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From unlikely beginnings over 120 years ago, the Tulloch story continues today as one of the most truly authentic and generational wine dynasties of modern times. Tulloch is regarded as a contemporary Australian brand loved and revered for its philosophy of crafting premium wines for all generations of wine drinkers. Visit our Cellar Door, Members Lounge and Tasting Lab to enjoy a great selection of wines from the Tulloch range.

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

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13 SNIPPETS News, views and reviews from around the Valley

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Download the free Hunter Valley Official Guide iPhone app

Where to enjoy the great outdoors this summer

52 THE GLASS WHISPERER Meet a local glassblower

57 PEACOCKS, PUBS & PAINTINGS…

Legendary locals and wines

And much more to discover in the city of Cessnock

28 SIMPLY THE BEST

Round-up of the 2016 Hunter Valley Wine Show winners

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46 OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Seven wine varieties to rock your summer

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32 MASTERS & APPRENTICES Meet some top chefs and their rising stars

39 MADE IN THE HUNTER Spotlight on Matt’s Produce

40 MEATLESS MASTERPIECES

Six reasons to go meatless this summer

62 A TALE OF TWO HUNTERS

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

103 GOURMET

Enjoy local produce & brews

107 TOURS

Discover the secrets of the Hunter Valley

114 EXPERIENCES

Enjoy a range of activities and attractions

121 ACCOMMODATION

Two visitors share their Hunter Valley experiences

Find your ideal Hunter Valley home

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

Wedding venues and services

65 WHAT’S ON

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73 HUNTER VALLEY VISITOR GUIDE

133 WEDDINGS 136 SERVICES

Essentials to cover all your needs

MAP

Your guide to the region

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Sample the region’s awardwinning wines

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WELCOME Welcome to the seventh issue of Hunter Valley Magazine, which focuses on how to best discover and enjoy Australia’s oldest wine region. The magazine features stories by leading wine, food and travel writers, followed by regional visitor information, business listings and this issue also includes a new regional map to help you explore this unique area. The Clear Image Hunter Valley Wine Show is regarded as one of the premier regional wine shows in the country and this annual event sees hundreds of local winemakers vying for top honours. In this issue, we reveal the trophy-winning wines from the 2016 Show on page 28 and also put the spotlight on seven wine varieties that are ideal for summer wining and dining on page 19. Visitors are constantly wowed by the incredible natural beauty of the region so we explore some of the Valley’s outdoor adventures on page 46, chat to some master chefs and their up-and-coming apprentices on page 32, take a behind-the-scenes look at the art of glassblowing on page 52 and uncover the diverse attractions of Cessnock on page 57.

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OFFICIAL REGIONAL GUIDE & MAP

SO MUCH TO • 1 LOCAL WHO IS A REAL GLASS ACT • 3 MASTERS & APPRENTICES OF THE KITCHEN • 6 COMPELLING REASONS TO GO MEAT FREE • 7 WINE VARIETIES TO ROCK YOUR SUMMER

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DANIEL HONAN

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

MELINDA KELLY

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

PATRICK HADDOCK

Also known as The Wining Pom, Patrick has been writing about wine for the past decade. He contributes to publications including James Halliday’s Wine Companion magazine and Selector Magazine.

STEPHANIE CLIFFORD-SMITH

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


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THE VIEW FROM BISTRO MOLINES @ TALLAVERA GROVE VINEYARD.

GET FIZZICAL When it’s party time, you need a sparkling wine. Here are four local bubbles to make your party pop. 1. Peterson House 2012 Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay $33 Expect an explosion of

FIVE VIEWS Here are some of our favourite locations to make you fall in love with the Hunter Valley… and want to share with friends. 1. One of our #HVsecrets – the location of our front cover perched high up on the Brokenback Range on Pokolbin Mountains Road, near Amelies selfcontained cottage (yep, you can stay and soak up those picture-perfect views). 2. Tallavera Grove Vineyard at Mount View, with its spectacular outlook over rolling hills of vines and pastures (pictured above), and adjoining Bistro Molines, a favourite long-lunch spot. 3. Bimbadeen Lookout, a little further

up the road from Tallavera Grove, has views all the way to Stockton Beach and Barrington Tops on a clear day. 4. The Len Evans Memorial Lookout at Constable Estate has 360-degree Valley views. A spiral grass path leads up to the octagon-shaped timber lookout, which has a brass plate pointing to places of interest. 5. Last, but not least, the knockout views from Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard is another popular spot for Instagrammers.

fresh fruits and sherbet with a crisp, clean finish and a firm persistent mousse (stream of bubbles). Pairs perfectly with seafood and white-meat dishes. 2. Tyrrell’s Pinot Noir Chardonnay $30

This blend of Hunter Valley grapes has a creamy texture and generous fruit flavours. Ideal with appetisers such as oysters, smoked salmon, goats’ cheese crostini and sushi.

3. Tintilla Spritzanti Lizzie $26 Made from Hunter Valley Semillon with a soft mouthfeel, fruity sweetness and a crisp spritzy zest. A great party wine or accompaniment to seafood, Asian and spicy dishes. 4. Two Rivers Cuvee NV $20 A blend of Semillon and Chardonnay from the Upper Hunter that’s perfect as an aperitif before a meal is served, or with a salmon-mousse dip or cheese platter. “The lightness of the mousse goes stunningly with the lovely fresh flavours of the Cuvee,” says Two Rivers owner Linda Keeping.

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No region does outdoor concerts quite like the Hunter Valley, with star performances this year at Roche Estate (Opera in the Vineyard), Hope Estate (Rock Symphony In The Vines and Hope Rocks) and A Day On The Green at Bimbadgen Winery (Garbage and The Temper Trap, Rodriguez, and Simple Minds and B-52s). So get online and book your tickets now! See pages 65–70 for more concert info or go to winecountry.com.au

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• Alfresco brunching is big at Cafe Enzo (above) with most diners tucking into the Breakfast Board, which includes poached eggs, Berkshire ham off the bone, avocado, local Binnorie Dairy feta, roast tomato, pistachio red pesto and sourdough, washed down with a Campos coffee (superior blend) or fresh juice made daily. enzohuntervalley.com.au • At RidgeView Restaurant you can create your own omelette, but according to executive chef Donna Hollis the most popular dish is breakfast bruschetta, made with fresh tomato, avocado, bacon and herbs on toasted sourdough, all topped off with an olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. You can add a poached egg laid by the restaurant’s freerange chickens as well. ridgeview.com.au • And who can resist bubbles for breakfast? At Restaurant Cuvée @ Peterson House it’s the house specialty, with their Bubbly Breakfast kicking off with a glass of sparkling wine, followed by free-range eggs, bacon, mushrooms, baby spinach, grilled vine tomatoes, rosemary and seededmustard rosti and thick-cut toast. What a super start to the day. petersonhouse.com.au

WINE DICTIONARY Clone Nope, nothing to do with Star Wars! For winemakers a clone generally refers to a cutting from one vine that is then grafted onto the rootstock of another vine. The newly grafted vine is called a clone of the original “mother vine” as it shares the same attributes, which the winemaker wants to duplicate throughout the vineyard. So the chardonnay you’re drinking could be a blend of different chardonnay clones or a single chardonnay clone.

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#HUNTER HOUNDS Name: Basil Hordern Breed: Dalmatian Age: 3 ½ human years Owner: Brokenwood winemaker Stuart Hordern Pet hate: Not being able to come to work, no balls or bung to chase. Favourite furry friends: Winnie the Lakeland Terrier, Gertie the Flat-Coated Retriever, Jasper the Dalmatian and Morgan my father’s Irish Red Setter. Dirty deeds: Developing a taste for the Charteris family’s chooks! Share photos of the #hunterhounds you meet while touring our wine region on Facebook (HunterValleyWineCountry), Instagram (@huntervalleywc) or Twitter (@huntervalleywc).

NEW HUNTER VALLEY MAP The new Hunter Valley Map, sponsored by Mortels Sheepskin Factory, is now available at visitor information centres, so pick up your copy and make sightseeing a breeze. Haven’t visited Mortels yet? It’s the home of the Big Ugg Boots, just 30 minutes’ drive from the vineyards, where you can learn about Australia’s sheepskin history in the museum and take a tour of the factory at 11am Monday to Friday (other times available for group bookings). You can shop seven days a week browsing oodles of locally made sheepskin products, including those famous Ugg boots, and enjoy coffee and chef-prepared meals in Mortels Cafe, all under the one roof. For more info go to mortels.com.au

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DID YOU KNOW? “Chocolate, like wine, should be stored at a consistent temperature (between 14–22°C) in a cool, dry place away from sunlight,” says Hunter Valley Chocolate Company owner Jo Clarke. “And again, like wine, if you pop it into the fridge on a hot summer’s day, you should allow it to come to room temperature before eating or you won’t get the full chocolate flavour.” Jo should know – Hunter Valley Chocolate Company produces 200kg of chocolate a week and has been making it for 18 years. It now has three outlets across the Valley producing premium chocolate from Belgian couverture chocolate – a very high-quality chocolate that contains extra cocoa butter – with son Peter Carpenter the main chocolatier. hvchocolate.com.au

A NEGRONI WITH A NEW TWIST Negroni lovers will go ga-ga for the world’s first vintage off-dry Semillon vermouth and yep, it’s from the Hunter Valley. Margan Wines launched the new tipple for their 20th anniversary in 2016. It’s made with a mix of 22 aromatics, most coming from the estate’s kitchen garden. Andrew and Ollie Margan have come up with a new way to enjoy the classic cocktail – the Hunter Gatherer Cocktail: equal parts vermouth, aged rum and lime juice, with rosemary-infused honey. After one sip you’ll be hooked. $50. margan.com.au

ASK THE EXPERT Winemaker Bruce Tyrrell on whether wine is vegetarian friendly (turn to page 40 for some meat-free meals). I’ve heard some wines use animal products – is this true? Yes, most wines go through a filtering process before they are bottled to remove sediment and unwanted flavours and aromas. This is called fining. The products used to filter the wine are called fining agents and can include animalderived products like gelatin, egg albumen and isinglass from fish bladders. What if I have an allergy or am a strict vegan/vegetarian? The only way to be 100% sure you’re

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drinking a vegetarian friendly wine is to ask the winemaker. By law, Australian wine labels must declare the use of allergens, such as sulphites, egg, nut and milk products, used in the production of wine. So people who suffer from allergies should always read the back label on a bottle of wine before purchase. However, there is no law requiring declaration of other (non-allergenic) processing aids, such as isinglass or gelatin, so these will not be on wine labels. All Tyrrells premium range Hunter Valley and Heathcote red wines are vegetarian friendly (ie, Hunter Valley Range, Hunter Heroes, Rufus Stone, Sacred Sites and Winemaker’s Selection).


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 2013 “Five Star Winery” 2017 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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WINE SUMMER TIPPLES NEW TO THE wine game? Think bouquet just means a bunch of flowers and Brut is the aftershave your grandad wore ? Well, you’re not alone and wine professionals don’t make it any easier by using confusing lingo, especially if you are a layperson at the temple of all things grape related. So we’ve compiled a list of seven wine varieties ideal for summer wining and dining – and kept the wine lingo to a minimum. Remember, the best thing you can do is work out whether you like a wine and then look for the same qualities in other wines. We’ve outlined some common qualities in each variety and included some food-pairing tips.

SEMILLON The Valley without Semillon is like Kath without Kim or Batman sans Robin. It is unique, and speaks of where it is from. Hunter Valley Semillon is a white grape that is crushed then put in to stainless steel, that’s it. In its youth it is almost clear in the glass, a grape that is bursting with citrus flavours and full of stern acidity. Many people adore Semillon when it’s young and crisp with citrus notes but as it ages, it reveals its true, mercurial self. Like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly it deepens to a golden colour and gains layers of complexity showing flavours of buttered toast and lanolin. Food match: drink it with fresh oysters and crab or delicate white fish such as whiting. Top drops: First Creek Semillon 2015, $25. Lifted citrus aromas lead to a crisp, steely, lemony finish. McGuigan Wines Shortlist Semillon 2013, $30. Hints of lanolin and just starting to develop with hints of zesty marmalade on toast. Thomas Wines Braemore Semillon 2016, $30. A flagship for the region, the latest release is tight, focused with amazing length and sure to age well.

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“ The Valley without Semillon is like Kath without Kim or Batman sans Robin. It is unique and speaks of where it is from.” CHARDONNAY Chardonnay has a rich tradition of growing in nearly every region of Australia but it shows a distinctive style in the Hunter Valley due to the warmth of the climate. Chardonnay tends to be a blank canvas as a grape so it comes down to the winemaker to impart their vision as the artist. This can involve the time the grapes are picked (less ripe versus ripe), oak treatment (no oak, new oak or aged) or even the time the wine spends maturing. Chardonnay has stone fruit, melon and apple aromas with peach and cashew flavours.

Food match: perfect with chicken dishes, pork or lobster with a herb butter. Top drops: Scarborough Wine Co. Yellow Label Chardonnay 2013, $23. This wine typifies the rich, fuller style of the Hunter. Meerea Park Wines Terracotta Chardonnay 2015, $35. An abundance of stone fruit and spice with zesty acidity on the finish. Mistletoe Winery Reserve Chardonnay 2012, $32. A bigger style on the nose with vibrant peach flavour and a long finish.


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. 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 • Winery tastings available for larger groups – bookings essential! • Mistletoe Wines are only available for purchase from the Winery Cellar Door • Knowledgeable and friendly staff to make you welcome

When visiting Mistletoe be sure to take time to visit POKOLBIN GALLERY and MISTLETOE SCULPTURE GARDEN also in the grounds of the Cellar Door.

With three generations now actively engaged in the day to day operation of Mistletoe, it is truly a unique family winery. Come up and meet the Mistletoe Girls who will make your visit all the more special. Mistletoe is now just 35 minutes form Newcastle – take the Hunter Expressway M15 which becomes the A15 (New England Highway) at Branxton and then take the Hermitage Road exit.

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VERDELHO

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Verdelho is another wine variety that has found a home in the Hunter Valley. It seems strange that a Portuguese variety from the island of Madeira should have become such a stalwart of the region. But this white wine offers bags of refreshment and continues to keep new lovers of wine happy with its obvious tropical flavours. Verdelho is a crowd-pleasing white style that bursts with fruity aromas and seems more refined than the ‘punch in the face’ of Sauvignon Blanc. It is vibrant and fruity with great acidity that lends itself to Asian food.

If ‘50 is the new 40’ then Pinot Grigio is the new Sauvignon Blanc. Research shows this grape variety is on the rise and yet there’s still confusion about the name. That’s because sometimes it’s referred to as Grigio and sometimes Gris, although it’s the same grape. If it’s Grigio then it’s made in the Italian way and picked early – a clean, crisp fruity yet quite neutral style with a backbone of acidity. If it’s Gris then it’s made in the Alsace style, deeper in colour with a fuller, more textured palate. Flavours of pear, apples and almonds are associated with this variety.

There has been a veritable explosion of alternative varieties in Australian wineries in the past few years and this native Sardinian has found a suitable home in Hunter Valley Wine Country, among other regions. Think of it as Pinot Gris with a bit more flavour and structure. Better still, this variety retains firm acidity in warm conditions so it’s perfect for the hot days the region endures around vintage (January to March). It has a citrus freshness – limes, green apples and peaches – combined with that trademark zesty acidity which ensures it’s a winner with seafood.

Food match: serve with seafood pasta, pork belly or chicken liver parfait.

Food match: perfect with sardines or smoked salmon.

Top drops: David Hook Wines Pinot Grigio 2015, $18. Hints of satsuma mandarin and melon with subtle spice and a crisp, clean finish.

Top drops: First Creek Vermentino 2014 $25. Hints of honey and pear lead to a textural palate with a clean, acid finish.

Adina Vineyard Pinot Gris 2015 $25. A refreshing style with abundant pear and citrus flavours and a long satisfying finish.

Bimbadgen Estate Vermentino 2016, $24. Lifted with seductive aromatics with flavours of pear and apple, it finishes clean and crisp.

Food match: a great pairing for pad Thai or a red curry with chicken. Top drops: Tulloch Verdelho 2015, $16. It’s lifted with tropical aromas and shows great vibrancy before a crisp finish. Margan Verdelho 2015, $20. Bright fruit and spice aromas and a layered palate of citrus and pineapple. Oakvale Verdelho 2015, $24. Passionfruit and pear aromas with an elegant finish.

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FACTORY TOURS Watch, hear, feel and smell the real workings of an UGG boot factory on a fully guided tour.

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“‘ Think pink, drink pink’ has become a new mantra for chilled refreshment.” THE BIG CHILL

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‘Think pink, drink pink’ has become a new mantra for those searching for chilled refreshment in a wine. It’s not quite white, it’s not quite red. It’s somewhere in between and that’s why it’s become so popular. Not to mention it’s so versatile with food; handling anything from Indian to antipasto. It used to be that Australian wineries made pink wines as an afterthought but these days it’s made with the same skill as other table wines. Some might opt for a sweeter more confected style but the most popular is the French Provençal style, ensuring a bronzed or salmon hue and a mouthfilling wine with a dry finish. Rosé can be made from many varieties, from Shiraz and Cabernet to Grenache and Merlot.

Moscato has seen an enormous growth in recent years, probably because it’s light, low in alcohol and incredibly sweet. As an introduction to the world of wine it’s easy and accessible on the palate – it’s effervescent and has enough sugar to convince recent wine converts that it could, in fact, be a soft drink. Made from the Muscat grape it has its origins in Italy, where the winemakers made a wine style that was light and refreshing to drink at lunchtime. That lightness makes it the perfect breakfast or lunchtime drink with its trademark scents of musk and Turkish delight. Moscato tends to go well with light dishes and sweet desserts although it’s remarkably easy to drink on its own, particularly when lazing beside the pool in summer.

Food match: a great aperitif before a meal but just as good with a spicy Rogan Josh curry. Top drops: De Iuliis Rosé 2016, $20. A fresh style made with Sangiovese bursting with red fruit flavours before a dry finish. Saddler’s Creek Rosé 2015, $26. European in style, made with Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot, salmon in colour and bone dry with great texture.

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Food match: try it with a fruit tart or pavlova. Top drops: Tinklers Moscato 2014, $25. Perfect refreshment is assured with this sparkly, sweet wine that ends with good balanced acidity. Audrey Wilkinson Moscato 2015, $28. Vital red fruits with crisp and crunchy acids and a slight spritz on the palate.

Summer means chilling wines to a required temperature but many Aussies chill their wines so much that it masks the aromas and flavours. So what’s the best temperature? Most fridges are set between 2°C and 4°C, so drinking a wine straight out of the fridge is a bit of a no-no. You should get your whites out of the fridge and give them a little time to warm up before drinking. If you’re impatient, you can just warm the glass in the palm of your hand – it makes all the difference to the taste of the wine. Of course, the biggest sin you can commit at a backyard barbie on a summer scorcher is to drop a few ice cubes into your wine. Ice may cool the wine down but it also dilutes the flavour. If the fridge isn’t handy, put those ice cubes in an ice bucket with equal parts water and pop the bottle in to chill! Here are ideal serving temperatures for different varieties so you can get the best out of your wine. 6–8°C: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris/ Grigio and non-vintage Champagnes. 8–10°C: Riesling, Semillon, Verdelho, Rosé, Moscato, Vermentino and vintage Champagnes. 12–13°C: Full-bodied whites, oaked whites and Chardonnay.


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LOCAL HEROES MEET SOME LOCALS AND A RANGE OF WINES THAT REALLY ARE LEGENDARY. WORDS: RICK ALLEN PHOTOS: CHRIS ELFES

‘YOU’RE A LEGEND’. It’s a phrase heard all over Australia. But in Hunter Valley Wine Country, it takes on a special meaning. You see, Australia’s oldest wineproducing region has an annual Living Legend award, dedicated to a winemaker or grape grower with more than 30 years’ experience in the Valley who has influenced the course of the Hunter Valley wine industry. In Wine Country, when they say you’re a Legend, they mean it.

certainly not been lost, despite the best efforts of Hunter Valley drawl to encroach. “I find it a bit overwhelming when I look at the calibre of the other Hunter Valley Legends. I am pleased to be recognised as someone who came here and tried. “I came to the Hunter for one, maybe two years, and here I am all these years later.” The list of Legends is impressive, as you would expect, and features names that are synonymous with the

“It’s important to note that every part of the process is donated... the bottles, the capsules, the labels, the lot." Not surprisingly, it’s the region’s most prestigious prize and is announced at an annual awards lunch that also crowns Winemaker of the Year, Rising Star of the Year, Viticulturist of the Year and Cellar Door of the Year. (For a full list of this year’s winners go to page 81). This year’s winner… drumroll please… is Alain Le Prince, who migrated from France to the Hunter in 1971 with his wife, Jeni, and a dream of growing grapes. More than 40 years later he’s still here. He progressed from working in the vineyard at Rothbury Estate to vineyard manager for Tyrrell’s and then took over the reins at Terrace Vale vineyard in Pokolbin. “I am humbled,” the quietly spoken Le Prince said in a French accent that has

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Hunter Valley wine industry, including Tyrrell, Tulloch, McGuigan, Drayton, Stockhausen and Scarborough. In fact, such is the rich wine history of the Valley that this year’s Winemaker of the Year recipient, Liz Jackson from First Creek, implored the Legends to pass on their stories from days past. “We, the current generation of winemakers, need to hear these stories so we can pass them on to the next generation,” she said in her acceptance speech. “That’s how we ensure the history and the stories of Hunter Valley winemaking live on.” The Legend award is now associated with a special Legends wine range, produced exclusively for Wine Selectors, that aims to honour the Legends winners


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and also highlights the unity of the Hunter Valley wine industry. Bruce Tyrrell, a Living Legend himself, explains: “We contact wineries around the region and ask them if they can supply some juice for the wines. Smaller operations might only be able to give us say, 20 gallons (75.7 litres), the bigger operations obviously give us more. “Then we have a winemaking team that sits down with Wine Selectors and they collaborate on what style of wine they would like. Then we blend all this juice and work hand in hand with them to produce our wine. “I think it’s important to note that every part of the process is donated – the bottles, the capsules, labels, the lot.” Wine Selectors, which started 40 years ago as Hunter Valley Wine Society, sells the wine to its members in packs (about $25 a bottle) with all proceeds going to Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association. This year the Legends range included a Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. And in a new initiative, students from the School of Design at the University of Newcastle were invited to design the labelling, with prize money offered to the top three designs. “We were blown away by the quality we received,” Tyrrell says. “We briefed the students on what we were looking for and told them we wanted something that portrayed the history, quality and culture of the Hunter Valley wine industry. “I’ve been telling anyone who’ll listen that if they want something designed, they need look no further than these students. I was amazed.

“In the end the top three [choice] was unanimous, it was just a matter of coming up with a winner.” That winner was Daniel Smith, who won the $300 first prize, edging out Eryn Leggatt and Paige Cooley who received $100 and $50 respectively. “We liked the simplicity of the winning design,” Tyrrell explained. The label featured the word Legends, and carried the signatures of previous winners of the award. It’s fair to say the back label struck a chord too: ‘Legends are those who so profoundly affect us in the past that they are honoured in the present. We raise our glass to the legends of today, born of the infinite hours spent honing their craft so that we may experience something special’. Words so prophetic deserved an outstanding range of wines, and Nicole Gow, senior buyer for Wine Selectors, couldn’t be happier. “No doubt about it, we’re thrilled with the finished products,” she says. “We have been involved with these Legends wines for a few years now and

FAR LEFT: THE 2016 HUNTER VALLEY LEGEND ALAIN LE PRINCE. ABOVE: DANIEL SMITH, WINNER OF THE LEGENDS WINE LABEL COMPETITION. I have no doubt that the quality of wine we’re offering our membership is getting stronger every year. “We are looking for something that is immediately approachable, yet with strong varietal appeal. Something that says Hunter. “Remember, Wine Selectors started as the Hunter Valley Wine Society, and while we’ve grown to become Australia’s largest independent wine club, the Hunter Valley is, and always has been, our backyard. We’re still based in Newcastle after all. “We get some terrific wine, exclusive to us, to sell to our members. It’s a unique initiative and it’s only going to get bigger and better.”

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SIMPLY THE BEST LOOKING FOR THE BEST WINES IN THE VALLEY? HERE’S THE LOWDOWN ON THE TROPHY-WINNING WINES AT THE 2016 HUNTER VALLEY WINE SHOW. WORDS: DANIEL HONAN

“LIKE ANY REGION, the wines make much more sense after you’ve been and got a feel for the place,” says Matt Walls, wine writer and international guest judge at the Clear Image 2016 Hunter Valley Wine Show. The Hunter Valley Wine Show is one of the longest-running wine shows in the world. This year the tradition was continued by a team of judges made up of experienced wine industry professionals, including sommeliers, retailers, wine writers and winemakers, including guest judge Matt Walls and chairman of judges PJ Charteris. “Last year we had an amazing lineup of 2014 Shiraz, and this year it was

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Semillon that was the star of the show,” Charteris says. “Despite the conditions of the last two vintages, the Hunter Valley has amazing depth and resilience and I think these awards honour the sheer quality of wine this region has to offer, year in year out.” Seventy Hunter Valley wine producers entered their wines to be judged in this year’s show. In total, 59 gold, 108 silver and 208 bronze medals were awarded and 24 trophies were given to wines that were judged to be at the top of their class. Each class of wine (for example, best white or best red) is considered by a team of judges made up of a panel chair, three senior judges, three associate judges and

one trainee judge. By the time a trophy is awarded from each class, a wine will have been assessed by at least 20 judges to ensure everyone agrees it’s deserving of it. Usually, judges will write down their scores and notes using pen and paper, but this year for the first time, judges were given iPads with specially designed software installed to allow them to score and make notes on the wines they were judging in real time. “It’s always a big logistical exercise tabulating the scores and notes from all of the judges,” explains Charteris. “It means a lot of data entry for the stewards, which can take a lot of time. The great thing about using the iPads was that as the judges scored and commented on the wines their information was uploaded to the database straight away.” “I’ve had experience judging with pen and paper in other shows and now with the iPad here in the Hunter Valley. I believe the iPad is definitely the way to go,” Walls says. “It streamlines the whole process and makes it that much easier


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CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: JUDGES USED IPADS TO SCORE THE WINES THIS YEAR; WINNERS ARE GRINNERS – SOME OF THE TROPHY WINNERS CELEBRATING AT THE AWARDS LUNCH; RIEDEL GLASSES ARE USED FOR ALL WINES IN THE SHOW; THERE WERE 644 WINE ENTRIES IN 33 DIFFERENT CLASSES.

for everyone to read our notes, especially if you have terrible handwriting, like I do,” he says. Semillon is the Hunter Valley’s gift to the wine world and this year it was wines from 2016, 2013 and 2009 that proved to be real stand-outs for the judges. “The 2013 Semillons, in particular, have really started to develop and next year I think we’ll really see those wines hit their straps,” Charteris says. “Chardonnay was strong again this year, especially the 2015s, 2014s and the 2013s. It’s such a great thing to see Hunter Chardonnay being recognised for its outstanding quality, once again,” Charteris adds. Other white wines that impressed the palates of some of the best in the business were the alternative varietal wines, especially the Italian varieties, Fiano and Vermentino, which seem to have found a new home here in the Hunter Valley. The Little Wine Company won top honours for Best Other White wine for its 2016 Vermentino.

“ The wines make much more sense once you’ve been and got a feel for the place.” “It’s great to see recognition for alternative varieties coming through,” says Little Wine Company’s winemaker, Suzanne Little. “We’ve been playing around with the style of Vermentino for the last few years and this was the first time we entered it into the show. We’re very pleased to have our wine recognised – it’s great,” she adds. “I was very impressed by the Mediterranean varieties,” Walls says. “It’s good to see what else the Hunter Valley can do, apart from outstanding Semillon and Shiraz.” This year’s wine show has, once again, uncovered some seriously good wines for you to taste while you explore the unique beauty of Hunter Valley Wine Country. We’ve checked the availability of the trophy winners on the next page and provided retail prices, if they’re available… but be quick before they sell out! WINECOUNTRY.COM.AU

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WINE AWARDS Petrie-Drinan Trophy Best White Wine of the Show (Sponsor – Clear Image) 
Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2009 Vat 1 Semillon (not available) Doug Seabrook Memorial Trophy Best Red Wine of the Show (Sponsor – Clear Image, Puncheon supplied by Mercurey Australia) Dimbulla Estate 2014 Tempranillo Shiraz (available online, cases only, $300) Iain Riggs Wine of Provenance Tyrrell’s Vineyards Belford Semillon – 2005, 2013, 2016 (not available) Marshall – Flannery Trophy Best Current Semillon
 First Creek Wines 2016 Single Vineyard Murphy Semillon (will be released in 2017) George Wyndham Memorial Trophy Best Current and One-Year-Old Chardonnay (Sponsor – Singleton Council) Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2015 Belford Chardonnay (not available) J.Y. (Jay) Tulloch Trophy Best Verdelho
 Hungerford Hill 2016 Hunter Valley Verdelho (available, $27) Best Other White Trophy
 The Little Wine Company Vermentino 2016 (available, $24) Henry John Lindeman Memorial Trophy Best Two Year-Old and Older Chardonnay (Sponsor – Spicers Vineyard Estate)
 Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2013 Vat 47 Chardonnay (will be released soon)

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2016 TROPHY WINNERS Ed Jouault Memorial Trophy Best One-Year-Old Dry Semillon Peter Drayton 2015 Semillon (not available) Elliott Family Trophy Best Two-Year-Old Shiraz (Roll of Honour Sponsor – Elliott Family)
 Silkman Wines 2014 Reserve Shiraz (available at the Small Winemakers Centre, $45) Best Other Red Trophy
 Dimbulla Estate 2014 Tempranillo Shiraz (available online, cases only, $300) James Busby Memorial Trophy Best Mature Three-Year-Old and Older (Shiraz Sponsor – Adhesif Labels)
 Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2009 Vat 9 Shiraz (not available)

Rosé Trophy Best Rosé
 Australian Vintage Limited 2016 Tempus Two Copper Rosé Shiraz (available, $30) Hector Tulloch Memorial Trophy Best Shiraz Sponsor Tulloch Wines
 Silkman Wines 2014 Reserve Shiraz (available at the Small Winemakers Centre, $45) Innovative Red Wine Trophy Margan Family Wines 2011 Breaking Ground Ripasso Shiraz (available $75) Maurice O’Shea Memorial Trophy Best Semillon Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2009 Vat 1 Semillon (not available)

McGuigan Family Trophy Best Mature Two-Year–Old and Older Semillon (Roll of Honour Sponsor – McGuigan Family) Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2009 Vat 1 Semillon (not available)

Murray Tyrrell Chardonnay Trophy Best Chardonnay
 (Roll of Honour Sponsor – Tyrrell’s Vineyards & Trophy Sponsor – Multi-color Global Label Solutions) Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2013 Vat 47 Chardonnay (will be released soon)

Trevor Drayton Memorial Trophy Best Fortified Wine
Roll of Honour (Sponsor – Drayton Family Wines)
 Drayton Family Wines Heritage Vines Liqueur (available $60)

Drayton Family Trophy Best Named Vineyard Red Wine (Roll of Honour Sponsor – Drayton’s Family Wines) Lucy’s Run 2014 Shiraz (available)

John Lewis Newcastle Herald Trophy Best Museum Red Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2007 Vat 8 Shiraz (not available)

Tyrrell Family Trophy Best Named Vineyard White Wine (Roll of Honour Sponsor – Tyrrell’s Vineyards) Meerea Park 2009 Alexander Munro Semillon (not available)

Graham Gregory Memorial Trophy Best Museum White (Sponsor – Pokolbin General Store) Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2006 Stevens Semillon (not available)

Len Evans Trophy Best Named Vineyard Wine Lucy’s Run 2014 Shiraz (available)


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A QUICK Q&A WITH KANA Least favourite task: Picking garnish. It’s a fiddly, annoying job. Best ingredient: I really like to cook with spices. It’s great when Emerson cooks traditional Filipino dishes for staff dinner and uses a bit of spice. Favourite kit item: My chef’s knife. It’s a basic Japanese one my girlfriend bought me at the start of my apprenticeship and it’s still as sharp as the day I got it.

WINE AND FOOD fiends have long revelled in the high calibre of restaurants in the Hunter Valley, making the area fertile training ground for Australia’s next-gen chefs. The master chefs in charge each have their own teaching styles but all agree, their charges have to be ultra-keen to cut it in a demanding commercial environment. Local restaurateur and Hunter Culinary Association (HCA) spokesperson Lisa Margan says the area has plenty of advantages for young chefs. “We have a couple of regional high schools with strong hospitality departments encouraging students into inspiring work placements. They work with the HCA to offer students various development opportunities.” One example is the annual HCA Food Fight – held each June – featuring highprofile chefs from the Hunter Valley region and guest chefs from elsewhere working with school hospitality students for the day. “It’s a wonderful mentoring opportunity,” Lisa says. We asked three of the Valley’s top chefs about how they work with apprentices wanting to enter the world of high cuisine and get the lowdown on what those talented apprentices like and dislike about learning their craft.

EMERSON RODRIGUEZ AND KANA SEATON EMERSON’S CAFÉ & RESTAURANT @ ADINA VINEYARD, 492 Lovedale Road, Lovedale, 02 4930 7029, emersonsrestaurant.com.au When Kana Seaton began work at Emerson’s as an apprentice, the nowqualified chef had never cooked meat as he’d been brought up by vegetarian parents. “Mum and Dad are Hare Krishnas so although I love meat now it took some getting used to. I like to cook a lot of curries at home because they’re my comfort food, what I grew up on. I love palak paneer and I make my own cheese,” Kana says. Emerson’s teaching style works well, Kana’s found. “Emerson’s straight to the point, there’s no bullshit. He’ll say if you’re doing something wrong, which might not be the best at the time but you learn from it – I’ve grown so much since I’ve been here.” Emerson applies that straightforward approach even before he employs an apprentice, just to knock any rose-tinted glasses off hopeful faces. “When I get Year 12s saying they want to be chefs, I say, ‘I think you’re crazy.’ All your mates are going to be partying and you’ll miss out on family birthdays and weddings. I try to be honest so they know what they’re

THIS PAGE: PLATING UP JAPANESE LIME TEA-SMOKED HIRAMASA KINGFISH, FISH CRACKLING, EGGPLANT PUREE, PICKLED RADISH AND RED PEPPER CRUMBS. walking into. Because if they decide after a few months it’s not for them I’ve just wasted time and money training them,” he says. Out of a hundred apprenticeship applications there might be one who really has the talent and focus to work out, believes Emerson, who has worked in small- to large-scale hospitality operations, including resorts and hotels, for about 20 years. “Obviously Kana’s very passionate about what he does, that’s why he’s here. I’ll show him how to do something first, then we’ll do it together then he’ll do it on his own until we’re happy with it,” says Emerson, who spends 12 to 14 hours a day with his charges. “Training your apprentices is like watching your kids grow up. They feel like family.” WINECOUNTRY.COM.AU

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THIS PAGE: PREPARING MILLED SWEET CORN POLENTA, LOCAL PINEWOOD MUSHROOMS, SOFT YOLK AND TRUFFLED SHEEPS’ MILK PECORINO.

TROY RHOADES-BROWN AND JAYDEN CASINELLI MUSE RESTAURANT @ HUNGERFORD HILL WINES, 2450 Broke Road, Pokolbin, 02 4998 6777, musedining.com.au Troy was volunteering at Nowra TAFE when he met his apprentice Jayden, who was studying there, and recognised “a young chef who was super eager”. “To get a job in any good restaurant you don’t have to have a fantastic resumé or to have worked in hatted restaurants – it doesn’t mean anything when you’re an apprentice. You just have to be intuitive, have common sense, be keen and passionate and Jayden had all four of those. The rest, such as skills and technique, can be taught,” says Troy, who apprenticed under Robert Molines and now runs the Hunter Valley’s only two-hatted restaurant. Jayden says he found the step up to Muse a big change from the function centre on the South Coast where he was previously working. “I like the fine dining with the Asian

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element we do at Muse Dining. Troy will let you do what needs to be done, then he’ll step in and take any corrective measures. You very much get to use your own style,” says Jayden. Troy would rather employ his apprentices when they’re young so they haven’t picked up habits from elsewhere that won’t work at Muse. “That way we get a chance to mould them here and hopefully they take those talents elsewhere. Most of my sous chefs and head chefs have gone on to open their own restaurants and they’re doing a fantastic job.”

A QUICK Q&A WITH JAYDEN Least favourite task: Deseeding finger limes is the big one. Best ingredient: I really like white miso. There are so many ways it can be used, including making it into a custard to dress cuttlefish. Favourite kit item: Liquid nitrogen, for sure. You can freeze-dry items with it like orange segments, then smash them to get the individual orange cells. That’s really cool.


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TROY SAYS HE IS HAPPY FOR JAYDEN TO BE EXCITED ABOUT USING LIQUID NITROGEN AS LONG AS HE IS MORE INTERESTED IN LEARNING HOW TO BUTCHER, ROAST AND SEASON A PIECE OF PROTEIN AND NAIL THE BASICS!


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DINE LOCAL CHEFS ROBERT MOLINES AND KODY HUTCHINSON BISTRO MOLINES @ TALLAVERA GROVE, 749 Mount View Road, Mount View, 02 4990 9553, bistromolines.com.au A veteran of the Hunter Valley food scene for 44 years, French-born chef Robert Molines looks for respect, sound ethics and endurance in his apprentices. Kody Hutchinson, 18, has delivered on all fronts, he says. “I thought Kody had potential and that we’d give it a crack for a month or so and he showed initiative,” says Robert, who began his own apprenticeship in Provence at 15 and moved to the Hunter Valley at 22. “It’s all about repetitiveness at first. Preparing the zucchini flowers... keeping the kitchen immaculate no matter what. They have to help on basic tasks on all the stations in the kitchen. You’ve got to be hungry to be a chef, to put that extra bit in.” Over four decades Robert has had several restaurants and continues his commitment to training young chefs at Bistro Molines at Tallavera Grove vineyard. He regularly discusses positives and negatives of their performance with his apprentices, “without having to crack the whip. We all learn by our mistakes so it’s not committing a crime.” Kody welcomes Robert’s hands-on approach to teaching and the bit of creative leeway he grants. “Everything from the way he shows you how to do things, to if you bugger up he’s going to yell, but he’ll tell you why he’s yelling,” explains Kody. “It’s not always over the top. It’s more like this is wrong, this is why it’s wrong and this is how it needs to be fixed. So that’s the best way I can learn.”

THIS PAGE: ROBERT AND KODY PREPPING CRUMBED ZUCCHINI FLOWERS FILLED WITH GOATS’ CHEESE WITH PETITE SALAD AND TOMATO RELISH.

“It’s all about repetitiveness at first... You’ve got to be hungry to be a chef, to put that extra bit in.”

A QUICK Q&A WITH KODY Least favourite task: Zucchini flowers. We get about 200 in every Thursday and I have to clean them and stuff them all with cheese. Best ingredient: Octopus. Robert showed me how to blanch it in vinegar and water and either use it in a salad or cook it with capsicum. Favourite kit item: My turning knife. You can use it for anything. Coring apples, tomatoes, cleaning up meats and vegetables.

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TURN OUT RESTAURANT-QUALITY MEALS AT HOME WITH THIS RANGE OF GOURMET CONDIMENTS.

PHPHOTOS: BRENT LEGGETT

WORDS: BRENDA CHRISTIAN YOU’D THINK RUNNING three Hunter Valley restaurants (Twine Restaurant, The Verandah Restaurant and the Deck Café Lovedale), conducting corporate cooking classes and leading food and wine tours to Tasmania, New Zealand and Tuscany would be enough to keep any chef busy. But not food-obsessed Matt Dillow. He’s the local foodie version of the Energizer Bunny, launching yet another venture in 2015: Matt’s Produce – a range of gourmet condiments handmade in the Hunter to help you cook like a pro. “I’m passionate about food and love travelling overseas and to other regions in Australia, and always buy lots of different locally made condiments, oils and jams. It’s a way of harnessing a bit of the experience back at home and I wanted to give Hunter Valley visitors the same opportunity,” he says. “But the main reason I started Matt’s Produce was that diners kept asking for the recipes of dishes they’d tried at my

restaurants! They’d ask what was in the barbeque sauce that I served with pork loin at The Verandah or how to make the rosemary and parmesan oil I use in some risotto dishes. So I thought, ‘Why not package up the recipes I’ve been making for years and make them available to the public?’ ”

Why not indeed. Today the range has 14 items including preserved lemon, beetroot relish, wholegrain mustard with fresh horseradish, Asian basting marinade, quince jam, olive tapenade, capsicum, tomato & chilli relish… everything you need to give your home-cooked meal some restaurant pizzazz. “We’ve probably made 10,000 jars since we started 18 months ago,” Matt explains. “But it’s a small-scale side business that I mainly work on during our quiet times [Mondays and Tuesdays] and not something we push, to be honest.” So what are the most popular products? “The spicy barbeque sauce for sure but the apple balsamic glaze and the rosemary and parmesan oil are also big sellers,” he says (see below). “I’ve been making them since I opened The Verandah Restaurant in 2007 – they’re staple items I use in many dishes.” And where did his passion for food originate? “I’ve always cooked,” he laughs. “My pop is Maltese and had a large vegie garden and cooked everything from scratch. I grew up helping him cook soups and stocks, and tucking into olives and salami.” After stints in several restaurants in Sydney and overseas, Matt moved out of the big smoke and in February 2017 will celebrate his 10th anniversary at The Verandah with some foodie festivities... and perhaps a new jar of gourmet goodies. You can buy Matt’s Produce online at mattsproduce.com.au

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SMOKEY BARBEQUE SAUCE

APPLE BALSAMIC GLAZE

ROSEMARY & PARMESAN OIL

This uses Matt’s favourite ingredient, chipotle peppers, which gives a nice spice. 330ml jar, $13

A twist on an old classic. Matt likes to drizzle it over roasted chicken breast. 500ml bottle, $30

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ABOVE: ELEMENTS RESTAURANT’S TWICE-COOKED CHEESE SOUFFLÉ.


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MEATLESS MASTERPIECES WHETHER YOU’RE A DEDICATED VEGETARIAN OR OPTING TO GO MEATLESS FOR A FEW NIGHTS, THE HUNTER VALLEY HAS SOME DELICIOUS MEAT-FREE MENUS ON OFFER. WORDS: STEPHANIE CLIFFORD-SMITH

VEGETARIANISM IS SO hot right now. Whether for health, religion or animal-welfare reasons, the number of diners avoiding meat is on the rise with Amazon’s cookbook bestseller list dominated by ‘healthy’ titles, including loads of meat-free ones. There are those who just ditch meat for a while, never committing fully to the cause, but who still appreciate being catered for. And while we may all love pasta, long-term vegos are sick to death of being fobbed off with it as their only suitable option, especially in light of another current trend, the exodus from carbs and gluten. Luckily, several restaurants in the Hunter Valley have entirely vegetarian menus, so there’s little chance of dining boredom. Jean Marc Pollet, executive chef at éléments Restaurant & Bar, has seen a marked trend towards vegetarian dining. “A lot of them are just social diets, but over the years there has been an increase in special requests to accommodate gluten free and allergies as well. It’s simple to cater for vegetarians,” he says. “I create a separate vegetarian menu that uses ingredients or parts of recipes from my main menu. It is quite easy – I just deconstruct some dishes to adapt them. This cheese soufflé (recipe on following page), which we serve with lemon myrtle chutney, is one of my favourites. It’s a very light entree and must be served straight after being taken from the oven because it deflates quickly. It’s been very popular,” he says.

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TWICE-COOKED CHEESE SOUFFLÉ

“At the beginning of the year I had a 50 per cent jump in vegans.” PHOTO: CHRIS ELFES

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Makes 10 individual soufflés using small 7cm x 6cm ramekins Ingredients • salt • 160g butter • pepper • 120g plain flour • nutmeg • 700ml warm milk • 10 egg whites • 100g goats’ cheese, mashed • 50g goats cheese • 50g parmesan, grated (to place on top of each soufflé) • 50g cheddar cheese, grated • 2 cups cream • 6 egg yolks Method 1. Preheat oven to 160°C. 2. Butter 10 individual 7cm x 6cm ramekins twice, flour lightly. 3. Melt butter in a saucepan, stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. 4. Gradually add the warm milk and bring to boil for 3 minutes. 5. Add mashed goats cheese and other grated cheeses. 6. Let the mixture cool for a few minutes, then add yolks and season with salt, pepper and a pinch of nutmeg. 7. Beat the egg whites with a mixer or whisk until they reach a soft peak and fold gently into the mixture. 8. Spoon mixture into ramekins, 1cm from top. 9. Cook in a bain-marie, covered with foil, leaving an opening at each corner for steam to escape. Bake in 160°C oven for 18 minutes. 10. Remove from oven, rest for a few minutes. 11. Invert onto a tray, and set aside to cool. 12. Place extra goats cheese on top, spoon cream over and bake in a 160°C oven for 8-10 minutes until puffed and browned on top. 13. Remove from oven and serve immediately with the chutney of your choice. Wine match: Margan Verdelho 2015. “It’s a great match, it has plenty of fruit and enough acidity to cut into the cheese,” says Jean Marc. JEAN MARC’S TIPS FOR RESTAURANT-QUALITY SOUFFLÉS 1. Egg whites should be mixed until grainy. 2. Don’t overfold the mixture as you’ll remove air bubbles that make the soufflé rise. 3. And don’t open the oven door while the soufflé is cooking as it WILL sink! éléments Restaurant & Bar, @ Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin, 02 4998 2000, mercurehuntervalley.com.au

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RESTAURANT BOTANICA @ SPICERS VINEYARD ESTATE 555 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin, 1300 192 868, spicersretreats.com Head chef Matthew Bremerkamp has never experienced such a surge of vegetarian diners in his 20 years in the industry, but adds that it comes in waves. “At the beginning of the year I had a 50 per cent jump in vegans but it‘s dropped off again now. I think it was a new year’s resolution,” he says. There are always a few meatless options on the standard menu as well as a dedicated vegetarian menu, but it’s the house-made potato and tarragon gnocchi with peas and fresh asparagus that has become their signature vegetarian dish. “We poach the gnocchi to order then fry it in lots of butter with the vegetables. We’ll adapt other dishes too if necessary – we always do our best to accommodate vegetarians,” he says. Wine match: Keith Tulloch Chardonnay Hunter Valley 2015


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1238 Milbrodale Road, Broke, 02 6579 1372, margan.com.au The one-acre vegetable garden at Margan supplies nearly all the ingredients for its signature vegetarian dish of smoked, pickled and fresh garden vegetables with herb oil and buttermilk horseradish granita. “The dish is a reflection of everything coming out of the garden so obviously it changes seasonally. We employ all these techniques to build flavour layers and complexity and to make things interesting and gorgeous on the plate,” says chef and owner, Lisa Margan. Wine match: Margan White Label Chardonnay 2015

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MARGAN RESTAURANT @ MARGAN WINERY

AMANDA’S ON THE EDGE @ WINDSOR’S EDGE VINEYARD 1039 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, 02 4998 7900, amandas.com.au Amanda Patton was brought up a vegetarian, thanks to a mother who taught cooking... and ran a health farm. “I swore when I had my own restaurant I was going to please the vegetarians,” says Amanda, who has a dedicated vegetarian menu with five entrées and five mains: the stuffed field mushroom entrée is popular. “For the stuffing we sauté onion with thyme, basil and a bit of chilli, mix that with house-made breadcrumbs, toasted pine nuts and feta, bake the whole thing in the oven and serve it on slow-roasted tomato sauce.” Wine match: Rothvale Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

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576 De Beyers Road, Pokolbin, 02 4998 7776, huntersquarter.com The vegetarian dishes are often chosen by carnivores, according to head chef Brian Duncan. “We always do about four or five vego dishes. Vegetarian entrées are always popular for people wanting a light meal even if they follow it with a fish or meat main,” he says. Springtime sees zucchini flowers stuffed with herb and garlic roasted breadcrumbs before being tempura battered and fried with house-smoked Roma tomatoes. Wine match: Poole’s

Corner Hermitage Road and Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin, 02 4998 7777, hunterresort.com.au The beetroot, feta and pine nut arancini with tarragon yoghurt and parmesan wafers is a permanent fixture on the menu here. Head chef Tim Richardson says cooked beetroot is puréed with feta, mixed with risotto and formed into balls before being crumbed and fried. “It’s really popular even with nonvegetarians,” he says. “It looks really good on the plate and it’s a fresh, original sort of dish.”

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Wine match: Lisa McGuigan Chardonnay 2013


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THE SUN IS shining, the air is refreshing and it’s the perfect time of year to explore the great outdoors. With wonderful adventures to be had, from horseriding to bushwalking, what are you waiting for?

CHAPMAN VALLEY HORSE RIDING Chapman Valley Horse Riding, located in the scenic Howes Valley, is a family affair, run and owned by Jess Chapman, a sixthgeneration horsewoman. Her family has owned the 1821-hectare property for 176 years and three years ago Jess decided to establish Chapman Valley Horse Riding, combining her passion for horses with a love of the land. Within this vast area, Chapman Valley has more than 120 kilometres of trails to explore and you’re guaranteed to love every minute. Rides vary from led rides for children to one-hour, two-hour, half-day and full days in the saddle, and cater to everyone from beginners to the most experienced riders. All trail rides are capped at just six people to ensure everyone gets their guide’s full attention and expertise. All of the 19 horses at Chapman Valley are Australian stockhorses and have been personally chosen and trained by Jess. “Around 85 per cent of our customers have never been on a horse before, so we take choosing our horses very seriously,” she says. “Our horses are very responsive to their riders’ needs and abilities, which means they are safe and behave perfectly for someone who is just learning, but can also provide a more exhilarating ride for those who are experienced.” For a real Australian experience of a lifetime you can now join Jess and her dad, Peter, in June and September for the family’s three-day cattle musters. “It’s a tradition that has been upheld on our property for 176 years and I absolutely love it, so I thought, ‘Why not share the experience?’ ” says Jess. “You spend three days in the saddle searching for and bringing in the cattle from all over the property, each night relaxing around the campfire with the dogs and fellow riders – it’s such a fantastic time.” chapmanvalleyhorseriding.com

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EXPLORE OUTDOORS HUNTER VALLEY HORSES Hunter Valley Horses is based on Hermitage Rd at Hunter Valley Resort, Pokolbin and also has a great range of riding options. There are pony rides for younger kids and half-hour, one-hour, two-hour and full-day trail rides through the neighbouring vineyards and farmland, which have stunning views of the Brokenback Range. If the rhythmic clip-clop of a carriage ride is more your style, Hunter Valley Horses offers a host of different experiences – from covered wagon rides for groups and families to romantic open carriages that are perfect for couples. The friendly staff are all dedicated to their charges and have years of experience. Their skills extend to harness and saddle breaking, which, if you’re very lucky, you may get to see in action. Handler and guide Sam Phillips says the 35 horses under his care all have different personalities and quirks, just like people. He has been working with

them for two years and is mates with all of them, but says one particular pony called Banjo seems to steal the hearts of everyone who comes to visit. “Banjo is a real favourite,” Sam says. “He is so cheeky but so lovable and I’ve never come across a horse who loves cuddles more than him.”

“We’ve got a real mixture from exracehorses that have been re-trained and love the fun of taking kids for trail rides to the huge Australian draught horses and Clydesdales who thrive on the attention they get when pulling the carriages along the quiet country roads out here.” huntervalleycarriages.com.au

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HUNTER VALLEY HORSE RIDING & ADVENTURES Owned and operated by Margaret Bancroft and her family, Hunter Valley Horse Riding & Adventures is located at Rothbury. Born at the original homestead, Margaret is a true local and has been pouring her love for horses and the region into the business for more than 20 years. Covering 121 hectares, Margaret’s ‘Hill Top’ property is dissected by the beautiful Molly Morgan Range. The views from the trails are spectacular, taking in Hunter Valley Wine Country, the lower Hunter Region and as far north as Barrington Tops. All ages and abilities are catered for, from tiny tots being led on Shetland ponies, to guided trail rides, personalised rides, and tuition for more experienced riders. The 90-minute rides are fantastic for

families while for those planning on a little romance, the sunset rides are simply magical. “We’ve had a lot of marriage proposals on the sunset rides over the years and I’m happy to say 100 per cent have said yes,” says Margaret. Margaret says she loves each and every one of her horses, from the tiny Shetland ponies who follow her around like puppies to the gentle giant Clydesdales, who wait patiently for their daily rub-down and the occasional apple as a special treat. Even if you’re not a rider, just being at Hill Top is an adventure – kids will love the farm animals, not to mention the wagon ride to see kangaroos and wallabies coming to graze in the paddocks. huntervalleyhorseriding.com.au

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YENGO NATIONAL PARK

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Use a little leg power and go for a hike in the Yengo National Park. Take in all its natural wonders and experience the region’s most significant Aboriginal cultural heritage sites. Part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Yengo National Park covers more than 46,000 hectares of prominent dissected sandstone plateau on the southern escarpment of the Hunter Valley. A place of great importance to the indigenous peoples of the Hunter Valley, Mount Yengo sits some 3000 metres above the surrounding sandstone. According to indigenous mythology, Mount Yengo is the place from which Baiame, a creational ancestral hero, jumped back up to the spirit world after he had created all of the mountains, lakes, rivers and caves in the area. Baiame flattened the top of Mount Yengo

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LAKE ST CLAIR Just a quick 30-minute trip north of Singleton and nestled at the foot of the Mount Royal Range, Lake St Clair is a watersport lover’s dream come true. There’s a lot you can do at Lake St Clair, which is why it’s a popular spot with locals who love to head there on weekends and go sailing, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, fishing and swimming. Of course, you may just prefer to kick back with a picnic and enjoy the scenery. Camping is also available if one day just isn’t enough

when he jumped skyward and the flat top is still visible today. The Devils Rock, Finchley Trig and Finchley cultural walks are easy walks that are well signposted and can be enjoyed by pretty much everyone, regardless of fitness levels. The Finchley Aboriginal engravings and rock art are some of the best of their kind in Australia and the experience certainly creates a greater understanding and respect for these ancient art forms and local indigenous history, which dates back more than 13,000 years. These sites are all well-preserved so please help to protect them by not walking on any of the engravings. With its rugged landscape, steep gorges and rocky ridges, Yengo National Park is a fantastic place to explore by 4WD and also popular with mountain bike riders. nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

time to explore the scenic surrounds. The lake itself is 16 kilometres long and up to three kilometres wide, with a storage capacity of 283,000 million litres – about half the volume of Sydney Harbour. At peak capacity, the lake has a surface area of 1540 hectares, or more than 2000 football fields, so there is plenty of space for everyone to enjoy themselves. If you’re looking to cast a fishing line, you’ll be happy to hear that the lake is regularly stocked with Australian bass, golden perch and silver perch, so fingers crossed you’ll be enjoying freshly caught fish for dinner. Fishing licences are essential and can be obtained locally from the Lake St Clair caretaker or the Singleton Visitor Information & Enterprise Centre. The recreation area offers 11 powered camping sites with 38 hectares of camping space so there’s no reason to hurry home. With electric and wood-fire barbecues, toilet blocks, hot showers and even a camp kitchen, your weekend outdoor escape is well catered for. And good news for dog-owners – your pooch can join in the fun as well. Dogs are welcome but must remain on a lead at all times.

MORE OUTDOOR ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES If horses and hiking aren’t your thing, how about revving your engine and going full throttle with Hunter Trikes? You can feel the wind in your face as your roar around the Valley on three wheels with passionate local bikers Daren and Poncho. Trips range from a one-hour express tour to a full-day winery hopping tour. Or you can take to the off-road trails and tracks with NSW Segway Tours on a two-wheeled Segway, along the 1880s stock route that intersects the Hunter Resort property. Halfand one-hour tours are available.

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Entry and camping fees apply; for details and bookings go to singleton.nsw.gov.au

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THE GLASS WHISPERER MEET A LOCAL WHO EXCELS AT MANIPULATING MOLTEN GLASS INTO ONE-OF-A-KIND WORKS OF ART. PHOTOS: CHRISTOPHER IRELAND

FROM HER STUDIO on the corner of Wine Country Drive and Wilderness Road, glassblower Setsuko Ogishi feels as though she is looking at a painting. The neighbouring vineyard with its large pond, the mountains in the distance and the bush at her door create a vista that is not only a source of joy for Setsuko, but also her greatest inspiration. The Hunter Valley has been home to the Japanese-born artist and her husband, Yutaka Mizuno, for almost 30 years, first in Wollombi and since 1999 in their current location in Lovedale. While Setsuko’s striking pieces are influenced by traditional Japanese art, it is the Australian countryside – its freedom and in particular its colours – that truly inspires her. She draws parallels between living in the country and the “wilderness” in glass, with all “the depth, the possibilities” that such a medium brings. “It is an amazing and wonderful medium,” she says. “The magic starts when the glass is nothing and from that nothing, by glassblowing, I can achieve beauty.” Setsuko had a keen interest in art from an early age. She studied oil painting and sculpture at high school in Japan before attending

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the Kanazawa College of Art, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in oil painting. “I was interested in glass when I was in high school but I couldn’t find anything around me at that time. When I came to Australia in 1982, I went to Adelaide as part of my holiday and I visited the glass studio behind the JamFactory craft centre.” She was instantly captivated. “I applied to the Australia-Japan Foundation to join the workshop and became a trainee glassblower from 1982 to 1985.” Setsuko found a stronger affinity with glass than with painting, appreciating it for its flexibility and purity, and revelling in its harmony of colours and transparency. After marrying Japanese compatriot Yutaka in Sydney in 1986, the couple looked for a place where Setsuko could set up her studio. Deterred by Sydney’s expense, they moved to Wollombi the following year. “I have to work through different times – sometimes midnight or early morning – so I don’t want to live in an industrial area. It had to be somewhere with space and that is safe. I [had] never lived in the country before so it was a very new experience to live in the country.”

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Immediately, there were challenges, not least being water (or lack of it). They had only been in their new home for a week when the tank water ran out. “In Japan, water comes from everywhere. We had to ask the neighbours, ‘Where do you get water from?’ ” “Everything was very challenging… also the gas supplier. Our driveway was a little bit longer than one in a suburban property. The gas truck got stuck on the driveway, so we had to have a sealed driveway. But somehow the very nice scenery reminded me of Japan.” The mountains and the narrow, winding valley made her feel at home. “We saw Wollombi as temporary but

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“Glass does not wait for us. When it’s around 1000°C it moves and falls towards the ground. ” we lived there for 14 years. Time passes so quickly.” So quickly that a decade had passed by the time they returned to Japan. “I didn’t feel homesick but I had a daughter by then and my mother was getting older, and when we went home after 10 years we decided we’d go back every two years.” As time went on, they decided to go back every year, necessitating changes to the way Setsuko practices her craft.

“I used to run the furnace all year round. Now I do it for six months a year – three months on and three months off. It takes 10 days to heat the furnace up to a working temperature of 1200°C and the cost of running the equipment is very expensive.” It is incredibly physical work, using “the whole body, but in harmony with the heart and communicating with the brain”. With her petite build, Setsuko


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could be considered at a disadvantage for such hot, exhausting work. Yet her woman’s eye bestows her work with an appealing softness, delicacy and simplicity. “A strong man and a bigger person could do bigger, heavier things. But glass is very flexible. I think lots of things I can do, especially in colour and shapes, is maybe different to other people, and because I’m a woman and because I trained as an artist, people like my colour combinations and shapes.” After all these years, there is still always something new to learn. Nor can she relax in terms of the attention to detail required. “The glassblowing itself is a small part of the whole process. Prior to blowing, I sometimes spend a day mixing my colours to create the look I want.” Once she starts blowing the glass, she has to be completely focused. “Glass does not wait for us. When it’s around 1000°C, it moves and falls off towards the ground, as is the nature of gravity. Glass cools down and gets hard very quickly. We cannot walk away in the middle of making a piece to have a break for a cup a coffee.”

Although her hands work seemingly automatically, she puts passion into every piece, “even if I make a similar piece a hundred times”. “Once I start making something, it takes me to another thing. Glassblowing is not like pottery. Once I start, I have to finish. I can’t change the piece. I always think of things that I want to make next time.” Setsuko sells both decorative and functional pieces through shops and galleries in Sydney and further afield. The couple had a gallery in Rothbury for a few years before opening the Ogishi Craft Centre on their Lovedale property. Having the studio and gallery near each other allows Setsuko to work early in the morning before opening the gallery at 11am. Groups can visit the studio by appointment and she also runs hourlong, one-on-one workshops. “It’s a very short lesson but they have to do lots of things. They have to concentrate and after one hour they feel very exhausted but it’s very fascinating. They can make an object and take it home the following day.” With their 22-year-old daughter now living in Newcastle, the couple vacated the three-bedroom family home and moved into smaller quarters behind the gallery. The house is rented out as selfcontained accommodation with beautiful

vineyard and mountain views, the same views that inspire Ogishi in her work. The local business community is “very close and very friendly” and they have monthly street drinks. When Ogishi underwent a medical procedure recently, they even helped her in running the business. Their embrace of her, even more than her love of the landscape, is what makes her feel at home. Visit Ogishi Craft Centre at 540 Wilderness Road, Lovedale ogishi.com.au WANT MORE?

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CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: SETSUKO BLOWING THE MOLTEN GLASS IN THE WORKSHOP; SETTING OFF TO THE GALLERY FOR THE DAY; DURING THE PROCESS THE GLASS IS VERY FLEXIBLE; THE TOOLS OF HER TRADE; ONE OF SETSUKO’S FINISHED PIECES. WINECOUNTRY.COM.AU

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PEACOCKS PUBS & PAINTINGS... ... PLUS A WHOLE LOT MORE. SO STAY ANOTHER DAY AND EXPLORE THE BUSTLING CITY OF CESSNOCK. WORDS: DANIEL HONAN PHOTOS: NICK LAWRENCE

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CESSNOCK IS THE southern gateway to Wine Country. Situated just outside the major wine-growing areas of the Hunter Valley, the city of Cessnock was named in the 1820s by Scottish settler John Campbell after his grandfather’s home, Cessnock Castle in Ayrshire, Scotland. Once nicknamed ‘the Coalfields’, Cessnock has close ties to mining in the region, but is transitioning into the 21st century by focusing on tourism, which is closely linked to the wine industry nearby. Cessnock was ranked 10th in TripAdvisor’s 2015 Top 10 Australian holiday destinations and the town’s main thoroughfare, Vincent Street, is a rejuvenated, bustling hub full of cafes, art galleries, boutique shops, accommodation and historic hotels. Here, we reveal some of the top spots that locals recommend when they head to town so you can make the most of your visit to Hunter Valley Wine Country.

“Cessnock was 10th in TripAdvisor’s 2015 Top 10 Australian holiday destinations.”

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Enjoy a schooner, a glass of local Hunter Valley wine, or maybe a cocktail or two at any one of Cessnock’s historic pubs and hotels. Many were built around the turn of the century and possess that authentic Aussie pub atmosphere, especially The Royal Oak, which has one of the best wine lists in town. The Railway Hotel has a play area for the kids, the Australia Hotel offers good pub grub and cold beer, while Hotel Cessnock has Guinness on tap and serves a memorable tequila sunrise.

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: THE ROYAL OAK HOTEL; HISTORIC MARTHAVILLE; HUNTER VALLEY ZOO’S LION KING; HUNTER BEER CO. HAS 10 BEERS ON TAP; CESSNOCK REGIONAL ART GALLERY.


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Enjoy a bit of retail therapy on Vincent Street with House Valley offering a wide range of beautiful homewares and gifts, plus Sienna B Boutique has a gorgeous range of dresses, gowns, and wedding dresses destined to make any woman look the belle of the ball. And don’t worry, Cessnock has the men covered from top to tail too thanks to Beveridge’s Menswear just a few doors up. Then you could refresh your palate on a brewery tour at Hunter Beer Co. where you can learn all about the art of fermentation with hops and grains – as a change from grapes. Located inside Potters Hotel, just on the outskirts of town, brewer Keith Grice and the boys will show you around their digs and give you a taste of the small-batch craft beers eagerly enjoyed by locals. They also hold monthly #sharethelove brew days where you can help them brew a beer. And keep your eyes peeled for the Cessnock STOMP Festival, a post-vintage Wine Country celebration of fine foods, fine dining and, of course, fine Hunter Valley wines.

The Cessnock Regional Art Gallery is the perfect place to find some peace and ponder the works of some of the Hunter Valley’s best artists. Entry is free to see an ever-changing collection of outstanding exhibitions. Once a month, Art After Dark is a popular evening with locals who catch up with friends while they have a drink, listen to music, and take in the latest exhibition. Keeping the kids entertained is as easy as visiting the Hunter Valley Zoo, just outside the town at Nulkaba, which features a whole host of native and exotic birds and reptiles, monkeys and mammals. Daily shows and keeper talks let you get up close and personal with meerkats and marmosets, as well as daily koala petting and photo sessions with the animals. Step back in time at the Heritage-listed Marthaville Arts and Cultural Centre. Built by George Brown around 1885, this twin-gabled homestead is the oldest timber-sawn home in Cessnock. Wander around the beautifully kept gardens and grounds and make sure you stop to smell the roses that greet you at the entrance. Inside you’ll find the Marthaville Craft & Gift Centre, which sells a range of locally handmade items, from baby clothes to blankets, T-shirts, towels, bags, glassware, porcelain and more. Later on, book your tickets to the latest spectacle debuting at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. The centre is a proud cultural hub for the local community, and showcases everything from rockand-roll shows to comedy, ballet, contemporary dance and drama.

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After strolling around the city, take time for tea or coffee at one of the many cafes that line the main street, or settle in for some tasty fare at some of the Hunter Valley Wine Country’s best restaurants. Ink Cafe serves up a delicious breakfast and lunch six days a week, and does the best burgers in town. Polina’s Cafe reckon they make the best coffee, using Australian roasted Allpress Espresso coffee, while Purple Hayes Tapas & Bar is the latest place to kick back and enjoy lunch or dinner surrounded by a purple haze of rock-and-roll stars on the walls. 221 Restaurant and Bar at the Royal Oak Hotel was voted Best Pub Restaurant in 2014 at the Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence. The food is locally sourced and as fresh as it gets, while the wine list showcases most of the Hunter Valley’s finest drops from some of the region’s best winemakers. For some of the freshest, most authentic Thai food in town, a visit to AL-Oi Thai on Vincent Street is a must. Lunch or dinner, mild or spicy, takeaway or eat in, your best bet is to order one of everything.

CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT: PULL UP A PEW AND GET YOUR CAFFEINE FIX AT INK CAFE; HEAD TO THE FAMILY FRIENDLY AL-OI THAI FOR A FRESH AND FRAGRANT CURRY.

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Cessnock is full of accommodation options for those not wanting to stay among the vines, with plenty of onenight options available. Wine Country Motor Inn in the heart of Cessnock’s CBD offers modern, deluxe accommodation for stays of one or more nights. The Cessnock Motel is located within minutes of Pokolbin and features bright, clean, and comfortable rooms that are perfect for couples and families. For those who prefer to drag their beds around with them, Active Holidays Big 4 Hunter Valley has loads of space to park the camper, trailer or motorhome. Or, sleep soundly in one of the contemporary self-contained poolside villas or cabins. For more info go to winecountry.com.au or huntervalleyvisitorcentre.com.au

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Discover the best of the Hunter Valley all in one stunning location

Located high on a hill in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country, Bimbadgen is a striking winery and vineyard encompassing an expansive Cellar Door, award-winning Esca Bimbadgen Restaurant, cafe, outdoor amphitheatre, modern tasting rooms and accommodation. Bimbadgen Cellar Door Sunday to Thursday - 10am to 5pm Friday and Saturday - 10am to 7pm

790 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin

Esca Bimbadgen Restaurant Lunch 12 noon - 7 days Dinner from 6pm - Friday and Saturday

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

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Sydney account director Ellen Scales spent a weekend in the Hunter Valley when her sister and boyfriend recently came to stay from the UK. You can share her adventures on Instagram @stomper9.

My sister Amy and I couldn’t resist a selfie outside Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard. The view of the vines and Valley was awesome and the wines were too! Next stop was Wynwood Estate, where the Semillon and Shiraz were our favourite drops.

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Chris Cooper is a chef based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, who loves wine, beer, food and fishing... and gourmet getaways with his partner Whitney.

Loved the beertasting paddle at Matilda Bay Brewhouse so much we went back for another one! It inspired me to try brewing my own beer at home.

Lunch at Bistro Molines was sensational and this chicken dish had the best sweetcorn puree we’ve ever tasted.

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INCREDIBLEHOME LUNCH SWEET HOME

COOKING CLASS BOUTIQUE BEAUTY

The Hunter Valley offers a smorgasboard of unique places to stay. We were really taken with The Longhouse, with its sweeping views of vineyards and bushland from the wide timber deck.

HONEY SPOT EXPLORING

They never promised me a rose garden but that’s what we got at Hanging Tree Wines, along with sunshine and old world charm.

After all that wine-tasting it was time for some exercise, so we headed to Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club. Amazed at the fleet of golf buggies on offer.

STAYINGMAKING IN A TIPI A SPLASH Next up was a quick dip in the pool to cool off at Estate Tuscany.

As a bee-keeper I was keen to check out the region’s honey at the Hunter Valley Cheese Factory.

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And then a visit to Usher Tinkler Wines, one of the newest – and cutest – cellar doors in a renovated old timber church. Tasty wines, salumi and cheese.

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• Brilliant selection of award-winning estate wines • Delicious olive products processed on site at the olive mill • Emerson’s Restaurant inspirational cuisine • Fabulous accommodation with vineyard views • Indulge yourself at Hunter Valley Reflections Day Spa

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WHAT’S ON A round-up of local events and activities you won’t want to miss. FIBRE FEST 2016

SEPTEMBER SPRING FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS @ HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS THU 1–FRI 30 Immerse yourself in the heady scents and sights of 100,000 annuals planted throughout the Gardens. And enjoy entertainment, activities, demonstrations, talks, tours and workshops. hvg.com.au

WOLLOMBI MUSIC FESTIVAL SAT 24 Listen to an eclectic mix of bands on two stages with a majestic mountain backdrop. This boutique festival also features markets, food trucks and drum and dance workshops with camping available. wollombimusicfestival.com.au

DASHVILLE SKYLINE FRI 30–SUN OCT 2 A weekendlong celebration of Americana and alternative country music, headlined by legendary Aussie Brian Cadd. He’s joined by folk and bluegrass band The Brothers Comatose, Australia’s The Wilson Pickers plus many more. dashville.com.au

HUNTER VALLEY SUMMER THEATRE THU 29–SUN NOV 27 The first season of this intimate theatre series in the barrel room at Kevin Sobels Wines with six shows over nine weeks. eventbrite.com

OCTOBER OPERA IN THE VINEYARDS SAT 8 Australia’s beloved annual celebration of food, wine and opera returns to Wine Country, this year at Roche Estate in the heart of Pokolbin. The programme will include all the greatest hits of opera, by Mozart, Rossini, Puccini and Verdi.

SUN 9 To celebrate its 30th Birthday the NSW Knitters Guild is hosting a day of everything fibre at the Sisters of Mercy Convent in Singleton between 10am and 4pm. There will be workshops, retail vendors, demonstrations, food, music and a place to sit, socialise and practice your craft. winecountry.com.au

SPRING FOOD & WINE CELEBRATION SAT 15 Join Pepper Tree Wines as they celebrate their 25th anniversary with fine wine, great food and entertainment by The Big Bang. For more info and bookings, call 1800 655 965. peppertreewines.com.au

ROCK SYMPHONY IN THE VINES SAT 15 See world-renowned conductor George Ellis, the Australian Symphony Orchestra and the award-winning Ziggy Band pay tribute to legendary artist David Bowie, performing some of his top hits including ‘Changes’, ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Starman’, ‘Let's Dance’, ‘Heroes’ and more at Hope Estate Winery. ticketmaster.com.au

ROSE SPECTACULAR @ HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS SAT OCT 15–SUN NOV 13 You’ll be intoxicated by the scent of more than two million rose blooms at this floral display. Featuring more than 35,000 rose bushes in 125 varieties as well as talks by rose experts. hvg.com.au

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HUNTER VALLEY UNCORKED BALMORAL, SYDNEY SUN 9 This popular festival is held on The Esplanade at Sydney’s beautiful Balmoral Beach, showcasing more than 20 premium Hunter Valley wineries, along with leading restaurants and producers, live music and more. Free entry. winecountry.com.au WINECOUNTRY.COM.AU

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MON 7–TUE 8 One of the most famous classical ballets in the world, with its signature Tchaikovsky soundtrack, comes to the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre in Vincent Street. cessnockperformingartscentre. com.au

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Emma Pask, John Morrison’s Swing City Big Band, Monica Trapaga, Dale Barlow, Bob Barnard, George Golla and more. jazzinthevines.com.au

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POKOLBIN PRIDE THU 20-MON 24 The Hunter Valley will don rainbow colours for its inaugural Pride festival. Join the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community and enjoy the best food, wine and music in the region. pokolbinpride.com.au

DUNGOG FESTIVAL THU 27–SUN 30 A celebration of Australian film shown in the historic James Theatre, plus bands, buskers, local food and wine, workshops and an artisan market fair on Friday October 28 from 4–10pm. dungogfestival. com.au

JAZZ IN THE VINES @ TYRRELL’S WINERY SAT 29 It’s the last-ever Jazz in the Vines so grab your tickets and party in the paddock with James Morrison, Leo Sayer, Mental As Anything, Lisa Hunt,

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SAT OCT 29–SUN DEC 4 Enjoy the latest in contemporary outdoor sculpture by talented Australian artists and wander through the picturesque landscape of the Wollombi Valley. Sample premium boutique wines and local produce as well as a bespoke range of public programmes, guided tours, artist talks, artist-led workshops and degustation tours. sculptureinthevineyards. com.au

NOVEMBER A DAY ON THE GREEN SAT 5 See triple headliners You Am I, Something For Kate and Spiderbait in a monster bill with an idyllic vineyard backdrop at Bimbadgen Winery. adayonthegreen.com.au

FOLK IN BROKE SAT 12 Described as “Intimate Musical Glory at its Sweetest Roots” Folk In Broke is returning to picturesque McNamara Park. Tickets are limited to just 300 with free camping adjacent to the festival site. With a musical footprint encompassing folk, blues, country, roots & world, quality food and market stalls from Sacred Tree Markets, a fully stocked bar & the very popular Busk Stop. folkinbroke.com.au

HISTORIC MOVIES – UNDER THE STARS AND IN THE FOREST SAT 19 A small select event in the mountains high above the Hunter Valley, with the surrounding forest providing a fitting ambience. Entertaining and historic films include short films from the 1920s to the 1950s, plus the classic 1946 Australian feature film Bush Christmas. The films will be screened on a traditional reel-toreel projector and are suitable for children. calli.com.au


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RIDGEVIEW’S SPRING IN SEASON DINNER SAT 19 Enjoy seasonally prepared canapes and a glass of RidgeView bubbles, plus four courses with paired wines for $85pp at Ridgeview Restaurant. Bookings on 02 6574 7332. ridgeview.com.au

CHRISTMAS ON JOHN ST, SINGLETON FRI NOV 25 Celebrate Christmas with the community in the Singleton town centre with carols, Christmas stalls, kids’ entertainment and rides, late-night shopping, a visit from Santa and a great line-up of entertainment. Be sure not to miss a wonderful celebration of Christmas in Singleton. For more info go to winecountry.com.au

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SPECTACULAR @ HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS FRI NOV 4–LATE JAN 2017 Now in its ninth year, Christmas Lights Spectacular has become a family tradition and it’s on again with millions of Christmas lights on display, live entertainment and a special appearance from Santa. Special night rates apply. Closed Dec 25. hvg.com.au

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SAT 19 For the first time in 25 years, singer-songwriter Rodriguez will be back in the Hunter Valley with his band for a special A Day on the Green performance. Fellow music legends Xavier Rudd, Russell Morris, Archie Roach and Mark Wilkinson will join Rodriguez on the stage at Bimbadgen Winery.

HOPE ROCKS SAT 26 An outdoor gig like no other with some of Australia’s most well-loved bands, including Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Ian Moss, Richard Clapton, The Superjesus, Dragon and Choirboys performing in the heart of Pokolbin at Hope Estate. ticketmaster.com.au

DECEMBER A DAY ON THE GREEN – GARBAGE & THE TEMPER TRAP SAT 3 Another Bimbadgen Winery concert with an epic line-up including alt-rock pioneers Garbage, Aussie chart toppers The Temper Trap with

special guests The Preatures, Tash Sultana and Adalita. adayonthegreen.com.au

JACK NEWTON CELEBRITY CLASSIC MON 19–WED 21 Watch 54 professional golfers, 54 celebrities, 54 amateurs and 54 sponsors get into the swing of things at the pro-am Jack Newton Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament at Hunter Valley Golf and Country Club at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Resort. jacknewtongroup.com

CHRISTMAS DAY SUN 25 Don’t want to cook on Christmas Day? There are numerous restaurants hosting festive Christmas feasts. For a full list go to winecountry.com.au

NEW YEAR’S EVE @ HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS SAT 31 Celebrate the start of 2017 with entertainment, a colourful fireworks display and the Christmas Lights Spectacular! Online tickets available at hvg.com.au

NEW YEAR’S EVE SAT 31 You can ring in the New Year at many venues in the Hunter Valley. For a full list of New Year’s Eve celebrations go to winecountry.com.au


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JAN Immerse yourself in the land of the Mega Creatures at Hunter Valley Gardens these January school holidays! See the giant animatronic Mega Bugs and the brand new dinosaurs including a T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Spinosaurus and loads more.

SAT 11 Australia was the first country where Scottish band Simple Minds had a hit single and they’re coming to perform for fans at Bimbadgen Winery. They’ll be joined by the B-52s and two of the 80s most eclectic bands Models and Machinations.

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WOLLOMBI CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL

AUSTRALIA DAY IN SINGLETON THU 26 Singleton Council is once again celebrating Australia Day with a barbecue breakfast before the formal ceremony commences. Stay for a day of entertainment and activities that include music, markets, food, kids’ activities and more. For more info singleton.nsw.gov.au

FRI 24–SUN 26 Movie buffs won’t want to miss it. Sit back and enjoy classic films in the beautiful surrounds of the Grays Inn Garden and St Michael’s Church. For more info and list of films go to visitwollombi.com.au

MARCH MAITLAND TASTE, FOOD, WINE & MUSIC FESTIVAL SAT 11–SUN 12 A two-day festival in Maitland’s Heritage Mall celebrating the Hunter Valley’s best wine, coffee, chocolate and local cuisine with market stalls and cooking demonstrations, wine education and food matching sessions. maitlandtaste.com.au

KURRI KURRI NOSTALGIA FESTIVAL FRI 24–SUN 26 Head to Kurri Kurri for a fantastic line-up of rock ’n’ roll bands, rockabilly dances, classic cars, hot rods, fashion and market stalls. kurrikurrinostalgiafestival. com.au

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REGULAR EVENTS HIGH TEA @ THE SEBEL KIRKTON PARK DAILY Enjoy a traditional high tea

in the sunlit Conservatory overlooking the rose garden, from noon to 4pm; $45pp for sweet and savoury delights including a glass of sparkling wine. Bookings on 02 4998 7680. sebelhuntervalley.com.au

PIGS & CHICKEN FEEDING @ THE SEBEL KIRKTON PARK DAILY Sebel’s four Australian Yorkshire pigs and 30 chooks are fed daily and everyone is welcome (you don’t have to be a guest). You can also collect fresh eggs from The Stables and head down to the dam to check out the yabbies. See the friendly reception desk for further details. sebelhuntervalley.com.au

MUSIC BY THE VINES WEEKLY Head to Restaurant

Botanica on Sundays for smooth sounds and delicious snacks. Music By The Vines features a three-hour music session played in the restaurant, where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch or just opt for a glass of wine and a snack beside the vines. Bookings on 02 6574 7229.

NAN’S SUPER INDULGENT AFTERNOON TEA WEEKLY Tuck into a delicious

selection of sweet and savoury treats, a choice of organic teas (or coffee), and a glass of Kerr’s Organic Sparkling Blanc de Blanc. Cost $35pp. Bookings required at least 24 hours in advance on 02 4998 7333.

PARKRUN SINGLETON WEEKLY Parkrun is a free, weekly

5km run/walk - it’s you against the clock. Everyone is welcome to attend. Register online, print off your unique barcode and bring it along each week to have your time recorded. parkrun.com.au/ singleton/

WINE AND ANTIPASTO TASTING WEEKENDS Taste three wines perfectly matched to a selection of antipasto at Pepper Tree Wines. $20pp. Bookings essential on 02 4909 7100. peppertreewines.com.au

WOOD-FIRED PIZZA WEEKENDS Enjoy gourmet wood-fired pizza from Epoche Lounge Bar’s very own wood-fired pizza oven on the verandah at Sebel Kirkton Park on Friday to Sunday evenings. sebelhuntervalley.com.au

HIGH TEA @ GEMELLI ESTATE MONTHLY Enjoy a Sunday high

tea in the garden or gallery with sweet and savoury treats accompanied by a glass of estate wine on October 23, November 13 and December 4, from 1pm to 5pm. $35pp. Bookings on 02 4998 7910. gemelliestate.com.au

ART AFTER HOURS MONTHLY The last Thursday of

each month, Cessnock Regional Art Gallery throws open its doors with Art After Hours running from 5-8pm, offering you evening access to its latest exhibitions, along with music and local wines. Usual gallery opening hours Thu-Sun 11-4pm. 02 4991 6619. www.crag.net.au

BROKE VILLAGE MARKET MONTHLY Small community

market with gourmet goodies, toys and more, held on first Sunday morning of each month in the park opposite Broke Village Store. brokefordwich.com.au

HANDMADE IN THE HUNTER MARKETS MONTHLY Showcasing handmade

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

WOLLOMBI MARKETS HOLIDAY MONDAYS Visit historic

Wollombi and stroll around the community market featuring over 100 stalls on the holiday Monday of each long weekend and Australia Day: Labour Day Market Mon Oct 3; Australia Day Market Thu Jan 26, 2017. wollombimarkets.com

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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

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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).

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

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

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

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

� TOURS OF ALL TYPES Take a tour in a horse-drawn carriage, a Cadillac convertible or a modern limousine or on the back of a bike (more tour options on page 107).

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

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

� FLIGHTS OF FANCY

Greet the morning with a sunrise hot air balloon flight, then see the sights in your own private helicopter (see pages 107 and 114 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.

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

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Watch your favourite performer and enjoy great food and wine at one of the Valley’s signature events, concerts and festivals (see pages 65–70 for What’s On).

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPPER HUNTER The Upper Hunter is the largest horse-breeding region in Australia and has 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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Stomp! Wines

1273 Milbrodale Rd, Broke 

0409 774 280

Whispering Brook

Rodd St, Broke 

02 6579 1386

Adina Vineyard & Olive Grove

492 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7473

Allandale Winery

132 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4990 4526

Capercaillie Wine

4 Londons Rd, Lovedale

02 4990 2904

Emma’s Cottage Vineyard

438 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale 

02 4998 7734

Gartelmann Wines

701 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7113

Tatler Wines

477 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 9139

Tellace Wines

356 Tuckers Ln, North Rothbury 

02 4938 7173

Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard

750 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 1866

Bimbadgen

790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 4600

Blueberry Hill Vineyard

999 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7295

Brokenwood Wines

401–427 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7559

Chateau Francois

Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7548

Cockfighter’s Ghost Wines

Cnr McDonalds & DeBeyers Rds, Pokolbin 

02 4993 3600

Constable Estate

205 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7887

David Hook Wines

Cnr Ekerts & Broke Rds, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7121

De Bortoli Wines

532 Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin 

02 4993 8800

De Iuliis Wines

1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 8000

Drayton’s Family Wines

555 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7513

Eagles Rest Wines

534 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6714

Ernest Hill Wines

307 Wine Country Dr, Nulkaba 

02 4991 4418

First Creek Wines

600 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 2992

Gemelli Estate

168 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7910

Glandore Estate Wines

1595 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7140

Gundog Hunter Cellar & Gourmet Pantry

101 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6873

Hanging Tree Wines

294 O'Connors Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6608

Hart & Hunter

463 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7645

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

Hunter’s Dream

149 Deasys Rd, Rothbury

02 4998 6509

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

Macquariedale Organic Wines

170 Sweetwater Rd, Rothbury 

02 6574 7012

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NULKABA, POKOLBIN � ROTHBURY CONTINUED Marsh Estate

95 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7587

McGuigan Wines

447 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7402

McLeish Estate

462 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7754

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 Cellar Door

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 

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273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7332

223 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7290

Saddler’s Creek Wines

15 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4991 1770

Scarborough on Hermitage

972 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 6538

Scarborough Wine Co.

179 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7563

Tempus Two Cellar Door

Cnr Broke & McDonalds Rds, Pokolbin 

02 4993 3999

Thomas Wines

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

02 4998 7134

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

Usher Tinkler Wines

97 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7069

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

Stonehurst Wines 

1840 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi 

02 4998 1576

Wollombi Wines

Wollombi Rd, Wollombi 

02 4998 3427

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HUNTER VALLEY LEGENDS ANNOUNCED The Hunter Valley’s prestigious 2016 Hunter Valley Legends Awards were held at Cypress Lakes Resort with hundreds of locals celebrating the outstanding achievements of those who have made a major contribution to and excelled in the wine and tourism industries. In its 10th year, the Hunter Valley Legends Awards pays homage to its 2016 Wine Industry Living Legend Alain Le Prince who has contributed over 40 years to the Hunter Valley Wine Industry. Not only was Alain inducted, but winners in four other categories were also announced. Chairman of the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association, The Hon George Souris gave special recognition to the high calibre of this year’s nominees and that the annual awards are a celebration of, and give recognition to the skill, hard work, dedication and excellence of the region’s winemakers, viticulturists and industry professionals, and reflects on the successes of the year that has passed. And the winners are: › Alain Le Prince – Hunter Valley Wine Industry Living Legend. › Liz Jackson from First Creek Wines took home the Winemaker of the Year Award, which is sponsored by First Creek Winemaking Services and awarded to an outstanding Hunter Valley Winemaker who is a leader in the profession. › Belinda Paterson, General Manager The Sebel Kirkton Park, Hunter Valley, was awarded the Rising Star of the Year, sponsored by Riedel, for an extraordinary contribution to the region’s wine and tourism industries over the preceding 12 months. › Paul Harvey from Mount Pleasant Wines took home the Viticulturist of the Year Award, sponsored by Laffort Australia. And the Cellar Door of the Year, sponsored by CBA Local Business Banking, which recognises all-round excellence at the cellar door, went to De Iuliis Wines. Congratulations to all. For full details of the results, visit winecountry.com.au

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CELLAR DOORS BROKE FORDWICH • LOVEDALE

KRINKLEWOOD BIODYNAMIC  VINEYARD ��� WOLLOMBI RD, BROKE 

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

WHISPERING BROOK RODD ST, BROKE

T 02 6579 1386 E info@whispering-brook.com whispering-brook.com “Situated in the most idyllic site for wine production, Whispering Brook offers an impressive selection of red and white wines,” wrote travelanthropist.com See for yourself and experience a tutored tour through the winery, vineyards and olive groves followed by a wine tasting. Fri 1.30–4.30pm, Sat 10.30am–5pm, Sun 10.30am –4.30pm

MARGAN WINERY � RESTAURANT

STOMP! WINES

���� MILBRODALE RD, BROKE

���� MILBRODALE RD, BROKE

Leading winemaker Andrew Margan handcrafts 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 Best Winery NSW Tourism Hall of Fame and a red 5-star James Halliday rating 2009–2016. Daily 10am–5pm

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

ADINA VINEYARD � OLIVE  GROVE

ALLANDALE WINERY

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

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

T 02 4930 7473 E info@adinavineyard.com.au adinavineyard.com.au

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��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

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

Allandale boasts a distinguished portfolio of classic Hunter Valley wines, as well as more contemporary varieties such as Pinot Gris and Tempranillo. Tastings are held in the winery where friendly cellar door staff will help you find wines that you’ll enjoy while taking in the breathtaking Valley views. Mon–Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 10am–5pm

CAPERCAILLIE WINE

EMMA’S COTTAGE VINEYARD

� LONDONS RD, LOVEDALE

��� WILDERNESS RD, LOVEDALE

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

Try estate-grown wines, including sparkling and liqueur wines, at this friendly family-owned cellar door. Plus, you can browse the adjoining art gallery filled with original works by a number of local artists. There is also a restaurant and accommodation onsite. Fri 1–5pm, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm

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


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LOVEDALE • NORTH ROTHBURY • NULKABA • POKOLBIN

GARTELMANN WINES

TELLACE WINES

ERNEST HILL WINES

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

��� TUCKERS LN, NORTH ROTHBURY 

��� WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

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

T 02 4938 7173 E info@tellace.com.au

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

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

AUDREY WILKINSON VINEYARD

BIMBADGEN

BLUEBERRY HILL VINEYARD

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

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)

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

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

BROKENWOOD WINES

CHATEAU FRANCOIS

���–��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

BROKE ROAD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

T 02 4998 7548

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

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COCKFIGHTER’S GHOST WINES

CONSTABLE ESTATE

DAVID HOOK WINES

CNR MCDONALDS � DEBEYERS RDS, POKOLBIN

��� GILLARDS RD, POKOLBIN

CNR EKERTS � BROKE RDS, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

DE BORTOLI WINES

DE IULIIS WINES

DRAYTON'S FAMILY WINES

��� WINE COUNTRY DR, POKOLBIN

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

EAGLES REST WINES

FIRST CREEK WINES

��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

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

First Creek Wines won an incredible 11 trophies in 2015! Taste award-winning Hunter Valley classics as well as a range of emerging varieties. With a red 5-star James Halliday rating, and a winery tour daily at 10.30am, First Creek Wines is not to be missed. Mon–Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 9.30am–4pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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GEMELLI ESTATE

GLANDORE ESTATE WINES

��� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

Glandore Estate’s aim has been to produce wines of great character, regionality and style from the traditional varieties known in the Hunter Valley to new and exciting alternative varieties such as Tempranillo and Savagnin. Visit the boutique cellar door and taste what everyone’s talking about. Daily 10am–5pm

HANGING TREE WINES

HART & HUNTER

��� O'CONNORS RD, POKOLBIN

463 DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN

One of the most picturesque properties in the Hunter Valley with a rose garden, duck pond, olive grove, luxurious homestead and a cowshed-converted cellar door – all teeming with character. Book your next getaway or pop in to taste the award-winning wines. Daily 10am–5pm

Winemaking couple Damien Stevens and Jodie Belleville are the hands behind Hart & Hunter. It’s a premium boutique brand doing things their own way, specialising in single vineyard wines that reflect provenance and a sense of place. A visit to this cellar door is a true Hunter Valley experience. Thu–Sun 10am–4pm

HOPE ESTATE

HUNGERFORD HILL WINES

HUNTER’S DREAM

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

149 DEASYS RD, ROTHBURY

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

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

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

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

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

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

T 02 4998 7645 E info@hartandhunter.com.au hartandhunter.com.au

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

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

T 02 4998 6873 E info@gundogestate.com.au gundogestate.com.au Discover high-quality regionally distinct wines and a hand-picked selection of gourmet products, reflecting Gundog’s ‘quality over quantity’ philosophy at this 5-star James Halliday winery. Awarded Best Small Cellar Door – Lower Hunter by Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine in 2013. Daily 10am–5pm

HERMITAGE ROAD CELLARS  � WINERY 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)

T 02 4998 6509 E admin.hd@naturescare.com.au Discover the unforgettable tranquillity and beauty of this 77-hectare estate, owned and managed by renowned health care company, Nature’s Care. Enjoy exquisite gardens and vineyards whilst tasting an exceptional range of estate-produced wines at the newly opened cellar door. Daily 10am–4.30pm

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KELMAN VINEYARD

KEVIN SOBELS WINES

� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

� HALLS 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

LAKE’S FOLLY

LAMBLOCH ESTATE

MARSH ESTATE

2416 BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

�� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN

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. James Halliday red 5-star winery. Daily 10am–4pm (when wine available)

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

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

MCGUIGAN WINES

MCLEISH ESTATE

MISTLETOE WINERY

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

��� HERMITAGE 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 31 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 2016 London International Wine Challenge. It’s an essential stop for anyone who enjoys exceptional wines. Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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MISTY GLEN WINES � COTTAGE

MOOREBANK VINEYARD ESTATE

MOUNT PLEASANT CELLAR DOOR

��� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN

��� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN 

��� MARROWBONE RD, POKOLBIN

Drink, play and stay at Misty Glen in the heart of the Hunter Valley! This boutique vineyard produces Semillon, Chardonnay, Chambourcin, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, which are created into traditional and unusual wine styles. Mention Hunter Valley Magazine and receive discounts on wine purchases. 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

Mount Pleasant is one of the great wine estates of Australia with a 5-star James Halliday rating. Taste benchmark wines while enjoying the scenery of the surrounding vineyards and stunning backdrop of the Brokenback Range. Daily 10am–4pm

OAKVALE WINES

PEPPER TREE WINES

PETER DRAYTON WINES

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

�� HALLS RD, POKOLBIN

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

This family-owned winery has a real passion for viticultural practices and minimal intervention winemaking. The premium handcrafted wines are sold exclusively through the state-of-the-art cellar door and it is one of the Valley’s few gourmet cider and Bellini producers. 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 7781 E wines@mistyglen.com.au mistyglen.com.au

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

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

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

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

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

Five-star rated James Halliday boutique cellar door with an outstanding collection of medal-winning wines, including Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, Verdelho and Semillon, as well as sparkling and fortified wines. Onsite accommodation and a relaxed coffee shop with vineyard vistas. Daily 10am–5pm

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

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

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PETERSON HOUSE

RIDGEVIEW WINES

ROTHVALE WINERY

CNR BROKE RD � WINE COUNTRY DR, POKOLBIN

��� SWEETWATER RD, POKOLBIN

��� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN 

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

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

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

SADDLER’S CREEK WINES

SCARBOROUGH ON HERMITAGE

SCARBOROUGH WINE CO.

�� MARROWBONE RD, POKOLBIN 

��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN 

��� GILLARDS RD, POKOLBIN 

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

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

TEMPUS TWO CELLAR DOOR

THOMAS WINES

TINKLERS

CNR BROKE � MCDONALDS RDS, POKOLBIN 

@ ESTATE TUSCANY, CNR HERMITAGE RD & MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

�� POKOLBIN MOUNTAINS RD, POKOLBIN 

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

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

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

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

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

T 02 4998 7134 E cellardoor@thomaswines.com.au thomaswines.com.au Specialising in single-vineyard Semillon and Shiraz, Thomas Wines has access to some of the Valley’s most distinguished vineyards, producing world-class uniquely regional wine styles. You can also taste Thomas Wines at The Small Winemakers Centre. A red 5-star James Halliday winery. Daily 10am–5pm

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

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

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

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


CELLAR DOORS POKOLBIN • ROTHBURY • MOUNT VIEW

TINTILLA ESTATE WINES � OLIVES

TRAVERTINE WINES

TULLOCH WINES

78 OLD NORTH RD, POKOLBIN

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN 

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 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. Fri–Sun 10am–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)

TYRRELL’S WINES

USHER TINKLER WINES

VINDEN ESTATE WINES

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN 

97 MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

��� GILLARDS 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

Usher Tinkler Wines blurs the lines between traditional and contemporary winemaking. Usher’s wines have been created for discussion – born for sociability. Wine is best when shared with friends and food. Explore this yourself and enjoy some salumi and cheese with your tasting. Daily 10am–5pm

Vinden Estate Wines is a family-owned and operated boutique Hunter Valley winery and vineyard. The Vinden family handcrafts its wines (literally, not figuratively) on-site from hand-picked grapes using the traditional methods of open fermentation, hand plunging and basket pressing. Wed–Sun 10am–5pm

WOMBAT CROSSING VINEYARD

WYNWOOD ESTATE

MACQUARIEDALE ORGANIC  WINES

530 HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN 

��� SWEETWATER RD, ROTHBURY

Some say the personalised tastings at this small cellar door are one of the Valley’s best wine-tasting experiences. You can enjoy outstanding aged boutique wines in a lovely country setting, so visit and see if the smallest winegrower in the Valley can make great single vineyard wine! Sat 10.30am–5pm, Fri, Sun and Mon By Appointment

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

��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN 

T 02 6574 7093 E info@tintilla.com.au tintilla.com.au

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

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

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

T 02 4998 7069 E enquiries@ushertinklerwines.com.au ushertinklerwines.com

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

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

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

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

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BRIAR RIDGE VINEYARD

MOUNT VIEW ESTATE

PETERSONS WINES

��� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW

502 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 on-site function centre is ideal for special occasions. Daily 10am–5pm

Located in the picturesque Mount View region, offering highly awarded wines all handmade on-site. From vine to glass, Mount View Estate prides itself on producing exceptional boutique wines. But don’t take their word for it: go and taste the wines, experience the hospitality and enjoy that incredible view! Daily 10am–5pm

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

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, just an hour’s drive from Pokolbin. Enjoy award-winning wines with a tasting platter filled with local produce while relaxing on the sun-drenched deck overlooking the new sandstone sculpture collection. Ancient topography, timeless beauty. Daily 11am–4pm

STONEHURST WINES

WOLLOMBI WINES

���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI 

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, beside the original convict road on an 1820s Napoleonic War veteran’s land grant. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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LOVEDALE � NORTH ROTHBURY Emerson’s Cafe & Restaurant

@ Adina Vineyard, 492 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7029

Lovedale Smokehouse Cafe

64 Majors Ln, Lovedale

02 4930 7832

Redsalt Restaurant

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

02 4991 0944

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@ Tatler Wines, 477 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 9139

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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

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Bistro Vinden

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

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Bodega Restaurant & Bar

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

02 4993 1555

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Brokenback Bar

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

02 4998 7288

7 DAYS

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7 DAYS

Cafe Enzo

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

02 4998 7233

7 DAYS

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Epoche Lounge Bar

@ The Sebel Kirkton Park, 336 Oakey Creek Rd

02 4998 7680

7 DAYS

7 DAYS

Esca Bimbadgen

@ Bimbadgen, 790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4666

7 DAYS

Harrigan’s Irish Pub 

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4300

Harvest Restaurant

@ Hope Estate, 2213 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 3599

Hunters Quarter

576 De Beyers Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7776

Il Cacciatore Restaurant 

@ Hermitage Lodge, 609 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7639

IronBark Hill Cafe

@ Peter Drayton Wines,  694 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7085

Locavore Dining

@ Sebel Kirkton Park, 336 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7680

7 DAYS

7 DAYS

Matilda Bay Brewhouse  + Dining

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

02 4998 7777

7 DAYS

Muse Kitchen

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

02 4998 7899

Muse Restaurant

@ Hungerford Hill Wines, 2450 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6777

Nanna Kerr's Kitchen

16 Pokolbin Mountains Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7333

Oishii

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

02 4998 7051

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

7 DAYS

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RidgeView Restaurant & Cafe

@ RidgeView Wines, 273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7332

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NULKABA, POKOLBIN � ROTHBURY CONTINUED Sabor in the Hunter Dessert Bar

@ Lambloch Estate, 2342 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

1300 958 939

Taste of the Country

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

02 4998 6605

The Cellar Restaurant

Hunter Valley Gardens Village,  Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7584

The Legends Grill

@ The Vintage Golf Club, Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2213

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The Mill Restaurant

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

02 4998 7288

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The Verandah Restaurant

@ Calais Estate, 151 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7231

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen

@ De Iuliis Wines,  1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6699

Al-Oi Thai Restaurant

17 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 8666

7 DAYS

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136 Wollombi Rd, Cessnock

02 4990 1256

7 DAYS

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02 6572 1866

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

1 x Gas BBQ

Hermitage Road Cellars & Winery

2 x Gas BBQs

Kevin Sobels Wines

1 x Gas BBQ

McLeish Estate

4 x Gas BBQs

Pepper Tree Wines

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Petersons Wines

1 x Gas BBQ

Stonehurst Wines

Picnic Area

Tellace Wines

2 x Gas BBQs

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


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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

Celebrating 31 Years of Excellence in Wine World’s Best Semillon – 2016 London International Wine Challenge Australia’s Best Semillon – 2016 London International Wine Challenge NSW Best Semillon – 2016 London International Wine Challenge TROPHY – Best ‘Named Vineyard’ Semillon 2015 Hunter Valley Wine Show

Family owned since 1985. Our exclusive and exceptional range is only available through our cellar door and selected outlets. 462 DeBeyers Road Pokolbin | Cellar Door 10am to 5pm daily 02 4998 7754 | info@mcleishhunterwines.com.au | www.mcleishhunterwines.com.au


Introducing Epoche Lounge Bar, the Hunter Valley’s new home of cocktails, local wines and craft beer. Enjoy burgers in front of our roaring open fire or pizza straight from our outdoor woovd fired oven Open 7 Days, 12 to 10 Sun-Thur 12 to late Fri-Sat Pizza Oven from 6pm Friday and from 12 Noon Saturday and Sunday www.sebelhuntervalley.com.au/epoche

A Locavore is a person intersted in eating food that is produced locally within 100 miles of home. Our delectable menu features ingredients from our own grounds at Kirkton Park and from local Hunter Valley producers.

336 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320

PH 02 4993 7680

Open 7 Days from 6pm Follow the Locavore story - www.sebelhuntervalley.com.au/locavore-dining


RESTAURANTS � CAFES BROKE • MOUNT VIEW • LOVEDALE • NULKABA

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

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; NSW Tourism Awards Hall of Fame. Lunch Fri–Sun 12–3pm, dinner Thu–Sat 6–9pm

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

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

LOVEDALE SMOKEHOUSE CAFE

REDSALT RESTAURANT

TATLER TAPAS CAFE

�� MAJORS LN, LOVEDALE

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

@ TATLER WINES, ��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

T 02 4930 7832 E majorslane@bigpond.com majorslane.com Lovedale Smokehouse Cafe serves handmade artisanal charcuterie including smoked and cured meats, fish and cheese. Enjoy a relaxing lunch with a glass of estate-grown wine in the stunning courtyard complete with water features and vineyard views, or indoors surrounded by local artwork. Lunch Thu–Mon 10.30am–4pm

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

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

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

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 Sat–Sun 8–10.30am; lunch Fri–Sun 12–3pm; dinner Fri 5.30–8.30pm

THE DECK CAFE LOVEDALE

THE LOVEDALE

OLD BRICKWORKS BRASSERIE 

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

@ POTTERS HOTEL BREWERY RESORT, WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

A place where scrumptious meals are made, where the drinks run cold and where conversations just flow, with live entertainment and more. Daily 8am–late, lunch daily from 11am

Family-friendly venue with large indoor/outdoor eating areas, lounge bar with unique tree table, kids’ playground and jumping castle on Sundays. Daily restaurant specials plus beer brewed on-site at Hunter Beer Co. Phone reception re courtesy bus. Daily, breakfast 7.30–10am, lunch 12–3pm, dinner 6–9pm

T 02 4930 9007 E info@deckcafelovedale.com.au deckcafelovedale.com.au The Deck Cafe, located at Gartelmann Wines in Lovedale, is a stylish restaurant-style cafe open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week. The cafe provides a diverse menu complemented by Garltelmann wines and a generous range of beverages, including Piazza D'oro coffee. Mon–Fri 8.30am–3.30pm, Sat–Sun 8am–3.30pm

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

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

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RESTAURANTS � CAFES POKOLBIN

AMANDA’S ON THE EDGE

BISTRO VINDEN

BODEGA RESTAURANT � BAR

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

@ VINDEN ESTATE, ��� GILLARDS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

BROKENBACK BAR

CAFE ENZO

EPOCHE LOUNGE BAR

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

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

@ THE SEBEL KIRKTON PARK, 336 OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

The casual Mediterranean menu includes wood-fired pizza and tapas, but you can also call in for coffee, cake and ice-cream, or cook your own barbecue lunch or dinner and enjoy the expansive vineyard and mountain views. Takeaway also available. Daily 12–9pmSat 8.30am–4.30pm, Sun 8am–4pm

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

Introducing Epoche Lounge Bar, the Hunter Valley's new home of cocktails, local wines and craft beer. Enjoy burgers and tapas in front of the roaring open fire or pizza straight from the outdoor wood-fired oven. Sun–Thu 11am–10pm, Fri–Sat noon–late

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

enzohuntervalley.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

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

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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 Fri–Sat from 6pm

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

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


RESTAURANTS � CAFES POKOLBIN

HARVEST RESTAURANT

HUNTERS QUARTER

IL CACCIATORE RESTAURANT

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

576 DE BEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

HQ is a relaxed and elegant dining destination, located in the Cockfighter’s Ghost Vineyard in Pokolbin. With a private terrace overlooking the vines, it’s the perfect place to while away a few hours with family and friends, enjoying fantastic seasonal food. Lunch Wed–Sun 12–3.30pm, dinner Thu–Sat 6pm–late

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

LOCAVORE DINING

MATILDA BAY BREWHOUSE  + DINING

MUSE KITCHEN

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

@ SEBEL KIRKTON PARK, ��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

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

A locavore is a person interested in eating food that is produced locally within 100 miles of home. The Farm, Forage and Graze menu features ingredients from the grounds at Sebel Kirkton Park and local Hunter Valley producers. Private dining room available for group bookings. Dinner daily from 6pm

T 02 4998 7776 E info@hunterquarter.com huntersquarter.com

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

E dining@hunterresort.com.au hunterresort.com.au

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

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

E muse@musedining.com.au musedining.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

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

MUSE RESTAURANT

NANNA KERR'S KITCHEN

OISHII

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

16 POKOLBIN MOUNTAINS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

T 02 4998 7333 E nan@nannakerrskitchen.com.au nannakerrskitchen.com.au

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 seven 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

Nanna Kerr’s is a ‘mostly organic’ restaurant delivering wholesome, affordable and homemade deliciousness. An extensive breakfast menu is followed by a huge selection of daily specials, platters and pies served until 9pm. The menu changes weekly and features the best-available local produce. Breakfast Thu–Mon 8–11.30am, lunch & dinner Thu–Mon 11.30am–9pm

T 02 4998 7051 E info@oishii.com.au oishii.com.au 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 covered terrace overlooking the vines and architecturally designed amphitheatre. Takeaway available. Daily, lunch 11.30am–3pm, dinner 5.30–9.30pm

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RESTAURANTS � CAFES POKOLBIN • ROTHBURY

RESTAURANT BOTANICA

RESTAURANT CUVÉE

RIDGEVIEW RESTAURANT � CAFE

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

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

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

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

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

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

SABOR IN THE HUNTER DESSERT BAR

THE CELLAR RESTAURANT

THE MILL RESTAURANT

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

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

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

Savour fusion cuisine while enjoying panoramic vineyard and mountain views. Award-winning chef Emilio Llausas also offers quality catering for groups and weddings with exclusive use of the restaurant. Bookings recommended. Breakfast daily 8–10am, lunch Sat–Sun 12.30–4pm, dinner daily from 6pm

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

@ LAMBLOCH ESTATE, 2342 BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

THE VERANDAH RESTAURANT @ CALAIS ESTATE, ��� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

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

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

the-cellar-restaurant.com.au

TWO FAT BLOKES GOURMET KITCHEN @ DE IULIIS WINES, ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

THE LEGENDS GRILL @ THE VINTAGE GOLF CLUB, VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

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


RESTAURANTS � CAFES CESSNOCK • SINGLETON

AL-OI THAI RESTAURANT

AUSTRALIA HOTEL

WORN OUT WARES

�� VINCENT ST, CESSNOCK

136 WOLLOMBI RD, CESSNOCK

41–43 GEORGE ST, SINGLETON

T 02 4990 8666 aloithai.com.au

Traditionally Thai food is to be 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 Mon–Fri 4.45–10pm, Sat–Sun 4.30–10pm

T 02 4990 1256 Offering pub-style accommodation, this country hotel has an award-winning bistro (NSW AHA 2002/2003), caters specifically for big groups and has WiFi, full bar and TAB facilities, golf stay-and-play packages and more. AHA Best Traditional Bar NSW 2010. Lunch daily 12–2pm, dinner Sun–Thu 6–9pm, Fri–Sat 6–10pm

T 02 6572 1866 wornoutwares.com.au

A relaxed cafe incorporating delicious food, old and new homewares, gifts and a florist – a favourite destination, meeting place and tourist attraction for locals and travellers alike. "Every inch a delight to the senses", according to Country Style magazine. Breakfast Mon–Fri 7–11.30am; Sat–Sun 8am–2pm, lunch Mon–Sat 11.30am–4pm, Sun 11.30am–2.30pm

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

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R E S T A U R A N T

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

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


Gourmet. TOURS

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FEAST ON LOCAL PRODUCE AND DISCOVER BOUTIQUE BEERS.

ADDRESS

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Hope Brewhouse

@ Hope Estate, 2213 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 3555

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Hunter Beer Co.

@ Potters Hotel Brewery Resort, Wine Country Dr, Nulkaba

02 4991 7922

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Hunter Distillery

1686 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6737

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Lovedale Brewery

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

02 4991 0900

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Matilda Bay Brewhouse

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

02 4998 7777

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Binnorie Dairy

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

02 4998 6660

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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

@ Roche Estate 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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The Hunter Valley Coffee Roaster

@ Worthington's Vineyard, 409 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

0408 420 190

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Tinklers Produce

53 Pokolbin Mountains Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 7435

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Tintilla Estate Wines & Olives

725 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7093

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Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen

@ De Iuliis Wines, 1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6699

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BREWERIES � DISTILLERIES

PRODUCE

FREE TASTING

TOURS

HOPE BREWHOUSE

HUNTER BEER CO.

HUNTER DISTILLERY

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

@ POTTERS HOTEL BREWERY RESORT, WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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BREWERIES � DISTILLERIES • PRODUCE

LOVEDALE BREWERY

MATILDA BAY BREWHOUSE

BINNORIE DAIRY

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

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

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

From the heart of the Hunter Valley, Lovedale Brewery is dedicated to creating the best craft beers in Australia. Brewed lovingly by hand in small batches, each variant is designed to epitomise the style, personality and people that make the Hunter Valley and Sydney great. Daily

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

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

HUNTER VALLEY CHEESE FACTORY

HUNTER VALLEY  SMELLY CHEESE SHOP

LA GLACE DESSERT BAR 

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

@ 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 on-site, 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

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

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

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

LOVEDALE SMOKEHOUSE �� MAJORS LN, LOVEDALE

T 02 4930 7832 E majorslane@bigpond.com majorslane.com Creators and providores of handmade artisanal charcuterie, including smoked seafood, cheese, lamb, beef, pork, poultry, game and sausages. The Gourmet Pantry is also stocked with cured meats, terrines, pates, olive oils, sauces, salad dressings, chutneys, jams and sweet treats. Tastings and smoking and curing classes available. Thu–Mon 10am–5pm

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

@ 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

POKOLBIN GENERAL STORE @ POKOLBIN VILLAGE, ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7633

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


GOURMET PRODUCE

THE HUNTER VALLEY  COFFEE ROASTER @ WORTHINGTON'S VINEYARD, 409 PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

T 0408 420 190 E terissa@the propgroup.com.au thepropgroup.com.au Offers a cellar door coffee experience specialising in coffee tastings onsite. You can meet the roaster for an educational coffee experience or just sit back and relax with a freshly roasted cup of coffee made your favourite way. Sat–Sun 10am–5pm, weekdays by appointment

TINKLERS PRODUCE �� POKOLBIN MOUNTAINS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

Hunter

Honey Hive

Tastings daily

open daily 10-5

Honey Tasting Bee and Honey Giftware Honey Cosmetics Clothing

Hunter Valley Gardens Village Enter Via Ye Olde General Store

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Tours. Almighty Tours & Transport

Hunter Valley

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SMALL GROUP TOURS

PHONE

LARGE GROUP TOURS

ADDRESS

All Around the Vines

TRANSFER SERVICES

NAME

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N/A

Best Tour

0437 149 612

Cheers Bus

0408 987 057

Country Trails Private Tours

0430 543 465

diVine tours

0414 858 671

Fine Wine Tours

0421 855 355

Grape Vine Tours

0437 451 742

Hall’s Private Transfers

0431 810 548

Heidi's Hunter Valley Tours

Hunter Valley

0408 623 136

Hertz Rent A Car

1A Aberdare Rd, Cessnock

02 4991 2500

Hunter Private Tours Hunter Trikes

0419 851 010 332 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

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02 4991 7533

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Hunter Valley Cadillacs

02 4996 4059

110

Hunter Valley Classic Carriages

02 4991 3655

110

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N/A

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Hunter Valley Horses

@ Hunter Valley Resort, 917 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

Hunter Valley Private Tours by Wendt on Tours

0431 337 367 02 4998 6757

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Hunter Valley Tours

Cessnock

0456 737 888

Hunter Valley Tours 4U

Hunter Valley

0488 190 884

Hunter Valley Vine Link

02 4930 7689

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Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tours

02 9357 5511

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Hunter Vineyard Tours

02 4991 1659

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iHop Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley

0455 535 035

Off the Vine Wine Tours

Hunter Valley

0499 300 467

02 6571 1600

0408 987 788

Silver Service Limousines SydneyDriver.com

Sydney

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 D Road Tours

Hunter Valley

0437 543 078

Zepher Tours

5/14 Frederick St, Bondi

0406 757 295

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iHop by Day - Tour by Night! iHop by Day - Explore picturesque Pokolbin aboard Hunter Valleys only hop-on hop-off bus service and experience the best of local produce, cellar doors, breweries, distillery, chocolate and cheese shops, dining, shopping and Hunter Valley Gardens via 13 hourly Hops (stops), Thursday to Monday 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Cheers Bus offers flexible full and half day tours visiting five star cellar doors with affordable lunch options, The Vodka Distillery, Cheese and Chocolate tastings, 4WD Eco tour, 13 and 20 seat buses available instant online bookings. Corporate Events | Golf Packages | Restaurant Transfers & Concerts Transfers

Sydney | Central Coast | Newcastle | Hunter Valley | 7 days

M 0408 987 057 • E book@cheersbus.com W cheersbus.com

Tour by Night - Savour the Hunter after dark with the Hunter Valley’s First Ever Night Tour! Continue your day into the night on a culinary delights tour with sit down 7 course matched cheese and wine tasting, followed by a two-course “Tapas” style dinner and then finish the night on a sweet note at “Hunter’s Sweet Spot” dessert bar! Tour operates Friday and Saturday Nights – bookings essential. Day and Night Package, Day Hopper, accommodation transfers, one-way and return passes available. PH 0455 535 035 explore@ihophuntervalley.com.au www.ihophuntervalley.com.au

Hunter Valley Horses

Horse & Carriage Wine Tours Horse Riding, Weddings Open daily from 8am, bookings essential Ph: 0431 337 367 917 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320 (home of Hunter Resort & Matilda Bay brew house) e. hvhorseriding@yahoo.com.au w. www.huntervalleycarriages.com.au


TOURS

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

COUNTRY TRAILS PRIVATE TOURS

M 0430 543 465 E info@countrytrails.com.au countrytrails.com.au Country Trails offers small-group, private Hunter Valley wine tours from Sydney. Guests can follow a standard itinerary or request a tailored food and wine experience. Optional cheese, chocolate and craft beer tastings. Family friendly with day and overnight tours available. Luxury Mercedes tour vehicle. Daily

GRAPE VINE TOURS

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

BEST TOUR

M 0437 149 612 E besttour@bigpond.com besttour.com.au 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 132 ABERDARE RD, CESSNOCK

M 0408 987 057 E book@cheersbus.com cheersbus.com Cheers Bus offers flexible full- and half-day tours visiting five-star cellar doors with affordable lunch options, Hunter Distillery vodka tastings, cheese and chocolate tastings and 4WD eco tours. 13- and 20-seat buses available with instant online bookings. Corporate events, golf packages, restaurant and concert transfers. Daily

DIVINE TOURS

FINE WINE TOURS

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

HEIDI'S HUNTER VALLEY TOURS

HERTZ RENT A CAR

HUNTER VALLEY

�A ABERDARE RD, CESSNOCK

Heidi's is a boutique wine tour company offering a new level of sophistication and service in the Hunter Valley. Relax and enjoy the wineries with your own private car and driver for the day! New, stylish 4WD vehicle. Fully flexible itineraries. Also providing restaurant transfers, airport transfers. Daily

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

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

T 0408 623 136 E heidi@heidishuntervalley.com.au heidishuntervalley.com.au

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

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

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HUNTER PRIVATE TOURS

M 0419 851 010 E hunterprivatetours@gmail.com hunterprivatetours.com.au Exclusive private tours showcasing the best of Wine Country. Indulge in premium local wines, gourmet produce and gorgeous scenery. Ideal for special occasions, special events or corporate activities. Each tour is unique and private to you and your chosen companions. Daily

HUNTER VALLEY  CLASSIC CARRIAGES

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

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

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HUNTER TRIKES

HUNTER VALLEY CADILLACS

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

There are wine tours of the Hunter Valley... and then there are wine tours of the Hunter Valley that involve you roaring around the countryside on a trike looking awesome. Relaxing picnic lunches, evening cruises or the fastest wine tour in the Valley. The choice is yours. Daily

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

HUNTER VALLEY HORSES

HUNTER VALLEY TOURS

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

CESSNOCK

T 02 4991 7533 E ride@huntertrikes.com.au huntertrikes.com.au

M 0431 337 367 E hvhorseriding@yahoo.com.au huntervalleycarriages.com.au A ride on the horse or a drink in the carriage, it’s fun for the kids and good for the marriage! Offering horseriding, pony rides, full- and half-day horse and carriage wine tours, private charters and wedding carriage hire. Daily 9am–5pm, bookings essential

HUNTER VALLEY WINE  TASTING TOURS � TRANSFERS T 02 9357 5511 E info@huntervalleywinetastingtours.com.au huntervalleywinetastingtours.com.au

Specialists in small, personal day tours of the Hunter Valley wineries in luxury Mercedes-Benz mini-coaches. Daily 10am-4pm wine tours include wine tastings at a selection of five cellar doors, lunch options and visits to cheese and chocolate outlets. Half-day tours and restaurant transfers available. Daily 10am–4pm

M 0456 737 888 E info@hvtours.com.au hvtours.com.au Hunter Valley Tours customises unique tours to suit your taste in wines and visits award-winning boutique cellar doors where you are served by the winemakers. The on-board fridges have complimentary water. Full- and half-day tours, restaurant and airport transfers are available. Daily.

HUNTER VINEYARD TOURS

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


TOURS

SILVER SERVICE LIMOUSINES

SYDNEYDRIVER.COM

TEXTOURS

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

Sydney Driver is a private and personal door-to-door hire car and chauffeur service established 2004. Offering a high level of sophistication and service, with your own private first-class sedan or luxury minibus for a Hunter Valley day tour. Daily

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

VINEYARD SHUTTLE SERVICE

WINE COUNTRY TOURS

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

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

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

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)

SYDNEY T 0408 987 788 E info@sydneydriver.com sydneydriver.com

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

M 0410 462 540 E info@textours.com.au textours.com.au

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

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WINE D ROAD TOURS

T 0437 543 078 E dan@winedroadtours.com.au winedroadtours.com.au Spend your day at hand-selected wineries being guided through their offerings in private tastings. Travel in comfort stopping for a beautiful restaurant lunch, some Hunter Valley cheese tasting and finish with an optional beer tasting. Limited to 11 guests to keep your tour personal. Daily, bookings essential

TOURS ONLINE

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

winecountry.com.au

Hunter Wine Journeys Personalised tours around the Hunter Valley Exploring boutique wineries and hidden treasures Wine, cheese, chocolate and olive tastings Full and half day tours Door to door pick up & drop off at your Hunter Valley accommodation Private charter available We like to keep our journeys personal and most of all fun

Night tour to see the nocturnal wildlife

Let us take you on your journey M 0428 165 519

P 02 4998 1678

E hunterwinejourneys@gmail.com

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ARTISAN WINES ~ OLIVES ~ GUESTHOUSE

Cellar Door - Vineyard - Picnic and Barbecue area / facilities Sample our superb wines Group and mini bus bookings are welcome

WOLLOMBI

WINES

Lower Hunter Valley

Wollombi Road, Wollombi M: 0408410772 E: orders@wollombiwines.com.au

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Experiences. PAGE

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ENJOY A RANGE OF ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS.

ADDRESS

PHONE

MAP

Aqua Golf & Putt Putt

@ Hunter Valley Gardens Village, Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7896

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MAP 1 J5

Hunter Wine Theatre

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

02 4998 7777

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MAP 1 F2

NSW Segway Tours

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

1300 465 636

115

MAP 1 F2

Ogishi Craft Workshops & Gallery

540 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale

02 4998 7979

115

MAP 1 H9

Pokolbin Gallery & Mistletoe Sculpture Garden

771 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7770

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Cessnock Racecourse

Racecourse Rd, Cessnock

02 4961 1573

N/A

MAP 1 R11

Hunter Valley Gardens

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4000

115

MAP 1 J5

Roche Estate

Cnr Broke & McDonalds Rds, Pokolbin

02 4998 4000

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Wollombi Tavern

2994 Great North Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3261

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MAP 1 S2

Meeting @ Peterson House, Broke Rd, Pokolbin

1300 723 279

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1800 818 191

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

02 4991 7533

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Hunter Valley Wine, Cooking & Candy School

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

02 4998 7777

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MAP 1 F2

Majors Lane Cooking School

64 Majors Ln, Lovedale

02 4930 7832

116

MAP 1 H12

The Cooking School

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

02 4998 7288

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MAP 1 F2

Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club

15 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 1555

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MAP 1 K5

Hunter Valley Golf

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

02 4991 0977

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MAP 1 K10

The Vintage Golf Club

Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2208

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MAP 1 H7

Chapman Valley Horse Riding

7054 Putty Rd, Howes Valley

02 6579 4593

N/A

MAP 1 I00

Hunter Valley Horse Riding & Adventures

288 Talga Rd, Rothbury

02 4930 7111

117

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Australian Alpaca Barn

1946 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6669

117

MAP 1 J4

Come What May

@ Calais Estate, 151 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

0400 747 072

117

MAP 1 I8

Handmade Hunter Markets

@ Kevin Sobels Wines, 5 Halls Rd, Pokolbin

02 4936 6726

N/A

MAP1 J8

Hunter Valley Christmas Shop

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

02 4998 6834

N/A

MAP 1 J5

Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

02 4998 4000

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Lovedale Antiques Old Wares & Gallery

820 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7239

117

MAP 1 G13

Mortels Sheepskin Factory

1 Weakleys Dr, Thornton

02 4966 0990

117

MAP 1 E15

Pokolbin Village

2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7670

117

MAP 1 J6

Wine Glass Gallery

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

02 4998 6888

N/A

MAP 1 J5

Ye Olde General Store Pokolbin

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

02 4998 7191

N/A

MAP 1 J5

Bhutra Thai Massage

185 Wollombi Rd, Cessnock

02 4991 2630

118

MAP 2 B3

Château Élan Spa

Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2500

118

MAP 1 H7

Golden Door Spa Elysia

165 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 8500

118

MAP 1 K4

Heavenly Hunter Massage Centre

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

0438 010 359

N/A

MAP 1 F2

Soul Temple

Hunter Valley

0404 144 529

N/A

N/A

Spa Anise

@ Spicers Vineyards Estate, 555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7229

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MAP 1 D2

Thai Nature Massage, Cessnock

40 Cumberland St, Cessnock

02 4991 3331

118

MAP 2 D5

The Skin Salon Medispa

Rear 2/125 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 1918

118

MAP 2 D4

Ubika Spa

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

02 4991 0959

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ACTIVITIES

ARTS � CRAFTS ✓

ATTRACTIONS

BALLOON FLIGHTS Balloon Aloft Balloon Safaris Wine Country Ballooning

COOKING

GOLF

HORSERIDING ✓

SHOPPING

SPAS

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AQUA GOLF � PUTT PUTT

HUNTER WINE THEATRE

NSW SEGWAY TOURS

@ 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

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)

Experience the fun of riding on your very own Segway PT while being guided through the scenic landscape and world-renowned vineyards of this historic region. Ideal for families, friends and corporate groups, it’s new, it’s different, it’s an experience not to be missed! Daily, bookings essential

OGISHI CRAFT WORKSHOPS & GALLERY

POKOLBIN GALLERY � MISTLETOE SCULPTURE GARDEN

HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS

��� WILDERNESS RD, LOVEDALE

��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

Book in for a glassblowing lesson or kite-making and flying workshop for a fun and creative experience that will put a smile on your face. This gallery exhibits and sells Setsuko Ogishi’s glass, as well as a variety of Australian-made fine crafts. Fri-Mon 11am-4pm

Pokolbin Gallery and Mistletoe Sculpture Garden are located in the grounds of Mistletoe Winery. Unique collectable art, sculptures, internal and external, paintings in all media, photography, ceramics and exclusive handmade jewellery are all on exhibit and available for purchase. Daily 10am–6pm

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

T 02 4998 7770 E sales@mistletoewines.com.au pokolbingallery.com.au

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

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

EXPLORE THE VALLEY WITH OUR

ROCHE ESTATE CNR BROKE � MCDONALDS RDS, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 4000 tempustwo.com.au

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

WOLLOMBI TAVERN ���� GREAT NORTH RD, WOLLOMBI

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

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BALLOON FLIGHTS • COOKING • GOLF • HORSERIDING

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 35 years. Awarded TripAdvisor’s 2015 Certificate of Excellence. Daily sunrise flights

BALLOON SAFARIS

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

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

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

HUNTER VALLEY WINE, COOKING � CANDY SCHOOL

MAJORS LANE COOKING SCHOOL

THE COOKING SCHOOL

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

E majorslane@bigpond.com majorslane.com

E reservations@estatetuscany.com.au estatetuscany.com.au

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

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

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

�� MAJORS LN, LOVEDALE T 02 4930 7832

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

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

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

HUNTER VALLEY GOLF

THE VINTAGE GOLF CLUB

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

VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

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

huntervalleygolfcc.com.au

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

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

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T 02 4998 2208 E golf@thevintage.com.au thevintage.com.au Tee off at the Hunter Valley’s prestigious Greg Norman-designed 18-hole championship golf course, which is ranked among the best in Australia and ideal for golfers of all levels. Facilities include a fully stocked golf shop, Spike Bar, Cafe and Grill. Stay & Play packages available. Daily from 7am


EXPERIENCES SHOPPING

HUNTER VALLEY  HORSE RIDING � ADVENTURES

AUSTRALIAN ALPACA BARN

COME WHAT MAY

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

@ CALAIS ESTATE, ��� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

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

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

Located on Calais Estate, this homewares and gift shop combines vintage treasures, unique modern pieces and handmade specialties. The collection has many unusual and unique items that help make your house a home, ranging from locally made soaps to unique furniture. Thu–Sun 10am–5pm or by appointment

HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS  SHOPPING VILLAGE

LOVEDALE ANTIQUES OLD WARES � GALLERY

MORTELS SHEEPSKIN FACTORY

���� 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

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

1 WEAKLEYS DR, THORNTON

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

T 02 4966 0990 E allaboutsheepskins@mortels.com.au The Mortel family has been making sheepskin products since 1958. Visit Mortels purpose-built facility for a fully guided factory tour. Watch and learn how their famous UGG boots are made and enjoy coffee or lunch at the cafe or browse the Sheep’s Back Museum. Mon–Fri 8.30am–5pm, Sat 9am–2pm, Sun 10am–2pm

WHY DRIVE YOUR SELF ? BOOK A TOUR OR POKOLBIN VILLAGE

TRANSFER ONLINE.

���� 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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BHUTRA THAI MASSAGE

CHÂTEAU ÉLAN SPA

GOLDEN DOOR SPA ELYSIA

��� WOLLOMBI RD, CESSNOCK

VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

��� THOMPSONS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

SPA ANISE

THAI NATURE MASSAGE, CESSNOCK

THE SKIN SALON MEDISPA

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

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

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

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

REAR 2/125 VINCENT ST , CESSNOCK T 02 4990 1918 theskinsalon.com.au

spicersretreats.com spicersretreats.com

�� CUMBERLAND ST, CESSNOCK T 02 4991 3331

Spa Anise is located at leading Hunter Valley retreat, Spicers Vineyards Estate, and offers intimate spa experiences in relaxed luxury. Matching breathtaking Australian-made Waterlily products with indulgent treatments carried out by highly experienced therapists, Spa Anise is home to your own private spa experience. Daily 10am–6pm

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

thainaturemassage.com.au

Offers the ultimate experience of beauty, harmony and relaxation, using cutting-edge technology, complemented by all-natural beauty products and qualified therapists and cosmetic physicians. The luxurious beauty services including facials, medispa treatments, aromatherapy massages, manicures, pedicures, hair design and make-up will leave you glowing. Tue–Fri 10am–5.30pm, Sat 9am–2pm

RELAX... UBIKA SPA @ CROWNE PLAZA HUNTER VALLEY, 430 WINE COUNTRY DR, LOVEDALE T 02 4991 0959

E spa.hunter@ihg.com ubikaspa.com

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

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The Hunter Valley’s newest alternative outdoor venue & campground. Need an affordable place to stay in the vineyards? A venue for your next function? Set in secluded bushland in Wine Country at Belford, Hunter Valley NSW. The 20 acre site hosts a number of annual music events, various private functions and provides short-term camping options for visitors to the region.

Please check out the Dashville website for further information

WWW.DASHVILLE.COM.AU

Australia

The latest Rimo Schumacher Karts

GREAT FAMILY FUN THRILLING DAYS OUT From 3 year olds and up with ALL NEW Double Karts, Junior Karts and Senior Karts Located at 202 Neath Rd, Kearsley NSW

www.gokartsgo.com.au/hunter-valley

PHONE: 0455 999 096


Hunter Valley Christmas Shop

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

OPEN FOR SALES & TASTINGS

7 Days, 10am - 5pm 1686 Broke Road, POKOLBIN Ph (02) 4998 6737 info@hunterdistillery.com.au www.hunterdistillery.com.au


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Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard 

@ Diamond Estate, 112 Halls Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7591

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Cháteau Élan at The Vintage

Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2500

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Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

430 Wine Country Dr, Lovedale

02 4991 0900

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Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotels  & Resorts

Cnr McDonalds & Thompsons Rds, Pokolbin

1300 886 091

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Estate Tuscany

Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7288

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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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Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7777

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Pokolbin Village

2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7670

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Potters Hotel Brewery Resort

Wine Country Dr, Nulkaba

02 4991 7922

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The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley

336 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7680

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Amelies on Pokolbin Mountain

338 Pokolbin Mountains Rd, Pokolbin

0413 813 399

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2683 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

0404 032 303

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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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47 Coulson Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7636

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Casa La Vina

657 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

0406 770 294

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1840 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 1576

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60 Mitchells Rd, Mount View

02 4990 9009

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Cottages on Mount View

1329 Mount View Rd, Mount View

02 4990 8989

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Crosswood Estate

120 Old North Rd, Pokolbin

0418 649 554

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Emma's Cottage

438 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale

02 4998 7734

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Englewood Ridge

65 Talga Rd, Lovedale

0417 287 345

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Gypsy Willows Wollombi

201 Narone Creek Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3404

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Hill Top Country Guest House

288 Talga Rd, Rothbury

02 4930 7111

IronBark Hill Accommodation

694 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 4964 4028

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Lilies Luxury Retreat

60 Majors Ln, Lovedale

0428 698 881

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Lillians on Lovedale

356 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4990 6958

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Lovedale Cottages

77 Brickmans Ln, Lovedale

0409 246 661

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Lovedale Lodge

197 Londons Rd, Lovedale

02 4384 3394

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Madigan Vineyard

504 Wilderness Rd, Rothbury

02 4998 7815

$$

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Midnight’s Promise Estate

300 Talga Rd, Lovedale

02 9235 3947

$$$$

Nirvana Vista Resort

Lot 3 Sweetwater Rd, Rothbury 

0409 461 711

$$$

Old Hillside Homestead

493 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7504

$$

RidgeView Cottages

273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin

0419 475 221

$$$$

Rothvale Vineyard Cottages

223 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7290

$$$

Serenity Grove

556 Milbrodale Rd, Broke

02 6579 1444

$$

Tatler Vineyard Accommodation

477 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 9139

$$$

Tellace Wines Accommodation

356 Tuckers Ln, North Rothbury

02 4938 7173

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The Grange on Hermitage

820 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7388

$$

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Private Rd 1, Bucketty

0427 129 116

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Wine Country Villas

136 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7630

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Wirral Grange Cottage

168 Lomas Ln, Lovedale

02 4991 2874

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555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7229

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Hunter Valley Retreat

626 Sandy Creek Rd, Quorrobolong

02 4998 6007

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Wine Country Motor Inn

5 Darwin St, Cessnock

02 4993 2999

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137 Mount View Rd, Cessnock

1800 649 156

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$101–$200

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HUNTER COUNTRY LODGE & SHAKEY TABLES RESTAURANT - DINNER

7 NIGHTS • LUNCH SATURDAY & SUNDAY

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


“My Grandfather told me every persuit in life should be a Noble One” -Darren De Bortoli

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

DE BORTOLI

HUNTER VALLEY CELLAR DOOR Affordable country style self catering cottages & guestrooms situated on 28 acres of natural bush and our family vineyard. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of Hunter Wine Country, by relaxing on the verandah, watching kangaroos at dusk or wandering through our vineyard, accompanied by Zena, our friendly Black Labrador. Our property is situated within minutes from a wide range of wineries, restaurants, gardens, golf courses and other attractions.

On tasting everyday is a full range of wines including our world class selection of Premium Fortified wines and the iconic Noble One Dessert wine. Located at the gateway to the Hunter, open daily from 10am-5pm. Local artisan Craft Markets held every Saturday 9am-3pm. 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin NSW 2320 Ph: 02 4993 8800 E: hunter_info@debortoli.com.au debortoli.com.au

THERE’S SUNDAY LUNCH

then there’s Botanica

Enjoy a relaxed lunch every Sunday from 12pm to 3pm at Restaurant Botanica at Spicers Vineyards Estate. With live music all afternoon and the vineyard just outside, it’s the perfect way to spend a long, lazy Sunday afternoon.

Book on 6574 7229 or visit spicersretreats.com 555 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin

Visit: 293 Deasys Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320 l Call: 02 4998 7781 Online: mistyglen.com.au l Cellar Door: Friday to Monday 10am - 5pm 3 Bedroom Self Contained Cottage l Pet Friendly

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

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

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

CYPRESS LAKES RESORT  BY OAKS HOTELS � RESORTS 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.

CHÂTEAU ÉLAN AT THE VINTAGE VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

T 02 4998 2500 E reservations@chateauelan.com.au chateauelan.com.au Inducted into the NSW Tourism Hall of Fame for luxury accommodation, Chateau Élan features 100 stunning rooms, with outlooks over the fairways of the championship golf course and mountain range. Guests can also enjoy the state-of-the-art Spa facility and adjoining Salon, or unwind at the decadent Whiskey Bar 1820.

430 WINE COUNTRY DR, LOVEDALE

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

ESTATE TUSCANY

GRAND MERCURE THE VINTAGE

CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

T 02 4998 7288 E reservations@estatetuscany.com.au estatetuscany.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 and a massage therapist, as well as Thomas Wines Cellar Door, the acclaimed Binnorie Dairy, Mill Restaurant and Brokenback Bar.

DEEPLY FASCINATING OF

CROWNE PLAZA HUNTER VALLEY

WITH

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

RICH OVERTONES

ENJOYMENT AND A LONG, MEMORABLE FINISH.

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HARRIGAN’S IRISH PUB  � ACCOMMODATION

HERMITAGE LODGE

HUNTER VALLEY RESORT

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

Harrigan’s offers studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with hotel facilities including a pool and conferencing facilities. It is the perfect venue for business or pleasure, close to Hunter Valley Gardens, Roche Estate and Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village, including aqua golf, a picnic area and playground.

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.

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.

POTTERS HOTEL BREWERY  RESORT

THE SEBEL KIRKTON PARK  HUNTER VALLEY

BLUEBUSH ESTATE

WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

Featuring 68 well-appointed villas and suites situated on 11 acres of landscaped gardens, including bar, restaurant, TAB and conference and event facilities. 2013 AHA NSW Winner for Best TAB (Country).

Combining classic country heritage with contemporary elegance, an all-new luxury accommodation and dining experience awaits. Set on 70 acres with stunning views, the refurbished Sebel Kirkton Park is the epitome of Hunter Valley style from the guestrooms to the new Locavore Dining and Epoch Lounge Bar.

Recipient of TripAdvisor’s 2016 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. AAA ★★★★ rating.

BROKEN VIEW ESTATE

BUFFS AT POKOLBIN

��� OLD NORTH RD, POKOLBIN

�� COULSON RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

��� WILDERNESS RD, LOVEDALE

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

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


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CASA LA VINA

CEDAR CREEK COTTAGES

CEDARS MOUNT VIEW

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

�� MITCHELLS RD, MOUNT VIEW

Luxury, unique private villas for that intimate special occasion. An adults’ escape in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Three Santa Fe-inspired adobe villas boast exposed log timber ceilings, gas log fireplaces, air-conditioning, plush king-sized beds, private outdoor jacuzzis in a courtyard and covered parking. AAA ★★★★ rating.

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

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.

COTTAGES ON MOUNT VIEW

CROSSWOOD ESTATE

EMMA'S COTTAGE

���� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW

120 OLD NORTH RD, POKOLBIN

438 WILDERNESS 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.

Crosswood Estate is located on the Old North Road ridge off Hermitage Road. It produces eclectic varieties such as Tannat, Fiano and Chambourcin, along with traditional Hunter Shiraz. A stunning, two-bedroom loft apartment is available for escapes with private dining/BBQs in the landscaped grounds of the cellar door.

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

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

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

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

T 0418 649 554 E greg@marketownmedia.com

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

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

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ENGLEWOOD RIDGE �� TALGA RD, LOVEDALE

HILL TOP COUNTRY GUEST HOUSE

IRONBARK HILL

288 TALGA RD, ROTHBURY

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

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

Ironbark Hill’s deluxe contemporary accommodation is nestled among the vines, with room for up to 15 guests. Relax and enjoy the log fireplace, huge deck overlooking the vineyard, BBQ area, floodlit tennis court, in-ground swimming pool and on-site cellar door, which is open daily.

LILLIANS ON LOVEDALE

LOVEDALE COTTAGES

MADIGAN VINEYARD

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

�� BRICKMANS LN, LOVEDALE

��� WILDERNESS RD, ROTHBURY

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

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

MIDNIGHT’S PROMISE ESTATE

NIRVANA VISTA RESORT

RIDGEVIEW COTTAGES

��� TALGA RD, LOVEDALE

LOT � SWEETWATER RD, ROTHBURY

��� SWEETWATER RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

M 0417 287 345 E mike@englewoodridge.com.au englewoodridge.com.au Enjoy the wildlife, views and walks with the furry members of the family at the pet-friendly Englewood Ridge. This comfortable country house is set on 25 acres with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two dining areas, a swimming pool, gas BBQ and fenced yard.

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

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

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T 02 4930 7111 E stay@hilltopguesthouse.com.au hilltopguesthouse.com.au

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

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

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

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

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


ACCOMMODATION SELF-CONTAINED

ROTHVALE VINEYARD COTTAGES

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.

THE GRANGE ON HERMITAGE

THE WOODS AT POKOLBIN

WALKERS RUN

��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

��� HALLS RD, POKOLBIN

PRIVATE RD 1, BUCKETTY

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

The 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.

Funky Wild West In The Aussie Bush. An amazing experience for a group of friends, a romantic escape for two or boutique events with eclectic accommodation for 10 guests. Breathtaking views, four log fires inside and out. Large fully equipped kitchen, spit-roast and BBQ. Home entertainment, indoor/outdoor speakers, Foxtel, WiFi, pool. Dog friendly.

��� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

FOOD FANATIC OR EDUCATED PALATE?

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

T 02 4938 7173 E info@tellace.com.au

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

M 0427 129 116 E ruth@walkersrun.net walkersrun.net

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WINE COUNTRY VILLAS

WIRRAL GRANGE COTTAGE

��� THOMPSONS RD, POKOLBIN

��� LOMAS LN, LOVEDALE

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

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

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

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

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

HUNTER VALLEY RETREAT

WINE COUNTRY MOTOR INN

��� SANDY CREEK RD, QUORROBOLONG

� DARWIN ST, CESSNOCK

ACTIVE HOLIDAYS BIG4 HUNTER VALLEY

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.

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.

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

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

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

SPICERS VINEYARDS ESTATE

137 MOUNT VIEW RD, CESSNOCK

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

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Your home in the Hunter

• Perfect for families and groups • Cabins and powered sites • Resort style pool with spa • Camp kitchen with woodfired pizza oven • On-site Thai restaurant • Pets welcome (sites) conditions apply Boutique accommodation in beautifully designed and tastefully furnished villas, nestled in 25 acres of lovely Australian bushland. 136 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin NSW y 02 4998 7630 / 0408 414 051 info@winecountryvillas.com.au y winecountryvillas.com.au

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

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PHONE

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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 madding 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

MAP

Beveridge’s Menswear

88 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 1310

N/A

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Estate Tuscany

Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7200

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Fuse Gallery Hair. Skin. Body

89 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4991 4247

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Hunter Valley Images

4B Pinchen St, Nulkaba

02 4991 4400

N/A

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Hunter Valley Resort

Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7777

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Jason Thomas Marriage Celebrant

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

0409 337 000

N/A

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Margan Winery & Restaurant

1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke

02 6579 1372

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Marsha Koster Makeup

Hunter Valley

0450 296 691

N/A

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Photography on Hermitage

10 Bowen St, Branxton

02 4938 3547

N/A

MAP 1 B9

Prestige Wedding & Event Hire

13 Ace Cres, Tuggerah

02 4353 4599

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Restaurant Cuvée

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

02 4998 7881

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Rouge Beauty

139 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 6539

N/A

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Spark Ceremonies Hunter Valley

18 Casuarina Dr, Rothbury

0429 354 177

N/A

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St Michael’s Wollombi

2887 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 1576

N/A

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Twine Restaurant

310 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7449

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ESTATE TUSCANY CNR HERMITAGE RD & MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

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

FUSE GALLERY HAIR. SKIN. BODY

HUNTER VALLEY RESORT CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

�� VINCENT ST, CESSNOCK T 02 4991 4247

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

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

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

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

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

MARGAN WINERY & RESTAURANT

PRESTIGE WEDDING  � EVENT HIRE

RESTAURANT CUVÉE

1238 MILBRODALE RD, BROKE

T 02 6579 1372 E cellardoor@margan.com.au margan.com.au Margan offers a unique wedding destination for the discerning couple who appreciates quality food, great wine and friendly service with a dash of the all-important 'wow factor’! Awarded Australian Tourism Awards Best Restaurant, NSW Best Winery and NSW Hall of Fame. Daily, by appointment.

TWINE RESTAURANT

�� ACE CRES, TUGGERAH

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

Prestige prides itself on hiring quality equipment and providing excellent personal service. It offers AV, exhibition/trade booths, marquees, lighting, dance floors, furniture, coolrooms and more. With many years of expertise, Prestige can ensure your event is a success. Mon–Fri 8.30am–5pm, Sat 8.30am–12pm

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

T 02 4353 4599 E mp@prestigepartyhire.com.au prestigepartyhire.com.au

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

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

310 OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7449 E bookings@twinerestaurant.com.au twinerestaurant.com.au Twine is the ultimate wedding venue. Overlooking the Oakey Creek Valley with its rolling hills lined with vines, it is a pictureque function venue to host your unique event. Everything including the grounds and surroundings, wine, cuisine and service are all first class for your special day. Daily, by appointment

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

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Services. ESSENTIALS TO COVER ALL YOUR NEEDS.

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ADDRESS

PHONE

Airport – Newcastle

1 Williamtown Dr, Williamtown

02 4928 9800

Bespoke Hunter

Hunter Valley

0418 148 283

N/A

Council – Cessnock

62–78 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4993 4300

MAP 2 C4

Council – Singleton

Cnr Queen St & Civic Ave, Singleton

02 6578 7290

MAP 4 A4

EMERGENCY – Ambulance, Fire & Police

MAP N/A

000

N/A N/A

Everest Team Events

Hunter Valley

1300 434 512

H Events

Unit 5, 522-524 High St, Maitland

02 4934 8138

N/A

HOSPITAL – Cessnock

View St, Cessnock

02 4991 0555

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HOSPITAL – Singleton

Dangar Rd, Singleton

02 6571 9222

MAP 4 C5

Hospitality Recruitment Solutions

Newcastle & Hunter Valley

02 4961 2971

N/A

Hunter Valley Events

Hunter Valley

02 4933 5400

N/A

Mai-Wel Limited

115A South St, Telarah

02 4932 8599

N/A

Newspaper – The Advertiser

155 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 1244

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Pharmacy – Pokolbin Village Pharmacy

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

02 4998 6677

MAP 1 J5

Pinnacle Team Events

Hunter Valley

02 4962 5034

MAP 1 K5

Sally Sneddon Graphic Design

12 Yilen Cl, Beresfield

02 4088 7032

N/A

Saywells Chartered Accountants

12 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 9766

N/A

Sheer Design

Maitland

02 4933 9000

MAP 1 N11

Sparkd Events & Marketing Communications

Hunter Valley

0410 477 774

N/A

TAXI – Cessnock Radio Cabs

52 Cumberland St, Nulkaba

02 4990 1111

MAP 2 E5

TAXI – Singleton Taxico

15 Mary St, Singleton

02 6572 1133

MAP 1 B0

Thrill Team Events

Hunter Valley

02 9630 2222

N/A

Visitor Information – Hunter Valley

455 Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin

02 4993 6700

MAP1 K10

Visitor Information – Maitland

Cnr New England Hwy & High St, Maitland

02 4931 2800

MAP 1 K10

Visitor Information – Newcastle

@ The Maritime Centre, 3 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle

1800 654 558

N/A

Visitor Information – Singleton

Townhead Park, New England Hwy, Singleton

1800 499 888

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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 2017 and book your tickets.

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