Hunter examples and some beautiful contemporary styles.” Another class of reds that really impressed the judges was the alternative varietal classes, which include many Spanish and Italian grape varieties, including Vermentino, Tempranillo and Sangiovese. These grape varieties originate from the warmer climates of Europe and are considered by some to be the future of winegrowing in the Hunter Valley. “Thinking more about drought-resistant varieties makes great sense, given climate change projections,” Sarah says. “In my experience, in Australia alternative varieties have been a great platform for experimentation into different techniques WINECOUNTRY.COM.AU

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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.

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


WINE AWARDS and approaches to winemaking, which can help refresh the brand and add dimension.” But it was the region’s young reds that really caused a stir. “The real highlights have been with the young reds, particularly the 2013 and 2014 Shiraz, with around 60 per cent awarded a medal,” says PJ Charteris. “This is a fantastic reflection of that great vintage and how Hunter winemakers were

able to interpret it. It’s seriously positive and makes for a great message for lovers of Hunter Shiraz. There are a number of great wines in the pipeline, which will make for good drinking over the next few years.” We’ve checked the availability of the trophy winners below and provided retail prices if they’re still in stock so you can get your orders in before they sell out!

“ This is a fantastic reflection of that great vintage and how Hunter winemakers were able to interpret it.” 2015 TROPHY WINNERS Petrie–Drinan Trophy Best White Wine of the Show Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2006 Vat 1 Semillon Doug Seabrook Memorial Trophy – Best Red Wine of the Show Brokenwood Wines 2014 Graveyard Shiraz, $250 (will be released June 2016) Marshall–Flannery Trophy – Best Current Semillon First Creek Wines 2015 Premium Semillon, $25 (released 2016)

Ed Jouault Memorial Trophy – Best One-Year-Old Dry Semillon Brokenwood Wines 2014 Trevena Vineyard Semillon (will be released in 2020)

Innovative Red Wine Trophy Margan Family Wines 2014 Breaking Ground Shiraz Mourvedre, $40 (will be released May 2016)

Elliott Family Trophy – Best Two-Year-Old Shiraz Briar Ridge Vineyard 2013 Dairy Hill Single-Vineyard Shiraz, $60

Lone Pine Barracks Officers Mess Silver Bullet Margan Family Wines 2014 Tempranillo, Graciano, Syrah, $40 (will be released May 2016)

Best Other Red Trophy Agnew Wines Audrey Wilkinson 2014 Winemaker’s Tempranillo, $38

George Wyndham Memorial Trophy – Best Current and One-Year-Old Chardonnay First Creek Wines 2014 Winemaker’s Reserve Chardonnay, $60

James Busby Memorial Trophy – Best Mature Three-Year-Old and Older Shiraz Pepper Tree Wines 2011 Tallawanta Single-Vineyard Shiraz

J.Y. (Jay) Tulloch Trophy – Best Verdelho Briar Ridge Vineyard 2015 The Dam Verdelho, $23

McGuigan Family Trophy – Best Mature Two-Year–Old and Older Semillon Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2006 Vat 1 Semillon

Best Other White Trophy Bimbadgen Estate 2015 Vermentino, $24 (released soon)

John Lewis Newcastle Herald Trophy – Best Museum Red Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2007 Stevens Shiraz

Henry John Lindeman Memorial Trophy – Best Two-Year-Old and Older Chardonnay Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2013 Belford Chardonnay, $45

Graham Gregory Memorial Trophy – Best Museum White Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2005 Belford Semillon

Alexander Munro Memorial Trophy – Best Current and One-Year-Old Shiraz Brokenwood Wines 2014 Graveyard Shiraz, $250 (will be released June 2016)

Hector Tulloch Memorial Trophy – Best Shiraz Brokenwood Wines 2014 Graveyard Shiraz, $250 (will be released June 2016)

Maurice O’Shea Memorial Trophy – Best Semillon Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2006 Vat 1 Semillon Murray Tyrrell Chardonnay Trophy – Best Chardonnay First Creek Wines 2014 Winemaker’s Reserve Chardonnay, $60 Drayton Family Trophy – Best Named Vineyard Red Wine Brokenwood Wines 2014 Graveyard Shiraz, $250 (will be released June 2016) Tyrrell Family Trophy – Best Named Vineyard White Wine McLeish Estate 2007 Semillon, $120 Len Evans Trophy – Best Named Vineyard Wine Brokenwood Wines 2014 Graveyard Shiraz, $250 (will be released June 2016) Iain Riggs Wine of Provenance Tyrrell’s Vineyards Johnno’s Shiraz 2004, ’09, ’13 WINECOUNTRY.COM.AU

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FRESH PERSPECTIVES

WHEN IT COMES TO FRESH FLAVOURS, YOU CAN’T BEAT A RESTAURANT THAT GROWS ITS OWN. WE TALK TO SOME LOCAL CHEFS WHOSE GARDEN BEDS HELP FEED THEIR HUNGRY DINERS. WORDS: STEPHANIE CLIFFORD-SMITH PHOTOS: CHRIS ELFES AS SPRING BREAKS, the Hunter Valley becomes a veritable Eden, with kitchen gardens supplying many top restaurants with ever more just-picked produce. The trend towards eateries growing their own food has been felt as strongly in the Hunter Valley as anywhere, with restaurateurs recognising the environmental and economic benefits of the exercise. It’s not always plain sailing, though. The winter frosts, which growers of wine grapes love because they trigger a protective dormant state in the vines, can be harsh on gardens. Then, when conditions warm, there’s the issue of what to do with a glut.

RidgeView Restaurant’s 18 garden beds supply its kitchen with herbs, chillies and plenty of potatoes, celery and citrus fruit. Come summer, lettuce, spinach and tomatoes will join the party, and there are plans to grow Camellia sinensis – tea to you and me. Muse Restaurant’s commitment to local produce sees its chefs tending vegetables and herbs in a community garden. Over at The Sebel Kirkton Park, guests can wander outside to select the produce they want to eat and drink, which is then harvested to order for the restaurant’s dishes and cocktails. Many kitchen gardeners adopt organic practices, while others favour permaculture and biodynamic methods. WINECOUNTRY.COM.AU

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“ The fresh produce is not just a pot of herbs at the back door; it’s agri-dining.”

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CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: MARGAN’S MENU IS DEVELOPED AROUND WHAT’S IN THE GARDEN; SCALLOP CEVICHE WITH BEETROOT, APPLE AND RADISH; CHEF MICHAEL ROBINSON PICKING THE INGREDIENTS FOR THE DAY’S DISHES.

MARGAN RESTAURANT Long before the one-acre kitchen garden and orchard were planted at Margan Estate in 2007, owner Lisa Margan had an epiphany. A lunch of homegrown produce from her own garden, lamb from the farm next door and Margan wine from grapes grown on site was so fabulous that she vowed to establish a kitchen garden for when her restaurant opened. The vision has expanded over the years and is now much broader. “Today we have our own free-range chickens, suckling pigs, olive groves, estate-reared Suffolk lambs and beehives,” she says. “It fits with our wine, which is estate-grown and estatemade. The fresh produce is not just a pot of herbs at the back door; it’s agri-dining. We can do all this because we’re farmers.” Margan’s kitchen garden supplies all the herbs needed yearround as well as citrus and a bonanza of berries, leeks, onions, carrots, radishes, parsnips and turnips in season. There are five types of potato, seven tomato varieties, Jerusalem artichokes, salad leaves and more.

“We have a glasshouse to protect seedlings over winter, and in spring we’re seeing the first of those things, including asparagus, coming out,” she says. Heirloom vegetable varieties are the focus, for their superior flavour, Lisa says. “We can pick them at full ripeness because we only have to get them from the garden to the restaurant,” she explains. “We also save the seeds and replant them.” The menu is always developed around what’s in the garden, although chef Michael Robinson can request certain plantings if he’s prepared to wait a few months to use the produce. “At peak growing time we get up to 90 per cent of our vegetables and herbs from our garden because we write the menu around what’s growing,” Lisa says. “In winter it’s similar, because we just don’t put it on the menu if it’s not coming out of the garden.” Managing gluts has been a steep learning curve, she notes. “When we first put the garden in, it was a hilarious, rocky era. We just planted all the beds out and didn’t give much thought to it, and we had everything needing harvesting at once. There were gluts of everything so we were preserving like mad. Now we stagger the planting so we get continuity.” There’s still the occasional strawberry surplus, though that’s a problem unlikely to elicit sympathy from many gardeners. “Because we want to pick them at perfect ripeness and they’re so perishable,” Lisa says, “we find we have to make coulis and jams to use them up.” Margan has one full-time gardener, Pat Hansson, who has been in charge of the restaurant’s kitchen garden since it was established eight years ago. “When we need some muscle on a spade, we get one of the boys in to help, but she’s across the strategy and planting,” Lisa says. See page 90 or margan.com.au WINECOUNTRY.COM.AU

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DINE FRESH FLAVOURS LEFT TO RIGHT: GRILLED BEEF TENDERLOIN WITH JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE, BEANS, DUCK LIVER BUTTER AND POTATO PUREE; PRODUCE FROM THE RESTAURANT’S ON-SITE GARDEN COVERS ABOUT 65 PER CENT OF THE KITCHEN’S NEEDS AT CIRCA 1876.

“If the garden doesn’t have what we need, we rethink the menu... and the dishes evolve.” CIRCA 1876 If ‘tidy permaculture’ sounds like an oxymoron, a visit to the kitchen garden at Circa 1876 could be in order. Executive chef George Francisco, who established the garden in its current form in 2012, once dismissed the style as “lazy hippy gardening” with its acceptance of plants growing wherever they’d self-seeded, but he recognised some of its benefits. He avoided planting in neat rows, finding a ‘patchwork’ layout reduces loss to predators. “If pests see a whole row of lettuces, they think it’s a buffet and go crazy, decimating the whole crop, but if you have a bit planted here and there, they only see a small takeaway and leave the rest,” he says. “What we have is permaculture but more organised and visually friendly.” Circa 1876’s chef de cuisine, Trent Barrett, says companion planting is an effective weapon against pests as the team’s stance is firmly anti-pesticide. He says the garden is going from strength to strength and there are plans for expansion to increase yields. With the restaurant looking out onto the garden, it was inevitable that guests would ask what on the menu had been grown there. “We’re now doing ‘garden tonics’ for amusebouche, and these create a connection between guests and the garden immediately,” Trent says. “Every day we pick and juice whatever’s good and serve it in a shot glass,” he adds. “Within minutes of juicing it’s being consumed – anything from strawberry leaves to sorrel, parsley, kale, apples and mandarins. Almost everything is usable as a juice. I’m really into fennel pollen from our plants and I use that to rim the glasses.” And the garden’s goodness just keeps coming, with spring and summer harvests including tomatoes, basil, watermelon

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and beans. Trent estimates that produce from the on-site garden covers about 65 per cent of the kitchen’s needs. “Before we had the garden we’d order a case of this and a case of that, have it in our coolroom and use it for up to a week. Now we pick every day, sometimes twice a day, so we can pick enough lettuce for a service each time.” The restaurant’s menu is driven directly by what’s growing in the garden, Trent says. “If the garden doesn’t have what we need, we just rethink the menu. The dishes evolve and they’re often better for the evolution. When we ran out of Muscat grapes for a gel to go with kangaroo tartare, we replaced it with hibiscus and it’s much better – not as sweet.” A farmgate stall was conceived originally to sell preserves resulting from excess produce, but with better crop management it’s rarely necessary. “The only excess we really have is zucchinis. We grow them for a zucchini-flower dish, but if we get a couple of rainy days it’s almost comical how big they get so quickly. Then they go into a pickled tomato-and-zucchini chutney.” The other raging success is cucumbers. Pickles were about the only option for excess until the kitchen bought a Pacojet, which has opened up a world of savoury sorbet possibilities. “We make one with cucumber, tomato and basil in summer,” Trent says. “It’s like a gazpacho, but frozen.” circa1876.com


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“We have three resident pigs – Salami, Chop Chop and Crackle.” RESTAURANT BOTANICA They’re a multiskilled bunch in the kitchen at Restaurant Botanica, not only cooking but also maintaining the garden. “When it’s quiet we’ll pitch in and do a bit of hand-weeding,” says head chef Joshua Duncan. The garden is overseen by executive chef and co-owner Mark Stapleton, who follows the principles of biodynamics, planting seeds according to an astrological calendar. Another weapon in the natural gardening armoury is companion planting, in which paired species repel predators from their neighbours, reducing or eliminating the need for pesticides. The 30 garden beds over about a quarter of an acre are filled with herbs, micro leaves, broccoli, cauliflower, beetroot, pomegranate, purple and yellow beans, baby heirloom carrots and tomatoes. “Thirty beds sounds like a lot of area but it’s a really busy restaurant, so it’s not that much for the amount we go through,” Joshua says. The garden was established so that the dining room could offer different, sometimes hard-to-find produce. “It’s also more economical than buying everything in, even factoring in maintenance costs,” he says. Joshua estimates the garden services 30 per cent of the restaurant kitchen’s needs on average, though it’s much more than that for herbs, with every dish featuring at least one

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ingredient from the garden. The side dish of mixed vegetables only ever uses what is growing in the garden at the time. “We finish them with butter and chopped oregano, parsley and thyme from the garden, and sea salt,” he says. Dealing with excess has yet to prove a problem for the kitchen. “We don’t really have an excess,” Joshua contends. “If we have a lot of parsley, for example, we’ll use it in dressings or make a batch of salsa verde, ready to go. The mint, which can take over, we give to the bar. We have three resident pigs – Salami, Chop Chop and Crackle – and we feed them all the vegetable trimmings, so excess and waste hasn’t been an issue.” See page 93 or spicersretreats.com/spicers-vineyards-estate

FROM TOP: HEAD CHEF JOSHUA DUNCAN IN THE GARDEN; PLATING UP GREEN PEA PANNACOTTA WITH WILD RICE, LEMON, SMOKED YOGHURT, GOATS’ CURD AND PEA TENDRILS.


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MADE IN THE HUNTER FROM FARM GATE TO DINNER PLATE... EASILY DONE WITH A VISIT TO TINKLERS PRODUCE. WORDS: BRENDA CHRISTIAN PHOTOS: CHRISTOPHER IRELAND

BIGGER ISN’T ALWAYS better, according to Ebony Tinkler (pictured below) – at least when it comes to pumpkins. “We grow all types of pumpkins, from butternut and Kent, to Queensland blue and gramma, and last year had a 42-kilogram whopper. It was the largest pumpkin I can recall, but the cows got to enjoy it as, at that size, they aren’t particularly flavourful,” she explains. Three generations of the Tinkler family have dedicated their lives to the land since Usher Gordon Tinkler established the farm

in 1948. “Back then, there were only three acres of grapes and four acres of orchards,” says Ebony, wife of third-generation winemaker Usher. “Today we have 100 acres under vine and 10 acres of orchards, plus resident chooks and a herd of Black Angus and Limousin cattle. “In a good year we sell about five tonnes of grapes and 10 tonnes of fruit and veg,” she adds. “We supply a lot of fruit to local restaurants – Muse and EXP are big supporters – and leftover fruit is pickled and

preserved on site. But you need to be quick if you want the fig jam – it sells out first.” Depending on the time of year, you can buy homegrown, hand-picked peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots and figs, as well as avocados, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, rockmelons and watermelons. Plus there are 30 varieties of wine and table grapes, which you can pick yourself if you book ahead. Visit daily at 53 Pokolbin Mountains Rd, Pokolbin

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In season from December to March, but they sell out fast so call ahead. Black and white figs $1 each.

Tinklers grows two varieties: Hass and Bacon. Available June to September, $1 each.

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BLACK FIG, GUANCIALE, GOATS’ CHEESE, HONEYCOMB AND HAZELNUT SALAD “Figs are such a wonderful, sweet, versatile fruit. The combination of Tinklers’ rich soil and small-parcel pickings by Ebony and Usher, when required, is fantastic. Their figs work really well all over the Muse menu… entrees, mains and desserts, including simple salads like this recipe for home.” – Muse Restaurant chef/owner Troy Rhoades-Brown

SERVES 4 Ingredients • ½ loaf organic ciabatta • 100ml extra virgin olive oil • 150g finely sliced guanciale* • 2 large bunches watercress • 1 large bunch sorrel • 6 Tinklers black figs • 150g Binnorie Dairy goats’ cheese • 80g roasted hazelnuts • 30ml good-quality sherry vinegar • sea salt • pepper • 80g fresh honeycomb Method 1. Preheat oven to 150°C. 2. Tear ciabatta into small pieces, add 50ml of the olive oil and place in preheated oven on a baking tray. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and place slices of guanciale over bread. Return to oven for a further 5 minutes until golden. 3. Wash watercress and sorrel, slice figs into thick wedges (about six wedges per fig) and crumble goats’ cheese, then combine in a large bowl or plate with guanciale, ciabatta and hazelnuts. Dress with remaining olive oil and sherry vinegar. Lightly toss, seasoning to taste. 4. Scatter broken pieces of fresh honeycomb over the top and serve. Wine match: Tinklers 2014 Poppy’s Chardonnay *Guanciale is cured pork jowl and can be replaced with a good-quality prosciutto.

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A TALE OF TWO HUNTERS THE HUNTER VALLEY HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, NO MATTER WHAT YOUR PASSION, PALATE OR PARTY SIZE. HERE, TWO RECENT VISITORS SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE EXPERIENCES AND INSPIRE YOU TO CREATE YOUR OWN. MEET RIANTI

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Rianti Cartwright is an Indonesian actress who, with her husband, Cas Alfonso, was invited by Dwidaya Tour and Destination New South Wales to the Hunter Valley.

MAD HATTER Next up was an early-morning tea party with the Mad Hatter at Hunter Valley Gardens. Magical gardens with something for everyone.

Early-morning Aqua Golf at Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village. My hubby, Cas, won a prize but I kinda sucked. Might have to practise some more.

MEET DANIELLE Danielle Evrat is a Sydneybased performer who has been on tour with the Australian production of WICKED. On one of her breaks she whisked partner Ben off for a romantic getaway.

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Ben and I spent hours wandering around Hunter Valley Gardens. The landscaping is beautiful with different themed gardens to explore. And the sound of the waterfall… so relaxing. Who says the children’s storybook area is just for kids? I loved sitting next to Humpty Dumpty!

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TWO-WHEELING EXPLORING

BEER STAYING IN APADDLE TIPI

First time on a Segway, woohoo! Great way to whip around and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

DINNER GRAPE-STOMPING The grape-stomping at Hunter Valley Resort was so much fun. Hubby and I had grapes squishing between our toes in an old oak barrel, just like they used to press grapes years ago.

The beer paddle at Hunter Valley Resort made Cas very happy, indeed!

INCREDIBLE LUNCH WINE AND CHEESE Then it was off for some winetasting. First cellar door was Scarborough Wines, where they serve cheese and biscuits with your wine. Brilliant experience.

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DINNER CHARDONNAY

Next stop was Roche Estate, where we checked out the vines. Beautiful sunshine, gorgeous grapevines. Totally in love with the Hunter Valley.

And a quick trip across the road to McGuigan Wines for a final taste for the day. The 2013 Personal Reserve Chardonnay was an absolute stunner. Delicious.

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Château Élan at The Vintage Hunter Valley Vintage Drive Rothbury NSW 2320

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REDS & GREENS GET INTO THE SWING OF THINGS IN WINE COUNTRY WITH OUR GOLF COURSE ROUND-UP. WORDS: GRANT DODD found me tracking northward from Sydney at every available opportunity in the mid-1990s. At the time, the opportunity that awaited was much more closely aligned to wine than it was to golf. Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club (pictured) had only recently been opened. The Vintage Golf Club and Hunter Valley Golf were barely twinkles in their makers’ eyes, and Stonebridge Golf Club was still operating under its original name with the redevelopment of recent years not even a consideration. Today, golfers are spoilt for choice. Having four quality courses within 20 kilometres of Pokolbin, the region can mount a strong case for being regarded as one of the pre-eminent golf-and-wine destinations in the country.

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I CAN STILL hear the words ringing in my ears. “Dodd, I saw you on TV today hitting a two-iron from the tee. You’ll never win playing conservative, my boy. Never. Put that thing away and get the driver out. Go for it.” The voice on the other end of the phone was that of Len Evans AO OBE. Restaurateur, raconteur and wine industry legend, Evans was also at one point a teaching professional at Mt Isa Golf Club. A chance meeting with the Hunter Valley resident early in my professional career brought our mutual interests into alignment. Never hesitant with an opinion, Evans was my constant counsel on all things wine- and golf-related, and this burgeoning relationship

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PREVIOUS PAGE & BELOW: TEE OFF AT CYPRESS LAKES GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB. RIGHT: AVOID THE MAN-MADE WATER HAZARDS AT HUNTER VALLEY GOLF. FAR RIGHT, TOP & BELOW: THE VINTAGE GOLF CLUB, ARGUABLY THE TOP COURSE.

CYPRESS LAKES GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Opened in 1992 in the heart of Pokolbin, and surrounded by some of the Hunter Valley’s most highly regarded wineries, Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club has an undulating par-72 course layout that offers something to golfers of all standards. Key holes include the short but challenging par-three 11th and parfour 17th, both proof that creative design trumps length more often than not. On-site accommodation is available at the Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotels & Resorts, where one-, two- and three-bedroom self-contained villas are available for short- or long-term stays. Within walking distance of the golf course are tennis courts, a gymnasium, a spa, and a restaurant and bar. The Cypress Lakes complex is the perfect base for both playing golf and exploring the region’s attractions. See page 110 or cypresslakes.com.au

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THE VINTAGE GOLF CLUB With a design mapped out by former world number one Greg Norman and an Australian Golf Digest ranking that puts it among the top 50 courses in the country, The Vintage Golf Club sits, arguably, at the top of the regional pecking order. Formerly the home of the NSW Open on the Australian PGA Tour, The Vintage makes demands on every aspect of a golfer’s game. Subtle use of natural water courses and creative green complexes are features of a par-71 design that winds its way through a residential estate notable for its adherence to modern architectural design. For those more attuned to ‘après-golf’ activities, with a taste for the finer things in life, The Vintage is also home to the opulent resort Château Élan at The Vintage, as well as the Hunter Valley’s first international apartment hotel, Grand Mercure The Vintage.

Insider knowledge has it that, on occasion, golf buggies may or may not have been seen parked outside the tasting room of the adjacent Bimbadgen Estate winery. Despite refutation from management, rumours abound that the vehicles belong to escapees from the par-five 7th hole, availing themselves of Bimbadgen’s renowned regional hospitality when the pace of play is a little slow. If your golf game is in need of some work, you’ll find the answers required to fix it with The Vintage’s head teaching professional, Richard Mercer. A PGA of Australia member for nearly 40 years, Mercer has coached everyone from beginners to tournament winners. See page 110 or thevintage.com.au

HUNTER VALLEY GOLF Mercer is also the designer of the course at Hunter Valley Golf, part of the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley resort complex.


“On occasion, golf buggies may or may not have been seen parked outside the tasting room of Bimbadgen Estate winery.”

Construction of the course began in 1991 and didn’t end until 10 years later. Since its completion, the course has grown into itself, with the 25,000 casuarina trees hand-planted more than two decades ago now mature enough to provide shape and detail to the holes. A lack of undulation is made up for by clever use of large, man-made water hazards that are an intimidating feature of many tee shots. In excellent condition, with firm, true greens, the Hunter Valley Golf course lives somewhat in the shadow of its more vaunted local rivals but is by no means a poor cousin. Enjoy the tranquil, relaxing walk among a diversity of native birdlife and the challenge of trying to par the demanding par-four 7th hole. Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley offers excellent play-and-stay packages and is within proximity to some of the Valley’s best restaurants and wineries. See page 110 or huntervalleygolfcc.com.au WINECOUNTRY.COM.AU

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SHORT COURSES If time is of the essence and your ambitions don’t stretch to a full 18 holes, two options may tickle your fancy. The first is the charming nine-hole layout of Branxton Golf Club, 15 minutes’ drive from the heart of Pokolbin. The second, and less formal, of the region’s short-course options is Aqua Golf & Putt Putt at Hunter Valley Gardens, where you can beat a bucket of floating balls into the lake in front of you without worrying about losing any.

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STONEBRIDGE GOLF CLUB Stonebridge Golf Course in Cessnock (pictured above) has seen significant design changes in recent years. Overseen by Australian golf legend Jack Newton, the alterations have added a significant degree of challenge to the course, largely by increasing the size and contours of the greens. The result is a course on which approach shots require thoughtful planning and a conservative strategy pays dividends.

Perhaps the key selling point is its value-for-money proposition. The current Monday-to-Wednesday special offers 18 holes for two people, including cart hire, for the giveaway price of $50. It’s a deal that any course in the land will find difficult to match.

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FROM BOUTIQUE WINE-TASTING AND LINGER-LONGER LUNCHES, TO COOKING CLASSES AND BIKE TOURS, IT’S EASY TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THE RURAL IDYLL THAT IS LOVEDALE. WORDS: MELINDA KELLY

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IN THE HEART of the Hunter Valley, Lovedale is home to a fabulously eclectic mix of wineries, cellar doors and restaurants, all surrounded by pretty bushland, lush vineyards and large mobs of kangaroos. Many of the winemakers and vignerons are locals, born and bred, with winemaking and farming stretching back in their families for generations. Others have made a career change and left the city to join them, making for an interesting and welcoming collection of characters. Lovedale is now the main entry point to the region if you arrive via the Hunter Expressway, so it’s the perfect place to start your Hunter Valley wine and food trail.

CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT: GET YOUR SUGAR HIT AT SABOR IN THE HUNTER; INDULGE IN THE LOVEDALE LONG LUNCH; LEARN THE TRICKS OF THE TRADE AND CREATE A FEAST WITH BEN SALES AT MAJORS LANE COOKING SCHOOL; SIP AND SWIRL ALFRESCO OR AT ALLANDALE WINERY; TUCK INTO TAPAS AT TATLER.

DRINK Located on Wilderness Road, Emma’s Cottage Vineyard is a must-do in Lovedale. Enjoy small-batch wines estate-grown and expertly crafted by award-winning winemaker David Hook. Also on site is an art gallery with works by local artists, including Megan Barrass and Frances Fussell, plus the latest addition to the Hunter Valley’s diverse dining scene: Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen, which is operated by model Miranda Kerr’s brother, Matthew, and his partner, James Wright. Next, head down Lovedale Road, where Jan and Jorg Gartelmann, both in their 70s, have been working tirelessly on Gartelmann Wines since 1996 and don’t look like slowing down. With the assistance of contract winemaker Liz Silkman, of First Creek Wines, the Gartelmanns’ range of 17 wines includes the flagships Jessica Verdelho, Benjamin Semillon, Diedrich Shiraz and Wilhelm Shiraz. The next stop on Lovedale Road is Adina Vineyard & Olive Grove, where grapevines have been grown since the 1860s. The vines produce Hunter Valley

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classics – Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz – while Adina’s range also includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese and Pinot Gris. Harvested from the property’s olive grove, olives are prepared on site to produce flavoured table olives, tapenades and beautifully fresh olive oils. Also on Lovedale Road, on a hill overlooking Semillon and Chardonnay vineyards, Allandale Winery’s cellar door boasts an expansive 180-degree view of the Brokenback Range. Particularly known for its Shiraz, Chardonnay and Semillon, the winery makes all of its wine on site. Approaching his 33rd vintage with Allandale Winery, there’s not much that chief winemaker Bill Sneddon doesn’t know about Hunter Valley winemaking.


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Turn left out of Allandale Winery’s drive and a minute later you’re at Capercaillie Wines. While no longer operated by its founders, the late Alasdair Sutherland and his wife, Trish, it continues their tradition of producing boutique wines, ranging from the premium Ghillie Shiraz to the easy-drinking Capercaillie Moscato, at the hands of vineyard manager Lance Mikisch and winemaker Peter Lane.

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“Many of the winemakers and vignerons are locals, born and bred.”

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A chef for more than 20 years, Emerson Rodriguez and his wife, Samantha, established Emerson’s Cafe & Restaurant at Adina Vineyard & Olive Grove a few years ago. It’s a favourite with locals and visitors and its contemporary Modern Australian menu highlights locally sourced produce, including herbs and vegetables from Emerson’s own garden. With its front deck perched over a dam, Leaves & Fishes is a tranquil spot at which to kick back with family and friends and enjoy a laid-back lunch or dinner. The focus is on wonderfully fresh seafood, including fish grown in the dam, with a smart and funky Asian kick. Headed by chef Katy Carruthers, Tatler Tapas Cafe offers tapas inspired by her world travels. Bacalhau and potato croquetas, sardines escabeche and little cups of New England clam chowder are just a few of the super-tasty dishes on a menu full of Mediterranean flavours. The relaxing bushland setting of The Deck Cafe Lovedale at Gartelmann Wines is a fabulous place to unwind, but you’ll need to book if you want one of the coveted alfresco tables beside the dam. The extensive breakfast menu has all the favourites, while the lunchtime offerings include owner Matt Dillow’s specialties, such as spiced calamari with Asian salad and lime aioli, and pork belly spring rolls with spicy plum sauce. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll be in your own kind of paradise at Sabor in the WINECOUNTRY.COM.AU

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Hunter Dessert Bar. Serving more than 50 devilishly decadent desserts, including its award-winning Portuguese chocolate mousse, it’s the Hunter Valley’s sweetest spot. And the icing on the cake? Each dessert is paired with a matching Hunter Valley wine.

DO Discover your inner chef at Majors Lane Cooking School and prepare a feast inspired by the fusion of Asian cuisine and Hunter Valley produce in a fun cooking class hosted by owner-chef Ben Sales. Ben can also teach you the secrets of food smoking in his Lovedale Smokehouse smoking and curing masterclass. A trip to the country is incomplete without browsing at the local antique store. Drop into Lovedale Antiques Old Wares & Gallery to get your fill of interesting and unusual antiques, art, collectables and perfect pieces.

“One thing is certain: however you spend your time, there’s a lot to love about Lovedale.” Feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair on a tour with Hunter Trikes. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, take a ride on a two-wheel cruiser and really make some noise – a totally fun and exhilarating way to see the countryside. After a day of wine-tasting and sightseeing cleanse your palate and quench your thirst with a locally brewed beer at Lovedale Brewery. With a rotation of handcrafted beers, from ales to rich

oatmeal porter, there’s a pint to suit every season. Make sure you try the award-winning Lovedale Lager.

SEE Entering its 23rd year, the Lovedale Long Lunch has evolved from attracting a few hundred locals to about 20,000 passionate party-goers annually. Held on the third weekend in May, it’s the chance to wine, dine and dance your way around seven of Lovedale’s wineries, each paired with a local restaurant and packed with entertainment. Another fun food and wine experience is the Hunter Valley Wine Festival held at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley each June. Sample superb wines from across the region and taste gourmet food from local restaurants – all in the one place. Exploring this country idyll is even easier if you grab a copy of the Tour de Lovedale map, painted by local artist Megan Barrass, and follow the self-drive route. One thing is certain: however you spend your time, there’s a lot to love about Lovedale. WANT MORE?

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EARLY RISERS

FOR A HIGH-FLYING COUPLE WITH A PASSION FOR SUNRISE BALLOONING IT’S EARLY TO BED AND EARLY TO RISE. WORDS: MELINDA KELLY


LATE NIGHTS ARE a rarity at Nicola and Matthew Scaife’s Lovedale home. For this couple it’s early to bed and early to rise. As chief pilots and owner-operators of the Hunter Valley’s Balloon Aloft and its sister company, Balloon Safaris, they’re regularly up and about at 3am during summer and 5am throughout winter. “We meet our passengers at Peterson House on Broke Road an hour before sunrise, so that’s approximately 4am in the summer and 6am in the winter,” says Nicola. “It may sound early but it’s the most beautiful part of the day. “I’ve been getting up early to go ballooning for over 10 years now and, although sometimes it’s a challenge, I still really love it.” Nicola, 30, says she simply chanced upon ballooning. “I went for a hot air balloon ride in Canberra and loved absolutely everything about it,” she recalls. “I was so smitten that I asked the pilot, who was also the owner, if he had any jobs – and, luckily for me, he did. “I had dropped out of uni and was looking for a new adventure, so it was perfect timing,” she explains. “I met Matt a few months later when he came to work a summer for the same company.” Raised in the UK, Matthew, 35, was born into ballooning. His father, Graeme Scaife, is the founder of Balloons Aloft and

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has been running a ballooning company in West Sussex, about an hour from London, for 30 years. “I had my first balloon ride at the age of five,” says Matthew. “As you can imagine, I was always pretty popular at school. My friends would come over and Dad would take us all up for a balloon ride – it was magic. “Having said that, I decided to go to college in the US and was going to become a golf pro, but then I tore a tendon in my wrist, so I went back to the UK to help Dad out with the ballooning,” he recalls. “I got my commercial licence when I was 21 and I haven’t stopped flying since.” The couple took over the Hunter Valley business about eight years ago after working in Canberra, on the Gold Coast and in Sydney. “The Hunter Valley is an amazing place for ballooning – it’s just so beautiful,” says Matthew. “Around here, you’ve got the beauty of the hills and all of the vineyards stretched out below you, and that makes for a very special location. “Valleys are great for ballooning,” he explains. “It means if there are any strong winds around, the Valley tends to be a bit more protected, being surrounded by the Brokenback Range, the Watagan Mountains and Barrington Tops.”

RACING FEVER While they now call the Hunter Valley home, Nicola and Matthew are also busy exploring the rest of the world, piloting racing balloons competitively in Australia and internationally. Nicola won the inaugural Women’s Hot Air Balloon World Championship in Poland last year, beating current Hot Air Balloon World Champion Yudai Fujita to take out the 2015 Canowindra International Balloon Challenge (in which Matthew placed fifth), and is a hot contender for the 20th Australia

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National Hot Air Balloon Championship to be held in Northam, Western Australia, from August 27 to September 5, 2015. The pair won the male and female titles at the 2014 Canowindra International Balloon Challenge and Matthew has also been placed in the top five to 10 in a swag of other international events. Later this year they’ll travel to Japan to compete in the 2015 Saga International Balloon Fiesta FAI Pre-Worlds Hot Air Balloon Event, where it’s expected that 150 balloons will race. It’s a ‘practice run’ for the 22nd World Hot Air Ballooning Championship to be held in Saga, Japan, in late October and early November next year, and it’s the first time they will be competing against each other internationally.

CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: BUBBLES AND BREAKFAST IN THE AIR; MATTHEW, NICOLA AND SON HUGO; NICOLA STARTS THE BURNER UP; ENJOY SWEEPING VIEWS OF THE VALLEY YOU’LL WANT TO SHARE; PASSENGER BASKETS HOLD BETWEEN TWO AND 18 PEOPLE.

Nicola and Matthew say that while racing overseas is exhilarating, it’s also mentally and physically exhausting, so it’s always great to return home. “When we’re competing we race every morning and night for two to three hours each session and complete three to six different tasks each flight. The events generally run for six days straight, so coming home to rest and pilot one-hour commercial flights is so relaxing,” Matthew says.

LOCAL FAVOURITES “We’re really blessed to have a wonderful lifestyle, and it’s amazing living here in the Hunter Valley,” says Nicola. “There are so many fantastic wines to choose from, but our favourites would have to be Hope Estate’s The Cracker Cabernet Merlot, Hanging Tree Wines Cabernet, De Iuliis Wines Verdelho and Oakvale Wines Pear Cider. “We also have some amazing restaurants. The top breakfast spot is Restaurant Cuvée at Peterson House, and for a special night out you can’t beat Muse Restaurant; but for a quick catchup with friends, we like to duck into the cafe at Simply D’Vine Nursery in Nulkaba – it’s a real locals’ hang-out.” And what do they do to chill out after a busy day? “We love walking along Molly Morgan’s vineyards behind our house with our son and the two dogs. It’s so relaxing and the rural landscape is spectacular. “We’re really not city people, so we love living here. With the beautiful vineyards, a great climate, great friends and the chance to share our love of ballooning, why wouldn’t we?” See page 110 or balloonaloft.com

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

SEE THE ROSE SPECTACULAR AT HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS.

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SPRING FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS @ HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS

ROSE SPECTACULAR @ HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS

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intoxicated by the scent of more than two million rose blooms at this floral display. Featuring more than 35,000 rose bushes in 125 varieties as well as talks by rose experts. hvg.com.au

the heady scents and sights of 100,000 annuals planted throughout the gardens. Plus enjoy entertainment, activities, demonstrations, talks, tours and workshops. hvg.com.au

ART AFTER HOURS THU 24: Head to Cessnock Regional Art Gallery on the last Thursday of each month from 5–8pm to enjoy a free social and cultural event, with evening access to its exhibitions, along with music and local wines. 02 4991 6619 crag.net.au

WOLLOMBI MUSIC FESTIVAL SAT 26: Listen to an eclectic mix of bands on two stages with a majestic mountain backdrop. This boutique festival also features markets, food trucks and drum and dance workshops. Camping available. wollombimusicfestival.com.au

party charting the wild life of early 19th-century courtesan, party girl, liar and legend Marie Duplessis. cessnockperformingartscentre.com.au

SAT OCT 10–SUN NOV 15: You’ll be

HUNTER VALLEY UNCORKED BALMORAL, SYDNEY SUN 11: This popular festival is held on The Esplanade at Sydney’s beautiful Balmoral Beach, showcasing more than 20 premium Hunter Valley wineries, along with leading restaurants and producers, live music and more. Free entry. winecountry.com.au

SONGS FOR THE FALLEN WED 14: See Songs for the Fallen – part vaudeville, part punk opera, part MTV-does-baroque – at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. It’s a musical

HUNTER VALLEY BALLOON FIESTA SAT 17–SUN 18: The fifth Balloon Fiesta will see 20 hot air balloonists from around the country take to the skies in a beautiful display of colour with 100 ballooning enthusiasts on board. Bookings essential on 02 4990 9242.

SPRING FOOD & WINE CELEBRATION SAT 17: Head to Pepper Tree Wines and dance to the groovy tunes of

REGULAR EVENTS HIGH TEA @ THE SEBEL KIRKTON PARK

SUNDAY TASTES

MUSIC BY THE VINES

DAILY: Enjoy a traditional

WEEKLY: Dine at Twine

WEEKLY: Head to Restaurant

HIGH TEA @ GEMELLI ESTATE

Restaurant on Sunday and enjoy a mezze plate, a Tastes From Around the World main and dessert. $49pp. Bookings on 02 4998 7449.

Botanica on Sundays for a three-hour music session, a leisurely lunch or a glass of wine and a snack beside the vines. Bookings on 02 6574 7229.

tea in the garden or gallery on October 25, November 29 and December 6. $35pp inc glass of wine. Bookings on 02 4998 7910.

high tea in The Conservatory overlooking the rose garden. $35pp inc glass sparkling wine. Bookings on 02 4998 7680.

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MONTHLY: Enjoy Sunday high


EXPLORE CALENDAR The Big Bang while sampling some sensational Pepper Tree Wines. Tickets include tasting glass, food and wine tokens, Contango coffee voucher and a masterclass with chief winemaker Scott Comyns. $55pp. Bookings essential on 1800 655 965.

SPRING CRUIZ-IN SUN 18: Share the passion for veteran and vintage, classic and commercial, hot rods, street machines and bikes. The great event begins at 9am from Bunnings at Wallsend and travels to Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village. Book tickets online at hvg.com.au

Wollombi Valley Wine Trail; includes guided sculpture tours, degustation tour, workshops, night tours and twilight bus tours hosted by Ngurra Bu Aboriginal Tours. sculptureinthevineyards.com.au

MELBOURNE CUP @ ESCA BIMBADGEN TUE 3: Dress your fabulous best and cheer your winner home at Esca Bimbadgen. Enjoy a glass of Bimbadgen sparkling wine on arrival at 11am, followed by three courses from the specially created menu. $85pp. Bookings essential on 02 4998 4666.

KATIE NOONAN IN CONCERT SUN 8: Spicers Vineyards Estate hosts Katie Noonan’s Vanguard as part of her Transmutant album tour, with support act MKO from 2.30pm. Enjoy a chilled day of music, food stalls, picnic packages and lunch and dinner packages. Tickets $45pp. Bookings on 02 6574 7229.

FLEETWOOD MAC SAT 14 & SUN 15: Legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac is touring with all five iconic band members, including Christine McVie, playing two concerts among the vines at Hope Estate during their On With The Show world tour.

OKTOBERFEST @ HOPE ESTATE

ticketmaster.com.au

SAT 24: Hope Estate’s celebration of beer

DECEMBER

during October includes tasty new brews, live music every weekend, and the Oktoberfest dinner in the Great Cask Hall on Oct 24. Bookings on 1800 777 444.

JAZZ IN THE VINES @ TYRRELL’S WINERY SAT 31: Not your average jazz festival, this party in the paddock boasts Australia’s big names in jazz, great food and fine wine. jazzinthevines.com.au

NOVEMBER SCULPTURE IN THE VINEYARDS SAT OCT 31–SUN NOV 29: A celebration of art and wine along the

ELTON JOHN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SPECTACULAR @ HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS FRI NOV 6–TUE JAN 26, 2016: Now in its ninth year, with millions of Christmas lights on display, live entertainment and a special appearance from Santa. Special night rates apply. Closed Dec 25. hvg.com.au

NEIL DIAMOND SAT 7: See talented troubadour Neil Diamond on stage at Roche Estate (formerly Tempus Two Winery), singing his much-loved classics as well as new material from his 32nd studio album, Melody Road. ticketmaster.com.au

MUDD SWEAT & TEARS SAT 7: International obstacle course race Mudd Sweat & Tears launches in the vines of Hope Estate with 6km and 12km mud runs. muddsweatandtears.com

SAT 5: Music legend Sir Elton John kicks off his Australian tour in the Hunter Valley at Hope Estate. Support acts at this outdoor show include Australian pianist/composer Tate Sheridan and singer/songwriter Megan Washington. ticketmaster.com.au

COLD CHISEL SAT 12: Aussie rock icons Cold Chisel are bringing their One Night Stand tour of Australia to the Hunter Valley’s Hope Estate for a massive night of rock, with support act The Living End. ticketmaster.com.au

JACK NEWTON CELEBRITY CLASSIC MON 14–WED 16: Watch professional golfers and 50 celebrities get into the swing of things at the pro-am Jack Newton Celebrity Classic golf tournament held at Hunter Valley Golf at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. jacknewtongroup.com WINECOUNTRY.COM.AU

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EXPLORE CALENDAR CHRISTMAS DAY FRI 25: There are numerous restaurants hosting festive Christmas feasts, including The Mill Restaurant, Restaurant Botanica and The Sebel Kirkton Park. For a full list go to winecountry.com.au

NEW YEAR’S EVE @ HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS THU 31: Celebrate the start of 2016 with entertainment, rides, fireworks display and the Christmas Lights Spectacular! Tickets available online at hvg.com.au

romantic hotel in Australia on TripAdvisor in 2015. Enjoy a glass of Champagne on arrival and a four-course lunch or dinner for $95pp. Bookings on 02 6574 7229.

MARCH MAITLAND TASTE – FOOD, WINE & MUSIC FESTIVAL SAT 12–SUN 13: 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

KURRI KURRI NOSTALGIA FESTIVAL FRI 18–SUN 20: A fantastic line-up of rock ’n’ roll bands, rockabilly dances, classic cars, hot rods, fashion and market stalls.

NEW YEAR’S EVE THU 31: You can also ring in the New Year at many other venues in the Hunter Valley, including Esca Bimbadgen and Peppers Guest House, to name just two. For a full list go to winecountry.com.au

JANUARY

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EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA @ THE SEBEL KIRKTON PARK FRI 25: The popular Good Friday Seafood Dinner Feast is back. Bookings essential on 02 4998 7680. Also enjoy egg-andspoon races, plus an Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sunday. sebelhuntervalley.com.au

PARKRUN SINGLETON WEEKLY: A free 5km run/walk each Saturday. Register online, print out your barcode and bring it along each week to have your time recorded. parkrun.com.au/singleton/

WINE AND CHOCOLATE TASTING WEEKENDS: 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.

FLICKS ON THE GREEN MONTHLY: Watch a movie by moonlight at Flicks on The Green in Wollombi from October. Bookings on 02 4998 3483. flicksonthegreen.com.au

MARKETS MONTHLY: Broke Village Market – first Sunday of each month. brokefordwich.com.au

AUSTRALIA DAY IN SINGLETON

EASTER LONG WEEKEND

TUE 26: Celebrate Australia Day on the

Gardens on Easter Saturday and Sunday and join the Easter Bunny to search for lots of coloured eggs in the gardens’ Giant Easter Egg Hunt. Book tickets online at hvg.com.au

Civic Green with a free BBQ breakfast at 8am, 9.30am ceremony, a selection of food and market stalls and live entertainment. singleton.nsw.gov.au

REGULAR EVENTS

FRI 25–MON 28: Head to Hunter Valley

MONTHLY: Sacred Tree Markets – third Sunday at Branxton. sacredtreemarkets.com.au

FORTNIGHTLY: Handmade Hunter Markets – second and fourth Saturdays in Pokolbin. handmadehuntermarkets.

FEBRUARY

FOLK IN BROKE

VALENTINE’S DAY @ SPICERS

HOLIDAY MONDAYS:

SUN 14: Discover why Spicers Vineyards

food, brews and local wines served from vintage caravans, and handmade goods by Sacred Tree Markets. Tickets strictly limited via Facebook site

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Wollombi Markets – holiday Mondays of each long weekend (Easter Monday March 28).


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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.

� LIFE’S TOO SHORT TO DRINK BAD WINE

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).

� FLOWER POWER

Did you know? There are 2664 hectares of wine grapes planted in the Hunter Valley (1153 red, 1511 white). 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 convenient 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 alfresco cafe overlooking the vines or enjoy dinner at a fine-dining restaurant with a crackling fire.

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

� TOURS OF ALL TYPES Take a tour in a horse-drawn carriage, a Cadillac convertible or a modern limousine or on the back of a bike (more tour options on page 101).

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

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

� FLIGHTS OF FANCY

Greet the morning with a sunrise hot air balloon flight, then see the sights in your own private helicopter (see pages 101 and 109 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 pages 60–62 for What’s On).

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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 WOLLLOMBI; 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 big-ticket events: A Little Bit of Italy held each April and the Broke Village Fair & Vintage Car Display in September.

LOVEDALE When you exit the Hunter Expressway at Lovedale Road

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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 were planted in Pokolbin in the mid-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.


Home Grown Passion For Ian Scarborough, his passion for making great wine started over 30 years ago when he and wife Merralea planted the first vines at the Scarborough family vineyard overlooking the Hunter Valley.

It’s a passion that saw Ian & Merralea personally delivering cases of wine to kitchens all over Sydney three times a week. Over shared meals with some of Sydney’s best-known chefs, relationships were forged, talking of his passion for producing

Scarborough Wine Co. 179 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin

Scarborough on Hermitage 972 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

a ubiquitous style of Hunter Valley Chardonnay, the Yellow Label Chardonnay.

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.

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Cellar doors.

Stomp! Wines

1273 Milbrodale Rd, Broke 

0409 774 280

Whispering Brook

Rodd St, Broke 

02 6579 1386

Adina Vineyard & Olive Grove

492 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7473

Allandale Winery

132 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4990 4526

KIDS’ PLAYGROUND

02 6579 1314

FUNCTIONS

130 Adams Peak Rd, Broke

FREE WIFI

02 6579 1372

Mount Broke Wines

BBQ

02 6579 1322

1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke 

ART GALLERY

712 Wollombi Rd, Broke

Margan Winery & Restaurant

ACCOMMODATION

RESTAURANT/CAFE

Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard

LOCAL PRODUCE

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ADDRESS

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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

Tatler Wines

477 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 9139

Tellace Wines

356 Tuckers Ln, North Rothbury 

02 4938 7173

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

Chateau Francois

Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7548

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 2992

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

Hermitage Road Cellars & Winery

Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7777

Hope Estate

2213 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 3555

Hungerford Hill Wines

2450 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7666

James Estate

1210 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7992

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

Lambloch Estate

2342 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6722

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, awardwinning 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 something 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.

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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

@ Roche Estate 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 

02 4998 7881

RidgeView Wines

273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7332

Rothvale Winery

223 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7290

Saddler’s Creek Wines

15 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4991 1770

Scarborough on Hermitage

972 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 6538

Scarborough Wine Co.

179 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7563

Small Winemakers Centre

426 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7668

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

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

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

James Estate

951 Bylong Valley Way, Baerami

02 6547 5168

Two Rivers Wines

2 Yarrawa Rd, Denman

02 6547 2556

Noyce Brothers Wine

2884 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3483

Stonehurst Wines 

1840 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi 

02 4998 1576

Wollombi Wines

Wollombi Rd, Wollombi 

02 4998 3427

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HUNTER VALLEY LEGENDS ANNOUNCED The Hunter Valley’s night of nights, the Hunter Valley Legends Awards, is a black-tie celebration at which the outstanding achievements of those who have made major contributions to and have excelled within the Hunter Valley wine and tourism industries are recognised. At the 2015 Awards, the newest Hunter Valley Wine Industry Legend was inducted and winners in five categories were announced. › Michael De Iuliis from De Iuliis Wines took home the Winemaker of the Year Award, which is sponsored by First Creek Winemaking Services and awarded to an outstanding Hunter Valley winemaker who is a leader in the profession. › Tyrrell’s Wines was the proud recipient of the Cellar Door of the Year Award, sponsored by CBA Local Business Banking, which recognises all-round excellence at the cellar door. › The Rising Star of the Year Award, sponsored by Riedel, is usually awarded to someone who has made an extraordinary contribution to the region’s wine and tourism industries over the preceding 12 months. In 2015, for the first time, there were joint winners in this category: Troy and Megan Rhoades-Brown, owners of Muse Restaurant & Muse Kitchen; and Gwyn Olsen, winemaker at Briar Ridge. › The Viticulturist of the Year Award, sponsored by Laffort, recognises an outstanding viticulturist involved in the management of Hunter Valley vineyards, and this year’s recipient was Andrew Margan of Margan Family Wines. › Ken Bray was inducted into the Hunter Valley Hall of Fame as the 2015 Living Legend. Widely regarded as the Hunter Valley’s leading viticulturist, Ken has been responsible for tending to some of the region’s most cherished vineyards for almost 40 years. › And this year, the Hunter Valley Award for Excellence, acknowledging a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the Hunter Valley wine and tourism industries in the previous 12 months, went to Melissa Romeyn. Congratulations to all. For full details of the results, visit winecountry.com.au

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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. Fri 1.30–4.30pm, Sat 10.30am–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 and Fiano. Fri–Sun 10.30am–4.30pm

ADINA VINEYARD � OLIVE  GROVE

ALLANDALE WINERY

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

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

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

T 02 4990 4526 E wines@allandalewinery.com.au allandalewinery.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

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

CAPERCAILLIE WINE

EMMA’S COTTAGE VINEYARD

GARTELMANN WINES

� LONDONS RD, LOVEDALE

��� WILDERNESS RD, LOVEDALE

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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. Plus, you can browse the adjoining art gallery filled with original works by a number of local artists. There is also a restaurant and accommodation onsite. Fri 1–5pm, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm

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

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

T 02 4930 7113 E sales@gartelmann.com.au gartelmann.com.au


CELLAR DOORS NORTH ROTHBURY • NULKABA • POKOLBIN

TELLACE WINES

ERNEST HILL WINES

AUDREY WILKINSON VINEYARD

��� TUCKERS LN, NORTH ROTHBURY 

��� WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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)

BALLABOURNEEN WINE CO.

BIMBADGEN

BLUEBERRY HILL VINEYARD

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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 WINES

CHATEAU FRANCOIS

���–��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

BROKE ROAD, POKOLBIN

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

T 02 4998 7559 E sales@brokenwood.com.au brokenwood.com.au Brokenwood’s cellar door boasts an impressive array of premium wines. From the flagship and highly acclaimed Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz to the popular Cricket Pitch range, Brokenwood is a red 5-star James Halliday winery and a must-visit while you’re in the Hunter Valley. Mon–Sat 9.30am–5pm, Sun 10am–5pm

T 02 4991 4418 E wines@ernesthillwines.com.au ernesthillwines.com.au

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

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

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

T 02 4998 7548

Established in 1969 by former NSW Director of Fisheries Dr Don Francois, who is dedicated to producing classic Hunter Valley varieties Semillon and Shiraz at modest prices. Rated a red 5-star winery in the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015. Sat–Sun 9am–5pm or by appointment

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COCKFIGHTER’S GHOST WINES

CONSTABLE ESTATE

DAVID HOOK WINES

CNR MCDONALDS � DEBEYERS RDS, POKOLBIN

��� GILLARDS RD, POKOLBIN

CNR EKERTS � BROKE RDS, POKOLBIN

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

DE BORTOLI WINES

DE IULIIS WINES

DRAYTON'S FAMILY WINES

��� WINE COUNTRY DR, POKOLBIN

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

��� 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 per cent 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

EAGLES REST WINES

FIRST CREEK WINES

��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

T 02 4998 2992 E sales@firstcreekwines.com.au firstcreekwines.com.au


CELLAR DOORS POKOLBIN

GEMELLI ESTATE

GLANDORE ESTATE WINES

��� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

HANGING TREE WINES

HERMITAGE ROAD CELLARS  � WINERY

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

��� O'CONNORS RD, POKOLBIN

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

T 02 4998 7140 E info@glandorewines.com glandorewines.com

CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

HOPE ESTATE ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4993 3555 E info@hopestate.com.au hopestate.com.au

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)

Hope Estate is perfectly situated in the heart of Wine Country, set on 420 acres of rolling countryside and picturesque vineyards. The Estate boasts an inviting cellar door, craft brewery, Harvest Restaurant, the Great Cask Hall wedding and function venue, as well as concert amphitheatre seating 19,000 people. Daily 10am–5pm

HUNGERFORD HILL WINES

JAMES ESTATE

KELMAN VINEYARD

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

1210 HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

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

The lush grounds provide a scenic spot for a picnic lunch or a glass of wine. Taste wines from the extensive Estate and Reserve labels, as well as small-batch, cellar-door-only wines and museum releases. Group and private tastings can also be booked. Daily 10am–4.30pm (closed Xmas Day)

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

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

T 02 4998 7666 E wines@hungerfordhill.com.au hungerfordhill.com.au

T 02 4998 7992 E info@jamesestatewines.com.au jamesestatewines.com.au

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

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KEVIN SOBELS WINES

LAMBLOCH ESTATE

MARSH ESTATE

� HALLS RD, POKOLBIN

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

�� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN

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

There is no cellar door quite like Lambloch Estate. Enjoy picturesque views of the vineyard with its stunning backdrop of the Brokenback Range. It’s the perfect spot to relax, unwind and enjoy some of the Hunter Valley’s finest premium wines. Daily 10am–5pm

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

MCGUIGAN WINES

MCLEISH ESTATE

MEEREA PARK

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

@ ROCHE ESTATE COMPLEX, PAVILION B, ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

MISTLETOE WINERY

MISTY GLEN WINES � COTTAGE

MOOREBANK VINEYARD ESTATE

��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

��� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN

��� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN 

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 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 7766 E kevin@sobelswines.com.au sobelswines.com.au

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 02 4998 7610 E sales@moorebankvineyard.com.au moorebankvineyard.com.au


CELLAR DOORS POKOLBIN

MOUNT PLEASANT ESTATE

OAKVALE WINES

PEPPER TREE WINES

��� MARROWBONE RD, POKOLBIN

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

�� HALLS 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 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)

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

PETER DRAYTON WINES

PETERSON HOUSE

RIDGEVIEW WINES

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

CNR BROKE RD � WINE COUNTRY DR, POKOLBIN

��� SWEETWATER RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

T 02 4909 7100 E ptwinery@peppertreewines.com.au peppertreewines.com.au

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

SOME OF OUR VINES ARE OLDER THAN THE ONES IN FR ANCE. LUCK Y YOU.

A curious fact but true. Planted in 1867, our vines were untouched by the phylloxera epidemic of the late 1800s which wiped out all of France's vineyards.

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ROTHVALE WINERY

SADDLER’S CREEK WINES

SCARBOROUGH ON HERMITAGE

��� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN 

�� MARROWBONE RD, POKOLBIN 

��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN 

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

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

SCARBOROUGH WINE CO.

SMALL WINEMAKERS CENTRE

TEMPUS TWO CELLAR DOOR

��� GILLARDS RD, POKOLBIN 

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN 

CNR BROKE � MCDONALDS RDS, POKOLBIN 

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

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

THOMAS WINES

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 • MOUNT VIEW

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 per cent 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

TULLOCH WINES ��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN 

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

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

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 WINES

VINDEN ESTATE WINES

WYNWOOD ESTATE

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN 

��� GILLARDS RD, POKOLBIN

��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN 

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

The refurbished cellar door and unique ambience, combined with great views across the vineyards, make 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

MACQUARIEDALE ORGANIC  WINES

BRIAR RIDGE VINEYARD

PETERSONS WINES

��� SWEETWATER RD, ROTHBURY

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

��� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW

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

��� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CELLAR DOORS MOUNT VIEW • UPPER HUNTER • WOLLOMBI

SAVANNAH ESTATE

TALLAVERA GROVE VINEYARD

JAMES ESTATE

��� 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

951 BYLONG VALLEY WAY, BAERAMI

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

More than just a winery, this unique site offers highly awarded wines, bike trails, camping facilities and 4km Ridge Walk, with outstanding views of the Wollemi and Goulburn River National Parks. Australia’s Best Cellar Doors 2013 Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine – Star Cellar Door – Upper Hunter. Daily 10am–4.30pm (closed Xmas Day)

TWO RIVERS WINES

NOYCE BROTHERS WINES

STONEHURST WINES

� YARRAWA RD, DENMAN

���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

T 02 4998 3483 E sales@noycebros.com.au noycebros.com.au

���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

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

Escape to the tranquillity of the Upper Hunter at Two Rivers, near the picturesque village of Denman, just an hour’s drive from Pokolbin. Enjoy award-winning wines with a tasting platter filled with local produce while relaxing on the sun-drenched deck overlooking the new sandstone sculpture collection. Ancient topography, timeless beauty. Daily 11am–4pm

Noyce Brothers Wines is situated in Grays Inn, a beautiful two-storey Georgian sandstone building in the centre of historic Wollombi. The award-winning local wines can be savoured in the lovely cellar door and delightful garden, then enjoy a walk around the Village, seeing the various convict-built buildings. Thu–Mon 10.30am–4.30pm

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

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

WOLLOMBI WINES WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI 

T 02 4998 3427 E orders@wollombiwines.com.au wollombiwines.com.au 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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T 02 6547 5168 E info@jamesestatewines.com.au jamesestatewines.com.au

DEEPLY FASCINATING WITH RICH OVERTONES OF ENJOYMENT AND A LONG, MEMORABLE FINISH.


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Lunch: Thursday - Monday Dinner: Friday - Saturday Open for group bookings by special arrangement Tel: (02) 4990 9553 www.bistromolines.com.au

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Rustic Mediterranean inspired cuisine in a relaxed, friendly environment. Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday.

Hunter Valley Gardens Village, Broke Road, Pokolbin 02 4998 7584 • www.the-cellar-restaurant.com.au


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BROKE Margan Winery & Restaurant

MOUNT VIEW Bistro Molines

LOVEDALE � NORTH ROTHBURY Emerson’s Cafe & Restaurant

@ Adina Vineyard, 492 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7029

Lovedale Smokehouse Cafe

64 Majors Ln, Lovedale

02 4930 7832

Redsalt Restaurant

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

02 4991 0944

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

FRI–MON

Bistro Vinden

@ Vinden Estate, 138 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin 02 4998 7410

SAT-SUN

Bodega Restaurant & Bar

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

02 4993 1555

Brokenback Bar

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

02 4998 7288

Cafe Elan

@ The Vintage, Vintage Dr, Rothbury

Cafe Enzo

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02 4998 2500

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FRI-MON

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

02 4998 7233

7 DAYS

7 DAYS

Corpiii Cafe

Shop 5, Hunter Valley Gardens Village, 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

0433 975 283

7 DAYS

7 DAYS

Elements Restaurant & Bar

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

02 4998 2000

Esca Bimbadgen

@ Bimbadgen, 790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4666

Harrigan’s Irish Pub 

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4300

Harvest Restaurant

@ Hope Estate, 2213 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 3599

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

@ Roche Estate Complex, Cnr Broke & McDonalds Rds, Pokolbin

Old Brickworks Brasserie 

@ Potters Hotel Brewery Resort, Wine Country Dr, Nulkaba

02 4991 7922

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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02 4998 6777

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02 4998 7051

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Sabor in the Hunter Dessert Bar

@ Lambloch Estate, 2342 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

1300 958 939

THU–MON THU–MON

FRI–SAT

Taste of the Country

Shop 11, Hunter Valley Gardens Village, 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6605

The Cellar Restaurant

Hunter Valley Gardens Village,  Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7584

The Legends Grill

@ The Vintage Golf Club, Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2213

The Mill Restaurant

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

02 4998 7288

The Verandah Restaurant

@ Calais Estate, 151 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

Twine Restaurant

@ Wynwood Estate, 310 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen

@ De Iuliis Wines,  1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6699

Al-Oi Thai Restaurant

17 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 8666

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7 DAYS

Australia Hotel

136 Wollombi Rd, Cessnock

02 4990 1256

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Ink Cafe & Takeaway

109 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 4371

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@ RidgeView Wines, 273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin

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Pick up some goodies from one of the Hunter Valley’s gourmet producers and head to a vineyard for a picnic or barbecue: Gemelli Estate

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

Petersons Wines

1 x Gas BBQ

Stonehurst Wines

Picnic Area

Tellace Wines

2 x Gas BBQs

Tyrrell’s Wines

3 x Electric BBQs

Wollombi Wines

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Families should also consider making tracks to Hunter Valley Gardens Village, which offers the biggest and best public barbecue and picnic area, featuring six electric barbecues and a children’s playground to keep the little ones happy.


emersons 49 2 Lov eda le Road, Lov eda le NS W 2325

emersonsrestaurant.com.au

0249 307 029 BREAKFAST SATURDAY & SUNDAY 8-11 LUNCH WEDNESDAY - SUNDAY 11-3 D I N N ER TH U RSDAY - SU N DAY 6-10 

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

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

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

@ ADINA VINEYARD, ��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

LOVEDALE SMOKEHOUSE CAFE

REDSALT RESTAURANT

�� MAJORS LN, LOVEDALE

@ CROWNE PLAZA HUNTER VALLEY, 430 WINE COUNTRY DR, LOVEDALE

SABOR IN THE HUNTER DESSERT BAR – LOVEDALE

T 02 4930 7832 E majorslane@bigpond.com majorslane.com 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. Lunch Thu–Mon 10.30am–4pm

T 02 4991 0944 E redsalt.hunter@ihg.com crowneplazahuntervalley.com.au

��� WILDERNESS RD, LOVEDALE

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

Redsalt was inspired by the fundamental flavours of red river salts and has an uncompromising focus on enhancing excellent produce, particularly meat, with beef sourced direct from Australia’s very best producers. Breakfast Mon–Fri 6.30–10am, Sat–Sun 6.30– 10.30am, dinner daily 6–10pm

Offering more than 50 desserts paired with local wines. Try the award-winning Portuguese mousse, handmade chocolates, individual decadent cakes, pastries and barista-made coffee for dine-in or takeaway. Also a large range of sweet gourmet products to choose from. Sat–Sun 10am–4.30pm

TATLER TAPAS CAFE

THE DECK CAFE LOVEDALE

THE LOVEDALE

@ TATLER WINES, ��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

@ GARTELMANN WINES, ��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

@ CROWNE PLAZA HUNTER VALLEY, 430 WINE COUNTRY DR, LOVEDALE

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. Breakfast Sun 8–11am, lunch Thu–Tue from 12pm

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. Daily 8am–late, lunch daily from 11am

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

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


RESTAURANTS � CAFES NORTH ROTHBURY • NULKABA • POKOLBIN

SHAKEY TABLES

OLD BRICKWORKS BRASSERIE 

AMANDA’S ON THE EDGE

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

@ POTTERS HOTEL BREWERY RESORT, WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

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

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

Family-friendly venue with large indoor/outdoor eating areas, lounge bar with unique tree table, kids’ playground and jumping castle on Sundays. Daily restaurant specials plus beer brewed onsite at Hunter Beer Co. Phone reception re courtesy bus. 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

BISTRO VINDEN

BODEGA RESTAURANT � BAR

BROKENBACK BAR

@ VINDEN ESTATE, ��� GILLARDS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

CAFE ENZO

ELEMENTS RESTAURANT � BAR

ESCA BIMBADGEN

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

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

@ BIMBADGEN, ��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

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 and lunch. Mon–Thu 9am–4pm, Fri 9am–4.30pm, Sat 8.30am–4.30pm, Sun 8am–4pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

E reservations@tuscanywineestate.com.au tuscanywineestate.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

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HARRIGAN’S IRISH PUB  � ACCOMMODATION ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

HARVEST RESTAURANT

IL CACCIATORE RESTAURANT

@ HOPE ESTATE, ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

T 02 4993 3599 E harvest@hopeestate.com.au hopeestate.com.au

E info@hermitagelodge.com.au ilcacciatore.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

Hope Estate’s signature dining experience is located on the top floor with sweeping views of rolling vineyards and picturesque lakes. Executive chef Mert Tansu has created an innovative menu with a focus on fresh, seasonal produce that perfectly matches Hope Estate’s wines and craft beer. Lunch daily 12–2pm, dinner Fri–Sat 6–8pm

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

INFUZION RESTAURANT

IRONBARK HILL CAFE

��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

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

MATILDA BAY BREWHOUSE  + DINING

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

T 02 6574 7085 E cellardoor@peterdraytonwines.com.au peterdraytonwines.com.au

@ HUNTER VALLEY RESORT, CNR HERMITAGE RD  � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN T 02 4998 7777

E dining@hunterresort.com.au hunterresort.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

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

MUSE RESTAURANT

OISHII

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

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

@ ROCHE ESTATE COMPLEX, CNR BROKE � MCDONALDS RDS, POKOLBIN

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

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

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


RESTAURANTS � CAFES POKOLBIN

RESTAURANT BOTANICA

RESTAURANT CUVÉE

RIDGEVIEW RESTAURANT � CAFE

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

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

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

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

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

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

SABOR IN THE HUNTER DESSERT BAR – POKOLBIN

THE CELLAR RESTAURANT

THE MILL RESTAURANT

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

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

Offering more than 50 desserts with local wines overlooking the picturesque vineyards and Brokenback Range. Try the award-winning Portuguese mousse, individual cakes, pastries and barista-made coffee for dine-in or takeaway. Thu 10am–4.30pm, Fri–Sat 10am–9.30pm, Sun–Mon 10am–4.30pm

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

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

THE VERANDAH RESTAURANT

TWINE RESTAURANT

@ CALAIS ESTATE, ��� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

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

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

@ LAMBLOCH ESTATE, 2342 BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

T 1300 958 939 E saborpokolbin@gmail.com saborinthehunter.com.au

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 7881 E cuvee@petersonhouse.com.au petersonhouse.com.au

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E dine@ridgeview.com.au ridgeview.com.au

T 02 4998 7288 E reservations@tuscanywineestate.com.au tuscanywineestate.com.au

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

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RESTAURANTS � CAFES POKOLBIN • ROTHBURY • CESSNOCK

TWO FAT BLOKES GOURMET KITCHEN

CAFE ELAN

THE LEGENDS GRILL

@ THE VINTAGE, VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

@ THE VINTAGE GOLF CLUB, VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

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

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

AL-OI THAI RESTAURANT

AUSTRALIA HOTEL

INK CAFE � TAKEAWAY

�� VINCENT ST, CESSNOCK

136 WOLLOMBI RD, CESSNOCK

��� VINCENT ST, CESSNOCK

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

T 02 4998 6699 E info@twofatblokes.com.au twofatblokes.com.au

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

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

T 02 4990 1256 Offering pub-style 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, golf stay-and-play packages and more. AHA Best Traditional Bar NSW 2010. Lunch daily 12–2pm, dinner Sun–Thu 6–9pm, Fri–Sat 6–10pm

HOW AN EXQUISITE VINEYARD LUNCH LED TO A FRESH TASTE FOR SUCCESS IN THE OFFICE.

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

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


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

Ph: (02) 4930 9007

Open 7 days breakfast and lunch • Bookings recommended Cnr Broke & Ekerts Rd Pokolbin • 4998 7233 www.enzohuntervalley.com.au


HUNTER VALLEY GUIDED WINERY TOURS

Boutique Winery, Brewery, Vodka Distillery & 4WD Tours Concert, Restaurant & Airport Transfers Special Occasions | Corporate Events | Golf Packages Pick ups 7 days Sydney | Central Coast | Newcastle | Hunter Valley

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HUNTER VALLEY SMELLY CHEESE SHOPS

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Hope Brewhouse

@ Hope Estate, 2213 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 3555

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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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Binnorie Dairy

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

02 4998 6660

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

@ Roche Estate Complex, Pavilion G, 2144 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6713

Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop

@ 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

98

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Pokolbin General Store

@ Pokolbin Village, 2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7633

98

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Pukara Estate

@ Ballabourneen Wine Co., 2347 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

0408 144 149

99

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Pukara Estate

1440 Denman Rd, Muswellbrook

02 6547 1055

99

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Tinklers Produce

53 Pokolbin Mountains Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7435

99

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Tintilla Estate Wines & Olives

725 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7093

99

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Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen

@ De Iuliis Wines, 1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6699

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HOPE BREWHOUSE

HUNTER BEER CO.

HUNTER DISTILLERY

@ HOPE ESTATE, ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

@ POTTERS HOTEL BREWERY RESORT, WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4993 3555 E info@hopeestate.com.au hopeestate.com.au

Overlooking Hope Estate’s concert amphitheatre, Hope Brewhouse, Pokolbin’s newest craft brewery, offers a wide range of beers and cider brewed on site and served from 12 taps. With limited-edition and seasonal varieties, there’s always something different to try on a tasting paddle or take-home growler. Daily 10am–5pm

T 02 4991 7922 E info@pottershbr.com.au hunterbeerco.com Hunter Beer Co. runs brewery 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 and enjoy a tasting paddle from the selection on tap. Daily 10am–5pm

T 02 4998 6737 E info@hunterdistillery.com.au hunterdistillery.com.au Enjoy a tasting experience like no other at the Valley’s only certified organic distillery. Hunter Distillery uses premium-quality organic raw ingredients to produce an exceptional range of top-shelf spirits, including vodka, flavoured vodkas, gin, liqueurs, schnapps and specialty spirits. Daily 10am–5pm

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LOVEDALE BREWERY

MATILDA BAY BREWHOUSE

BINNORIE DAIRY

@ CROWNE PLAZA HUNTER VALLEY, 430 WINE COUNTRY DR

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

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

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 the Hunter Valley and Sydney great. Daily

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

GUNDOG HUNTER CELLAR  � GOURMET PANTRY

HUNTER VALLEY CHEESE FACTORY

HUNTER VALLEY  SMELLY CHEESE SHOP

T 02 4991 0900 E reservations.hunter@ihg.com crowneplazahuntervalley.com.au

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

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

LA GLACE DESSERT BAR 

LOVEDALE SMOKEHOUSE

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

�� MAJORS LN, LOVEDALE

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

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

La Glace is the oldest confectionery 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 cafe growing up. Stop by for the freshest ice-creams, cakes, chocolates and, of course, coffee. Wed–Sun 11am– 4pm

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T 02 4930 7832 E majorslane@bigpond.com majorslane.com 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 cured meats, terrines, pates, olive oils, sauces, salad dressings, chutneys, jams and sweet treats. Tastings and smoking and curing classes available. Thu–Mon 10am–5pm

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

@ ROCHE ESTATE 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 their 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 @ POKOLBIN VILLAGE, ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7633

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


GOURMET PRODUCE

PUKARA ESTATE

TINKLERS PRODUCE

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

�� POKOLBIN MOUNTAINS 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)

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

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

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

T 02 6574 7093 E info@tintilla.com.au tintilla.com.au Tintilla Estate olives are hand-picked 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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Venture beyond the cellar door for a memorable experience A visit to Whispering Brook provides an experience that goes beyond wine. The estate is renowned for its welcoming ambience, relaxed Australian architecture, intimate cellar door with artisan wine and olives, boutique winery and natural beauty. The panoramic mountain views, estate vineyards and olive groves, casual dining, annual events and large guesthouse provide for a memorable experience.

See the beauty, experience the life, taste the wine. The subtle difference of artisan in every aspect Open weekends 10:30am – 5pm, Fridays 1:30pm-4:30pm and week days by appointment

Honey Hive

Tastings daily

open daily 10-5

Honey Tasting Bee and Honey Giftware Honey Cosmetics Clothing

Hunter Valley Gardens Village

Telephone 02 6579 1386 or 02 9818 4126 CELLAR DOOR – Rodd Street, Broke NSW

Enter Via Ye Olde General Store

www.whispering-brook.com

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Tours. All Around the Vines

0459 145 065

All Hunter Wine Tours

0400 427 050

Almighty Tours & Transport

Hunter Valley

Arrive First Class

131 Hill St, Carrington

0401 827 568

0421 036 280

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LARGE GROUP TOURS

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A Grape X Pectations Tour

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Best Tour

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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Grace Coaches

02 4930 6058

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Grape Vine Tours

0437 451 742

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Hall’s Private Transfers Hertz Rent A Car

0431 810 548 1A Aberdare Rd, Cessnock

Hunter Private Tours Hunter Trikes

0419 851 010 332 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4991 2500 ✓

02 4991 7533

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Hunter Valley Cadillacs

02 4996 4059

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Hunter Valley Classic Carriages

02 4991 3655

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Hunter Valley Horses

@ Hunter Valley Resort, 917 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

0431 337 367

Hunter Valley Private Tours by Wendt on Tours

02 4998 6757

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Hunter Valley Vine Link

02 4930 7689

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Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tours

02 9357 5511

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Hunter Vineyard Tours

02 4991 1659

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iHop Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley

James’ Vineyard Tours Mr Wilson Hire Car

472 Ross Smith Ave, Mascot

TexTours

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02 6571 1600

02 9317 3402

0410 462 540 0414 316 859

Vineyard Shuttle Service

02 4991 3655

Wine Country Limousines

02 4990 2852

Wine Country Tours

02 9484 0477 Hunter Valley

Wine Rover Zepher Tours

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Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Tours

Wine D Road Tours

0437 151 500 Hunter Valley

Silver Service Limousines Sydney Helitours

0455 535 035

0406 757 295

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TOURS

A GRAPE X PECTATIONS TOUR

ALL AROUND THE VINES 

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)

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

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

ALMIGHTY TOURS & TRANSPORT

M 0401 827 568 E almighty.transport@gmail.com winerytourshuntervalley.com.au Indulge in that extra glass of wine and leave your driving worries behind. Almighty Tours specialises in private wine tours and transport to/from Sydney. Create your own itinerary or leave it to Almighty Tours. Efficient and reliable transport services, day or night. Tours daily, transport anytime

CHEERS BUS

M 0408 987 057 E book@cheersbus.com cheersbus.com.au Cheers Bus offers personalised and professional fullday 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. Also provides restaurant, wedding, airport and conference transfers. Sydney pick-ups now available. Daily

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

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

ARRIVE FIRST CLASS

BEST TOUR

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

COUNTRY TRAILS PRIVATE TOURS

DIVINE TOURS

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

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

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

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

GRAPE VINE TOURS

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 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

HERTZ RENT A CAR

HUNTER PRIVATE TOURS

HUNTER TRIKES

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

�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 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

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

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

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

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

T 02 4991 7533 E ride@huntertrikes.com.au huntertrikes.com.au There are wine tours of the Hunter Valley... and then there are wine tours of the Hunter Valley that involve you roaring around the countryside on a trike looking awesome. Relaxing picnic lunches, evening cruises or the fastest wine tour in the Valley. The choice is yours. Daily

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 � TRANSFERS 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 mini-coaches. Daily 10am-4pm wine tours include wine tastings at a selection of five cellar doors, lunch options and visits to cheese and chocolate outlets. Half-day tours and restaurant transfers available. Daily 10am–4pm

JAMES’ VINEYARD TOURS

M 0437 151 500 E james@vineyardtours.com.au vineyardtours.com.au Join James for a wonderful day of wine tasting, visiting a selection of boutique cellar doors where you can share the passion of those creating great wines. Cheese, chocolate and olive oil tastings included. Group discounts and private 4WD tours available. Daily 9am–5pm

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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 VALLEY VINE LINK T 02 4930 7689 E bradley@vinelink.com.au vinelink.com.au

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

HUNTER VINEYARD TOURS

iHOP HUNTER VALLEY

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)

Explore picturesque Pokolbin aboard the Hunter Valley’s only hop-on hop-off bus service and experience the best in local produce, cellar doors, breweries, distillery, shopping, restaurants and local attractions via 13 hops (stops) and over 40 attractions! One- or two-day Hopper, one-way or return passes available. Wed–Mon 10am–5pm

SILVER SERVICE LIMOUSINES

SYDNEY HELITOURS

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

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

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

M 0455 535 035 E explore@ihophuntervalley.com.au ihophuntervalley.com.au

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

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


TOURS

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

TWO FAT BLOKES  GOURMET TOURS 

VINEYARD SHUTTLE SERVICE

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)

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

WINE COUNTRY TOURS

WINE D ROAD TOURS

WINE ROVER

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 Esca Bimbadgen. Private tours and larger groups on request. Daily

Spend your day at hand-selected wineries being guided through their offerings in private tastings. Travel in comfort stopping for a beautiful restaurant lunch, some Hunter Valley cheese tasting and finish with an optional beer tasting. Limited to 11 guests to keep your tour personal. Daily, bookings essential

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

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

T 0437 543 078 E dan@winedroadtours.com.au winedroadtours.com.au

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

WHY DRIVE YOUR SELF ? BOOK A TOUR OR ZEPHER TOURS

TRANSFER ONLINE.

�/�� 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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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

Hunter Valley Christmas Shop

Open 7 Days, 10am to 5pm Hunter Valley Gardens Village Shops. Broke Road, Pokolbin, NSW Ph 02 4998 6834. www.hvchristmasshop.com.au

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Experiences. PAGE

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FREE WIFI

ENJOY A RANGE OF ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS.

ADDRESS

PHONE

MAP

Aqua Golf & Putt Putt

@ Hunter Valley Gardens Village, Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7896

109

MAP 1 J5

East Coast Corporate & Group Xperiences

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

1300 465 636

109

MAP 1 F2

Hunter Wine Theatre

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

02 4998 7777

109

MAP 1 F2

Ogishi Craft Centre

540 Wilderness Rd, Rothbury

02 4998 7979

109

MAP 1 H9

Pokolbin Gallery & Mistletoe Sculpture Garden

771 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7770

109

MAP 1 F2

Hunter Valley Gardens

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4000

109

MAP 1 J5

Roche Estate

Cnr Broke & McDonalds Rds, Pokolbin

02 4998 4000

109

MAP 1 J6

Wollombi Tavern

2994 Great North Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3261

109

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ACTIVITIES

ARTS � CRAFTS ✓

ATTRACTIONS

BALLOON FLIGHTS Balloon Aloft

Meeting @ Peterson House, Broke Rd, Pokolbin

Balloon Safaris

1300 723 279

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1800 818 191

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Cloud 9 Balloon Flights

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

1300 555 711

N/A

MAP1 M7

Wine Country Ballooning

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

02 4991 7533

110

MAP 1 J6

Hunter Valley Wine, Cooking & Candy School

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

02 4998 7777

110

MAP 1 F2

Majors Lane Cooking School

64 Majors Ln, Lovedale

02 4930 7832

110

MAP 1 H12

The Cooking School

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

02 4998 7288

110

MAP 1 F2

Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club

15 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 1555

110

MAP 1 K5

Hunter Valley Golf

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

02 4991 0977

110

MAP 1 K10

The Vintage Golf Club

Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2208

110

MAP 1 H7

Chapman Valley Horse Riding

7054 Putty Rd, Howes Valley

02 6579 4593

N/A

MAP 1 I00

Hunter Valley Horse Riding & Adventures

288 Talga Rd, Rothbury

02 4930 7111

111

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Australian Alpaca Barn

1946 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6669

111

MAP 1 J4

Come What May

151 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

0400 747 072

111

MAP 1 I8

Handmade Hunter Markets

@ Kevin Sobels Wines, 5 Halls Rd, Pokolbin

02 4936 6726

N/A

MAP1 J8

Hunter Valley Christmas Shop

Shop 16, Hunter Valley Gardens Village, 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6834

N/A

MAP 1 J5

Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 4000

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Lovedale Antiques Old Wares & Gallery

820 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7239

111

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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

Ye Olde General Store Pokolbin

Shop 17, Hunter Valley Gardens Village, 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

Bhutra Thai Massage

185 Wollombi Rd, Cessnock

02 4991 2630

Château Élan Spa

Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2500

Golden Door Spa Elysia

165 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin

Heavenly Hunter Massage Centre

COOKING

GOLF

HORSERIDING ✓

SHOPPING

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111

MAP 1 B9

02 4998 6888

N/A

MAP 1 J5

02 4998 7191

N/A

MAP 1 J5

SPAS 112

MAP 2 B3

112

MAP 1 H7

02 4993 8500

112

MAP 1 K4

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

0438 010 359

N/A

MAP 1 F2

Spa Anise

@ Spicers Vineyards Estate, 555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7229

112

MAP 1 D2

Thai Nature Massage, Cessnock

40 Cumberland St, Cessnock

02 4991 3331

112

MAP 2 D5

Ubika Spa

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

02 4991 0959

112

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

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

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EXPERIENCES ACTIVITIES • ARTS � CRAFTS • ATTRACTIONS

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EAST COAST XPERIENCES

HUNTER WINE THEATRE

@ HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS VILLAGE,  BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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)

OGISHI CRAFT CENTRE

POKOLBIN GALLERY � MISTLETOE SCULPTURE GARDEN

HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS

T 02 4998 7896 E aquagolf@golftothemax.com.au golftothemax.com.au

��� WILDERNESS RD, ROTHBURY

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

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

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

��� 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

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

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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)

EXPLORE THE VALLEY WITH OUR

ROCHE ESTATE CNR BROKE � MCDONALDS RDS, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 4000 tempustwo.com.au

Roche Estate is a premier concert venue attracting international and national artists alike. Experience exceptional fine dining, award-winning wines, signature cocktails and spirits, local gourmet produce and a sophisticated function room all in one exclusive venue. Check with the individual businesses for trading hours

WOLLOMBI TAVERN ���� GREAT NORTH RD, WOLLOMBI

T 02 4998 3261 E wollombitavern@bigpond.com wollombitavern.com.au This family-friendly country pub is home of the famed Dr Jurd’s Jungle Juice. It has a bistro open daily for lunch, and dinner Friday and Saturday, an open fire and a wraparound verandah overlooking Wollombi Brook. Self-contained, log cabin accommodation is available, including single nights on weekends. Daily Sun–Thu 10am–8pm, Fri–Sat 10am–10pm

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EXPERIENCES BALLOON FLIGHTS • COOKING • GOLF

BALLOON ALOFT MEETING @ PETERSON HOUSE, BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

T 1300 723 279 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 per cent safety record. Features modern, colourful balloons, VIP and group flights, in-flight photos and optional gourmet breakfast. Daily sunrise flights

WINE COUNTRY BALLOONING MEETING @ MERCURE RESORT HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS, ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4991 7533 E info@winecountryballooning.com.au winecountryballooning.com.au Keep it special! Fly with the Hunter Valley's original boutique balloon flight company, which guarantees no more than 10 people ballooning on any morning. Come fly with Daren, the region’s most experienced full-time local pilot. VIP flights, photos, videos and breakfast all available. Daily sunrise flights

HUNTER VALLEY WINE, COOKING � CANDY SCHOOL

MAJORS LANE COOKING SCHOOL

THE COOKING SCHOOL

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

E majorslane@bigpond.com majorslane.com

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

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

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

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

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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 available. Sat 10am–1pm, smoking and curing classes also available

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

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

HUNTER VALLEY GOLF

THE VINTAGE GOLF CLUB

@ CROWNE PLAZA HUNTER VALLEY, 430 WINE COUNTRY DR, LOVEDALE T 02 4991 0977 E huntervalleygolf@ihg.com

VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

huntervalleygolfcc.com.au

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 (daylight savings 6.30am–6.30pm)

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


EXPERIENCES HORSERIDING • SHOPPING

HUNTER VALLEY  HORSE RIDING � ADVENTURES

AUSTRALIAN ALPACA BARN

COME WHAT MAY

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

��� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

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, hiking and hayrides to feed the farm animals. Daily 8am–sunset

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

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. Thu–Sun 10am–5pm

HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS  SHOPPING VILLAGE

LOVEDALE ANTIQUES OLD WARES � GALLERY

POKOLBIN VILLAGE

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

��� TALGA RD, ROTHBURY T 02 4930 7111

E ride@huntervalleyhorseriding.com.au huntervalleyhorseriding.com.au

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)

SACRED TREE MARKETS CNR STATION ST & NEW ENGLAND HWY, BRANXTON

E info@sacredtreemarkets.com.au sacredtreemarkets.com.au

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

T 02 4930 7239 E lovedaleantiques@bigpond.com Lovedale Antiques Old Wares & Gallery is an antique store with a difference. It has plenty of genuine, unusual and interesting antiques, together with many collectables and artworks. Visit this collector’s paradise for a glimpse into the past. Fri–Sun (and some public holidays) 10am–4pm

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

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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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The largest boutique market in the area, Sacred Tree Markets is a vibrant, eclectic mix of more than 100 local artists, producers, makers, healers and foodies. Only 10 minutes from Pokolbin, this inspirational and uplifting family event is not to be missed while visiting the Hunter Valley. Third Sunday of the month 9am–2pm

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EXPERIENCES SPAS

BHUTRA THAI MASSAGE

CHÂTEAU ÉLAN SPA

GOLDEN DOOR SPA ELYSIA

��� WOLLOMBI RD, CESSNOCK

VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

��� THOMPSONS RD, POKOLBIN

Feel your body relax and your thoughts drift away at this Thai massage spa, only a few minutes from Wine Country. Customised services for your romantic spa getaway, honeymoon, anniversary or just relieve muscle tension from your travels. This treatment is for you. Daily 9am–9pm

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

THAI NATURE MASSAGE, CESSNOCK

UBIKA SPA

T 02 4991 2630 E cessnock@thaimassagespa.com.au cessnock.thaimassagespa.com.au

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

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

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

@ CROWNE PLAZA HUNTER VALLEY, 430 WINE COUNTRY DR, LOVEDALE T 02 4991 0959

spicersretreats.com spicersretreats.com

�� CUMBERLAND ST, CESSNOCK T 02 4991 3331

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 10am–6pm

Visit our Cumberland Street shop in Cessnock and experience an amazing massage with a range of heavenly hands and treatment options embracing the most effective Thai massage techniques, to refresh your mind, relax your body and reawaken your spirit. Also ask about the mobile Thai massage to your door. Daily 9am– 9pm

E spa.hunter@ihg.com ubikaspa.com

thainaturemassage.com.au

Relax your body, soothe your soul and uplift your spirits with a visit to the recently refurbished Ubika Spa. Spoil yourself with a treatment from the extensive spa menu or indulge in the Spa Sanctuary and VIP suites, perfect for couples as well as groups. Sun–Thu 9am–6pm, Fri–Sat 9am–7pm

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HUNTER COUNTRY LODGE & SHAKEY TABLES RESTAURANT - DINNER

7 NIGHTS • LUNCH SATURDAY & SUNDAY

www.huntercountrylodge.com.au • 1476 Wine Country Drive North Rothbury • 4938 1744


Boutique accommodation in beautifully designed and tastefully furnished villas, nestled in 25 acres of lovely Australian bushland. 136 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin NSW y 02 4998 7630 / 0408 414 051 info@winecountryvillas.com.au y winecountryvillas.com.au

The Ultimate Exclusive Experience

Twice winner of the World Luxury Lodge Awards, Tower Lodge is available only for exclusive use. An ideal location for executive conferences, corporate incentives, retreats and boutique weddings ensuring uncompromising privacy and confidentiality. Inspections by appointment, contact via exclusive@towerestate.com.au towerestate.com.au


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Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard 

@ Diamond Estate, 112 Halls Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7591

$$$

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

$$$

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

$$

Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 2000

$$$

Pokolbin Village

2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7670

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Potters Hotel Brewery Resort

Wine Country Dr, Nulkaba

02 4991 7922

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The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley

336 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7680

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Tuscany Wine Estate Resort

Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7288

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Amelies on Pokolbin Mountain

338 Pokolbin Mountains Rd, Pokolbin

0413 813 399

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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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Blackwattle Luxury Retreats

169 Talga Rd, Lovedale

0421 419 371

$$$

Bluebush Estate

196 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7177

$$

Broken View Estate

547 Old North Rd, Pokolbin

0400 112 341

$$$

Buffs at Pokolbin

47 Coulson Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7636

$$$

Casa La Vina

657 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

0406 770 294

Cedar Creek Cottages

1840 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 1576

Cedars Mount View

60 Mitchells Rd, Mount View

02 4990 9009

Clydes at Mount View

27 King Rd, Mount View

02 9918 4149

$$$

Cottages on Mount View

1329 Mount View Rd, Mount View

02 4990 8989

Dandaloo Cottages

70 Green Ln, Lovedale

Earth Inspired Retreats

277 Wollong Rd, Quorrobolong

Emma's Cottage Englewood Ridge Grapevines Boutique Accommodation

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02 4998 6003

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438 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale

02 4998 7734

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65 Talga Rd, Lovedale

0417 287 345

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1941 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6766

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Gundog Hunter’s Retreat

101 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6873

$$$

Gypsy Willows Wollombi

201 Narone Creek Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3404

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Hill Top Country Guest House

288 Talga Rd, Rothbury

02 4930 7111

Hunter Hideaway Cottages

234 Tuckers Ln, North Rothbury

IronBark Hill Accommodation

694 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

Ironstone Estate

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02 4964 4028

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97 Olsen Rd, Lovedale

0416 048 424

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Lilies Luxury Retreat

60 Majors Ln, Lovedale

0428 698 881

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Lillians on Lovedale

356 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4990 6958

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Lovedale Cottages

77 Brickmans Ln, Lovedale

0409 246 661

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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

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Nirvana Vista Resort

Lot 3 Sweetwater Rd, Rothbury 

0409 461 711

$$$

Old Hillside Homestead

493 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7504

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Quest Singleton

5–7 Civic Ave, Singleton

02 6570 3800

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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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Somewhere Unique

Narone Creek Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3257

$$$$

Tatler Vineyard Accommodation

477 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 9139

$$$

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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Wattle-Wilde Country Hideaway

154 Londons Rd, Lovedale

0407 559 917

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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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Capers Guesthouse & Cottage

2859 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3211

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Spicers Vineyards Estate

555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7229

$$$$

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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Hunter Valley Retreat

626 Sandy Creek Rd, Quorrobolong

02 4998 6007

$$

Wine Country Motor Inn

5 Darwin St, Cessnock

02 4993 2999

$$

1214 Leggetts Dr, Mount Vincent

0438 505 045

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137 Mount View Rd, Cessnock

1800 649 156

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CARAVAN PARKS AND BACKPACKERS Active Holidays BIG4 Hunter Valley

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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

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

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

HERMITAGE LODGE

HUNTER COUNTRY LODGE

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

���� WINE COUNTRY DR, NORTH ROTHBURY

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.

CNR MCDONALDS � THOMPSONS RDS, POKOLBIN

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

CROWNE PLAZA HUNTER VALLEY 430 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 BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 4300 E enquiries@harrigans.com.au harrigans.com.au Harrigan’s offers studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with hotel facilities including a pool and conferencing facilities. It is the perfect venue for business or pleasure, close to Hunter Valley Gardens, Roche Estate and Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village, including aqua golf, a picnic area and playground.

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

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HUNTER VALLEY RESORT CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

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

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.

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.

POTTERS HOTEL BREWERY  RESORT

THE SEBEL KIRKTON PARK  HUNTER VALLEY

WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

Featuring 68 well-appointed villas and suites situated on 11 acres of landscaped gardens, including bar, restaurant, TAB and conference and event facilities. 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.

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

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

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

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

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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.


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BLUEBUSH ESTATE

BROKEN VIEW ESTATE

��� WILDERNESS RD, LOVEDALE

��� OLD NORTH RD, POKOLBIN

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.

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.

BUFFS AT POKOLBIN

CASA LA VINA

CEDAR CREEK COTTAGES

�� COULSON RD, POKOLBIN

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

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.

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.

CEDARS MOUNT VIEW

COTTAGES ON MOUNT VIEW

DANDALOO COTTAGES

�� MITCHELLS RD, MOUNT VIEW

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

���� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW

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

70 GREEN LN, 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.

Country accommodation nestled in a quiet, secluded bush enclave on a 320-acre property in the heart of Lovedale. The self-contained cottage has three bedrooms, two with queen beds and one with two singles, two bathrooms, air conditioning, log fire and verandahs with uninterrupted views.

T 02 4930 7177 E unwind@bluebushestate.com.au bluebushestate.com.au

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

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

M 0419 200 017 E timk@hirondelle.com.au dandaloocottages.com

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EARTH INSPIRED RETREATS

EMMA'S COTTAGE

ENGLEWOOD RIDGE

��� WOLLONG RD, QUORROBOLONG

438 WILDERNESS RD, LOVEDALE

�� TALGA RD, LOVEDALE

Earth Inspired Retreats offers total seclusion and separation from our busy world. Set on 50 acres of virgin bush complete with wildlife galore, the retreat comprises three apartments with five bedrooms. Huge verandahs, living area and swimming dam. Perfect for quiet family retreats and company gatherings.

Emma’s Cottage Vineyard is located in peaceful Lovedale, the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country. There are four self-contained cottages to choose from, all with views over the vineyard, and an onsite restaurant. Emma’s is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the country.

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.

GRAPEVINES BOUTIQUE  ACCOMMODATION

GUNDOG HUNTER’S RETREAT

HILL TOP COUNTRY GUEST HOUSE

T 02 4998 6003 E janette.craft@yahoo.com.au earthinspiredretreats.com

���� 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. Wine and cheese board included. AAA ★★★★ rating.

M 02 4998 7734 E info@emmascottage.com.au emmascottage.com.au

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

288 TALGA RD, ROTHBURY

T 02 4930 7111 E stay@hilltopguesthouse.com.au hilltopguesthouse.com.au Stay in the guesthouse and play on the 10-foot billiard table and grand piano. Enjoy large verandahs and wood fires and, in the villas, king beds, double spa baths and balconies; 300 acres of spectacular Valley views, along with kangaroos and wildlife. Activities include horseriding, hayrides, hiking and massages.

HUNTER HIDEAWAY COTTAGES

IRONBARK HILL

IRONSTONE ESTATE

��� TUCKERS LN, NORTH ROTHBURY

@ PETER DRAYTON WINES, ��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN T 02 4964 4028

�� OLSEN RD, LOVEDALE

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

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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 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.


ACCOMMODATION SELF-CONTAINED

LILLIANS ON LOVEDALE

LOVEDALE COTTAGES

LOVEDALE LODGE

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

�� BRICKMANS LN, LOVEDALE

M 0409 246 661 E relax@lovedalecottages.com.au lovedalecottages.com.au

��� LONDONS RD, LOVEDALE

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.

Private one-, two- or three-bedroom self-contained, log fire and spa cottages, walking distance from wineries and restaurants. Free tennis, WiFi, mini-golf, heated indoor pool and golf course. Perfect romantic escape for two or can cater for up to 34 guests.

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).

MADIGAN VINEYARD

MIDNIGHT’S PROMISE ESTATE

NIRVANA VISTA RESORT

��� WILDERNESS RD, ROTHBURY

��� TALGA RD, LOVEDALE

LOT � SWEETWATER RD, ROTHBURY

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).

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

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.

QUEST SINGLETON 5–7 CIVIC AVE, SINGLETON

T 02 6570 3800 E questsingleton@questapartments.com.au questsingleton.com.au

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

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

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Ideally located in the heart of the Hunter Valley, Quest Singleton offers spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom self-contained serviced apartments as well as an onsite gym, barbecue terrace and conference facilities. It is minutes from the local vineyards, the deep valleys of the coalmines and the Singleton Army Base.

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RIDGEVIEW COTTAGES

ROTHVALE VINEYARD COTTAGES

SOMEWHERE UNIQUE

��� SWEETWATER RD, POKOLBIN

��� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN

NARONE CREEK RD, WOLLOMBI

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.

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.

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.

TATLER VINEYARD  ACCOMMODATION

TELLACE WINES  ACCOMMODATION

THE GRANGE ON HERMITAGE

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

��� TUCKERS LN, NORTH ROTHBURY

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

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

T 02 4998 3257 E info@somewhereunique.com.au somewhereunique.com.au

��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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.

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.

THE VINTRY

THE WATTLE LODGE

THE WOODS AT POKOLBIN

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

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

���� GLENDON BROOK RD, GLENDON BROOK

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

��� HALLS RD, POKOLBIN

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.

Escape to the country. Wattle Lodge is located on a rural grazing property halfway between Pokolbin and the Barrington Tops. The lodge has two bedrooms with ensuites, kitchenette, spacious dining/living room, reverse-cycle A/C and barbecue on the deck overlooking the countryside. Dog stays are welcome by request.

The Woods features two luxury houses, each offering accommodation for groups of two to eight guests. Exclusive and private use of each house and facilities is included with the use of four ensuite, queen-sized bedrooms on weekends and between one and four bedrooms mid-week. Centrally located near wineries and restaurants.

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ACCOMMODATION SELF-CONTAINED • GUESTHOUSES • MOTELS

WATTLE-WILDE COUNTRY HIDEAWAY ��� LONDONS RD, LOVEDALE

M 0407 559 917 E wattle-wilde@bigpond.com wattle-wilde.com.au Designed for up to three couples and set on 25 acres of bushland, this two-bedroom, self-contained cottage is private and secluded, yet only minutes from cellar doors, concert venues and restaurants. Complete with spa, wood fire, complimentary wine and deck to watch the kangaroos.

WOOLSHED HILL ESTATE ��� 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.

WINE COUNTRY VILLAS

WIRRAL GRANGE COTTAGE

��� THOMPSONS RD, POKOLBIN

��� LOMAS LN, LOVEDALE

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

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

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.

CAPERS GUESTHOUSE  � COTTAGE

SPICERS VINEYARDS ESTATE

���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN T 02 6574 7229 E reception.vineyards@spicersretreats.com spicersretreats.com/spicers-vineyards-estate

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.

Intimate escape, special celebration or gourmet indulgence – whatever your reason, Spicers has all the ingredients for the perfect Wine Country getaway. All 12 guestrooms offer complimentary arrival minibar, open fire and spa ensuite, and access to the property's outdoor pool, spa, games area, day spa and Restaurant Botanica.

T 02 4998 3211 E stay@capers.com.au capers.com.au

HUNTER VALLEY HOTEL ACADEMY

HUNTER VALLEY RETREAT

MCLEOD RD (OFF HEDDON ST), KURRI KURRI

��� SANDY CREEK RD, QUORROBOLONG

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.

Awarded 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Situated on 200 acres of bushland at the foot of the Watagan Mountains, ideal for a weekend away, family gathering, wedding or conference. Friendly team, relaxed environment. Accommodates 140 people in garden studios through to six-bedroom villas. Conference room seats 180 guests.

T 02 4936 0341 E hunter.hvha@tafensw.edu.au hunter.tafensw.edu.au/CareerAreas/FSH/Pages/ Accommodation.aspx

T 02 4998 6007 E info@huntervalleyretreat.com.au huntervalleyretreat.com.au

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ACCOMMODATION MOTELS • BED & BREAKFASTS • CARAVAN PARKS

WINE COUNTRY MOTOR INN

BRILEX PARK B�B

� DARWIN ST, CESSNOCK

���� LEGGETTS DR, MOUNT VINCENT

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 per cent 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.

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

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

ACTIVE HOLIDAYS BIG4 HUNTER VALLEY 137 MOUNT VIEW RD, CESSNOCK

M 1800 649 156 E huntervalley@ahp.com.au ahp.com.au/huntervalley With a variety of accommodation types, from three-bedroom villas to budget-style accommodation, as well as powered caravan and camp sites, this is the perfect location for a Hunter Valley getaway. Park facilities include a jumping cushion, camp kitchen, barbecues as well as a wood-fired pizza oven.


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conditions apply

137 Mount View Road, Cessnock NSW 2325 Tel 1800 649 156 | Email huntervalley@ahp.com.au www.ahp.com.au/huntervalley

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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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MAP 1 J6

Maree Callaghan – Hunter Marriage Celebrant

80 Caledonia St, Kearsley

02 4990 4917

N/A

MAP 1 Q13

Maree Garvey Celebrant

333 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

0428 277 276

N/A

N/A

Mindaribba Weddings

532 Tocal Rd, Mindaribba

0417 290 224

N/A

MAP 1 E15

Photography on Hermitage

10 Bowen St, Branxton

02 4938 3547

N/A

MAP 1 B9

Prestige Wedding & Event Hire

13 Ace Cres, Tuggerah

02 4353 4599

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Restaurant Cuvée

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

02 4998 7881

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Rouge Beauty

139 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 6539

N/A

MAP 1 D3

Spark Ceremonies Hunter Valley

18 Casuarina Dr, Rothbury

0429 354 177

N/A

MAP 1 H7

St Michael’s Wollombi

2887 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 1576

N/A

MAP 1 S2

St Patrick’s of Nulkaba

Cnr Wine Country Dr & Kerlew St, Nulkaba

02 4991 2555

N/A

MAP 1 N11

Studio Valentine Photography

4B Pinchen St, Nulkaba

02 4991 4400

N/A

MAP 1 N11

Tuscany Wine Estate Resort

Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7200

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Wine Country Wedding Venues

Peppers Creek, Roche Estate & Mount Pleasant Estate, Pokolbin

02 4998 7780

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WEDDINGS

FUSE GALLERY HAIR. SKIN. BODY

�� VINCENT ST, CESSNOCK T 02 4991 4247

E info@fusegallery.com.au fusegallery.com.au

HUNTER VALLEY RESORT CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

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

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

RESTAURANT CUVÉE

TUSCANY WINE ESTATE RESORT

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

CNR HERMITAGE RD & MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

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

Tuscany is the perfect venue that has it all – accommodation, pre-wedding events, ceremony, reception and after party, with the vineyards and Brokenback Range as your majestic backdrop – be it winter with the stark rustic beauty of the Valley or the flourishing lush green hues of summer. Daily, by appointment

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

T 02 4998 7200 E reservations@tuscanywineestate.com.au tuscanywineestate.com.au

PRESTIGE WEDDING  � EVENT HIRE �� ACE CRES, TUGGERAH

T 02 4353 4599 E mp@prestigepartyhire.com.au prestigepartyhire.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, coolrooms and more. With many years of expertise, Prestige can ensure your event is a success. Mon–Fri 8.30am–5pm, Sat 8.30am–12pm

WINE COUNTRY WEDDING VENUES PEPPERS CREEK, ROCHE ESTATE & MOUNT PLEASANT ESTATE, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7780 E love@winecountryweddings.com.au winecountryweddings.net.au Mount Pleasant Lovedale Room offers authentic country ambience, Peppers Creek Chapel and Barrel Room has the charm of a European country wedding, or opt for the modern elegance and style of Roche Estate Barrel Room. Daily

Book accommodation and tours online winecountry.com.au Like us – HunterValleyWineCountry Follow us – @huntervalleywc Watch us – Huntervalleywc Download the free Hunter Valley Official Guide iPhone app and discover more

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Services. ESSENTIALS TO COVER ALL YOUR NEEDS.

NAME

ADDRESS

PHONE

Airport – Newcastle

1 Williamtown Dr, Williamtown

02 4928 9800

Bespoke Hunter

Hunter Valley

0418 148 283

N/A

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

EMERGENCY – Ambulance, Fire & Police

MAP N/A

000

N/A N/A

Everest Team Events

Hunter Valley

1300 434 512

H Events

Unit 5, 522-524 High St, Maitland

02 4934 8138

N/A

HOSPITAL – Cessnock

View St, Cessnock

02 4991 0555

MAP 2 A1

HOSPITAL – Singleton

Dangar Rd, Singleton

02 6571 9222

MAP 4 C5

Hospitality Recruitment Solutions

Newcastle & Hunter Valley

02 4961 2971

N/A

Hunter Valley Events

Hunter Valley

02 4933 5400

N/A

Mai-Wel Limited

115A South St, Telarah

02 4932 8599

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

Pinnacle Team Events

Hunter Valley

02 4962 5034

MAP 1 K5

Sally Sneddon Graphic Design

12 Yilen Cl, Beresfield

02 4088 7032

N/A

Saywells Chartered Accountants

12 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 9766

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

Thrill Team Events

Hunter Valley

02 9630 2222

N/A

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 2016 and book your tickets.

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Bringing the old vines back old vines back to Bringing their formerthe glory.

to their former glory.

Wynwood Estate- 310 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin 2320

P: (02) 4998 7885 cellar@wynwoodestate.com.au www.wynwoodestate.com.au

Wynwood Estate- 310 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin 2320

P: (02) 4998 7885 cellar@wynwoodestate.com.au


Hunter Valley Magazine Issue 5, 2015  
Hunter Valley Magazine Issue 5, 2015  

The Hunter Valley Magazine showcases the best food, wine and other experiences in Australia's oldest wine making region. The magazine also...