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ISSUE #4 Wine: foolproof food & wine matching and exotic reds

Dine: local chefs share their favourite pizza recipes + Regional guide & map

Explore: romantic places to stay and play


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Contents. 40 Top of the hops 5

Discover the top spots for boutique brews

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43 Heartfelt Hunter

The Valley’s latest wine news

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Cupid-approved places to stay and play

From Europe, with love

Discover exotic European red varieties – from Alicante Bouschet to Gamay

46 What’s on A round-up of must-attend events in the region

15 This goes with that Follow our insider guide for foolproof food and wine matching every time

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18 A day in the life

Your official visitor guide to the essential sights and services in the region

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What’s in a day’s work for winemaker Gwyn Olsen

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56 Cellar doors Sample the region’s award-winning wines

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Dine. Savoury snippets and local gourmet goodies

24 Made in the Hunter

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71 Restaurants & cafes Get a taste for the Hunter Valley way of life

81 Gourmet Enjoy local produce & brews

Spotlight on the Hunter Valley Cheese Company

85 Tours Discover the secrets of the Hunter Valley

26 A slice of simplicity Local chefs share their favourite pizza recipes

33 Butter me up Hand-churned butter is back in fashion

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Explore. Sightseeing highlights

37 Mixed blessings Variety is the spice of life for deer farmers and guesthouse owners Daryl & Phillipa Heslop

91 Experiences Enjoy a range of activities and attractions

99 Accommodation Find your Hunter Valley home

110 Weddings Wedding venues and services

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112 Services Essentials to cover all your needs

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Contributors. MAGAZINE

Welcome... to the fourth issue of the Hunter Valley Magazine. Last year was a good year for the Hunter Valley – 2014 was one of the best vintages of all time and the region won several major accolades, including being voted The Best Wine Region by Australian Traveller. The new year also got off to a good start with the Hunter Valley harvest swinging into action in January – and winemakers predict it will be the third outstanding vintage in a row. In this issue, we showcase some of the region’s highlights, including a few exotic red varieties you may be unaware of on page 8. We make wining and dining easy with food and wine matching tips on page 15 and take a behind-the-scenes look at life as a winemaker on page 18. Local chefs share their favourite pizza recipes on page 26, we reveal where to get an ice-cold craft brew on page 40 and some romantic places to stay and play on page 43. Additionally, from page 51 you’ll find visitor information, business listings and a regional map to help you get around. Please enjoy your visit to the Hunter Valley. Gus Maher, General Manager Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association

SALLY FELDMAN

ALLISON TAIT

Sally Feldman is a former chief sub-editor of Gourmet Traveller, senior editor of Vogue Entertaining + Travel and managing editor of MasterChef Magazine. She now writes for various publications, including Country Style, The Weekend Australian’s Travel & Indulgence and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Allison Tait is a freelance writer, author and blogger who contributes to various publications, including The Sunday Telegraph’s Sunday Style Magazine and Smarter Business Magazine. When she’s not writing about wine and weddings (two of her favourite things), she writes fiction.

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ISSUE #4 Wine: foolproof food & wine matching and exotic reds

Dine: local chefs share their favourite pizza recipes

Explore: romantic places to stay and play

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Published by Hardie Grant Media (50 Yeo St, Neutral Bay, NSW 2089, 02 9908 8222, hardiegrant.com.au) for the Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association (2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin, NSW 2320, 02 4990 0900, winecountry.com.au). Printed in Australia by Offset Alpine and distributed by Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this magazine and guide, no responsibility can be accepted by the publisher for errors or omissions, and in particular, no responsibility can be accepted for the quality of goods and services supplied by advertisers or members, prices quoted or printer’s errors. Editorial material copyright @2015 Hardie Grant Media. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part either electronically or conventionally without the written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited. The publication is a representative of members of Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association, and the Association and its agents cannot be held responsible for any consequences resulting from misdescription or inadvertent errors contained herein. All images are the copyright of the respective photographers/members and may not be copied or used in any other form.

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PATRICK HADDOCK

RICK ALLEN

Patrick Haddock, also known as the Wining Pom, has been writing about wine for the last decade. He contributes to publications including James Halliday’s Wine Companion magazine and Selector magazine, has a soft spot for NSW wines and recently opened Reserve Wine Bar in Newcastle, where he pours some of the state’s finest wines.

Rick Allen is a former editor with more than 30 years’ experience in metropolitan tabloid newspapers, who’s branched out in recent years into travel and wine writing. He writes a weekly wine column for the Cumberland Newspaper Group and his work has appeared in Gourmet Traveller, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun-Herald and London’s Sunday Telegraph.


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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. “The Tulloch brand continues to build success on success.” James Halliday

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


Wine. BREATHE EASY If you’re too impatient to decant a red wine and let it breathe for an hour, you might want to consider a Vinturi wine aerator. Some cellar doors, including Margan Winery, use the gadget, which you simply hold over a glass and it aerates the wine as you pour it through. “I like using the Vinturi on young reds that are in need of opening up,” explains winemaker Andrew Margan. “Often you find that young red wine has a lot of flavours trapped in the wine and that the wine needs either time or a quick aeration to allow for those flavours and aromas to be released. The Vinturi can be perfect for tasting young reds at our cellar door, as our customers get to see what the wine will look like after it has a chance to grow in the bottle.” Vinturi Red Deluxe Aerator & Tower set, $109.95 australiavinturi.com.au

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WINE DICTIONARY – wine legs Unlike sea legs, which refers to the ability to walk steadily on a rolling ship, wine legs have nothing to do with adjusting your balance after tasting a few wines. Legs, or tears as the French call them, are the rivulets of wine that run down the sides of a glass of wine after you’ve swirled the wine around.

It’s an indicator of the amount of alcohol in the wine. The higher the alcohol content, the more obvious the legs, so if you hear someone say their wine has “good legs” odds are the wine is a big, ripe style but, of course, the best way to judge this is to look at the alcohol content on the back label!

They may have lost favour in recent years, but there’s no better way to chase away the winter chill than sitting beside an open fire with a glass of fortified wine in hand. Fortifieds have had distilled grape spirit or grape brandy added during the fermentation process, increasing the alcohol content to between 17 and 20 per cent, which preserves the wine and gives it a longer shelf life. Think port, which originated in Portugal, and is available in two styles: vintage port and tawny port. The first is put into oak for a couple of years, bottled young and needs time to develop, while the latter is usually a blend of wines and vintages that is aged in oak casks giving it its ‘tawny’ shade. Both hit the spot with a chunk of cheddar or blue cheese at the end of a meal. Australian port-style wines can no longer use the name port, so look out for wines with ‘fortified’ or ‘tawny’ on the label, such as Tintilla’s 2011 Shortland Fortified Shiraz ($26), a dry style with raspberry liquorice flavours, or Drayton’s 1978 Tawny ($80), a blend of Shiraz and Cabernet matured for 37 years giving it great complexity. If you have a sweet tooth, grab a Muscat. Petersons Reserve Muscat ($26) is a complex mix of sweet Christmas pudding flavours, toffee and raisins with a hint of citrus peel on the finish. The ultimate dessert accompaniment. The Portuguese island of Madeira is famous for its fortified wines made from Verdelho, and Bimbadgen’s NV Fortified Verdelho ($28) is a lip-smacking example of the style with sweet caramel and butterscotch flavours. And then there’s Sherry, which hails from southern Spain. It may have been your great aunt’s favourite tipple, but today there are oodles of styles, from bone dry to extremely sweet, and it tastes great with a variety of foods. The new Australian term for sherry is Apera, and Travertine Wines Apera ($25) is the perfect aperitif – a tasty alternative to sparkling wine before a meal. Enjoy its palate of honey and toffee and pair with smoked salmon canapés or rare roast beef and horseradish. 05


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Ask the expert We ask Jeff Byrne, chief winemaker at Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard, to shed some light on the often confusing world of wine. What’s the difference between a winemaker and a viticulturist?

A winemaker tends to take care of the winemaking and winery, whereas a viticulturist takes care of the vineyard. Although, a good winemaker is generally a frustrated viticulturist because he or she doesn’t get out in the vineyard as much as they’d like to!

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At Audrey Wilkinson, it depends which one of us you ask! We need great grapes to make great wine and then the winemaker becomes the caretaker until it’s bottled. So, I’d probably say the viticulturist. Is the vintage year on a wine label the year the grapes were harvested or the year the wine was bottled?

It’s always the year the grapes are picked. The Hunter Valley generally starts harvesting in January, so we usually have among the first grapes picked for that year in the world. Is it true that a wine with only one grape on the label may not be made from just that grape?

Yes, this can be true, but generally

what’s stated on the label would be the wine that makes up that bottle. Legally, winemakers are allowed to blend up to 14.9 per cent of another wine without stating this on the label. The current trend for us at Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard and the Hunter Valley in general is to create single vineyard wines, which expresses each producerʼs unique sites for each wine, and hence less or no blending.

influence, for example French oak vs American oak or no oak, which all contribute to each wine looking and tasting very different. All of these factors are what gives each producer their unique wine style and what gives the Hunter Valley its competitive advantage.

2015 vintage report

out of the press and watching the cellar crews plunging reds, the heady aromas of ferments as I pop in and out of wineries.” This year Two Rivers in the Upper Hunter was one of the first to start picking on January 7 with Tyrrell’s and others following suit in the Lower Hunter a week later. “Harvest started with Chardonnay and Verdelho being picked in mid-January with Semillon a little later than normal,” says Liz.

The word variety is used to describe which grape we are referring to, for example Shiraz Why can one bottle of the same or Semillon. Varietal is used to grape variety taste so different describe a wine. For example, citrus fruit is a varietal descriptor from another? for Hunter Valley Semillon, or There are many variables in growing grapes and making wines cherry fruit and savoury spice are varietal descriptors for – soil type, clone variety, aspect, vine age. Then there’s winemaking Hunter Valley Shiraz.

Vintage refers to the annual grape harvest from a particular year and in the Hunter Valley this usually occurs between January and March. There’s a real flurry of activity during vintage as viticulturists and winemakers work side by side to haul in fruit for crushing and pressing. “I love the sights and smells of vintage,” says viticultural consultant Liz Riley. “The simple pleasures of seeing juice running 06 winecountry.com.au

What’s the difference between the words variety and varietal?

“But then we had significant rain around Australia Day, which made things quite challenging. The reds still needed time to ripen on the vine, so there’s been a lot of selective harvesting to ensure there’s an ongoing supply of premium reds. We are also looking forward to seeing the 2014 reds, which will be released mid-year”. Check the progress of the 2015 vintage on Twitter by following #V15 or #Vintage15.

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Who plays a more important role in the final wine product?

• Third-generation Hunter Valley winemaker Neil McGuigan, chief winemaker for McGuigan Wines, has become the fourth Australian to be appointed President of the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London. It’s a feather in the cap for McGuigan, who was the first to be named International Winemaker of the Year three times in the prestigious global competition’s history. • Kudos also to the winners at the NSW Wine Awards – Best Young Semillon: Silkman Wines 2014 Semillon; Best Mature Dry White: McGuigan Wines Vineyard Select 2005 Semillon; and Best Young White Other Varieties: Bimbadgen Estate 2014 Vermentino.


De Iuliis wines is one of the Hunter Valley’s top producers. The secret to our success is our attention to detail and small batch approach, which has seen a vast array of awards and great reviews bestowed on us over the last few years. Regionality and a modern approach to winemaking ensure unique yet highly identifiable wines with a sense of time and place. One of the hardest names to say in the Australian wine industry, but also one of the best!

1616 BROKE ROAD, POKOLBIN NSW 2320 P 02 4993 8000 E SALES@DEWINE.COM.AU

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HANKERING FOR A RED WINE THAT’S OUT OF LEFT FIELD? THESE EUROPEAN EXOTICS MAY FIT THE BILL. WORDS RICK ALLEN PHOTOS CHRIS ELFES

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PREVIOUS PAGE: WHISPERING BROOK’S TOURIGA NACIONAL VINEYARD. ABOVE: WHISPERING BROOK WINERY BOASTS ��� OLIVE TREES; A QUAINT TIMBER CELLAR DOOR AND GUESTHOUSE; AND TOURIGA NACIONAL, A PORTUGUESE GRAPE VARIETY. BELOW: WHISPERING BROOK OWNERS SUSAN FRAZIER AND PARTNER ADAM BELL.

ou probably won’t have heard of them, but here we go anyway: Touriga Nacional, Gamay and Alicante Bouschet. No? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Here’s another one that might help: Tempranillo. Full marks if you’ve worked it out. We’re talking grape varieties. More specifically, southern European grape varieties. But here’s the thing, while their spiritual home may be on the other side of the planet, they’re also growing in the Hunter Valley – and doing remarkably well, thank you very much. The Hunter Valley, like many wine regions the world over, is a-changin’. Winemakers have information overload at their fingertips. Ask any one of them and they’ll tell you their region’s average annual rainfall, the wet and dry months, prevailing winds, average day and night temperatures, soil types, what grows where, and what regions in the winemaking world are comparable. It means two things. Firstly, you wouldn’t necessarily want to be stuck in a lift with them, and secondly the winemaking world is getting smaller all the time. Combine that with a new generation of young drinkers who want to try new things and it was inevitable that Hunter Valley winemakers would branch out with varieties that do well in similar climates overseas. “In our viticultural studies at university we’re taught about climates and conditions – and not just in Australia, but internationally,” says Susan Frazier of Whispering Brook winery in the Broke subregion of the Hunter Valley. “We know what regions to watch.”

“The climate... particularly in southern Portugal, is very similar to the Hunter Valley. They’ve even got eucalypts, which were introduced and are thriving.” Susan’s international wine research took her and partner Adam Bell, who combined his love of grapes with being a Sydney barrister, to Portugal where they discovered the Touriga Nacional grape in particular. “We had just started Whispering Brook and were looking for a point of difference from other wineries, so we headed to Portugal,” says Susan. “The climate there, particularly in southern Portugal, is very similar to the Hunter Valley. They’ve even got eucalyptus, which were introduced and are thriving.” The grape that impressed them most was Touriga Nacional – a full-bodied red with dark plum and blackberry flavours and floral aromas of violets, plus excellent cellaring potential. Upon their return to Australia, they had to search hard to find some cuttings – finally laying their hands on some in Wagga Wagga in New South Wales. 10 winecountry.com.au


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: BALLABOURNEEN WINE CO.’S WINEMAKER DAN ‘BUCKETS’ BINET; GAMAY NOIR IS CONSIDERED AN EASY-DRINKING RED THAT CAN BE CHILLED AND PAIRS WELL WITH A WIDE RANGE OF FOOD.

The effort was worth it. Their first vintage was in 2011 and, at $45, it is Whispering Brook’s most expensive wine. With limited stock (the 2013 vintage has to be limited to three bottles a person to leave some available for the cellar door), it’s in high demand. “It has been a real success story, and it’s getting better,” explains Susan. “We’re really excited about the 2014 vintage. It’s something special. The first time we tasted the 2014, it reminded us so much of what we were tasting over in Portugal.” With a quaint timber cellar door that overlooks the vines and surrounding rocky cliff face, 500 olive trees that produce high-quality oil (they produce an extra virgin, plus three infusions), which makes up about 20 per cent of their business and is growing, and a large six-bedroom guesthouse that can cater for up to 16 people, Whispering Brook is a winery on the rise.

A good quaffing red Over at Ballabourneen Wine Co. in the heart of Pokolbin, winemaker Dan Binet – ‘Buckets’ to all who know him because of a rather bemusing love of the British television series Keeping Up Appearances – is equally optimistic about Gamay. He’s one of the Hunter Valley’s younger winemakers and likes to push the boundaries both with grape varieties and quirky blends.

Gamay – or Gamay Noir – is best known as the grape used in Beaujolais, a lighter-bodied red that is a more serious wine than Rosé, but without the nervy magic that is Pinot Noir. “It’s a bit like Pinot but without the bullshit,” Buckets says in typically forthright manner. “The Hunter Valley’s legacy is Shiraz and Semillon and proudly so, but we can be innovative all the same,” he says. “Gamay has lovely cherry and strawberry flavours, it’s good with a wide variety of food and you can drink it chilled, which is great with our hot climate.” Now that’s ticking a lot of boxes. “In southern France they drink a lot of red wine chilled, and I think that’s something we have to consider in the Hunter. Personally, I’ll chill anything if it’s hot. On a warm day, a chilled Gamay is going to be a more enjoyable experience than a big bold red, no matter how good it is.” The Ballabourneen team sees it as a starting red for young drinkers, and for more experienced drinkers, just a good quaffing red. At $26, it’s a strong seller – served chilled, of course – at the Ballabourneen cellar door, where you can enjoy a glass on the deck overlooking the rolling hills and grazing kangaroos. If that doesn’t sound half bad, you can extend your stay in the one-bedroom, self-contained cottage – The Dairy Cottage – next to the cellar door. Incidentally, Buckets has recently opened his own cellar door – Domaine de Binet – on the Lovedale side of the Valley, where he is producing some unusual blends. 11


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ABOVE: GLANDORE ESTATE’S DUANE ROY HAS A PASSION FOR SPANISH REDS, ESPECIALLY TEMPRANILLO. BELOW: VINDEN ESTATE’S SANDRA AND GUY VINDEN CREATE A STILL AND SPARKLING ROSÉ USING THE ONLY PLANTING OF ALICANTE BOUSCHET IN NSW.

Over at Glandore Estate Wines, the trick was to catch owner and winemaker Duane Roy between visits to China. To his knowledge, Glandore is the first independent winery to have a cellar door in China, in Shanghai to be exact. Not bad for someone who opened his Hunter Valley cellar door less than 10 years ago. Duane is an unabashed fan of Spanish reds, particularly Tempranillo – and it would seem the Chinese are, too. “I love the freshness of Tempranillo and its sheer drinkability,” he explains. His last visit to Spain was in 1999 during a surfing and winetasting sabbatical, where he also managed to fit in running with the bulls. “It was terrifying and exhilarating in equal measure… it will live with me forever,” he laughs. So what is it about Tempranillo that makes it a winner? “It’s good with food, and a wide variety of food. Personally, I love chorizo, so any excuse to crack a Tempranillo and have a fry-up will do me,” he says. “But the fleshy styles suit many foods from fish right through to spicy sausages. The bigger styles of Tempranillo that spend more time in oak – in Spain they’re called Reserva and Gran Reserva – are ideal with heavier cuts of meats and cheese.”

Pink & bubbly The picturesque Vinden Estate Wines cellar door, which adjoins a six-bedroom homestead offering accommodation for up to 12, a swimming pool, tennis court and spa, as well as a bistro with views over the vines, has found its point of difference in Alicante Bouschet. But let’s get the pronunciation right first: Alli-kahn-tay boo-shay. To say it’s unusual here is an understatement – Vinden has the only planting in New South Wales. It’s a French variety predominantly grown in Portugal and Spain, and has the unusual trait of having red flesh – most grapes, even red grapes, have clear flesh, with the colour coming from the skins. Vinden makes it two ways – a still Rosé ($24) and a Sparkling ($35), both of which sell well. “It’s personal preference,” says owner Sandra Vinden. “Over the last three years our sparkling has sold out and we’ve had a waiting list. But the dry is popular, too. We believe Rosé should be dry, especially in our climate. It has been done a disservice over the years by people making them in a sweet style. The other thing is it marries beautifully with spicy food.” Bright pink in colour, Vinden’s Sparkling Alicante Bouschet has a fragrance of wild raspberries, flavours of strawberry, raspberry and citrus, and a fine bead of bubbles. The dry, crisp finish makes it downright more-ish. Apart from winemaking, Vinden now has a regular trade in functions and events (they can cater for groups of up to 60). “We host weddings, parties… that sort of thing,” says Sandra. “From that we get a lot of people coming back. We’ve had one couple return four times in the past 12 months.” No doubt with a bottle of sparkling Alicante Bouschet on ice when they arrive. For contact details and more cellar doors, turn to page 56. 12

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PICTURES FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: THE BOYS TAKE ON THE 6TH FAIRWAY; RAISING THE FLAG AT THE VINTAGE; HERBAL TEAS AND LAUGHTER BEFORE OUR MASSAGE AT THE SPA; TAKE OFF FOR LUNCH FROM CHATEAU ELAN; SOME OF THE LOCALS KEEPING GUARD; CHEF TONY MAHER PLATES UP IN LEGENDS GRILL RESTAURANT; WE ENDED THE DAY SLEEPING IN LUXURY.

“We loved the choice of having everything to do or nothing at all, making it the perfect break. We indulged one day then chilled out the next.”

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NEED A FEW POINTERS ON WHAT FOOD TO MATCH WITH WHICH WINE? WE ASKED SOME LEADING WINEMAKERS FOR THEIR FAVOURITE PAIRINGS AND CREATED A DAILY PLANNER TO MAKE DINNER STRESS-FREE. WORDS PATRICK HADDOCK

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he art of food and wine matching has exploded in recent years. It used to be the time-old principle of matching red meat with red wine and white wine with fish, but a curious and foodobsessed nation has seen us become experimental in a rapacious capacity to suit our collective palates. Never before has our nation latched onto this addictive need for nourishment with such zeal. Australia has become a land obsessed with what we put in our mouths and pour down our throats. The Hunter Valley is blessed with an abundance of grape varieties and a plethora of produce to ensure our meal planning is easy and provides a mouth-watering melting pot to tantalise the tastebuds. When it comes to what dishes to match with certain wines there are no hard and fast rules. Some can be judgemental about ‘this goes with that’ but there has been a shift in recent years from staid formality, which has been reflected in a more casual and relaxed approach to eating and drinking. I once berated my father-in-law for eating Sydney rock oysters with a Cabernet but who was I to tell him it was wrong? Of course, I was right; the idea of salty bivalves harmoniously blending with a cassis-laden Cabernet with stacks of tannin was about as likely as Tony Abbott and Vladimir Putin dancing the tango!

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With food and wine, the idea is to find a degree of unanimity – to search for a union of weight, taste and flavour. This is why it’s not ideal to put heavy meats with light whites or conversely to expect seafood to pair well with high-octane and full-bodied or robust reds. We threw the question out to the winemakers whose wines we have selected for this feature to share some of their secrets when it comes to food and wine pairing. James Becker of Oakvale Wines believes his Verdelho can cope with some spice: “I don’t typically drink a lot of Verdelho, but the best match I’ve had was our Verdelho with a red curry with king prawns and rice. I thought the mild heat and seafood complemented the wine nicely.” For great combinations, James has a favourite: “If I see wild barramundi on a menu I’ll always get it and order a Chardonnay. They pair unbelievably well.” Winemaker Alex Woods says Allandale’s 2014 Semillon is the perfect foil for Sydney rock oysters and is a legendary combination. “Instead of squeezing lemon over, I pour a little Allandale Semillon and do the Semillon-oyster shot!” So is there a key to matching food and wine? Alex says it’s all about balance. “If there’s one word, that’s it. Some flavours sit nicely on their own, other flavours need a counterbalance, sweet and sour for example. If one flavour is overbearing, outof-whack, the moment is lost. Yet, whatever the flavours, if they are all balanced and in harmony, then they sing together. And don’t be afraid to experiment, it’s the only way to learn!” Suzanne Little from The Little Wine Company believes her Sangiovese is the “Pinot of the Hunter”, so duck is a definite winner. “It also goes down well with a pretty nifty tomato risotto that I make,” she adds. Suzanne also believes a life without dumplings is not worth living; her happiness revolves around “Champagne and dumplings, Chardonnay and dumplings, Sangiovese and dumplings.”  Keith Tulloch of Keith Tulloch Wine is keen for his Chardonnay to be paired with a wealth of produce. “The wine’s fine texture and bright acidity give it elegance and length, so seafood matches are the best. I’ve always been a fan of scallops, lobster or crab with Chardonnays like this.”  Keith believes there is a wealth of options when it comes to regional bounty. “We’re blessed with very special, local produce. For either the home chef or for restaurant fare, it’s a gourmet’s paradise. The local area grows high-quality stone fruit and figs, and great olives, too. Binnorie Dairy produces outstanding cheeses, and we get the best quail, duck and partridge from Redgate Farm. “My grandfather used to say, ‘Wine is the jewellery of food,’ and I always use that as the starting point,” adds Keith. “From there it’s a simple task – choose the food you like and select wines that have harmony with it.” Mike De Iuliis from De Iuliis Wines thinks that slow-cooked lamb shoulder paired with his Tempranillo is the way forward. He is also characteristically upfront when it comes to the art of matching food and wine: “There are no rules. If at first you don’t succeed, open another bottle of wine.” Want to ensure your week ahead is a culinary success? We’ve created a daily wine and food planner to help you on your merry way.

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PEPPER TREE WINES ���� LIMITED RELEASE SHIRAZ

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Hunter Shiraz is so distinctive and this version shows why the trademark acidity ensures it will cellar well. Dark berry fruit with tantalising spice is the signature here with a medium-bodied Shiraz of firm tannins and a core of acid that will ensure a perfect pairing with grassfed Angus rib-eye. $35

Suzanne Little may refer to this as the “Pinot of the Hunter” but it’s more complex than that with hints of wild berry and savoury undertones. Soft and supple with generous fruit flavours, it’s a must with homemade pasta with tomato sugo and parmesan or a simple Margherita pizza. $26


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OAKVALE ���� VERDELHO One of the Hunter Valley’s steady performers, this Oakvale Verdelho is an aromatic style that shows bags of tropical fruit flavour with good texture and a long, refreshing finish. It pairs particularly well with the complex flavours of spicy Asian dishes – think chicken laksa or a rich red snapper curry. $22

TYRRELL’S ���� HVD � THE HILL PINOT NOIR There’s a minuscule amount of Pinot Noir planted in the Hunter Valley, but in the expert hands of Tyrrell’s it delivers a light-bodied red of strawberry and cherry aromas. Soft and supple with fresh acidity, it is an ideal stablemate for duck confit or wild mushroom risotto. $30

ALLANDALE ���� SEMILLON

DE IULIIS ���� TEMPRANILLO

KEITH TULLOCH ���� CHARDONNAY

Whether young or old, Hunter Semillon pairs well with seafood, and here the Hunter Valley’s benchmark white is executed perfectly by Allandale. Showing lemon and lime on the nose and palate with underlying citrus acidity keeping it fresh and long, it’s the perfect foil for freshly shucked oysters or prawns. $20

From a legendary vintage comes a relatively new alternative to the Hunter Valley scene. De Iuliis has made a varietal Tempranillo with a smoky and sarsparilla edge. Juicy fruit on the palate with a medium-bodied weight that would harmonise nicely with smoky char-grilled chorizo or barbecued lamb. $25

From 40-year-old vines, this epitomises Hunter Valley Chardonnay with aplomb. A wine that’s poised and elegant with stone fruit and impressively integrated French oak showing flavours of citrus and roasted nuts. A lovely balance between creamy texture and bright acidity makes it a great match for roast chicken. $30 17


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A day in the life. DISCOVER WHAT’S IN A DAY’S WORK FOR GWYN OLSEN, CHIEF WINEMAKER AT BRIAR RIDGE. WORDS DANIEL HONAN PHOTOS CHRIS ELFES

BRIAR RIDGE’S CHIEF WINEMAKER GWYN OLSEN WALKS THROUGH THE VINEYARD WITH HER DOG SPENCER.

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The sun spreads its warm rays out over the welcoming green leaves of the Hunter Valley vineyards, nourishing the grapes below. Chief winemaker at Briar Ridge, Gwyn Olsen, is up and at it, switching on her coffee machine while she gets dressed and ready for the gym. “The first thing I drink every morning is coffee,” says Gwyn. “There’s a cafe at Pepper Tree Wines called Contango Espresso Roasters, which roasts its own beans and makes delicious coffee, so I usually pick up a flat white from there before starting work.” Born in Far North Queensland, Gwyn moved to New Zealand to study biochemistry at the University of Otago and completed a post grad in oenology (winemaking) at Roseworthy in Adelaide. Following a few vintages in Auckland with Villa Maria and some time spent in France, she eventually moved to the Hunter Valley to begin working at McWilliam’s Wines. Near the end of 2013, Gwyn became chief winemaker at Briar Ridge and has since won multiple trophies for her maiden 2014 vintage, including best current vintage Semillon, and gold in the Hunter Valley Wine Show for the Signature Karl Stockhausen Hunter Valley Shiraz. Most recently, Gwyn was awarded Gourmet Traveller WINE’s Young Winemaker of the Year 2014. “I love how identifiable Hunter Valley wines are,” says Gwyn. “When you look at a Semillon or a Shiraz, or even a Chardonnay, they are distinctly Hunter... I love that and think it’s really important in a wine.”

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Gwyn arrives at the winery to blend barrels for the 2014 Briar Ridge Old Vines Shiraz. “I like tasting the wines as early as possible in the day so that my palate is as fresh as it can be,” says Gwyn. “That way, I can detect any faults in the barrels and in the wine. I’ll only pick the best ones that will blend together well to make the final wine.” Soon, the typically peppered, earthy and black-fruited scents of Hunter Valley Shiraz are replaced by the wafting smell of bacon and eggs frying on the barbecue just outside the winery doors. Meanwhile the youthful strains of Triple J play out from the speakers above. “We really only do breakfast like this on occasion,” says Gwyn. “Unless it’s during vintage, and then it’s like this pretty much every day, because you’re here in the winery nearly 24/7.”

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: BRIAR RIDGE’S CHIEF WINEMAKER GWYN OLSEN WALKS THE VINEYARD TO ASSESS THE PROGRESS OF THE GRAPES; CHECKING THE SHIRAZ BARRELS; PLANNING THE DAY’S WORK IN THE WINERY; CONDUCTING AN EGG WHITE FINING TRIAL; GWYN USUALLY LIKES TO END THE DAY WITH A BEER.

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After all the barrels of Shiraz have been tasted and checked, Gwyn and her dog Spencer visit the Briar Ridge vineyards, located next to the cellar door in Mount View, to assess the progress of the grapes. “I walk through the vineyards a lot more as the vintage gets closer,” says Gwyn. “It means I can get a sense of what’s going on and work out what kinds of wines I’ll be able to make when the grapes are ripe and ready.” The Briar Ridge vineyard consists of two single block sites and these are where the Dairy Hill Semillon and Shiraz come from. There’s also a vineyard that Gwyn affectionately calls the “dyslexic block”, which includes an eclectic mix of grape varieties, from Chardonnay, Vermentino and Verdelho to Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Gwyn has just produced her first blend called The Briar from fruit grown on this block. “When we’re getting close to picking the grapes, we look at crop levels, ripeness, and, most importantly, flavour,” explains Gwyn. “We test the flavour by tasting the fruit, then checking samples back in the lab for levels of sugar and acidity to see if they’re balanced in the fruit properly.”

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It’s time to head back to the winery to finish blending the Shiraz that Gwyn tasted earlier out of the barrels, and to do some more work in the laboratory. Gwyn is currently trialling a number of different egg white fining agents, which are sometimes used to help clarify the wines. On the way,

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Gwyn stops at PK’s Olde General Store to pick up some lunch. “If I’m not heading out for lunch for a trade or members’ dinner, it’s usually toasted cheese sandwiches, or PK’s for some deep-fried goodness,” she says. “Chiko Rolls are pretty much the best cure for hangovers, ever. They also sell Grices pies, which are legendary around here.” Grabbing a couple of Chiko Rolls, potato scallops, and some freshly made sandwiches (for balance!), Gwyn heads back to the winery to start working on the fining trials. “We’re looking at the use of egg whites to fine and soften out the tannins of some of our reds, so they’re more approachable to drink now,” explains Gwyn. “Then I’ll head back to the lab and take another look at the blend I was working on earlier this morning, to make sure the wine is ready for bottling. We like to get the wine bottled at least a few months before we release it to give the wine time to settle.”

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By the time Gwyn has finished in the lab, it’s almost time to head home – or to the pub, as it were. “The end of the day almost always ends with a beer,” says Gwyn. “I’ll usually get together with some of the other winemakers down at Hotel Cessnock. I look forward to a James Squire One Fifty Lashes or a Heineken after work – it’s so refreshing after you’ve been tasting wine all day.” Visit Briar Ridge daily at 593 Mount View Road, Mount View briarridge.com.au.


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” 2015 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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MISTLETOE WINERY ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Quality without compromise” 771 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin 2320

OPEN 10AM UNTIL 6PM DAILY

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dine. 5 afternoon tea favourites Whether it’s afternoon tea or high tea that you fancy, it’s time to indulge at one of these hot spots.

mini quiches and a flourless chocolate cake. 10 varieties of herbal and fruit loose-leaf teas. Daily 3–5pm, $40pp; $50pp inc glass of sparkling.

1 Peppers Convent

3 Café Elan @ The Vintage

For Peppers’ high tea experience (pictured) chef George Francisco makes everything in-house – from baking bread, making butter and getting honey from his bee hives to making jam, including rosella (wild hibiscus) and mulberry from trees on the property. Nibble on scones with local Udder Farm cream, sandwiches, macarons and a mini version of George’s famed panna cotta. 14 varieties of T2 loose-leaf teas. Daily 12.30– 4.30pm, high tea $42pp; $56pp, inc glass of sparkling; $64pp, inc glass of Taittinger.

This is quite the grand affair with crisp white linen, vintage crystal and fine china and teapots. It’s an upscale traditional tea meant to impress with an ever-changing array of pastries and handrolled chocolate truffles made by a local French baker, as well as sandwiches and scones with locally sourced clotted cream. 13 varieties of Tea Forté looseleaf teas. Fri–Sun 9am–5pm, bookings essential, $45pp; $55pp inc glass of sparkling.

2 Esca Bimbadgen

Here, you can enjoy housemade chicken, cucumber and crème fraiche sandwiches followed by smoked salmon, rocket, lemon and feta fingers. There are also

12 varieties of Dilmah loose-leaf teas. Daily 12–4pm, $35pp inc glass of sparkling.

4 The Sebel Kirkton Park

Retire to the Conservatory overlooking the formal rose garden for traditional offerings of three-layered ribbon sandwiches, fluffy scones with whipped cream and fruit preserves, and bite-sized tarts, slices and pastries.

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Owner Rebecca Boyd is quick to point out she’s not a trained chef, so the food’s more rustic in style. She makes everything onsite and sources as much produce from the Estate as possible, including

ingredients for lemon tarts, a grape tart with goat’s cheese and balsamic, spiced carrot soup, and cucumber and mint sandwiches. You can take tea in the garden or gallery. Zentveld’s Coffee and three varieties of loose-leaf tea. One Sunday a month from 1–5pm – April 19, May 24, June 21, July 5 and August 23 – $35pp, includes a glass of wine.

New & notable • Tatler Tapas Cafe now open for breakfast on Sundays • New 30-seat EXP. Restaurant opening at Oakvale Winery in March • Roberts Restaurant renamed Circa 1876 MUST-HAVE PANTRY STAPLE

PHOTO: CHRIS ELFES

CLEVER COOKIES These novel milk bottle mixers from homewares shop Come What May at Calais Estate make the cutest gift. The cookie mixers are packaged in vintage-style, reusable milk bottles and filled with ingredients to make 12 cookies. Smartie Cookie Mix, Choc Chip Cookie Mix and Rainbow Oat Cookie Mix ($19 each). See page 56 or comewhatmay.com.au

Vincotto is a versatile condiment to have in the pantry. The traditional Italian syrup is made from grape must (unfermented grape juice, skins, seeds and stems) and its sweet-and-sour flavour combination can enhance both sweet and savoury dishes. Tintilla’s Vin Cotto ($20) is cooked with orange zest, cinnamon and nutmeg, with subtle overtones of spice adding to the richness of the concentrated grape juice. Winemaker James Lusby says his favourite dish using vincotto is Moroccan lamb with couscous and cranberries, but you can also use it on salads as an alternative to balsamic vinegar, de-glaze a pan with it, drizzle over roasts or just serve with freshly baked bread. See page 58 or tintilla.com.au 23


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ROSALIA AND PETER WITH THEIR POKOLBIN WHITE NATURAL RIND AND HUNTER VALLEY GOLD WASHED RIND CHEESES.

Made in the Hunter. HUNTER VALLEY CHEESE COMPANY WORDS BRENDA CHRISTIAN PHOTOS CHRIS ELFES

“The Eighties have a lot to answer for,” laughs Hunter Valley Cheese Company owner Rosalia Lambert when asked when her love affair with cheese began. “That decade was responsible for some bad or good music depending on how old you are, ambitious food (nouvelle cuisine) and the start of our cheesemaking careers. “After returning from an overseas trip in 1982, my partner Peter Curtis and I were lamenting the absence of great handmade cheese, particularly blue vein (gorgonzola) in Australia, so we decided to make some,” says Rosalia. “We were living and working in inner-city Melbourne and, fortuitously, a cheesemaking friend had a new start-up in north-east Victoria and asked us to join him.” Peter had a real flair for cheesemaking and progressed to head cheesemaker within six months, but the desire to start their own operation meant the couple soon looked at greener pastures. “Wine and food tourism was booming overseas and we saw there was very little food tourism in 24 winecountry.com.au

the Valley,” says Rosalia. “We visited friends in the region and discovered there was great grass, great cows, great weather and great wine – what more could a cheesemaker want?” The cheese factory was purpose-built by Peter, opening in April 1995 with just four staff making three varieties of specialty handmade cheese. “The first cheese Peter ever made was a goats’ milk smear-ripened cheese,” Rosalia explains. “It was nursed like a baby in the maturation room as it was the first of its kind made in Australia. The rind development was uncertain for the first three weeks, then… it worked! Strong, stinky and challenging… it’s still his favourite cheese.” Today, the Company has 24 staff, a make and maturation room and two cool rooms. The factory produces 12 varieties onsite, depending on seasonal milk quality and quantity sourced from dairy farms throughout the Valley. You can even peer through viewing windows to see the award-winning cheeses being made, including Branxton Brie, Hunter Valley Marinated Feta, and Peter’s favourite, the Pokolbin Smear-Ripened. The factory also runs cheese talks at 11am and 3pm daily, or you can book in for a cheese-and-wine matching class. “Most interesting cheese and wine pairing?” ponders Rosalia. “It would have to be washed rind and botrytis wines or aged goats’ cheese with Sangiovese or Pinot Noir.” Visit daily @ McGuigan Complex, 447 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin.


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

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

Opening Hours

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

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

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slice of simplicity.

THE HUMBLE PIZZA IS THE ESSENCE OF CASUAL DINING: SIMPLE, APPETISING AND PERFECT FOR SHARING.

WORDS STEPHANIE CLIFFORD-SMITH PHOTOS BRETT STEVENS

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t its best, pizza couldn’t be simpler – a flattened round of bread dough topped sparsely with whatever’s to hand. And yet this epitome of Italian street food has taken the world by storm, often in ways unrecognisable to the Neapolitans who claim it as their own. While the fresh country air in the Hunter Valley isn’t quite as laden with the scent of wood-fired ovens as it is in Naples, pizza is a popular choice here and pairs well with local wines. Chef Alexis Agapiou from Cafe 1843 at Lindeman’s favours the classical approach to toppings and techniques. “Pizza is a really important part of our menu because its origins are in peasant food. Lindeman’s has always been about making wine for the everyday drinker and that simple honest food suits our demographic and our wine,” he says. Alexis is a master of the establishment’s Italian woodfired oven and believes managing its quirks is worth the effort. “The upside is the base of the oven is very hot. To produce that lovely crust you need a very hot base, and cooking on stone is the best way to do that for sure.” These ovens tend to have warmer and cooler spots, which Alexis believes help to control the pizza while it’s cooking. “The good pizza chefs know the different spots; they know where they can park their pizza if they need to slow it down, or where to put it to crisp it up. The degree of uniformity you get with gas ovens you simply don’t get with traditional wood-fired ones, but that’s part of their charm,” he says. They’re purists at Cafe 1843, using a maximum of four topping ingredients, making their secret dough recipe daily from scratch and never using the oven’s gas booster. Luigi Pinna, owner of Lillino’s Bar & Trattoria at St Clements Estate winery, built a pizza oven because

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there were few regional Italian pizzas in the Hunter Valley. “We don’t do ham and pineapple,” says Luigi, “just typical Italian pizzas from all the regions. “Our best-seller is a prawn pizza, which we call ‘the Lillino’s’. It’s basically a Margherita pizza with prawns that have been marinated in olive oil, oregano, salt and a bit of chilli.” Next in popularity is a pizza topped with speck and mushrooms. “It’s a beautiful combination. The crispiness of the speck gives a bit of an oily finish to the pizza, which is absolutely delicious.” The secret to a good pizza base is the right flour: a strong flour with a high gluten content will help the dough become elastic with kneading. A hot oven set to around 300 degrees Celsius is also essential. “Our oven is woodfired with a bit of gas assistance so we don’t have to cut as many trees down,” says Luigi. Taking an international approach to toppings is Matilda Bay Brewhouse + Dining. Yes they serve the classics, but if a craving for Asian or Mexican hits then the 3 Little Pigs with Asian barbecue sauce and honey mustard dressing, or spiced chicken with avocado and coriander salsa, could do the trick. The Old Brickworks Brasserie at Potters Hotel Brewery Resort also shakes things up with a mornay saucetopped garlic prawn pizza and a meat lover’s with two cheeses, olives and barbecue sauce. Il Cacciatore in Pokolbin has been making takeaway pizzas for 11 years in an electric stone oven. “It’s great because it holds the heat and keeps it even,” says head chef Adam Hoyle. “You need to keep the oven hot and the time short so the dough’s cooked and the toppings aren’t overdone.” Their most popular pizza is the Boscaiola with chicken, pancetta and mushroom on béchamel sauce. “It makes a nice change from the normal tomato sauce base,” says Adam.

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Wood-fired garlic prawn pizza ~ Lillino’s Bar & Trattoria Makes 1 pizza (serves 2) The pizza dough can be kept in the fridge for several days or it can be frozen and removed from the freezer 24 hours prior to use. Ingredients

300ml water 3g fresh yeast 500g Caputo '00' flour or other '00' flour 2 teaspoons fine salt 1 teaspoon olive oil Topping

8 medium-sized prawns, peeled, deveined, halved lengthways 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 garlic clove, crushed Pinch each of ground chilli & oregano â…“ cup passata di pomodoro 80g mozzarella, grated Method

1 For the pizza dough, pour half the water into a mixing bowl and stir in yeast. Stand for 5 minutes or until yeast dissolves. 2 Place flour into a mixer or food processor, add yeast mixture and process on slowest speed until combined. Add salt and olive oil to the remaining water then pour into mixer. Mix for 15 minutes on slowest speed or until dough forms a sticky ball. Transfer to a lightly floured work surface, wrap with cling wrap and set aside for 40 minutes. Cut into 3 dough balls (about 250g each), place each ball in a greased bowl, cover with cling wrap and rest in a warm place for 4 hours or until dough doubles in size. Store one ball in an airtight container in the fridge for use the next day and freeze the other two for future use. 3 In a medium bowl, combine prawns, olive oil, garlic, chilli and oregano. Set aside to marinate for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 280°C. 4 Place one pizza dough ball onto a lightly floured work surface and flatten using a rolling pin to a 30cm diameter. Transfer to a 30cm pizza tray, top with tomato passata and sprinkle evenly with mozzarella. Top with marinated prawns and bake in oven for about 5 minutes or until base is golden. Serve immediately. Wine match 2013 St Clements Estate Pinot Grigio

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Pizza Bianca ~ Café 1843 at Lindeman’s Makes 3 large pizzas (serves the whole family and the neighbours) Pizza Bianca is a white pizza without the traditional tomato ‘sugo’ base. Ingredients

½ leek, thinly sliced 5 medium chat potatoes Bunch each of thyme & rosemary 1 bay leaf 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 tablespoons olive oil 400g tinned cannellini beans 1 lemon, juice and zest 3 large pizza bases, made using a good dough recipe of your choice (or see recipe opposite page) 300g mozzarella, grated Handful of parsley leaves, if desired Method OPPOSITE PAGE: LILLINO’S CHEF PAOLO TISI AND HIS WOOD-FIRED GARLIC PRAWN PIZZA. THIS PAGE: CAFE ���� CHEF ALEXIS AGAPIOU’S CLASSIC PIZZA BIANCA WITH LEEK, POTATO AND CANNELLINI BEANS.

1 Steep sliced leek in 1 tablespoon of salt for 2 hours, then squeeze to remove as much excess liquid as possible. 2 Preheat oven to 230°C. Poach the chat potatoes in salty water to taste with thyme, rosemary and bay leaf until just tender. Set aside to cool, then thinly slice potatoes. 3 To confit garlic, simmer two tablespoons minced garlic in olive oil and salt. 4 In a mixing bowl, roughly mash cannellini beans. Add confit garlic, lemon zest and juice, and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. 5 Place each pizza base on a large pizza tray. Spread pizza bases evenly with cannellini bean mixture and sprinkle with mozzarella. Top with potato and leek. 6 Place in oven and cook for about 5 minutes or until bases are golden. If base is very thin, cook for 2–3 minutes. Remove from oven and garnish with parsley, if using. Wine match 2013 Lindeman’s Bin 1355 Semillon 29


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THIS PAGE: IL CACCIATORE’S CHEF ADAM HOYLE USES AN ELECTRIC STONE OVEN TO MAKE THE RESTAURANT’S PIZZAS. THEIR MOST POPULAR TOPPING IS THE BOSCAIOLA FEATURING A WHITE SAUCE, MUSHROOMS, PANCETTA, CHICKEN, MOZZARELLA AND BASIL.

Boscaiola pizza ~ Il Cacciatore Restaurant Makes 1 pizza (serves 2 or 1 very hungry person!) Boscaiola is a creamy sauce traditionally used in pasta dishes. Il Cacciatore uses a thicker version of the sauce as a base for its Boscaiola pizza instead of a traditional tomato sauce or ‘sugo’. Ingredients

1 x 25cm pizza base, made using a dough recipe of your choice (or see recipe on page 28) 1 cup grated mozzarella 150g chicken thigh fillet, cut into small pieces, partially pre-cooked 1 large field mushroom, sliced ½ small white onion, sliced 80g pancetta, chopped Thinly sliced basil, to serve

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1 For the sauce, gently melt butter in a large non-stick saucepan, add flour and a pinch of salt and cook for 5 minutes to form a roux. In a separate saucepan, bring milk to a simmer, then gradually add to the roux, stirring continuously to prevent lumps forming. Continue until all milk is incorporated into mixture. Store sauce in the fridge in an airtight container and use as needed. 2 If you have a pizza oven, preheat to 300°C; preheat conventional ovens to the highest setting. Place pizza base on a 25cm pizza tray. Spread sauce evenly over entire base. Sprinkle with half the mozzarella. Spread chicken, mushroom, onion and pancetta evenly over the sauce. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella evenly over the toppings. 3 Place the pizza in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the base starts to crisp up. Remove from oven and top with fresh basil before serving.

Boscaiola sauce (makes enough for 4–6 pizzas)

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Wine match 2013 Scarborough Wine Co. Verdelho For contact details and more dining options, turn to page 71.


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Butter me up. PACKED WITH FLAVOUR AND LOVINGLY MADE BY HAND, BUTTER IS BACK IN FASHION.

PHOTOS: © PEOPLE PICTURES / STOCKFOOD AUSTRALIA, ISTOCK

WORDS SALLY FELDMAN

Following the success of Sydney-based Pepe Saya’s awardwinning, hand-churned cultured butter, the creamy spread is back in the good books, and for many of the Hunter Valley’s top chefs the daily churn is a natural progression of the ‘local, seasonal, artisanal’ theme of the region’s food culture. Chef George Francisco has been making butter at Circa 1876 since he arrived at the restaurant three years ago, but more recently switched to using cream from local dairy Udder Farm, near Lochinvar. “The farm is a small operation, the grass is good and the cows are happy – so the flavour reflects that,” he says. Taking his cue from Victoria’s Myrtleford Butter Factory, he’s also solved the problem of what to do with the excess buttermilk produced as part of the process: “There’s only so much you can do with it,” he laughs. Now, he not only cultures the cream beforehand, but churns it with the buttermilk intact, producing a delicious butter curd. “We simply serve it with our warm house-made sourdough and a sprinkling of Murray River salt. To me, that’s pretty much a perfect meal in its own right.” When conditions are favourable, Udder Farm makes a limited amount of butter to sell, which is often snapped up by chef Troy Rhoades-Brown, of Muse Restaurant. He whips it with seven-day house-fermented black garlic and olive oil to serve with freshly baked bread. “We also occasionally make our own butter with Udder Farm’s cream, because it has such a high fat content,” he says. “We’re known for our sourdough, which we make using a 150-year-old starter,” says Restaurant Botanica’s co-owner/ manager Belinda Stapleton, whose husband, Mark, heads up its kitchen. “We hand-churn our butter, but prefer to leave it plain to complement the flavour of our bread. We also make our own ricotta, cured meats and even icing sugar.” At Emerson’s Cafe & Restaurant, chef-owner Emerson Rodriguez makes his own butter every few weeks, depending on demand. “We just serve it sprinkled with sea salt flakes to bring out the flavour,” he says. Margan’s flourishing kitchen garden dictates what’s on the menu, and even rainwater is collected for the table. As much as possible is made from scratch – including butter. Executive chef Michael Robinson often sources cream from Birds Dairy Farm in nearby Broke. “We infuse it with a little natural yoghurt for a couple of days to give that Europeanstyle cultured flavour,” he explains, “and occasionally, we’ll smoke the butter, or add a little fresh truffle.” For restaurant contact details, turn to page 71. 33


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Explore. More than skin deep The spa and wellness tourism industry is booming. A recent report from SRI International revealed that wellness travel was growing nearly 50 per cent faster than global tourism overall as spa resorts ramp up their offerings, from traditional facials and massages for individuals to more holistic health and lifestyle services for groups and businesses. Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa Elysia is right on trend, recently launching a new Corporate Wellness Program to tap into the burgeoning market. “People obviously benefit as individuals but the team-building aspect is very popular with conference planners and business owners,” explains Jo Thomas, marketing manager at Golden Door. “Plus, our new programs can establish new healthy habits for a better life and workplace, resulting in increased productivity and reduced absenteeism.” Once the coaching sessions and motivation seminars are over you can enjoy the onsite facilities, including the day spa, resort pool, tennis and basketball court, and also see more of the region with a tour of the nearby cellar doors and gourmet producers. So next time the boss asks for ideas for your next conference or business strategy meeting, mention ‘workplace wellness’. Three-, five- and seven-day Corporate Wellness Programs begin every Sunday and accommodate individuals or small groups of up to 16 – or you can take over the whole retreat and bring along up to 125 delegates. goldendoor.com.au

Outdoor pursuits • Did you know the Hunter Valley has an extensive network of bike and walking tracks both on and off road, from scenic walking trails in State Forests to secluded tracks in National Parks? Find out more at winecountry.com.au On your merry way

EASY RIDER There’s a new three-wheeled vehicle in the Valley that’s turning heads. Launched by keen biker Daren Pallett, Hunter Trikes will whisk you around the region on a custom-made 1900cc mean machine. With wide wheels for better handling and raised passenger seats for optimal views, the trike has seating for three passengers and is chauffeur-driven by Daren. There are various tours, including a one-hour express tour or a full-day wineryhopping tour. Helmets are, of course, provided and you also receive a free digital portrait. Tours start at $175 for three people. See page 85 or huntertrikes.com.au

The Hunter Expressway is ideal if you want a fast and direct trip to the vineyards, but sometimes you want to stop along the way and take in the scenery. That’s where the new Hunter Valley Way comes into its own. It’s the newest self-drive tour on the eastern seaboard of New South Wales, starting at Freemans Waterhole near Lake Macquarie, weaving its way through the mural town of Kurri Kurri and the Hunter Valley wine regions, and finishing at the end of the Hunter Valley in Merriwa on the Golden Highway. The scenic route is signposted and the interactive map is designed to integrate with Google Maps on mobile devices, so you can use your smartphone to navigate. The map also highlights caravan parks, RV camp sites and dump stations along the route. huntervalleyway.com.au

COUNTRY EXCELLENCE • The recently refurbished Peppers Convent was awarded Luxury Country Hotel in the global category at the 2014 World Luxury Hotel Awards, and best Luxury Lodge Australasia and Oceania in the continent category. • The 2014 NSW Tourism Awards saw Margan Wines take home gold in the Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries category, as well as Excellence in Food Tourism, while Château Élan collected the Luxury Accommodation and Business Tourism gongs. 35


Escape to a place where vitality, balance and rejuvenation are the keys to unlocking a new sense of wellbeing. Golden Door Spa Elysia is a haven of relaxation and healing located within the Golden Door Health Retreat and Spa Elysia in the heart of Pokolbin boasting spectacular views of the Hunter Valley. Choose from our extensive range of over 50 treatments including luxurious face and body treatments, massage, hand and foot care, and specialty services. Led by a team of highly skilled and experienced therapists, our signature treatments will provide an incredible experience with sensational results, or stay a while longer to enjoy one of our spa package combinations. Enjoy our spacious relaxation lounge before or after your treatments and take advantage of our complimentary steam room, spa bath, signature herbal tea and refreshments. Golden Door Spa Elysia is a place created for you to take some time to unwind, relax and rebalance.

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Mixed blessings. FROM BUILDING BOUTIQUE LODGING TO GROWING GRAPES AND FARMING DEER AND CATTLE, THIS LOCAL IS PROVING VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE. WORDS CHRISTINE SALINS PHOTOS CHRISTOPHER IRELAND

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nheriting a property that has been owned by only two families since the original land grant to a Napoleonic war veteran in the 1820s is a big responsibility. Just ask Daryl and Phillipa Heslop, the owners of Stonehurst Cedar Creek, a beautiful 220-hectare property near Wollombi. Daryl is acutely aware of the historic significance of the property that has been in his family’s hands since World War II, with Daryl taking ownership when his grandfather died in 1974. “It’s always in my mind, would my grandfather be proud of me?” Daryl muses. “I think he would be,” he adds after several seconds. The answer seems almost too obvious given the way he and Phillipa have transformed the property into a flourishing mixed business with guest cottage accommodation, a cellar door and vineyard, as well as a cattle and deer farm. It all started in the early 1980s, when Daryl designed and built the main homestead from sandstone in classic country style with a wide front verandah and dormer windows, and he and Phillipa moved to the farm full-time. With that project out of the way, he turned his attention to building a sandstone cellar door and six guest cottages. Hewn from old timber slabs and convict brick, the selfcontained cottages are in keeping with the property’s rich heritage and tranquil setting. At the confluence of Cedar Creek and Wollombi Brook, with a mountain backdrop, it has an abundance of wildlife including wallaroos, wombats and enough birds to make a twitcher’s heart sing. “It’s the scenery that really appeals to people staying here,” says Daryl.

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Farm animals are also a drawcard for many visitors on a country getaway, but roaming deer is a rare treat. Daryl got a taste for deer farming while he was studying geology in New Zealand in 1972, but it wasn’t until 1985 that he decided to give it a go. “When I realised there was a deer abattoir going in at Muswellbrook, this to me put a floor under the industry.” At the time, there was another deer farm in the region, owned by Beresford Smith, who went on to establish the Hunter Valley Zoo and became a great mentor. Daryl fenced two paddocks and completed a deer-farming course in New Zealand, but could buy only six fallow deer (the small, spotted deer and most widespread species in Australia). Within a year, he had bought more than 80 deer from the king of talkback radio John Laws at Yarramalong, and within five years he had a breeding herd of more than 100. Deer are a joy to farm, according to Daryl. “They’re  excellent for control of weeds and they’re beautiful to look at. The fallow is the prettiest but the reds are a lot quieter. It is a real pleasure to be able to walk amongst them. As attractive animals to have in a park-like setting, they are without peer. Likewise for meat quality: the meat is fine-grained and tender and virtually fat- and cholesterol-free.” Although they have personalities, he doesn’t give them names, except for one. “She’s called Aunty because her sister died four years ago and she adopted her sister’s fawn,” says Daryl, who laments that Australia’s fledgling deer industry was killed off by high interest rates, abattoir closures and the meat being priced out of people’s reach.


CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT BOTTOM: ONE OF THE GUEST COTTAGES AT STONEHURST CEDAR CREEK; “IT’S THE SCENERY THAT REALLY APPEALS TO PEOPLE STAYING HERE,” SAYS DARYL HESLOP; THE PROPERTY’S ROAMING FALLOW DEER; OWNERS DARYL AND PHILLIPA HESLOP; STONEHURST’S RUSTIC SANDSTONE CELLAR DOOR; STONEHURST WINES PRODUCES SHIRAZ, SEMILLON, CHARDONNAY AND CHAMBOURCIN; DARYL AND PHILLIPA FARM ANGUS AND MURRAY GREY CATTLE, AS WELL AS DEER.

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“When you went into a restaurant, venison was the most expensive dish. It was a big deterrent and there was no reason for it being so expensive.” Daryl used to farm 300 deer and supply local restaurants such as Muse and The Cellar Restaurants until a year ago, but after the local abattoir closed he reduced his herd to 40. These days, the venison is for personal use. While the family is scattered – they have a son in Newcastle and daughters in Sydney, Ireland and Christmas Island – it’s always a party when they get together. “It’s a family tradition when we get together. We have a roast hind leg of venison, and if it’s a big crowd, we’ll have a whole animal on a spit.” Daryl recommends a medium-bodied red such as a Hunter Valley Shiraz with venison. “I’m a pure Hunter man. I’m not into big jammy reds. I’ve been interested in wine since my late teenage years as my father was good friends with some of the winemaking families in the region, including Doug Elliott of Oakvale, the Tyrrells and the Draytons,” explains Daryl. “I also had the very good fortune to buy the cellar of the late Barrie Drayton in 1982,” says Daryl. “Barrie’s Hunter River Dry Whites and Dry Reds went back to 1960 and all were superb. But if you ask me for a ‘knock your socks off’ wine, it would have to be a 1965 Tulloch Private Bin Dry Red (100 per cent Shiraz) that Dr Don Francois opened and I shared 10 years ago. It was virtually 40 years old but was fresh and vibrant – world class!”

“I’m a pure Hunter man... I’ve been interested in wine since my late teenage years.” Daryl is also partial to Oakvale wines, and admires them so much that he has his own wines made there. In 1995 he fulfilled his long-term interest in wine and planted a 6.5-hectare vineyard. Daryl and Phillipa’s Stonehurst Wines are produced without insecticides and only organically approved fungicide. They produce Shiraz, Semillon and Chardonnay – as well as a Chambourcin (still and sparkling) that has a loyal following. All are available exclusively at the rustic cellar door. Diversifying to remain profitable is essential and Daryl and Phillipa also run more than 30 head of cattle, mainly Angus and Murray Grey. Daryl enjoys the fact that Wollombi has blossomed into a vibrant community with signature annual events like Sculpture in the Vineyards and the Wollombi Small Farms Fair, and recommends Panino for dining. But he believes it is the quiet beauty of the region and Cedar Creek property that guests are most astonished by. “We had the producer of The Bill here a few years ago… he was thrilled with the tranquillity of the place.” Stonehurst Wines & Cedar Creek Cottages is at 1840 Wollombi Road, Wollombi stonehurst.com.au. Discover other cellar doors and country cottage accommodation at winecountry.com.au 39


Top of the hops. THE HUNTER VALLEY BEER SCENE IS HOPPING THANKS TO THE CRAFT BEER REVOLUTION. HERE ARE FIVE SPOTS TO GET YOUR ICE-COLD FIX AFTER A DAY’S WINE TASTING.

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Hunter Beer Co.

Keith Grice has been brewing beer at the Hunter Beer Co. at Potters Hotel Brewery Resort for the past seven years, so it’s safe to say he knows his stuff. “We offer a Czech Pilsner with a bit of biscuit flavour from the malt and a gentle spice from the hops,” says Keith. “Meanwhile, our American-style Pale Ale uses hops from the States, which gives the beer a very distinct passionfruit aroma and grapefruit flavour.” Hunter Beer Co. produces a core range of six different craft beers all-yearround, plus offers seasonal releases throughout the year. Each is offered on tap and in handbottled Champagne bottles. The most popular craft beer is the Kolsch. With its subtle notes of pear, apple and pineapple and a touch of honey-like sweetness, it’s an easy-drinking Golden Ale ideal for warm weather, says Keith.

Hope Brewhouse

Over summer, Hope Brewhouse released a malt-driven Munich lager featuring white malt characters and a medium bitterness. It was so successful head brewer Matt Hogan decided to keep it on the menu throughout winter. “It’s clean and simple, and very easy to drink,” he says. The Munich lager isn’t the only new brew being created at Hope Brewhouse – the most recent microbrewery to have opened its doors in the Valley. “We do a range of specialty, seasonal-release and barrelfermented beers, such as a Belgium Pale Ale and English Ale,” says Matt. “We’re launching our annual 2015 Hunter Harvest Ale soon too, which has Semillon and Verdelho wine juice added to the ferment.” At any one time there are nine beers available on tap, each brewed on site, including the very popular Pale Ale, an American-style, aromatic beer with fruity hops.

Matilda Bay Brewhouse

Scrawled on the beer menu at Matilda Bay Brewhouse are the words “Remember: return your paddle to the bar to receive a free middy of your choice.” If that’s not reason enough to get in on the beer-tasting paddle action, then the diverse craft brews served as samples certainly will be. From an alcoholic Ginger Beer made on site (using a 300-yearold recipe) to a Bohemian Pilsner with a spicy, floral aroma and a Minimum Chips Golden Lager, the venue offers 12 craft brews on tap and serves two types of beer-tasting paddles with six samples in each ($15). Some flavours are bold and intense – think big citrus hop-

driven notes and rich malt characters – while others are more easy-drinking, such as the I.G.P with its zesty, clean finish. To liven your palate, try the Ruby Tuesday: a flavour-packed brew with four specialty malts, toffee apple notes and creamy malt flavours.

Harrigan’s Irish Pub

The James Squire craft beer range is the star of the show at Harrigan’s. The pub offers six craft beers on tap, including the James Squire Porter, Copper Ale, Golden Ale, Pale Ale and American Pale Ale. The sixth variety is a rotating tap that hotel manager Chris Codd changes once every three months. “Over summer, we had Murray’s Whale Ale on tap from a local brewery in Port Stephens, and before that it was Monteith’s Ginger Beer,” says Chris. Harrigan’s also offers three bottled craft beers: Beez Neez, a West Australian wheat beer; a Coopers Pale Ale; and a James Squire India Pale Ale. Mid-week holidaymakers can enjoy a $20 dinner special on Wednesdays with a curry and complimentary India Pale Ale. So what’s the craft beer of choice at Harrigan’s? “The James Squire One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale is our most popular, as it’s approachable for everyone, and the flavour is not too strong.”

Gundog Hunter Cellar & Gourmet Pantry

For first-time craft beer drinkers, or those who like the idea of sampling a few flavours at a time, Gundog’s beer-tasting paddles are just the ticket. The tasting paddles ($10) feature a selection of five premium craft beers served in Riedel glassware to ensure a high-quality tasting experience. The beers are also sold in bottles with about 10 locally brewed and imported varieties stocked at any one time, including the likes of an Italian Toccalmatto Stray Dog No Rules Bitter and a NSW Longboard Pale Ale. “Our Longboard Pale Ale is a light, crisp ale with apricot and peach aromas, moderate bitterness and a light malt character,” says Gundog Estate winemaker and owner Matt Burton. It’s one of Gundog’s most popular beers, but as the weather starts to turn cooler people turn their attention to heavier, darker varieties. “The Longboard is a real contrast to the Brewfist Spaghetti Western Chocolate Coffee Porter, which offers complex aromas and flavours with the emphasis on rich, warm chocolate and coffee characters,” says Matt. For contact details, turn to pages 71 and 81.

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Heartfelt Hunter. WHISK YOUR LOVED ONE AWAY ON A ROMANTIC ESCAPE AND RECONNECT OVER TASTY TIPPLES, WORLD-CLASS FARE AND STUNNING SCENERY.

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here’s something about the combination of great food and wine, vast skies and leafy vineyards that ensures romance awaits you in the Hunter Valley. Beyond the cellar doors, you’ll find intimate restaurants for that quiet al fresco lunch, private villas and sumptuous suites in which to luxuriate, or a touch of high-flying adventure to get your adrenalin rushing. Hire a convertible or bicycle and travel down the peaceful country roads, enjoying the sights and sounds of Wine Country – just the two of you.

Do While food and wine are on the must-do list, there’s plenty to do in between meals. If you’ve never enjoyed the majesty of a hot-air balloon flight, the Hunter Valley is the place to step into the ‘basket’ for the first time, with Balloon Aloft, Cloud 9 and Wine Country Ballooning running popular sunrise balloon flights. “Hot-air ballooning has always been associated with romance,” says Michelle Wills, marketing director at Balloon Aloft. “The very first balloon flights in Paris in the 18th century traditionally celebrated with a glass of Champagne following the flight. Today, we still honour that tradition, following all Balloon Aloft flights with a delicious gourmet breakfast and Champagne celebration at Peterson House.” If early mornings are not for you, try a sunset ride through the beautiful Molly Morgan Range with Hunter Valley Horse Riding & Adventures, or hire a tandem bike from Grapemobile Bicycle Hire to cycle between boutique wineries and enjoy a private picnic. For a completely decadent treat for two, you can’t go past the dual spa suite at Château Élan, where you’ll be pampered side by side. Or visit the double room at Spa Elysia at Golden Door for a day of pure relaxation. 44 winecountry.com.au

See Take in the natural beauty of the Hunter Valley from the Bimbadeen Lookout on the Great North Walk. The spectacular views take in a patchwork of trees, vineyards and farmland stretching out to Mount Sugarloaf to the east, and the Watagan Mountains to the south. If cultivated charm is more your speed, don’t miss the magnificent Hunter Valley Gardens – more than 25 hectares of display gardens, alight with colour and fragrance and international-standard design.

Eat “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well,” said Virginia Woolf. Fortunately, a delicious meal is never far away in the Hunter Valley, ensuring the course of love runs smoothly. Circa 1876 is a Hunter Valley fine-dining icon, combining gourmet food, history (the original slab hut dates back to 1876) and the perfect ambience for romance – day or night.


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CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: COCKTAILS AT PEPPERS CONVENT; MODERN ROMANCE AND SPANISH HACIENDA STYLE MEET AT CASA LA VIÑA; INDULGE IN A TREATMENT FOR TWO AT GOLDEN DOOR’S SPA ELYSIA; CEDARS MOUNT VIEW’S ROMANTIC DESSERT PLATTER; TAKE TO THE SKIES WITH A CLOUD � BALLOON FLIGHT.

Choose between the main dining room, vineyard deck or one of the two private rooms for a more intimate experience. For a relaxed atmosphere combined with attentive service and outstanding French cuisine, make a booking at Bistro Molines. Set in the peaceful surrounds of Tallavera Grove, overlooking a valley of terraced vineyards and grazing cattle, it is rustic sophistication at its best. At Amanda’s on the Edge, every table – inside and out – enjoys a magnificent view over the vineyard, along with award-winning modern Australian cuisine. The desserts are highly recommended.

Stay Bree Lewis, general manager of Cedars Mount View, is happy to admit that she sneaks around after dark for her guests. “We organise a lot of proposals here,” she says. “Secret picnics, giant ‘marry me’ signs, trails of petals, an exclusive helicopter flight… men know they want to do something amazing, but need some

help to make it happen. So I sneak around in the dark.” With more than 50 successful proposals at Cedars in 2014, Bree and her staff are clearly doing something right. “The privacy we offer is so important,” she says. “People want to spend time together and each of our five villas stands alone, with its own spa.” Private villas are also on offer at Casa La Viña, but this time with all the relaxed luxury of a Spanish hacienda. The combination of a welcome hamper, outdoor fire and hot tub under the stars makes the spa villas the setting for a beautiful love story. Peppers Convent has a story all of its own. The convent was built in 1909 in Coonamble, central NSW, and transported to Pokolbin in 1990. Lovingly restored, it has the hallmarks of grandeur and comfort that you might expect from a country house hotel, and offers 17 beautifully decorated guestrooms. With the wonderful Restaurant Eighty Eight onsite, and Circa 1876 restaurant a short stroll away, you’ll never have to leave. Set within the grounds of a working Lovedale vineyard, with a cellar door on the premises, Midnight’s Promise Estate offers a range of self-contained accommodation, including the romantic and luxurious Villa Janji, with a deep corner bath, cosy fire, plunge pool and more. So what is it about the Hunter Valley that makes it perfect for romance? “It’s the beautiful surrounds, the food and the wine,” says Bree. “All of those things that indulge the senses in one place.” Discover more romantic retreats at winecountry.com.au 45


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

DRUM STRUCK WILL BE AT THE CESSNOCK PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE IN APRIL.

March

MAITLAND TASTE, FOOD, WINE � MUSIC FESTIVAL

Sat 7–Sun 8

CAMPFIRE FESTIVAL

Fri 13–Sun 15

A new, three-day music festival at Hope Estate featuring over 15 Australian musicians, craft beer from the new onsite microbrewery and a new 5-star camping facility. campfirefestival.com.au

A TASTE OF AUTUMN AT THE SEBEL KIRKTON PARK Sun 1–Tue 31 Infuzion Restaurant at The Sebel is showcasing the best of the Hunter Valley with a five-course paddock-to-plate dinner menu in March. Bookings on 02 4998 7680. sebelhuntervalley.com.au

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

RIDGEVIEW AUTUMN IN SEASON DINNER Fri 20 Enjoy a four-course dinner using the best seasonal produce from the onsite kitchen garden with canapés and a glass of RidgeView bubbles, from 6.30pm. $65pp, or $85pp with matching wines. Bookings on 02 6574 7332. ridgeview.com.au

KURRI KURRI NOSTALGIA FESTIVAL

THE EAGLES

Fri 27–Sun 29

Enjoy a Peaceful Easy Feeling after a three-hour songfest of classic Eagles hits at Hope Estate Winery. ticketmaster.com.au

A fantastic line-up of rock ’n’ roll bands, rockabilly dances, classic cars, fashion and market stalls. kurrikurrinostalgiafestival. com.au

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PEACE TRAIN – THE CAT STEVENS STORY

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Sat 28 Darren Coggan recreates the Cat’s timeless songs as they were originally written – on an acoustic guitar and piano. $55pp. Bookings on 02 4990 7134. cessnockperformingartscentre. com.au

FOLK IN BROKE

Sat 28

See 10 acts at this folk festival, which also features handmade goods, quality food and local wines served from vintage caravans. $75pp. Tickets strictly limited via Facebook site: facebook.com/ folkinbrokefestival

A DAY ON THE GREEN – BILLY IDOL Sat 28 Billy Idol is returning to Australia for the first time since 2002 and will be performing an outdoor concert at Bimbadgen Winery with The Angels, Cheap Trick and The Choirboys. adayonthegreen.com.au

GIANT EASTER EGG HUNT � HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS Fri 3–Mon 6 Enjoy a fantastic program of activities, entertainment and prizes over the Easter long weekend. On Easter Saturday and Sunday, join the Easter Bunny to search for lots of coloured eggs in the Giant Easter Egg Hunt. hvg.com.au

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Sat 4–Mon 6, Sat 11–Sun 12, Sat 18–Sun 19 The annual exhibition of Inside Art at the Wollombi Cultural Centre features artworks by inmates of St Heliers (Muswellbrook) and/or Cessnock Correctional Centres. wollombi.org

ROD STEWART

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Rod Stewart, as well as local favourite James Reyne, under the stars at Hope Estate. ticketmaster.com.au

DRUM STRUCK

cellar doors, olive groves and farm outlets in the tiny hamlet of Broke. littlebitofitaly.com.au

ROLLING GREEN – THE BLACK KEYS

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At this phenomenal drumtheatre show, every person in the audience is given a drum with which to play along with the onstage performers for 90 minutes of interactive and exhilarating fun and entertainment. cessnockperformingartscentre. com.au

As part of their Australian tour, The Black Keys will headline the first event of its kind at Bimbadgen Winery with Spiderbait, Band of Skulls and Bad Dreems. ticketmaster.com.au

A LITTLE BIT OF ITALY IN BROKE Sat 11–Sun 12 There’s no need to travel all the way to Italy when you can celebrate the Italian way of life at this two-day festival offering wine, food and music at participating

TWO STRONG HEARTS – JOHN FARNHAM � OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN

MUSIC BY THE VINES

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Each Sunday from 12pm, Restaurant Botanica holds a three-hour music session in the restaurant, where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch or opt for a glass of wine and a snack beside the vines. Bookings on 1300 192 868.

SUNDAY TASTES

Sat 18

Weekly

See two of Australia’s most successful international and local artists play together and separately live on stage at Tempus Two Winery Complex accompanied by a 60-piece orchestra. ticketmaster.com.au

Dine at Twine Restaurant on Sunday and enjoy a housemade mezze plate and then a Tastes From Around the World main, followed by dessert. From 5.307.30pm. $49pp. Bookings on 02 4998 7449.

WINE AND CHOCOLATE TASTING

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Every day Taste four wines matched with Brix premium chocolate and end with a Contango Espresso Roasters coffee at Pepper Tree Wines. $20pp. Bookings essential from 10.30-3pm on 02 4909 7100. peppertreewines.com.au

BROKE VILLAGE MARKET Monthly TOP: THE BLACK KEYS. ABOVE LEFT TO RIGHT: RIDGEVIEW AUTUMN IN SEASON DINNER; HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS' GIANT EASTER EGG HUNT.

Small community market with gourmet goodies, toys and more,

held on the first Sunday morning of each month in the park opposite Broke Village Store. brokefordwich.com.au

HANDMADE HUNTER MARKETS

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Showcasing handmade originals and home-grown produce at Kevin Sobels Wines on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, Saturday and Sunday on long weekends, plus ‘special event’ markets. handmadehuntermarkets. com.au

SACRED TREE MARKETS

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

WOLLOMBI MARKETS

Holiday Mondays

Visit historic Wollombi and stroll around the community markets featuring over 100 stalls on the holiday Monday of each long weekend: Easter market on April 6 and Queen’s Birthday market on June 8. wollombimarkets.com 47


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HUNTER VALLEY WINERY RUNNING FESTIVAL

May

Sat 25–Sun 26 Unique running festival through the grapevines, including a full marathon and a 10km fun run. huntervalleymarathon.net

UPPER HUNTER WINE AND FOOD AFFAIR Sat 2

SINGLETON FESTIVAL

Enjoy free live bands, street theatre, food and Upper Hunter wines at Denman’s annual street party. upperhunterwineandfood affair.com.au

Fri 3–Sun 26

This biennial event showcases cultural, artistic and performing groups through a wide variety of displays, performances and workshops. For a full program of events, go to singleton.nsw.gov. au/singletonfestival

WINE CHARITY SALE

Fri 8–Sun 10

The Wishing for Wine Charity Sale raises funds for the MakeA-Wish Foundation. Wines by Little Wine Co, Thomas Wines, David Hook, Hart & Hunter and Keith Tulloch at amazing prices. smallwinemakers.com.au

WOLLOMBI WINTER PICNIC Sat 12 Wollombi is a superb spot for a wine-inspired picnic with a glass of Noyce Brothers wine on arrival, live music and picnic hampers, from 11.30am-4pm. Bookings on 02 4998 3483.

JAZZ IN THE GROVE

Sat 9

Enjoy live picnic jazz in the poplar grove with award-winning Stonehurst wines from 11am5pm in the Wollombi Valley. $30pp inc souvenir glass of wine. Bookings on 02 4998 1576. stonehurst.com.au

August POOCH PICNIC

LOVEDALE LONG LUNCH

Sun 9

Sat 16–Sun 17

Seven wineries team up with local restaurants for a weekend of fine wine, gourmet food and live entertainment. lovedalelonglunch.com.au

THE HUNTER VALLEY LEGENDS � WINE INDUSTRY AWARDS Thu 28 Frock up for this black-tie dinner at Brokenwood Winery and see who wins the coveted awards. Tickets and enquiries on 02 4990 0900.

ABOVE FROM TOP: SNOW TIME AT HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS IN JUNE; ENJOY ART EXHIBITIONS AND MUSIC SESSIONS AT SINGLETON FESTIVAL IN JULY; ENJOY A POOCH PICNIC AT PEPPER TREE WINES IN AUGUST.

June HUNTER VALLEY WINE � FOOD MONTH Mon 1–Tue 30 For details see opposite page or winecountry.com.au

PORT TO PORT MTB

SNOW TIME � HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS

A four-day mountain bike race from Port Stephens, through the Hunter Valley to Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. 1300 550 675. porttoportmtb.com

Sat June 27–Sun July 12

Thu 28–Sun 31

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Enjoy ice skating, as well as a cool 25-metre ice toboggan and funfilled snow play zone at Australia’s largest display garden. hvg.com.au

July PIGSTY IN JULY

Sat 4

A one-day, adults-only music event in secluded bushland at Belford in the Hunter Valley. This sister event to the Gum Ball Music Festival will feature a ʻsecond-hand formal dressʼ theme and offers boutique beverages, a diverse array of warming winter foods as well as 10 bands across two stages to keep you entertained. Tickets $48pp. dashville.com.au

A dog-friendly picnic day at Pepper Tree Wines that raises funds for an animal charity. The headline act is Dr Katrina Warren and The Wonder Dogs training demonstrations, but there are lots of treats for pooches, plus picnic hampers and wine by the glass for owners. No BYO alcohol. Gold coin entry fee. 02 4909 7100 peppertreewines.com.au

CLEAR IMAGE HUNTER VALLEY WINE SHOW CELEBRATIONS LUNCHEON Fri 21 One of the leading regional wine shows in Australia with winners announced at the Celebrations Luncheon, and gold-medalwinning wines served with lunch. winecountry.com.au


Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month. June 1–30 THE HUNTER VALLEY’S PREMIUM WINE AND FOOD CULTURE IS SHOWCASED IN A SERIES OF THEMED ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS THROUGHOUT JUNE. • Take part in one of the signature events, like the Hunter Culinary Association’s Food Fight between chefs or the Cork & Fork Golf Tournament at The Vintage. • You can also wine and dine with famous Hunter Valley winemakers and chefs at an intimate lunch and dinner as part of The Winemaker’s Table Series, including RidgeView’s Ocean to Paddock Degustation Dinner on June 13. • Widen your knowledge of the region’s wines with a master class, vertical tasting or vineyard tour in the Pure Wine Indulgence series, such as Grange vs. The Hunter taste-off in the Icon Lounge at the Small Winemakers Centre. Held every day throughout June, you sample a masked bracket of three of the best Hunter iconic wines against Penfolds Grange and judge which is the winner. • Meet leading producers and chefs as they highlight regional produce paired with fine wine in The Edible Experience. A classic example is Whispering Brook’s Long Table Luncheon on June 6, which includes a walking tour of the olive groves and vineyard, followed by an olive-inspired lunch, wines and live music. • Take part in hands-on cooking classes in the Class Is In series and enjoy high tea or cheese plates by the open fire in the By The Fire series. • Chefs Plate lunches offer the chance to enjoy a set-price lunch with a glass of wine at some of the region’s top restaurants.

ABOVE: THE EPIC EXPERIENCE AT HUNGERFORD HILL. LEFT AND BELOW: RICHARD MERCER AND THE VINTAGE GOLF COURSE.

With accommodation and experience packages for every budget, Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month is the perfect time and place for a winter getaway. For the full month’s program, visit winecountry.com.au

Q&A. RICHARD MERCER, GOLF PRO What do you like most about the Cork & Fork Tournament at The Vintage? Mixing food, wine and golf is such a great combo. It may be the longest game of golf you’ll ever play but it’s bound to be the most enjoyable. When you hit off you know you’ve got a six-to-seven hour day ahead of you sampling a gourmet snack

and glass of wine at every hole. Also, this event brings together the avid golfer and the rookie, and the camaraderie on the day is incredible. Toughest hole on The Vintage course? The 8th hole without a doubt. I think it’s the hardest par 3 in the world. We’ve got a prevailing

left to right wind, lakes and it’s 195 metres long. I know a lot of people get the shakes when they tackle the 8th and I bet there would be hundreds or thousands of balls in that water! What do you do on a weekend off? I live and breathe golf – I even live on the course – so on

weekends I tend to get away from the greens. I love fishing and going to the beach so most weekends you’ll find me on a Newcastle beach or beside a river with my fishing rod and a glass of Hunter Valley wine. To find out the best courses Richard has played, go to winecountry.com.au 49


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O F F I C I A L

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

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VISIT ONE OF THE HUNTER’S BEST! Finalist Cellar Door of the Year 2014

15 9 6 B RO K E ROA D , P O KO L B I N N S W 2 3 2 0 phone: 02 4998 7088 email: info@oakvalewines.com.au website: www.oakvalewines.com.au follow us : facebook.com/OakvaleWinery

Home Grown Future The dream began in the late 70s, when Ian and Merralea set out to create their own wine company, their own way in the Hunter Valley.

After discovering the perfect location on Gillards Rd, with its unique, rich red soils, the first vines were planted. Unburdened by the prospect of replanting a whole vineyard, the Scarborough clan set about creating their vision for the future.

This famed vineyard has grown to create some of the Hunter’s most ubiquitous Chardonnay. It was also an idyllic setting for the Scarborough children, Jerome and Sally, who by subtle osmosis were being drip-fed the roles of future winemakers and marketers respectively. 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.

Scarborough Wine Co. 179 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin

Scarborough on Hermitage 972 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

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


Discover.

A world of wine

10 great reasons to visit

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

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courses, which take advantage of the views.

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

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

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

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

Source: ABS Vineyards Survey

Drive time Discover the Hunter Valley way of life – it’s just a two-hour drive north of Sydney. With the new Hunter Expressway you can now travel a more 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 al fresco cafe overlooking the vines or enjoy dinner at a fine-dining restaurant with a crackling fire.

� GOURMET PRODUCE

� TOURS OF ALL TYPES Take a tour in a horse-drawn carriage, a Cadillac convertible, a modern limousine or on the back of a bike (more tour options on page 85).

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

� FLOWER POWER

� FLIGHTS OF FANCY Greet the morning with a sunrise hot-air balloon flight, then see the sights in your own private helicopter (see pages 85 and 91 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 46–49 for What’s On). 53


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

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

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

LOVEDALE When you exit the Hunter Expressway at Lovedale 54 winecountry.com.au

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

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

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

POKOLBIN Pokolbin isn’t a town or village, but it’s hailed as the hub of the Hunter Valley because it has the highest concentration of wineries, restaurants, accommodation and activities in the region. The first vineyards 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.


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Whispering Brook

Rodd St, Broke 

02 6579 1386

KIDS’ PLAYGROUND

0409 774 280

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1273 Milbrodale Rd, Broke 

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Stomp! Wines

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1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke 

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Margan Winery & Restaurant

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LOVEDALE � NORTH ROTHBURY Adina Vineyard & Olive Grove

492 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7473

Allandale Winery

132 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4990 4526

Capercaillie Wine

4 Londons Rd, Lovedale

02 4990 2904

Emma’s Cottage Vineyard

438 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale 

02 4998 7734

Gartelmann Wines

701 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7113

Tellace Wines

356 Tuckers Ln, North Rothbury 

02 4938 7173

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Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard

750 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 1866

Ballabourneen Wine Co.

2347 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6505

Bimbadgen

790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 4600

Blueberry Hill Vineyard

999 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7295

Brokenwood Wines

401–427 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7559

Calais Estate Wines

151 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7654

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

Harkham Wines

266 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7648

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

Keith Tulloch Wine

Cnr Hermitage & Deasys Rds, Pokolbin

02 4998 7500

Kelman Vineyard

2 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4991 5456

Kevin Sobels Wines

5 Halls Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7766

Lake’s Folly

2416 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7507

Lambloch Estate

2342 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6722

Leogate Estate Wines

1693 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7499

Macquariedale Organic Wines

170 Sweetwater Rd, Rothbury 

02 6574 7012

Marsh Estate

95 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7587

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WINE VARIETIES The Hunter Valley produces less than two per cent of Australia’s wine, yet lays claim to some of the industry’s oldest and most well-known winemaking families, and consistently produces an impressive, award-winning array of varieties and styles. Semillon The Hunter Valley sets the world benchmark for Semillon, and it is, both nationally and internationally, the most highly awarded variety produced in the region. In its youth, it is zesty, bright with lemon/lime aromas and flavours, and has a delicate acidity to finish – perfect for fresh seafood. Those who are prepared to wait are rewarded with complexity – biscuit, malt, honey and toasty richness. Chardonnay Typically medium- to full-bodied in style, Hunter Valley Chardonnay is characterised by peach, fig and tropical fruit-like flavours with crisp and fresh unwooded styles, and full-bodied, rich and fulfilling wooded styles. Verdelho A style unique to the Hunter Valley, Verdelho, customarily made without oak, is a fruit-driven medium-bodied wine. Shiraz Shiraz is undoubtedly the most important red variety in the Hunter Valley. Regionally distinctive, it is medium- to fullbodied, characterised when young by blackberry, mulberry and plum characters, as well as spice, chocolate and liquorice with the characteristic regional earthy, leathery tones and complexity developing with age. Cabernet Sauvignon Hunter Valley Cabernet is somewhat of an enigma, producing wines with firm tannins, a fragrant bouquet and smoky aromas developing into cigar-box complexity with age. Merlot Merlot from the Hunter Valley shows suppleness, fine tannins and leafy complexity. A number of specialty wines, including organic, sparkling, fortified and dessert wines are also produced. No matter what your preference, you’ll always find a style to share and enjoy in the Hunter Valley. 57


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NULKABA, POKOLBIN � ROTHBURY CONTINUED McGuigan Wines

447 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7402

McLeish Estate

462 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7754

Meerea Park

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

02 4998 7474

Mistletoe Winery

771 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin 

1800 055 080

Misty Glen Wines & Cottage

293 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7781

Moorebank Vineyard Estate

150 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7610

Mount Pleasant Estate

401 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7505

Oakvale Wines

1596 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7088

Pepper Tree Wines

86 Halls Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4909 7100

Peter Drayton Wines

@ IronBark Hill, Vineyard, 694 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin 

02 6574 7085

Peterson House

Cnr Broke Rd & Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin 

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

179 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7563

Small Winemakers Centre

426 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7668

St Clements Estate

136 Talga Rd, Rothbury 

02 4930 7799

Tempus Two Cellar Door

Cnr Broke & McDonalds Rds, Pokolbin 

02 4993 3999

Thomas Allen Wines

1733 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7250

Thomas Wines

@ Small Winemakers Centre,  426 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7668

Tinklers

53 Pokolbin Mountains Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7435

Tintilla Estate Wines & Olives

725 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7093

Travertine Wines

78 Old North Rd, Pokolbin 

02 6574 7378

Tulloch Wines

638 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7580

Tyrrell’s Wines

1838 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4993 7028

Vinden Estate Wines

138 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7410

Wombat Crossing Vineyard

530 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin 

02 6574 7357

Wynwood Estate 

310 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7885

Briar Ridge Vineyard

593 Mount View Rd, Mount View

02 4990 3670

Mount View Estate

502 Mount View Rd, Mount View 

02 4990 3307

Petersons Wines

552 Mount View Rd, Mount View 

02 4990 1704

Savannah Estate

402 Mount View Rd, Mount View 

02 4990 6326

Tallavera Grove Vineyard

749 Mount View Rd, Mount View 

02 4990 7535

2 Yarrawa Rd, Denman

02 6547 2556

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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273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7332

223 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7290

15 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4991 1770

972 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 6538

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LIVING LEGEND KEVIN SOBELS.

HUNTER VALLEY LEGENDS AND WINE INDUSTRY AWARDS The 2014 Hunter Valley Legends and Wine Industry Awards winners were announced at a gala event at the historic Wyndham Estate last year (this year’s awards will be held on May 28). The winners of each category were judged by a panel of past winners, industry leaders and guest media judge, Patrick Haddock. › Winemaker of the Year, sponsored by First Creek Winemaking Services, recognises an outstanding Hunter Valley winemaker who is a leader in their profession and the 2014 winner is multi-award-winning winemaker Andrew Thomas from Thomas Wines. › Cellar Door of the Year, sponsored by CBA Local Business Banking, recognises excellence at the cellar door, and the family-owned and operated Tulloch Wines won this coveted accolade. › Rising Star of the Year, sponsored by Riedel, recognises an aspiring star involved in winemaking, vineyard management, marketing or sales and this year Belinda Stapleton from Spicers Vineyards Estate and Restaurant Botanica took home the title. › Viticulturist of the Year, sponsored by Laffort Australia, recognises an outstanding viticulturist involved in the management of Hunter Valley vineyards and this year’s recipient was Louise Eather from Wyndham Estate. › Kevin Sobels was inducted into the Hunter Valley Hall of Fame as the 2014 Living Legend, acknowledging his lifetime of service to the Hunter Valley. › The Hunter Valley Heritage Award, sponsored by Brian and Fay McGuigan, honours the Hunter Valley’s history as Australia’s oldest commercial wine region. This year, there were two recipients: the first was the 1973 Hunter Vintage Festival Poster, and the second was Cessnock’s oldest sawn timber home Marthaville. The Heritage-Trust listed twin-gabled homestead was built as early as 1885 and retains many of its original features. For full details of results, visit winecountry.com.au 59


CELLAR DOORS BROKE FORDWICH • LOVEDALE

KRINKLEWOOD BIODYNAMIC  VINEYARD ��� WOLLOMBI RD, BROKE 

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

WHISPERING BROOK RODD ST, BROKE

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

MARGAN WINERY � RESTAURANT

STOMP! WINES

���� MILBRODALE RD, BROKE

���� MILBRODALE RD, BROKE

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

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

ADINA VINEYARD � OLIVE  GROVE

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

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

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

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. You can also browse the adjoining art gallery with original works by Megan Barrass, a well-known local artist. There’s also a restaurant and accommodation onsite. Sat–Sun 10am–5pm

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)

T 02 4938 7173 E info@tellace.com.au

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BROKENWOOD WINES

CALAIS ESTATE WINES

CHATEAU FRANCOIS

���–��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

��� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

BROKE ROAD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

CNR EKERTS � BROKE RDS, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

DE BORTOLI WINES

DE IULIIS WINES

DRAYTON'S FAMILY WINES

��� WINE COUNTRY DR, POKOLBIN

���� 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

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

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

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

EAGLES REST WINES

FIRST CREEK WINES

GEMELLI ESTATE

��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

��� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

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


CELLAR DOORS POKOLBIN

GLANDORE ESTATE WINES ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

HARKHAM WINES ��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7648 E info@harkhamwine.com harkhamwine.com This family-owned and run winery produces natural wines made without preservatives – wines made from 100 per cent fermented grape juice. It focuses on small batches of hand-picked, high-quality fruit selected predominantly from hillside vineyards all in the Hunter Valley. Sat–Sun 10am–5pm or weekdays by appointment

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

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

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

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

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

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

HERMITAGE ROAD CELLARS  � WINERY

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

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

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

HUNGERFORD HILL WINES

KEITH TULLOCH WINE

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

CNR HERMITAGE � DEASYS RDS, POKOLBIN

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

T 02 4998 7500 E info@keithtullochwine.com.au keithtullochwine.com.au

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

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

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

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KELMAN VINEYARD

KEVIN SOBELS WINES

LAKE’S FOLLY

� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

� HALLS RD, POKOLBIN

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

LAMBLOCH ESTATE

LEOGATE ESTATE WINES

MARSH ESTATE

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

�� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCGUIGAN WINES

MCLEISH ESTATE

MEEREA PARK

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

@ TEMPUS TWO 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

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

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


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

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

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

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 a meal at Elizabeth’s Restaurant, along with outstanding customer service, acknowledged by TripAdvisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence Award. Daily 9am–5pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

SCARBOROUGH WINE CO.

SMALL WINEMAKERS CENTRE

TEMPUS TWO CELLAR DOOR

��� GILLARDS RD, POKOLBIN 

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN 

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

CNR BROKE � MCDONALDS RDS, POKOLBIN 

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

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

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

THOMAS ALLEN WINES

THOMAS WINES

TINKLERS

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

�� POKOLBIN MOUNTAINS RD, POKOLBIN 

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

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

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

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

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

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CELLAR DOORS POKOLBIN • ROTHBURY

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

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

TRAVERTINE WINES

TULLOCH WINES

�� OLD NORTH RD, POKOLBIN 

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN 

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

Tulloch’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)

T 02 6574 7378 E sales@travertinewines.com.au travertinewines.com.au

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

TYRRELL’S WINES

VINDEN ESTATE WINES

WOMBAT CROSSING VINEYARD

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN 

��� GILLARDS RD, POKOLBIN

��� HERMITAGE 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

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

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 6574 7357 E wines@wombatcrossing.net wombatcrossing.net

WYNWOOD ESTATE

MACQUARIEDALE ORGANIC  WINES

ST CLEMENTS ESTATE

��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN 

��� SWEETWATER RD, ROTHBURY

��� TALGA RD, ROTHBURY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CELLAR DOORS MOUNT VIEW • UPPER HUNTER • WOLLOMBI

BRIAR RIDGE VINEYARD

MOUNT VIEW ESTATE

PETERSONS WINES

��� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW

��� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW 

��� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW 

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

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

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

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

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

SAVANNAH ESTATE

TALLAVERA GROVE VINEYARD

TWO RIVERS WINES

��� 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

� YARRAWA RD, DENMAN

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

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

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

NOYCE BROTHERS WINES

STONEHURST WINES

WOLLOMBI WINES

���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI 

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

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

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

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

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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.... it ’s magic!

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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the hook shot. David has always made wines that stand out. Wines that hit all the right spots. Wines that knock your socks off. Wines that you won’t forget. Get hooked up now, visit our cellar or visit us online at davidhookwines.com.au


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@ Tallavera Grove, 749 Mount View Rd, Mount View

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02 6579 1372

AL FRESCO DINING

1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke

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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

Leaves & Fishes

737 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7400

Lovedale Smokehouse Cafe

64 Majors Ln, Lovedale

02 4930 7832

Majors Lane Restaurant

64 Majors Ln, Lovedale

02 4930 7832

Sabor in the Hunter Dessert Bar

319 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale

1300 958 850

FRI–SUN

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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NULKABA, POKOLBIN � ROTHBURY Amanda’s on the Edge

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

02 4998 7900

Australian Regional Food  Store & Cafe

@ Small Winemakers Centre, 426 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6800

Bistro Vinden

@ Vinden Estate, 138 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7410

Bodega Restaurant & Bar

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

02 4993 1555

7 DAYS

7 DAYS

Cafe Elan

@ The Vintage, Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2500

FRI-MON

FRI-MON

Cafe Enzo

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

02 4998 7233

7 DAYS

7 DAYS

Circa 1876

64 Halls Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4998

7 DAYS

7 DAYS

Elements Restaurant & Bar

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

02 4998 2000

SAT–SUN

7 DAYS

Elizabeth’s

@ Mount Pleasant Wines, 401 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7505

Esca Bimbadgen

@ Bimbadgen, 790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4666

Harrigan’s Irish Pub 

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4300

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

@ Tempus Two 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

Restaurant Eighty Eight

@ Peppers Convent, 88 Halls Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4999

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02 4998 6777

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02 4998 7051

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The Cellar Restaurant

Hunter Valley Gardens Village,  Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7584

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The Legends Grill

@ The Vintage Golf Club, Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2213

7 DAYS

7 DAYS

7 DAYS

The Mill Restaurant

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

02 4998 7288

7 DAYS

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7 DAYS

The Verandah Restaurant

@ Calais Estate, 151 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7231

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THU–SUN

Twine Restaurant

@ Wynwood Estate, 310 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7449

7 DAYS

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Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen

@ De luliis Wines,  1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6699

Villa du Pays

@ Leogate Estate Wines, 1693 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7499

Al-Oi Thai Restaurant

17 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 8666

Ink Cafe & Takeaway

109 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 4371

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NULKABA, POKOLBIN � ROTHBURY CONTINUED RidgeView Restaurant & Cafe

@ RidgeView Wines, 273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7332

The Brokenback Bar

@ Tuscany Wine Estate Resort, Cnr  Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, 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: Calais Estate Wines

3 x Gas BBQs

Gemelli Estate

1 x Gas BBQ

Hermitage Road

72

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

2 x Gas BBQs

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.


EXPERIENCE AN AUSTRALIAN FAVOURITE

right here in the Hunter

You’re always welcome at Oishii • • • •

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

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

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

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

To make a booking please call 1300 584 780

E V E N T DINE

WINE

A R T GROW

SLEEP

SHAKEY TABLES RESTAURANT AT THE HUNTER COUNTRY LODGE

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

4938 1744


RESTAURANTS � CAFES BROKE • MOUNT VIEW • LOVEDALE

MARGAN WINERY � RESTAURANT

BISTRO MOLINES

EMERSON’S CAFE � RESTAURANT

���� MILBRODALE RD, BROKE

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

@ ADINA VINEYARD, ��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

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

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

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

LEAVES � FISHES

LOVEDALE SMOKEHOUSE CAFE

MAJORS LANE RESTAURANT

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

�� MAJORS LN, LOVEDALE

�� MAJORS LN, LOVEDALE

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

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

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

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

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

SABOR IN THE HUNTER  DESSERT BAR

TATLER TAPAS CAFE

��� WILDERNESS RD, LOVEDALE

@ TATLER WINES, ��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

Tatler Tapas Cafe serves generous tapas-style food in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. Boasting a view of the spectacular Brokenback Range and 100 acres of vines from the al fresco dining area, it’s a popular choice for a casual lunch or a special occasion. Breakfast Sun 8–11am, lunch Thu–Tue from 12pm

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

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

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


RESTAURANTS � CAFES LOVEDALE • NORTH ROTHBURY • NULKABA • POKOLBIN

THE DECK CAFE LOVEDALE

SHAKEY TABLES

@ GARTELMANN WINES, ��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

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

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

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

OLD BRICKWORKS BRASSERIE 

AMANDA’S ON THE EDGE

@ POTTERS HOTEL BREWERY RESORT, WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BISTRO VINDEN

BODEGA RESTAURANT � BAR

CAFE ENZO

@ VINDEN ESTATE, ��� GILLARDS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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RESTAURANTS � CAFES POKOLBIN

CIRCA ����

ELEMENTS RESTAURANT � BAR

ELIZABETH’S

�� HALLS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

HARRIGAN’S IRISH PUB  � ACCOMMODATION

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

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

ESCA BIMBADGEN @ BIMBADGEN, ��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

INFUZION RESTAURANT

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

��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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


RESTAURANTS � CAFES POKOLBIN

FOOD FANATIC OR EDUCATED PALATE? IRONBARK HILL CAFE @ PETER DRAYTON WINES, ��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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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

@ TEMPUS TWO 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

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

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

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

RESTAURANT BOTANICA

RESTAURANT CUVÉE

RESTAURANT EIGHTY EIGHT

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

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

@ PEPPERS CONVENT, �� HALLS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

Restaurant Eighty Eight at Peppers Convent is under the direction of executive chef George Francisco, and presents a relaxed setting and comfort-food menu with emphasis on organic, integrity of ingredient and nourishment. Lunch daily 12–3pm, dinner Thu–Sun 6.30pm–late

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

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RIDGEVIEW RESTAURANT � CAFE

THE BROKENBACK BAR

THE CELLAR RESTAURANT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE MILL RESTAURANT

THE VERANDAH RESTAURANT

TWINE RESTAURANT

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

@ CALAIS ESTATE, ��� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

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

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

TWO FAT BLOKES GOURMET KITCHEN

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

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

VILLA DU PAYS

CAFE ELAN

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

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

@ THE VINTAGE, VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

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

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

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

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

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


RESTAURANTS � CAFES ROTHBURY • CESSNOCK

THE LEGENDS GRILL

AL-OI THAI RESTAURANT

INK CAFE � TAKEAWAY

@ THE VINTAGE GOLF CLUB, VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

�� VINCENT ST, CESSNOCK

��� VINCENT ST, CESSNOCK

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

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

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

T 02 4990 4371

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

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


Rustic Mediterranean inspired cuisine in a relaxed, friendly environment.

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

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BREWERIES � DISTILLERIES 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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Matilda Bay Brewhouse

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

02 4998 7777

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Australian Regional Foodstore & Cafe

@ Small Winemakers Centre, 426 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6800

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Binnorie Dairy

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

02 4998 6660

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Gundog Hunter Cellar & Gourmet Pantry

101 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6873

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Hunter Valley Cheese Factory

@ McGuigans Complex, 447 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7744

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Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop

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

02 4998 6713

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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

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Pokolbin General Store

@ Pokolbin Village, 2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7633

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Pukara Estate

@ Ballabourneen Wine Co., 2347 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

0408 144 149

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Pukara Estate

1440 Denman Rd, Muswellbrook

02 6547 1055

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Tempus Two

Cnr Broke & McDonalds Rds, Pokolbin

02 4998 4000

Tinklers Produce

53 Pokolbin Mountains Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7435

Tintilla Estate Wines & Olives

725 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7093

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen

@ De Iuliis Wines, 1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6699

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MATILDA BAY BREWHOUSE

HUNTER BEER CO.

HUNTER DISTILLERY

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

@ POTTERS HOTEL BREWERY RESORT, WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

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BREWERIES � DISTILLERIES • PRODUCE

HOPE BREWHOUSE

BINNORIE DAIRY

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

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

HUNTER VALLEY CHEESE FACTORY @ MCGUIGANS COMPLEX, ��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN T 02 4998 7744

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

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

LOVEDALE SMOKEHOUSE �� MAJORS LN, LOVEDALE

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

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

HUNTER VALLEY SMELLY  CHEESE SHOP @ TEMPUS TWO COMPLEX, PAVILION G,  ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

POKOLBIN GENERAL STORE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

La Glace is the oldest 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

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

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

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


GOURMET PRODUCE

TEMPUS TWO

TINKLERS PRODUCE

CNR BROKE � MCDONALDS RDS, POKOLBIN

�� POKOLBIN MOUNTAINS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

T 02 4998 4000 tempustwo.com.au

TINTILLA ESTATE WINES  � OLIVES

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

Visit us to experience the Hunter Valley at its best

��� 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

2015 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2007 ILR Reserve Hunter Valley Semillon, 98 points, ‘Best of Variety’, awarded the highest points in Australia. 2009 Latara Vineyard Semillon, 96 points. 5 Star Outstanding Winery, ‘Best of the Best’.

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


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All Hunter Wine Tours

0400 427 050

Arrive First Class

131 Hill St, Carrington

Best Tour

0421 036 280

0437 149 612

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SMALL GROUP TOURS

PHONE 0405 155 456

LARGE GROUP TOURS

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DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE HUNTER VALLEY.

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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

0431 810 548

Heidi’s Hunter Valley Tours

0408 623 136

Hertz Rent A Car

1A Aberdare Rd, Cessnock

02 4991 2500

Hunter Trikes

332 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4991 7533

Hunter Valley Boutique Wine Tours

0419 419 931

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Hunter Valley Cadillacs

02 4996 4059

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Hunter Valley Classic Carriages Hunter Valley Horses

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

0431 337 367

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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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James’ Vineyard Tours

0437 151 500

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Off The Vine Private Tours

0499 300 467

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Private Tours

0419 851 010

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Silver Service Limousines

02 6571 1600

88

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Slattery Helicopters

Cessnock Airport Terminal, Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin

0408 649 696

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Sydney Helitours

472 Ross Smith Ave, Mascot

02 9317 3402

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TexTours

0410 462 540

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Tours

0414 316 859

Vineyard Shuttle Service

02 4991 3655

Wine Country Limousines

02 4990 2852

Wine Country Tours

02 9484 0477

Wine Rover

02 4990 1699

Zepher Tours

5/14 Frederick St, Bondi

0406 757 295

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REMARKABLE BLEND UNIQUE EXPERIENCES.

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TOURS

A GRAPE X PECTATIONS TOUR

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

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

ARRIVE FIRST CLASS

ALL AROUND THE VINES 

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

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

BEST TOUR

ALL HUNTER WINE TOURS

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

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

CHEERS BUS

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

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

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

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

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

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

COUNTRY TRAILS PRIVATE TOURS

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

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DIVINE TOURS

FINE WINE TOURS

M 0414 858 671 E info@divinetours.com.au divinetours.com.au

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

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

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


TOURS

GRACE COACHES

GRAPE VINE TOURS

HALL’S PRIVATE TRANSFERS

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

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

M 0431 810 548 E pwjkhall@hotmail.com

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

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

HEIDI’S HUNTER VALLEY

M 0408 623 136 E heidi@heidishuntervalley.com.au heidishuntervalley.com.au Relax in total luxury with your own private car and driver for the day. Enjoy touring the Hunter Valley in a new, sleek, black luxury 4WD. Full- or half-day tours. Maximum four guests. Fully flexible tours: you choose the wineries or let Heidi suggest an itinerary. Fully accredited with RTA. Daily

HUNTER VALLEY BOUTIQUE  WINE TOURS

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

HERTZ RENT A CAR

HUNTER TRIKES

�A ABERDARE RD, CESSNOCK

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

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 CADILLACS

HUNTER VALLEY CLASSIC  CARRIAGES

T 02 4991 2500 E hertzcessnock@bigpond.com hertz.com.au

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 4991 7533 E ride@huntertrikes.com.au huntertrikes.com.au

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 & restaurant transfers available. Daily 10am–4pm

OFF THE VINE PRIVATE TOURS

HUNTER VALLEY PRIVATE TOURS  BY WENDT ON TOURS

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

HUNTER VINEYARD TOURS

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

JAMES’ VINEYARD TOURS

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

M 0437 151 500 E james@vineyardtours.com.au vineyardtours.com.au

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

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

PRIVATE TOURS

SILVER SERVICE LIMOUSINES

M 0499 300 467 E offthevinewinetours@gmail.com offthevinewinetours.com.au

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

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

Private customised wine tours in a luxury van that seats a maximum of seven. Specialises in visiting small boutique wineries on full- or half-day tours. Bookings need to be booked before noon the previous day. Dinner transfers also available from 6pm (bookings required). Daily

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

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

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SLATTERY HELICOPTERS

SYDNEY HELITOURS

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

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

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

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

TWO FAT BLOKES GOURMET  TOURS 

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

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

WINE COUNTRY TOURS

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

VINEYARD SHUTTLE SERVICE

TEXTOURS

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

WINE COUNTRY LIMOUSINES

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

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

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

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

WINE ROVER

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

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

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

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

ZEPHER TOURS �/�� FREDERICK ST, BONDI

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

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

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


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ACTIVITIES Aqua Golf & Putt Putt

Hunter Valley Gardens Village, Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7896

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MAP 1 J5

East Coast Corporate & Group Xperiences

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

1300 465 636

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MAP 1 F2

Hunter Wine Theatre

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

02 4998 7777

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02 4998 7770

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2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4000

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2994 Great North Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3261

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Meeting @ Peterson House, Broke Rd, Pokolbin

1300 723 279

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1800 818 191

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MAP 1 J9

Butterflies Gallery

@ De Iuliis Wines, 1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7724

Ogishi Craft Centre

540 Wilderness Rd, Rothbury

02 4998 7979

Pokolbin Gallery & Mistletoe Sculpture Garden

771 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

Hunter Valley Gardens Wollombi Tavern

ATTRACTIONS

BALLOON FLIGHTS Balloon Aloft Balloon Safaris Cloud 9 Balloon Flights

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

1300 555 711

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MAP1 M7

Wine Country Ballooning

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

02 4991 7533

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COOKING Hunter Valley Wine, Cooking & Candy School

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

02 4998 7777

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MAP 1 F2

Majors Lane Cooking School

64 Majors Ln, Lovedale

02 4930 7832

94

MAP 1 H12

The Cooking School

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

02 4998 7288

94

MAP 1 F2

GOLF Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club

15 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 1555

94

MAP 1 K5

Stonebridge Golf Club

Mount View Rd, Cessnock

02 4990 1633

94

MAP 1 O10

The Vintage Golf Club

Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2208

95

MAP 1 H7

Chapman Valley Horse Riding

7054 Putty Rd, Howes Valley

02 6579 4593

Hunter Valley Horse Riding & Adventures

288 Talga Rd, Rothbury

02 4930 7111

Australian Alpaca Barn

1946 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

Come What May

@ Calais Estate Wines, 151 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

Handmade Hunter Markets

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02 4998 6669

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0400 747 072

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@ Kevin Sobels Wines, 5 Halls Rd, Pokolbin

02 4936 6726

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MAP1 J8

Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 4000

95

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Lovedale Antiques Old Wares & Gallery

820 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7239

95

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Pokolbin Village

2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7670

Sacred Tree Markets

Cnr Station St & New England Hwy, Branxton

Wine Glass Gallery

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

SHOPPING

02 4998 6888

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SPAS 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

02 4993 8500

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Heavenly Hunter Massage Centre

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

0438 010 359

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MAP 1 F2

Spa Anise

@ Spicers Vineyards Estate, 555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7229

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Thai Nature Massage

40 Cumberland St, Cessnock

02 4991 3331

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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 


EXPERIENCES ACTIVITIES • ARTS � CRAFTS • ATTRACTIONS

AQUA GOLF � PUTT PUTT

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)

POKOLBIN GALLERY � MISTLETOE SCULPTURE GARDEN

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

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

BUTTERFLIES GALLERY

OGISHI CRAFT CENTRE

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

��� WILDERNESS RD, ROTHBURY

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

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

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

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

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

EXPLORE THE VALLEY WITH OUR

HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS

WOLLOMBI TAVERN

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

���� GREAT NORTH RD, WOLLOMBI

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)

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

T 02 4998 4000 E welcome@hvg.com.au hvg.com.au

T 02 4998 3261 E wollombitavern@bigpond.com wollombitavern.com.au

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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

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

THE COOKING SCHOOL

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

HUNTER VALLEY WINE, COOKING � CANDY SCHOOL @ HUNTER VALLEY RESORT, CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

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

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

CYPRESS LAKES GOLF � COUNTRY CLUB

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

�� THOMPSONS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAJORS LANE COOKING SCHOOL

�� MAJORS LN, LOVEDALE T 02 4930 7832

E majorslane@bigpond.com majorslane.com

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

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

stonebridgegolf.com.au

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


EXPERIENCES GOLF • HORSERIDING • SHOPPING

DINE AT A

HATTED

RESTAURANT:

THE VINTAGE GOLF CLUB VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

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

HUNTER VALLEY  HORSE RIDING � ADVENTURES

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

T 02 6579 4593 E cvhorseriding@outlook.com chapmanvalleyhorseriding.com Ranked #1 in NSW for horse riding on TripAdvisor, CVHR supplies a fun and safe environment to ride a horse. No experience required, full training is given prior to riding. Also caters for experienced riders with responsive and willing horses. The perfect balance of fun and safety. Daily 8am–sunset, bookings essential

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AUSTRALIAN ALPACA BARN

COME WHAT MAY

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

� CALAIS ESTATE WINES, ��� 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, dressage displays, hiking and Devon cattle. 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. Located at Calais Estate, beside the cellar door. Thu–Sun 10am–5pm

HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS  SHOPPING VILLAGE

LOVEDALE ANTIQUES OLD WARES � GALLERY

���� 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)

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

POKOLBIN VILLAGE ���� 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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EXPERIENCES SPAS

BHUTRA THAI MASSAGE

CHÂTEAU ÉLAN SPA

��� WOLLOMBI RD, CESSNOCK

VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

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

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

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

GOLDEN DOOR SPA ELYSIA

SPA ANISE

��� THOMPSONS RD, POKOLBIN

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

THAI NATURE MASSAGE, CESSNOCK

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

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

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

thainaturemassage.com.au

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Cellar Door • Vineyard • Cottages • Weddings

1840 Wollombi Road, Cedar Creek NSW 2325 Phone: +61 2 4998 1576 www.cedarcreekcottages.com.au Beautiful Scenery - Great Wine - Country Hospitality

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

• • • • •

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

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

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


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RESORTS/HOTELS Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard 

@ Diamond Estate, 112 Halls Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7591

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Cháteau Élan at The Vintage

Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2500

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Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotels  & Resorts

Cnr McDonalds & Thompsons Rds, Pokolbin

1300 886 091

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Grand Mercure The Vintage

Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2222

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Harrigan’s Irish Pub & Accommodation

Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 4300

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Hermitage Lodge

609 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7639

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Hunter Country Lodge

1476 Wine Country Dr, North Rothbury

02 4938 1744

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Hunter Valley Resort

Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7777

$$

Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 2000

$$$

Peppers Convent Hunter Valley

Halls Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4999

$$$$

Pokolbin Village

2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7670

$$$

Potters Hotel Brewery Resort

Wine Country Dr, Nulkaba

02 4991 7922

$$

The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley

336 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7680

$$$

Tuscany Wine Estate Resort

Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7288

$$$

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SELF-CONTAINED Amelies on Pokolbin Mountain

338 Pokolbin Mountains Rd, Pokolbin

0413 813 399

$$$

Araluen Mistletoe Cottages

108 Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7567

$$

Avoca House & Cottage Accommodation

2683 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

0404 032 303

$$$

Bellbird Cottages & Swallows Homestead

Lewis Ln, Mount View near Millfield

0414 786 705

$$

Beltana Villas

186 Old North Rd, Pokolbin

0448 867 114

$$$

Billabong Moon

393 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

0477 010 010

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Blackwattle Luxury Retreats

169 Talga Rd, Lovedale

0421 419 371

$$$

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Bluebush Estate

196 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7177

$$

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Broken View Estate

547 Old North Rd, Pokolbin

0400 112 341

$$$

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Buffs at Pokolbin

47 Coulson Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7636

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Burncroft Guesthouse

207 Talga Rd , Lovedale

02 4930 7246

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Casa La Vina

657 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

0406 770 294

$$$$

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Cedar Creek Cottages

1840 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 1576

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Cedars Mount View

60 Mitchells Rd, Mount View

02 4990 9009

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Clydes at Mount View

27 King Rd, Mount View

02 9918 4149

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Cottages on Mount View

1329 Mount View Rd, Mount View

02 4990 8989

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Earth Inspired Retreats

277 Wollong Rd, Quorrobolong

02 4998 6003

$$

Englewood Ridge

65 Talga Rd, Lovedale

0417 287 345

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Grapevines Boutique Accommodation

1941 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6766

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Gundog Hunter’s Retreat

101 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6873

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Gypsy Willows Wollombi

201 Narone Creek Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3404

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Hunter Hideaway Cottages

234 Tuckers Ln, North Rothbury

0408 499 557

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IronBark Hill Accommodation

694 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 4964 4028

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Ironstone Estate

97 Olsen Rd, Lovedale

0416 048 424

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Kinsale Cottage

551 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

0412 931 191

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Lilies Cottage

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

$$$$

Mount View Lodges

839 Mount View Rd, Mount View

0419 479 001

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Nirvana Vista Resort

Lot 3 Sweetwater Rd, Rothbury 

0409 461 711

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North Lodge Cottages

198 Old North Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7259

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Old Hillside Homestead

493 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7504

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RidgeView Cottages

273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin

0419 475 221

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Rothvale Vineyard Cottages

223 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7290

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Serenity Grove

556 Milbrodale Rd, Broke

02 6579 1444

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Silverpoint Accommodation

217 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin

0405 842 818

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Somewhere Unique

Narone Creek Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3257

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Tatler Vineyard Accommodation

477 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 9139

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Tellace Wines Accommodation

356 Tuckers Ln, North Rothbury

02 4938 7173

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The Grange on Hermitage

820 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7388

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The Vintry

780 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6825

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The Wattle Lodge

1402 Glendon Brook Rd, Glendon Brook

02 6577 6193

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The Woods at Pokolbin

107 Halls Rd, Pokolbin

0412 627 316

$$$

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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

$$$$

Wirral Grange Cottage

168 Lomas Ln, Lovedale

02 4991 2874

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Woolshed Hill Estate

342 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7685

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GUESTHOUSES Capers Guesthouse & Cottage

2859 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3211

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Spicers Vineyards Estate

555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7229

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MOTELS Australia Hotel Motel

136 Wollombi Rd, Cessnock 

02 4991 4197

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Cessnock Motel

13 Allandale Rd, Cessnock

02 4990 2699

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Hunter Valley Hotel Academy

McLeod Rd (off Heddon St), Kurri Kurri

02 4936 0341

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Hunter Valley Retreat

626 Sandy Creek Rd, Quorrobolong

02 4998 6007

$$

Windarra Lodge

266 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7648

$$$

Wine Country Motor Inn

5 Darwin St, Cessnock

02 4993 2999

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Brilex Park B&B

1214 Leggetts Dr, Mount Vincent

0438 505 045

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Rosedale B&B 

377 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4990 9537

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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.

GRAND MERCURE THE VINTAGE VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

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.

HARRIGAN’S IRISH PUB � ACCOMMODATION

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

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

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

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

BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

HUNTER COUNTRY LODGE

HUNTER VALLEY RESORT

���� WINE COUNTRY DR, NORTH ROTHBURY

CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

CYPRESS LAKES RESORT  BY OAKS HOTELS � RESORTS CNR MCDONALDS � THOMPSONS RDS, POKOLBIN

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

HERMITAGE LODGE ��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7639 E info@hermitagelodge.com.au hermitagelodge.com.au Set on 25 acres, the award-winning Hermitage Lodge is nestled in the centre of the vineyards, within easy walking distance of many wineries and tourist attractions. It also has an award-winning restaurant, Il Cacciatore, which is open seven nights and serves Northern Italian-inspired cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.

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.

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PEPPERS CONVENT HUNTER VALLEY

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

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

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

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

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.

POTTERS HOTEL BREWERY  RESORT WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

T 02 4991 7922 E info@pottershbr.com.au pottershbr.com.au Potters features 68 well-appointed villas and suites situated on 11 acres of landscaped gardens. Relax and unwind utilising the resort facilities or head over to the hotel for a meal and drinks. 2013 AHA NSW Winner for Best TAB (Country).

AMELIES ON POKOLBIN  MOUNTAIN ��� POKOLBIN MOUNTAINS RD, POKOLBIN

M 0413 813 399 E amelies@pokolbinmountain.com.au pokolbinmountain.com.au Looking for a romantic getaway with complete privacy? Amelies is the only cottage on a 1000-acre family property, perched on the Brokenback Range overlooking vineyards. The double spa has picture-perfect views. Amelies is close to everything, yet in a world of its own.

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ARALUEN MISTLETOE  COTTAGES ��� MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7567 E araluencottages@gmail.com araluencottages.com.au If your getaway wish list includes vineyards and the Australian bush, kangaroos at sunset, the sweet song of native birds and a frogs’ chorus from nearby dams, Araluen Mistletoe Cottages is for you. It’s surrounded by vineyards yet within walking distance of wineries, restaurants and cafes.

AVOCA HOUSE ���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

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


ACCOMMODATION SELF-CONTAINED

BELLBIRD COTTAGES �  SWALLOWS HOMESTEAD

BELTANA VILLAS

BILLABONG MOON

��� OLD NORTH RD, POKOLBIN

��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

BLACKWATTLE LUXURY  RETREATS

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.

LEWIS LN, MOUNT VIEW NEAR MILLFIELD

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

��� TALGA RD, LOVEDALE

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

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

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

M 0477 010 010 E stays@huntervalleystays.com.au billabongmoon.com.au

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

BUFFS AT POKOLBIN

BURNCROFT GUESTHOUSE

CASA LA VINA

�� COULSON RD, POKOLBIN

��� TALGA RD, LOVEDALE

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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CEDAR CREEK COTTAGES

CEDARS MOUNT VIEW

CLYDES AT MOUNT VIEW

���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

�� MITCHELLS RD, MOUNT VIEW

�� KING RD, MOUNT VIEW

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.

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.

Just 15 minutes’ drive from Pokolbin, this threebedroom old farmhouse has been beautifully restored to create a luxurious and restful place to stay. It sleeps eight, is pet friendly and features antique furniture, a hydrotherapy spa bath and underfloor heating for toasty toes during the cooler months.

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

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

T 02 9918 4149 E jenny@clydesatmountview.com.au clydesatmountview.com.au

COTTAGES ON MOUNT VIEW

EARTH INSPIRED RETREATS

ENGLEWOOD RIDGE

���� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW

��� WOLLONG RD, QUORROBOLONG

�� TALGA RD, LOVEDALE

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.

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.

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

GYPSY WILLOWS WOLLOMBI

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

��� NARONE CREEK RD, WOLLOMBI

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.

Enjoy country bliss in superb modern comfort. Gypsy Willows is a brand-new, secluded and extremely private luxury holiday house, sleeping up to six people in three bedrooms, all with generous ensuite bathrooms. It’s located just 3km from the historic Wollombi village and is perfect for two or three couples.

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

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

T 02 4998 3404 E enquiries@gypsywillows.com.au gypsywillows.com.au


ACCOMMODATION SELF-CONTAINED

HUNTER HIDEAWAY COTTAGES

IRONBARK HILL

IRONSTONE ESTATE

��� TUCKERS LN, NORTH ROTHBURY

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

�� 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.

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

M 0416 048 424 E stay@ironstoneestate.com.au ironstoneestate.com.au Ironstone Estate consists of two spacious, selfcontained country homes located on a 45-acre vineyard estate in the scenic Lovedale area. The Lodge has six bedrooms, all with ensuites, while the Homestead has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a swimming pool. Both houses have wood fires and BBQ facilities.

KINSALE COTTAGE

LILIES COTTAGE

LILLIANS ON LOVEDALE

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

�� MAJORS LN, LOVEDALE

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

Lilies Cottage is a luxury retreat offering guests total privacy and exclusivity. With stunning mountain and vineyard views on a secluded 23-acre property in Lovedale, it’s a unique and special place for a romantic escape. It features wood fires, spa baths, down-filled duvets and large covered verandahs set over a private lake.

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.

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

M 0428 698 881 E stay@lilies.com.au lilies.com.au

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

LOVEDALE COTTAGES

LOVEDALE LODGE

MADIGAN VINEYARD

�� BRICKMANS LN, LOVEDALE

��� LONDONS RD, LOVEDALE

��� WILDERNESS RD, ROTHBURY

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).

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

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

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.

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MIDNIGHT’S PROMISE ESTATE

MOUNT VIEW LODGES

NIRVANA VISTA RESORT

��� TALGA RD, LOVEDALE

��� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW

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

LOT � SWEETWATER RD, ROTHBURY

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

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

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

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

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

NORTH LODGE COTTAGES

OLD HILLSIDE HOMESTEAD

RIDGEVIEW COTTAGES

��� OLD NORTH RD, POKOLBIN

��� MARROWBONE RD, POKOLBIN

��� SWEETWATER RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

SILVERPOINT ACCOMMODATION

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

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

ROTHVALE VINEYARD COTTAGES

SERENITY GROVE

��� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN

��� MILBRODALE RD, BROKE

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

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

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

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

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

��� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN

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


ACCOMMODATION SELF-CONTAINED

SOMEWHERE UNIQUE NARONE CREEK RD, WOLLOMBI

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

TATLER VINEYARD  ACCOMMODATION

TELLACE WINES  ACCOMMODATION

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

��� TUCKERS LN, NORTH ROTHBURY

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.

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

T 02 4938 7173 E info@tellace.com.au

THE GRANGE ON HERMITAGE

THE VINTRY

THE WATTLE LODGE

��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

���� GLENDON BROOK RD, GLENDON BROOK

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

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

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

THE WOODS AT POKOLBIN

WATTLE-WILDE COUNTRY HIDEAWAY

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

��� HALLS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

��� 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.

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

WINE COUNTRY VILLAS ��� THOMPSONS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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WIRRAL GRANGE COTTAGE

WOOLSHED HILL ESTATE

��� LOMAS LN, LOVEDALE

��� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN

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.

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.

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

SPICERS VINEYARDS ESTATE

T 02 4998 7685 E info@woolshedhill.com.au woolshedhill.com.au

CAPERS GUESTHOUSE �  COTTAGE ���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

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

��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN T 02 6574 7229

AUSTRALIA HOTEL MOTEL

CESSNOCK MOTEL

��� WOLLOMBI RD, CESSNOCK 

�� ALLANDALE RD, CESSNOCK

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 mini bar, open fire and spa ensuite, and access to the property's outdoor pool, spa, games area, day spa and Restaurant Botanica.

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

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

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

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

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

HUNTER VALLEY HOTEL ACADEMY

HUNTER VALLEY RETREAT

WINDARRA LODGE

MCLEOD RD (OFF HEDDON ST), KURRI KURRI

��� SANDY CREEK RD, QUORROBOLONG

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

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.

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

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

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

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


ACCOMMODATION MOTELS • BED & BREAKFASTS

WINE COUNTRY MOTOR INN

BRILEX PARK B�B

ROSEDALE B�B

� DARWIN ST, CESSNOCK

���� LEGGETTS DR, MOUNT VINCENT

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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.

Recipient of TripAdvisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence Award, Rosedale B&B boasts a beautiful garden setting and three spacious ensuite bedrooms, all with queen beds. Private entrance, lounge and dining room, A/C, open fire, free WiFi and BBQ facilities. Close to wineries and restaurants.

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

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

T 02 4990 9537 E stay@rosedalebnb.com.au rosedalebnb.com.au


Weddings. VENUES AND SERVICES FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY.

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

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

2GoodReasons

Newcastle

02 4962 1855

N/A

N/A

Beveridge’s Menswear

88 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 1310

N/A

MAP 2 D4

Fuse Gallery Hair. Skin. Body

89 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4991 4247

110

MAP 2 C3

Helen Hising Marriage Celebrant

Hunter Valley

0417 677 668

110

N/A

Hunter Valley Resort

Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7777

110

MAP 1 F2

Hunter Wedding Ceremonies

Hunter Valley

0418 637 890

N/A

N/A

Jason Thomas Marriage Celebrant

Small Winemakers Centre, Suite 5, 426 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

0409 337 000

111

MAP 1 J6

Maree Callaghan – Hunter Marriage Celebrant

80 Caledonia St, Kearsley

02 4990 4917

N/A

MAP 1 Q13

Photography on Hermitage

10 Bowen St, Branxton

02 4938 3547

111

MAP 1 B9

Prestige Wedding & Event Hire

13 Ace Cres, Tuggerah

02 4353 4599

111

N/A

Red Zebra Babysitting & Childcare Services

Pokolbin

0419 411 636

111

N/A

Restaurant Cuvée

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

02 4998 7881

111

MAP 1 J9

Ron McSporran Marriage Celebrant

Hunter Valley

0407 960 206

111

N/A

Spark Ceremonies Hunter Valley

18 Casuarina Dr, Rothbury

0429 354 177

111

MAP 1 H7

St Michael’s Wollombi

2887 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 1576

111

MAP 1 S2

St Patrick’s of Nulkaba

Cnr Wine Country Dr & Kerlew St, Nulkaba

02 4991 2555

111

MAP 1 N11

Studio Valentine Photography

4B Pinchen St, Nulkaba

02 4991 4400

N/A

MAP 1 N11

FUSE GALLERY HAIR. SKIN. BODY

HELEN HISING MARRIAGE CELEBRANT

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

M 0417 677 668 E helenhising@gmail.com.au sweetmemoriesoflove.com

�� VINCENT ST, CESSNOCK T 02 4991 4247

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

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Performing ceremonies in the Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Central Coast. Whether it’s traditional, casual or an elopement, Helen designs all ceremonies to reflect each couple. Complimentary handmade wedding ring plate with every booking. Daily, by appointment

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HUNTER VALLEY RESORT CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

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

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


WEDDINGS

JASON THOMAS MARRIAGE CELEBRANT SMALL WINEMAKERS CENTRE, SUITE �, ��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

M 0409 337 000 E jasonthomas@westnet.com.au jasonthomascelebrant.com.au Jason has been working professionally in the wine industry for more than 15 years, including managing wineries and venues that provide wedding services. He offers a professional, relaxed and modern style of wedding ceremony. Daily, by appointment

RED ZEBRA BABYSITTING �  CHILDCARE SERVICES

PHOTOGRAPHY ON HERMITAGE �� BOWEN ST, BRANXTON

T 02 4938 3547 E elfesphoto@bigpond.com.au photographyonhermitage.com.au Photography on Hermitage was established in Pokolbin in 2001 by Sydney photographer Chris Elfes after moving to the Hunter Valley shortly after shooting the Sydney Olympics. Chris has an intimate knowledge of the area, shooting assignments for many of the local wineries, magazines and tourist industry. By appointment

RESTAURANT CUVÉE

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, cool rooms and more. With many years of expertise, Prestige can ensure your event is a success. Mon–Fri 8.30am–5pm, Sat 8.30am–12pm

RON MCSPORRAN MARRIAGE CELEBRANT

POKOLBIN

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

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

M 0407 960 206 E mcsporran.cmc@bigpond.com.au ronmcsporrancelebrant.com.au

Established in 1990 offering childcare services for locals and visitors. Specialising in short-term care for weddings and conferences, or just your night out for dinner. All carers are qualified and experienced and have Working with Children Check approvals. Daily, 24 hours

Restaurant Cuvée is an award-winning wedding venue with a beautiful sandstone building and sweeping vineyard views providing an ideal backdrop for your reception. Whether it’s a small, intimate wedding or a larger wedding of 140, the experienced staff can tailor a package that will suit any dream. Daily, evenings

Ron has been a marriage celebrant for 18 years and has officiated at hundreds of weddings in the Hunter Valley. This popular celebrant will help you plan your day and put together a bespoke ceremony that reflects your love and future together. Daily, by appointment

SPARK CEREMONIES HUNTER VALLEY

ST MICHAEL’S WOLLOMBI

ST PATRICK’S OF NULKABA

���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

CNR WINE COUNTRY DR � KERLEW ST, NULKABA

M 0419 411 636 E bev@redzebra.net.au redzebra.net.au

�� CASUARINA DR, ROTHBURY

M 0429 354 177 E sparkceremonies@bigpond.com.au sparkceremonies.com.au A young and vibrant marriage celebrant, based in the heart of Wine Country, Kate Muller enjoys helping marrying couples create ceremonies as unique as they are. Modern or traditional, your ceremony is guaranteed to be a real celebration with a little bit of spark. Daily, by appointment

HUNTER VALLEY

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

T 02 4991 2555 E stpatricks_ofnulkaba@msn.com stpatricksofnulkaba.com.au

Charming sandstone church in historic Wollombi village, which seats 75. All denominations and civil weddings welcome. A lovely ambience indoors and beautiful outdoor setting ensures a special occasion. Create your own style with no time restraints, it’s your church for the day! Accommodation and reception venues nearby. Daily, by appointment

This unique 1892 sandstone chapel has a tradition of being a very special venue for wedding ceremonies. Now fully restored, this non-denominational chapel seats approximately 130 people. Beautifully landscaped grounds are the perfect backdrop for photos and video productions... memories are made of this. Daily, by appointment

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Services. ESSENTIALS TO COVER ALL YOUR NEEDS. NAME

ADDRESS

Airport – Newcastle

1 Williamtown Dr, Williamtown

02 4928 9800

PHONE

N/A

Chris Elfes Photography

10 Bowen St, Branxton

02 4938 3547

MAP 1 B9

Council – Cessnock

62–78 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4993 4300

MAP 2 C4

Council – Singleton

Cnr Queen St & Civic Ave, Singleton

02 6578 7290

MAP 4 A4

000

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

Newspaper – The Advertiser

155 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 1244

MAP 2 D3

Pharmacy – Pokolbin Village Pharmacy

Shop 13, Hunter Valley Gardens Village, Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6677

MAP 1 J5

Red Zebra Babysitting & Childcare Services

Pokolbin

0419 411 636

N/A

Sally Sneddon Graphic Design

12 Yilen Cl, Beresfield

02 4088 7032

N/A

Sheer Design

Maitland

02 4933 9000

MAP 1 N11

TAXI – Cessnock Radio Cabs

52 Cumberland St, Nulkaba

02 4990 1111

MAP 2 E5

TAXI – Singleton Taxico

15 Mary St, Singleton

02 6572 1133

MAP 1 B0

Visitor Information – Hunter Valley

455 Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin

02 4993 6700

MAP1 K10

Visitor Information – Maitland

Cnr New England Hwy & High St, Maitland

02 4931 2800

MAP 1 K10

Visitor Information – Newcastle

@ The Maritime Centre, 3 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle

1800 654 558

N/A

Visitor Information – Singleton

Townhead Park, New England Hwy, Singleton

1800 499 888

MAP 4 D5

EMERGENCY – Ambulance, Fire & Police

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BIG-NAME ACTS from rock legend bruce springsteen to swedish pop - rockers roxette ,

the hunter valley plays host to some of the world ’ s biggest acts .

Recent star performers also include The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Sting & Paul Simon, Jimmy Barnes, Fleetwood Mac, Bernard Fanning, Alicia Keys, Leonard Cohen, Lionel Richie, John Farnham, Hunters & Collectors, Daryl Braithwaite, Ian ‘Mossy’ Moss, Richard Clapton and country music favourites Toby Keith and Lee Kernaghan.

Visit winecountry.com.au to find out who’s headlining in 2015 and book your tickets.


MAGAZINE

MAGAZINE

ISSUE �� MAR–AUG ���� winecountry.com.au

ISSUE #4 Wine: foolproof food & wine matching and exotic reds

Dine: local chefs share their favourite pizza recipes + Regional guide & map

Explore: romantic places to stay and play

Hunter Valley Magazine Issue 4, 2015  
Hunter Valley Magazine Issue 4, 2015  

Hunter Valley Magazine showcases the best food, wine and other experiences in Australia's top food and wine region.