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The Cockfighter’s Ghost Cellar Door.

Grape getaways Enjoy cosy corners, open f ires and heart-warming Shiraz

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O A K VA L E SINCE 1893

WE BELIEVE GREAT WINES ARE CREATED IN THE VINEYARD

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

www.oakvalewines.com.au | info@oakvalewines.com.au | phone: 02 4998 7088 It is against the Law to sell or supply alcohol to, or obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Packaged Liquor Licence LIQP700373520

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Contents. 42 Wedding belles Three brides on why they said ‘I do’ in the Hunter Valley

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46 Sleeping beauty

The Valley’s latest wine news

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Discover the historic village of Wollombi

The red barons Meet some of the region’s leading Shiraz winemakers

15 10 top tipples

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Discover some new and alternative wine varieties

The essential sights and services

19 First-class vintage

52 Tasting notes

Read all about the 2014 Hunter Valley vintage

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More wine options in the spotlight

54 Cellar doors

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69 Restaurants & cafes

79 Gourmet

24 Made in the Hunter

Enjoy local produce & brews

Spotlight on olive oil producer Pukara Estate

Local chefs share their favourite beef recipes

Sample the region’s award-winning wines

Get a taste for the Hunter Valley way of life

Savoury snippets and local gourmet goodies

26 Meaty issues

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83 Tours Discover the secrets of the Hunter Valley

89 Experiences Enjoy a range of activities and attractions

33 Q&A Get to know chefs Rebecca Kaye and Robert Molines

97 Accommodation

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Explore. Sightseeing highlights

36 What’s on A round-up of must-visit events in the region

39 Alpaca appeal A behind-the-scenes look at life as an alpaca farmer

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Book accommodation and tours online winecountry.com.au

Find your Hunter Valley home

109 Business events Experiences to make your next event unique

110 Weddings Wedding venues and services

Like us – HunterValleyWineCountry Follow us – @huntervalleywc

112 Services Essentials to cover all your needs

Watch us – Huntervalleywc Download the free Hunter Valley Official Guide iPhone app and discover more

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Map. Your pull-out touring guide

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Contributors. MAGAZINE

Welcome... to the second issue of the Hunter Valley Magazine, which showcases the best food, wine and other experiences in Australia’s top food and wine region. In case you missed the announcement, the Hunter Valley was declared Australia’s best food and wine experiences/ region in Luxury Travel Magazine’s 2014 Gold List Awards. In this issue, on page 8 we sing the praises of Hunter Valley Shiraz, which is the perfect partner for a prime piece of Australian beef, so we’ve outlined the main breeds of cattle providing beef in the Hunter Valley and asked chefs for their best beef dishes on page 26. You can also discover 10 alternative wine varieties on page 15, read about one of the best vintages in the Hunter Valley on page 19, and take a behind-the-scenes look at life as an alpaca farmer on page 39. We also interview three brides about their Wine Country weddings on page 42 and shine the spotlight on the historic village of Wollombi on page 46. In addition to this, you’ll find visitor information, business listings and a regional map to help you get around the premier wine and food region in Australia. Gus Maher, General Manager Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association

WINSOR DOBBIN

ALLISON TAIT

Former foreign correspondent Winsor Dobbin has been writing about wine for more than two decades and is a regular contributor to a wide range of publications including Winestate Magazine, James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine, the Sunday Examiner, Ciao, Selector and Australian Golf magazine.

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

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

CHRISTINE SALINS

KRISTY BARRATT

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

Kristy Barratt is a food and travel writer and editor. She was the editor of P&O Cruises’ first on-board cookbook, Holidays, and has contributed to various publications both locally and internationally, including Sainsbury’s Magazine, Essential Marbella Magazine, The Guardian Australia, Volkswagen Magazine and Tesco Real Food.

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

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

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

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Gundog Estate is a boutique wine producer owned and operated by the Burton family. Our passion for high quality, regionally distinct wine has inspired us to pursue two of Australia’s most unique and highly acclaimed varieties - Semillon & Shiraz. We invite you to experience these wines in the relaxed ambience of the Gundog Hunter Cellar and Gourmet Pantry! “Best Small Cellar Door Lower Hunter” Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine “Five Star Winery” 2014 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. TEMPERATURE TIPS You’ve purchased some Hunter Valley wines, but are unsure about the right temperature to store them when you get home? “It’s critical to avoid significant and sudden temperature fluctuations,” says owner/ winemaker Darren Scott from RidgeView Wines. “With most wines sealed under screwcap these days, humidity is less critical, but the ideal temperature for storage is between 12–18°C. “When you’re ready to serve the wine, as a general rule whites are best when chilled for a couple of hours (between 6–8°C) and reds at room temperature (between 15–18°C),” he adds. If you don’t have space for a cellar at home, consider the two-temperature zone Vintec Wine Cabinet, $2150, which can accommodate 42 bottles of your favourite reds and whites. For stockists, go to vintec.com.au

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FRESH APPROACH AT IRONBARK HILL Peter Drayton, a fifth-generation descendant of the famous Hunter Valley wine-producing family, has announced some major changes at IronBark Hill Vineyard, rebranding the boutique operation as Peter Drayton Wines. Plans are underway for improvements at the vineyard including a larger, improved cellar door and tasting area as well as additional onsite accommodation. The 40-hectare IronBark Hill property has more than 16 hectares under vine, including Shiraz, Semillon and Chardonnay as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Verdelho and a red grape variety called Tyrian, a cross-breed of the Spanish grape variety Sumoll with Cabernet Sauvignon developed by the CSIRO. It’s a rich, powerful wine that would ideally be accompanied with food, so it’s fitting that the changes at the cellar door also include serving ploughman’s lunches as well as antipasto and cheese platters. Enjoy the entry level IronBark Hill wines and Peter Drayton Premium Release label with a snack on the sunny verandah or indoors. For more info, turn to page 64 or peterdraytonwines.com.au

Make mine a Chardonnay. Love Chardy? Then you might be interested to know that Lindeman’s recently launched a $23-a-bottle range called the Regional Series. Our favourite tipple from the range? The Regional Series Chardonnay, a Hunter Valley dominant blend with a splash of Adelaide Hills fruit. Lindeman’s also has a 100% Hunter Valley Chardonnay in its portfolio – see page 52.

• McLeish Estate took home the Ernie Hunter Trophy at the 2014 Sydney International Wine Competition and four trophies at this year’s Sydney Wine Show for its 2007 Hunter Valley Semillon. • Ace winemaker Andrew Thomas (who incidentally makes wines for McLeish Estate) also snagged a gong for his 2011 Elenay Shiraz, judged Australian’s best Shiraz at the 2014 Winewise Championship. • And at the 2014 International Wine Challenge in London McGuigan Wines 2007 Shortlist Semillon won the Australian Semillon Trophy and Hunter Valley Semillon Trophy. Available at the cellar door only.

WINE DICTIONARY

angel’s share

There’s no denying the Hunter Valley offers many heavenly wine-tasting experiences, but what about angelic visitations? Many wines are aged in barrels at the winery and during the ageing process the wine slowly evaporates and the barrels have to be topped off. This natural process of evaporation is sometimes referred to as the “angel’s share”. So next time your wine seems to evaporate from your glass, just blame it on the angels! 05

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Ask the expert Tasting wine at a cellar door can be a daunting task if you’ve never done it before. We asked Christina Tulloch from Tulloch Wines, the 2014 Hunter Valley Cellar Door of the Year, for some insider tips.

How important are the five S’s of wine-tasting – seeing, swirling, sniffing, sipping and savouring?

2014 Hunter Valley Legends and Wine Industry Awards The Hunter Valley has a rich history of winemaking and viticulture, and this is celebrated each year at the Hunter Valley Legends and Wine Industry Awards, a black-tie event where those who have made major contributions to the industry are recognised. Congratulations to the 2014 winners, who are featured on page 57.

AUSTRALIA'S BEST CELLAR DOOR AWARDS Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine announced the standout places to taste wines in its Australia’s Best Cellar Door Awards 2014. Hats off to the Hunter Valley cellar door winners below. • Star cellar door: Scarborough Wine Co. • Best large cellar door: McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant • Best small cellar door: De Iuliis Wines • Cellar door with best food and best tasting experience: Margan Wines/Margan Restaurant • Best additional experience (outdoor concert series): Hope Estate

The five S’s are important for appreciating the individual characters of different wine styles.  However, the most important aspect of wine is personal taste and being open to new experiences. A good cellar door experience is about a complete experience, the elusive ‘X Factor’ or ambience that naturally reflects what you are tasting in the glass. It should be fun, interesting, engaging and experiential. The person who is doing your tasting should be able to gauge what kind of an experience you are after and deliver on that. The hospitality aspect of a good cellar door experience can’t be underestimated and always plays a part in your overall enjoyment of any wine. 

What’s the difference between a cellar door tasting experience and a tutored tasting? A typical cellar door tasting lets the customer decide what they taste and in what order, with some guidance from the staff member conducting the tasting. A tutored tasting is more

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What are your top five words to describe Hunter Valley wine? Elegant, diverse, authentic, progressive and delicious! structured, where the order of the wines is presented according to an established format, eg by vintage, variety or style, so that the taster can get a feel for a particular sensory quality, varietal characteristic or vintage variation.

The most outlandish wine descriptor you’ve heard? I once attended a wine course

where we were looking at wine faults, particularly brettanomyces [a yeast that can spoil a wine] and the presenter described the smell like the amputation ward of a hospital. Can’t say I’ve spent much time in an amputation ward, nor that many others have, so how this was meant to be a helpful descriptor was a bit beyond me!

NEW BEGINNINGS AT HOLLYDENE Hollydene Estate Wines and Vines Restaurant opened at the Upper Hunter’s old Arrowfield Estate winery earlier this year, offering modern country-style food and quality wines. With outstanding views overlooking the hills of Wollemi National Park, it’s a scenic spot to taste wines from three of the oldest vineyards in the Upper Hunter made by top-notch winemaker Matt Burton from Gundog Estate. “I called into Gundog for a coffee and walked out with a winemaker!” explains owner Karen Williams. “After meeting Matt, I found his passion for Hunter Valley wines, attention to detail and willingness to experiment was exactly what we were looking for in a winemaker.” For more info, see page 67 or hollydene.com.au. While you’re in the area, continue up the Golden Highway to Denman and enjoy another tasting experience at Two Rivers Wines. tworiverswines.com.au

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

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

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: HUNTER VALLEY WINEMAKERS ANDREW MARGAN, ANDREW THOMAS, MATT BURTON, NICK PATERSON AND MIKE DE IULIIS.

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The red barons. MEET THE HUNTER VALLEY WINEMAKERS WHO ARE GUNNING FOR RECOGNITION OF THEIR UNIQUE SHIRAZ.

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TIGER MOTH COURTESY OF HUNTER VALLEY VINTAGE WINGS, WWW.HUNTERVALLEYJOYFLIGHTS.COM.AU

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: WINE INDUSTRY VETERANS BRUCE TYRRELL FROM TYRRELL'S WINES, JAY TULLOCH FROM TULLOCH WINES AND IAIN RIGGS FROM BROKENWOOD WINES; THE FRUITS OF THEIR LABOURS; LIZ JACKSON FROM FIRST CREEK WINES AND RHYS EATHER FROM MEEREA PARK; OAK BARRELS ARE USED TO AGE HUNTER VALLEY SHIRAZ.

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TIGER MOTH COURTESY OF HUNTER VALLEY VINTAGE WINGS, WWW.HUNTERVALLEYJOYFLIGHTS.COM.AU

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hey are the re d barons of the Hunter Valley, custodians of a unique style of red wine that has long been an Australian benchmark. Wine industr y veterans, including Iain Rig gs of Brokenwood, Bruce Tyrrell of Tyrrell’s, Jay Tulloch at Tulloch Wines and recently retired Phil Ryan of McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant, spent decades extolling the virtues of medium-bodied Hunter Shiraz – and now a new generation of winemakers is taking up the challenge. Their aim: to make Hunter Shiraz (known as Hermitage or Burgundy until the 1970s) better appreciated and understood. “There is no doubt that what makes Hunter Shiraz one of the great wine styles in this country also often works against us as a perceived weakness in a marketing sense,” says Michael De Iuliis of De Iuliis Wines. “The uniqueness of Hunter Shiraz is its savoury, subtle and textural qualities. This is often overlooked in a wine show scenario, but is often applauded in isolation. “The variability of Hunter Shiraz is also one of these strengths/weaknesses, too. I’d struggle to think of too many regions in Australia where vineyard and vintage play such a pivotal role from year to year. In a pure winemaking sense, this is one of the reasons we all love it so much.” De Iuliis, a finalist in the 2013 Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine Winemaker of the Year awards, is one of several Hunter Valley winemakers whose modern Shirazes talk softly; speaking of their elegance and drinkability rather than shouting about power and alcohol. Liz Jackson from First Creek , Daniel Binet from Ballabourneen and Chris Tyrrell from Tyrrell’s are among them, along with Andrew Thomas from Thomas Wines, Matt Burton from Gundog Estate, Rhys Eather from Mereea Park, Jim Chatto at McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant, Andrew Margan from Margan Wines, Mark Woods from Leogate Estate and Nick Paterson at Mistletoe Winery. All of these Hunter Valley winemakers have the same mission; to switch consumers away from the perception that ‘bigger is better’ when it comes to red wine.

“Hunter Shiraz is a vibrant and fresh expression of the grape with a lovely mix of red and black fruits with delicate spicy and peppery notes,” says Mark Woods. “The tannins are fine and polished giving the mediumbodied wine great length of flavour. History has shown the excellent cellaring ability of Hunter Valley Shiraz and the complexity that can be achieved whilst still protecting the elegant fruit flavours. “For me, a gentle approach in the use of French oak is important so as not to dominate the palate and allow the fruit to shine in the glass, and for the vineyard terroir to come to the fore. “The elegance, style and sophistication that is achievable in Hunter Valley Shiraz makes the wine an ideal choice across many types of cuisine.” Andrew Margan echoes Woods’ enthusiasm. “ The strength of Hunter Shiraz is in its structure,” he says. “In a vintage like 2014, for example, we had fully ripe grapes (13-14.5 baumé) while keeping our natural acidity. “Thus we make a style that has ripeness with length and with a palate structure that is distinctly different to all the other wine regions of Australia. “All of the wines of the Hunter Valley are structured around their acid, which means they are more elegant, have great cellaring potential and match really well with food. Hunter Shiraz is closer to Europe than it is to South Australia in terms of style.”

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So why, then, is it still under-appreciated? Today’s winemakers are not shy about blaming their predecessors. “Hunter Valley wineries can take a bit of the blame for what happened in the past,” says De Iuliis. “I really think we took our eye off the ball here. We probably spent too much time trying to chase what we thought consumers wanted, rather than sticking to our guns and making wines in the true Hunter style. Too much time was spent chasing alcohol, oak and time in wood, producing lacklustre wines that were porty and microbial.” So just how OTT were some of those older Hunter Valley Shiraz? Leading British wine critic Jancis Robinson once wrote: “The wines were so strapping and often so lacking in focus, that they inspired that memorable tasting term ‘sweaty saddle’. But there are still bottles hidden in ancient cellars attesting to the staying power of the wines that were then called Hunter ‘Hermitage’.” De Iuliis believes vintage differences may count against Hunter Shiraz in a marketplace where so many wines are made to a formula and do not change from year to year. “While knowledgeable wine consumers view this as a great strength, to be able to clearly see the effect of vineyards and vintage in a wine, to the average drinker it can be confusing. They want to know exactly what they are going to get every time they pick up a bottle off the shelf – what vintage it’s from or which vineyard is the least of their concerns. I think that there is still a sense of ‘bigger is better’ in the consumers’ eyes, but this is slowly changing.” So if Hunter Shiraz is a thinking man’s or woman’s tipple, how to get that message across?

“The great opportunity for Hunter Shiraz is that the consumer market is moving away from the big blockbuster reds and looking for wines with more finesse,” says Andrew Margan. “To drink wines with less tannins and more acidity, like in pinot noir, is a market trend and the Hunter Valley personifies this style of wine. “We need to get Hunter wine back into people’s minds, and mouths, and make them realise medium-bodied wine is not a bad thing.” Andrew Thomas believes that a move away from big, alcoholic wines – as promoted by influential American wine critic Robert Parker – gives Hunter Valley producers a chance to once again stake their claim as trendsetters. “Fortunately most consumers have now realised that those Aussie fruit bomb wines are not all they’re cracked up to be, and are now looking for wines with more style and structure and actively seeking out more medium-bodied wines,” Thomas says. “The Hunter Valley has certainly been a beneficiary of this change in consumer preference. Personally, I feel it’s a very exciting period to be a Hunter Shiraz producer, and the wines we are producing have never been better. “It’s true we do occasionally experience some challenging seasons with our weather, but when we get it right (which is certainly more often than not), our Shiraz is absolutely world class.” Download the free iPhone app at winecountry.com.au and search the wineries by wine variety for a full list of exceptional Hunter Valley Shiraz.

3 premium Shiraz. WINSOR DOBBIN, WINE WRITER AND JUDGE MISTLETOE WINERY ��� RESERVE SHIRAZ Nick Paterson is one of the great characters of the Hunter Valley. Raised on his family’s Chateau Pato vineyard property, he was Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year in 2012, and makes wines for several labels including Mistletoe, for which he crafted this outstanding single vineyard wine, hand-picked from a dry grown 40-plus-year-old vineyard. Powerful, soft and long with dark fruit notes and smoky oak. $65 12

LEOGATE ESTATE ���� SHIRAZ Leogate may be new on the Hunter scene but winemaker Mark Woods is making some outstanding wines. The fruit for this comes from the Brokenback Vineyard, planted in the 1970s by Valley legend Len Evans and some associates. Here the fruit has produced a deliciously spicy wine with tremendous length and immense potential longevity. It has silkiness, structure, richness, and great balance. $60

TYRRELL’S WINES ���� SHIRAZ The Tyrrell family has been making wines in the Hunter Valley since 1858 – and this is their flagship Shiraz. The 2011 vintage was a triumph in the region when much of the rest of Australia struggled and this is a blend of fruit from the family’s top vineyards. Fruit-driven and very clean, it offers a lovely combination of sweet fruit and savoury characters, with new large oak barrels giving structure and interest. A great cellaring wine. $86

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119 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, NSW, 2320

LINDEMAN’S, it’s the SUNSHINE that makes it! 1000 hours in every drop. Lindeman’s has been an integral part of the Hunter Valley landscape and a visitor to your table for more than 170 years. Since establishing the original winery in 1843, Lindeman’s has been producing wines of distinction from the Hunter Valley and across Australia. We look forward to sharing Lindeman’s trademark hospitality with you. Visit us on McDonalds Road to find: • Cellar Door Tasting & Sales • Unique Food & Wine Matching Experiences • Group & Private Tasting Experiences • Lindeman’s Wine Club & Exclusive Cellar Door Releases • Café 1843 serving lunch daily • Wedding & Special Event Space for 300+ guests Cellar Door: Open daily 10am–5pm Café 1843: Open daily from 12pm Phone: (02) 49933700 Email: cellardoor@lindemans.com.au Website: www.lindemans.com.au

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THE PERFECT PLACE TO START YOUR HUNTER VALLEY EXPERIENCE

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

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Today you can start your Hunter Valley experience at its very cradle and taste award winning vintages made from Maurice O’Shea’s original plantings. So turn onto Marrowbone Road and immerse yourself in the very essence of the Hunter Valley. Mount Pleasant Estate 401 Marrowbone Road Pokolbin NSW 2320 T: (02) 4998 7505 W: mountpleasantwines.com.au

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10 top tipples. PATRICK HADDOCK TASTE-TESTS �� EMERGING AND ALTERNATIVE WINE VARIETIES FROM THE HUNTER VALLEY.

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he Hunter Valley is famed for Shiraz and Semillon, but if you scratch beneath the soil you’ll find it has become a playground of grapes from all parts of the globe. While James Busby was responsible for bringing cuttings of the classic clones to the region, even he would be surprised to find the preponderance of alternative varieties that have found a home in the Valley. The good thing about experimenting with new varieties is that the Hunter Valley is a blank canvas, with winemakers able to weave their winemaking artistry and create wines with distinct regional characteristics. For many it’s a way of showing the region is about more than just Semillon and Shiraz and for others it’s the suitability of climate and soil that has ensured some Mediterranean varieties have flourished. Winemaker Andrew Margan believes that the Barbera variety benefits as the Hunter Valley offers the high acids and medium tannins at ripeness to lend it a medium-bodied red with a savoury aspect. Briar Ridge head winemaker Gwyn Olsen, who also looks after the Tallavera Grove wines, says that the hardiness of Vermentino as a late-ripening variety is due to its hard skins, so it is more resistant to disease. With an intimate knowledge of the region, winemakers can assert their spin on a wealth of European imports and make them their own. From Tempranillo to Tannat, the Valley has it all.

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10 top tipples. PHOTOS CHRIS ELFES

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For smooth sippers

For lively flavour

For a winning choice

For subtle sweetness

For a tropical jaunt from home

THE LITTLE WINE COMPANY SHIRAZ ����

DAVID HOOK PINOT GRIGIO ���

TALLAVERA GROVE VERMENTINO ���

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The addition of the Rhône grape variety changes the aromatics and texture of Shiraz to make it glossy and smooth. This red from Broke Fordwich shows how the two varieties go hand-in-hand to make an elegant, smooth red. $26

This pinot grigio, made in the Italian mould, is all about clean, crisp acidity and fresh, fruit flavours. It displays hints of melon and citrus with tantalising notes of spice, finishing complex and lively. $18

Tallavera Grove struck gold at the 2014 Sydney Royal Wine Show with this authentic example of the Italian variety from Sardinia. It exudes fresh honeydew and citrus with a cleansing burst of acidity on the finish. $22

Ernest Hill Wines has worked wonders with this variety. It’s an aromatic white bursting with hints of Turkish delight and lychee, showing a slight sweetness before ending dry. $23

It may not seem that alternative as Verdelho has a rich heritage in the Hunter Valley, but it remains the treasured grape of Madeira. First Creek’s version is all about lively tropical fruit and racy acidity. $22

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For an Italian influence

For a hearty accompaniment

For a versatile option

For meat lovers

For foodies

MARGAN BARBERA ����

TRAVERTINE ����

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POKOLBIN ESTATE BELEBULA ���

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This wine from Margan Winery at Broke comes from the first Barbera vines planted in the region. A lighter style of wine showing dark berries, spice, gorgeous weight and good acidity ensures this pairs well with Italian fare. $40

As the name suggests, Tannat, a variety that hails from south-west France and is widely planted in Uruguay, is all about the tannin structure. Travertine’s good local version shows curranty fruit, a firm mouthfeel and dry finish. $25

The popular grape of Chianti in Italy has been adopted by Mike De Iuliis as a nod to his Italian heritage. This 2013 Sangiovese is packed with red fruits and a juicy mouthfeel, with crisp acids on the finish. $25

Nebbiolo is the main variety of Barolo from Piedmont in Italy and funnily enough the features of tar, earth and roses can be found in this full-bodied red that pairs well with robust meat dishes. $25

The Broke Fordwich region might seem an odd match for the Spanish grape Tempranillo, but Glandore Estate Wines has succeeded in creating a generous, smooth red that is exceedingly food friendly. $35

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BRETT KEEPING IN THE VINEYARD AT TWO RIVERS WINES.

First-class vintage. THE ���� HUNTER VALLEY VINTAGE HAS BEEN HAILED BY SOME AS ONE OF THE BEST VINTAGES OF THE CENTURY.

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WORDS SALLY GUDGEON

“It’s the first vintage where I haven’t had to change plans at least twice during the day. Often I’m up to my fifth plan by dinner!” comments viticulturist Liz Riley on the magnificent 2014 vintage in the Hunter Valley. “It was a fabulous season and so relaxed compared to how it usually is,” she adds. “All the varieties are looking good. There will be some outstanding Chardonnays, and the Shiraz is amazing. Even Vermentino and Sagrantino did well. Everything just kept rolling along. We only had 20 millilitres of rain compared with the normal 200!” V i n t a g e i n t h e H u n te r Va l l e y u s u a l ly b e g i n s i n mid-January and is one of the earliest in Australia. Picking starts with the whites: sparkling base is first, followed by

Semillon, with Shiraz usually picked February to March. The decision to start picking is made according to the ripeness of the grapes, and their sugar/acid balance. Winemakers do various tests to assess when vintage should commence and look at the physiological ripeness of the grapes by checking their colour, then they taste them to assess the textures and flavours in the skin, pulp and pips. They also measure baumé levels in the berries, which indicate their sugar content and thus determine their potential alcohol level. This year vintage kicked off in early January and while it may not quite be the earliest vintage that's on record (there are reports of sparkling base being picked around New Year’s Eve), it does comes close. Since the new millennium, the start of vintage has moved steadily closer to the beginning of January. Not only was it an early vintage, it was a relatively stressfree one too. Grape harvest in the Hunter Valley is usually fraught with difficulties due to unpredictable weather. It’s often a rollercoaster ride of rain, hail, sun and humidity. Hot, humid conditions create problems in the vineyard, such as mildew, which requires regular spraying. So a vintage like 2014 is a vinous Valhalla! It gave winemakers more choices, instead of the usual battle against the clock to get the fruit in before the next cloudburst. 19

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“It’s an outstanding vintage… out of 10 this is an 11!”

“It was a great vintage, which exceeded our expectations. Good rainfall in November 2013 set the vines up well for vintage 2014,” enthuses Brett Keeping from Two Rivers Wines in the Upper Hunter. “We had good crop levels, and we were disease free. All of our whites were picked by Australia Day. Not only has quality been exceptional, but quantities are healthy too. We machine-pick everything, and the whites are in tank ready for bottling in late May or early June,” he explains. Brett and wife Linda started the winery in 1988, on the banks of the region’s two rivers; the Hunter and Goulburn, which flow on the eastern and southern boundaries of the 70-hectare vineyard. They have established a reputation for some outstanding whites, notably Chardonnay and Semillon, which, along with Verdelho, account for around 90 per cent of their production. At Brokenwood in the Lower Hunter, the vintage was their earliest on record. They had very little rain in the last few months of 2013, which resulted in smaller canopies and crop levels. All of their fruit is hand-picked. Simon Steele, senior winemaker at Brokenwood, sees 2014 as, “a vineyard manager's vintage… the fruit was just such good quality when it came into the winery.” “The whites are going to be delicious immediately. We had the luxury of being able to choose when to pick and

had three weeks to pick the Semillon,” he adds. Stylistically, the 2014 Semillons will be a bit richer than the two previous vintages, but Steele comments that their top four single vineyards “have great line and length and the structure for longevity”. The whites were bottled in early May. And while the whites are looking very good, the reds are exceptional, which augurs well for Brokenwood’s flagship wine – the Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, a low-yielding vineyard planted in 1970. The team started picking the reds on February 4 and everything was finished by February 19. By the second week of March the Shiraz was already starting maturation in oak barrels after having gone through ‘malo’, or malolactic fermentation (a secondary fermentation, which converts the harsher malic acid in a wine into softer lactic acid and makes a red wine more approachable). Steele describes the 2014 reds as “phenomenal, they have wonderful colour and fruit, with ripe tannins”. A sentiment echoed by chief winemaker and managing director Iain Riggs: “It’s an outstanding vintage… out of 10 this is an 11!” And while you may have to wait a few years to try some of the amazing 2014 reds – the current vintage of Graveyard S h i r a z i s 2 0 1 1 – s o m e o f t h e d e l i c i o u s u nwo o d e d Chardonnays and Semillons from the region will be on the shelves this year. So make some space in your cellar!

PHOTO: CHRIS ELFES, ALAMY

THIS PAGE: DURING HARVEST SMALLER GROWERS TEND TO HAND-PICK THE GRAPES WHEREAS LARGER COMPANIES USE A MECHANICAL HARVESTER.

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STAY Sleep in luxurious self contained cottages (1 & 2 bedroom) containing a full kitchen, spa bath, a/c, log fire, jacuzzi, sauna. Facilities include an infinity edge pool, rebound ace tennis court, row boats, cellar door, and restaurant.

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We use the freshest seasonal produce from our onsite kitchen garden to create our signature Cypriot Meze, a 4 course feast inspired from Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. Enjoy all day dining and slowly graze through the dishes whilst enjoying the picturesque vineyard views. If you have neither the time nor appetite, select tasty morsels of seasonal seafood, meat, and vegetarian dishes from our new Mezedhes menu.

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NEW AND NOTABLE • Restaurant Eighty Eight opens in July at Peppers Convent Hunter Valley. • Majors Lane Restaurant has started serving breakfast on Sundays. • Cafe Enzo is now open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. • Peter Drayton Wines @ IronBark Hill is offering ploughman’s lunches, antipasto and cheese platters, and Piazza D’oro coffee at the cellar door. • Vines Restaurant at Hollydene Estate is open daily for lunch and for breakfast and dinner on weekends.

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Well dressed Moorebank Vineyard Estate is known for its premium wines and range of handmade condiments – many based on grapes, including Spicy Grape Sauce and Spiced Pickled Grapes. The newest product to hit the shelves is a Caramelised Balsamic Vino Glaze, an intense aged vinegar made by reducing 20-year-old matured vinegar. Try it with salmon sushi, steamed dumplings, grilled duck or drizzled over fresh handpicked strawberries. $29.50 for a 200ml bottle. See page 63 or moorebankvineyard.com

The Valley has oodles of places with delicious desserts, but here are five favourites when the craving for the magic pudding hits. 1 The most famous dessert (above) would have to be at Roberts Circa 1876. Chef George Francisco’s signature dish – vanilla pannacotta with fresh pomegranate, pomegranate molasses and lavender honey – is featured in YouTube videos,

has countless Facebook fans and devoted diners who drive far and wide to enjoy it. 2 At Shakey Tables, a rose, pistachio and lychee ice terrine with Turkish delight in a rose-scented jus and pistachio fairy floss takes out the top sweet spot. 3 For Amanda’s on the Edge, the steamed chocolate pudding with hot chocolate sauce and malt gelato is the signature sweet

because, as chocoholic owner Amanda Patton says, “it is truly decadent and delicious”. 4 Chocolate hits the high notes at Twine Restaurant as well with a warm chocolate fondant with chocolate sauce and pistachio ice-cream the star dessert. 5 And at Sabor in the Hunter Dessert Bar you can try all four flavours of the award-winning Portuguese mousse with the Portuguese Mousse Tasting Plate.

THE BEE'S KNEES Blackthorn Hill Retreat offers pet-friendly accommodation on a 25-acre honey and nut farm, with triple-filtered fresh farm honey produced by bees that surely must have the best house in the Hunter. “Because I love arts and crafts I can’t help adding my artistic touch to everything I do and thought I’d give our bees a touch of luxury living ‘Hunter Valley style’ as well as making it novel for the tourist to see,” owner Claire Fury explains. “I chose Peppers Convent [pictured) and Campbell’s Domaine for our first two hives as they are buildings I find very attractive, and the next hive will be themed on Keith Tulloch’s winery.” When honey is in stock, $9 for a 300ml jar, Claire puts a chalkboard outside the farm gate on Old North Road. bhretreat.com 23

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Made in the Hunter. RACQUEL GOODCHILD, PUKARA ESTATE

WORDS BRENDA CHRISTIAN

“Fresh is best when it comes to olive oil,” says Racquel Goodchild, “and you can’t get any fresher than Pukara Estate extra virgin olive oil as we bottle on demand!” Racquel and husband Steve Goodchild are co-owners of the award-winning olive oil brand, which was established in 1999 by Bruce Eglington on an 80-hectare property in the Upper Hunter. In the early days they dabbled in table olives, but these days concentrate on producing quality extra virgin olive oils and vinegars; everything from truffle extra virgin olive oil and verjuice to pomegranate balsamic vinegar. “What sets Pukara Estate apart is that we produce and package everything on site,” Racquel explains. “Olive oil breaks down when it is exposed to light, heat and oxygen, so it’s vital it is processed quickly and preserved in perfect conditions.” With production, processing, storage, bottling and warehouse facilities on site, that’s not a problem. “We pick and process within a 12-hour period to ensure the olive oil is in the

climate-controlled tanks pronto and bottle daily, whenever we receive an order, so the oil is fresh out of the tank.” The olive grove has 20,000 mature trees with seven main varieties grown, including Italian favourites Frantoio, Leccino and Coratina, reliable Spanish varieties Picual and Arbequina, an Israeli variety called Barnea and Koroneki, the main oil variety in Greece. “Just like the vineyard, different sites produce different flavours as the climate, soil, rootstock and grove management all come into play,” Racquel says. “We’ve chosen varieties that suit the local conditions and produce quality extra virgin olive oil.” Winemakers had a corker of a harvest in 2014, but what about olive growers? “This year’s harvest was a bit challenging to start as we had late summer/early autumn rain but we had a strong finish and the crop is a good one.” “We did a limited run of the 2014 Novello, an unfiltered extra virgin olive oil from the first pressing for the season, and it was on the shelves in April. It’s my favourite oil; I eat loads of it with basil, tomatoes and bocconcini. Other oils from the 2014 harvest will be distributed around July.” Racquel is an ardent advocate of the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil: “It's full of antioxidants, helps lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure, and is great for your skin”. Enjoy free tastings at Ballabourneen Wine Co, 2347 Broke Rd, Pokolbin or the grove at 1440 Denman Rd, Muswellbrook.

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AUSTRALIA IS BLESSED WITH SOME OF THE BEST BEEF IN THE WORLD AND IT’S THE PERFECT ACCOMPANIMENT TO A HUNTER VALLEY SHIRAZ. WORDS STEPHANIE CLIFFORD-SMITH PHOTOS ROB PALMER

good steak has long been a best seller on Western menus internationally, and the proliferation of restaurants focusing on it suggests our love for it is enduring. Steak fans coming to the Hunter Valley can’t go wrong with excellent beef widely available, as well as its perfect partner, local Shiraz. But let’s deal with the technicalities first. The main breeds of cattle providing beef in the Hunter Valley are Angus, Hereford and Wagyu. All contain fat to some extent but Wagyu, which translates simply as Japanese beef, has more distinctive marbling and is graded from a lean one to a highly marbled nine. Roberts Circa 1876 restaurant serves a silky beef carpaccio entree as well as great homemade burgers with aioli and caramelised onions using beef from Sydney Royal Easter Show blue-ribbon-winning Murray Grey cows, raised in Clarence Town by the Williams River Cattle Company. David Blackmore Wagyu rump cap is a fine main course at Margan Restaurant with veal tongue, pickled mushroom, miso and radish. And an 800-gram Cape Grim rib eye is a shareable feast at Chez Pok at Peppers Guest House. Villa du Pays restaurant at Leogate Estate Wines takes its beef incredibly seriously. Not only does it devote a large slab of its menu to steaks of various cuts and weights, owners Bill and Vicki Widin supply the restaurant with all of its beef from their 12,500 acre cattle farm, Middlebrook Park, near Tamworth. The cattle are processed in the Hunter and the beef is dry aged in a purpose-built room at the restaurant. The Widin’s cattle are Black Angus and are entirely grass fed as, Bill says, it’s natural, healthier and lends a better flavour to the beef. “I like Angus cattle because of the quality of the meat and the marbling complexity of the cuts. A Wagyu is a comparatively lean beast, there’s not much weight in it. I've heard some Japanese massage each beast with beer, but I’ve found it terribly difficult to get the station workers to separate themselves from the beer and massage it into the animals!” Although Villa du Pays offers French cuisine, Bill has found that steaks (like the rib-eye pictured right) are generally the more popular choice. He’s unequivocal about the right wine match too. “Anything from Penfolds Grange down, nothing goes better with a steak than Shiraz.” The executive chef at Esca Bimbadgen restaurant, Jonathan Heath, cures beef striploin for an entree, teaming it with buffalo mozzarella, lemon and basil. This cut from the Emerald Valley comes from Hereford cattle, a leaner, temperate climate breed. “I prefer using the sirloin for this as, although it’s not as soft as the fillet, it holds a lot more flavour and is not as sinewy as the rump. It’s the perfect fit – the flavour, the softness, everything,” he says. The assertive flavours of the dish need a gutsy wine to match, Jonathan believes.

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“The dish has a quite pronounced flavour and the 2011 Bimbadgen Estate Shiraz Viognier is ballsy enough to stand up to the flavours of the beef.” When Jean Marc Pollet, executive chef at the Hunter Valley Steakhouse at Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens, makes his favourite beef dish – bacon-wrapped filet mignon – he chooses 1824 beef. “It’s the oldest beef brand in Australia, it’s from New South Wales and the quality is consistent,” he says. The result of cross-breeding Angus, Charolais, Senepol, and Santa Gertrudis cattle, 1824 is perfect for this dish because it has a large, two-kilo tenderloin. This little-used muscle results in tender meat, sometimes at the expense of flavour. Jean Marc finds cutting tenderloin steaks from the thicker middle section of the fillet overcomes that problem. The bacon and a garlicky baked field mushroom enhance the meaty flavour as well, and the whole dish is set off ideally with a spicy Shiraz.

Rib-eye steak with Café de Paris butter ~ Villa du Pays Restaurant Ingredients ABOVE: VILLA DU PAYS CHEF KAYNE KRZANICH IN THE PURPOSE-BUILT DRYAGEING ROOM. BELOW: PREPARING ONE OF THE POPULAR RIB-EYE STEAKS.

500g homemade butter 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 1 tablespoon eschalots 1 teaspoon garlic 1 tablespoon capers 1 tablespoon cornichons ½ tablespoon curry powder 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon tarragon 1 tablespoon marjoram 1 tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon dill 5 anchovies 750g rib-eye steak Method

1 Place butter into a mixer, add dry ingredients and combine. 2 Add wet ingredients and mix before completing with the fresh herbs. 3 Roll the mixture into a cylindrical shape, secure with cling film and chill in the refrigerator. 4 Place steak into an oiled frying pan and cook until medium rare (or to your liking), then rest for about 12 minutes before serving. 5 Meanwhile, cut the chilled butter into small discs and serve with your 750g rib-eye steak on the bone with salad leaves.

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ABOVE: ESCA BIMBADGEN EXECUTIVE CHEF JONATHAN HEATH'S HOUSE-CURED BEEF WITH BUFFALO MOZZARELLA, BASIL, BEETROOT AND LEMON.

Cured beef ~ Esca Bimbadgen Ingredients For the beef

1 cup sugar 2 cups rock salt 1 tablespoon fennel seed 5 medium bay leaves, torn 2 teaspoons peppercorns 3 star anise, crushed 400g beef sirloin, trimmed of all fat For the stuffing

3 large balls buffalo mozzarella, torn into small pieces 1 cup basil, roughly chopped ½ cup pine nuts, toasted 5 medium lemons, zest only For the beet salad

4 tablespoons grape seed oil, or extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon maple syrup 2 baby beetroot, peeled and finely sliced 1 golden beetroot, peeled and finely sliced 1 cup salad leaves, washed and well drained 1 bunch basil, torn 2 tablespoons pine nuts

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Method

1 For the beef, mix all ingredients together, place a layer on the base of a container that will comfortably contain the piece of beef. 2 Pour the remaining mix over the beef and pat it tightly against the meat, making sure you cover the entire piece evenly. 3 Place the lid on the container and refrigerate for two-and-a-half days. Then remove from the fridge, wash off the mix, pat dry and set aside. 4 For the stuffing, combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix so they are evenly dispersed. 5 Very thinly slice the beef into steaks, making sure to slice against the grain. Count how many slices you get then divide the mozzarella stuffing mix into the same amount of balls. 6 Place the beef slices onto your bench and place mozzarella mix at one end of the beef slice. Roll the beef from one end to the other so that you make a narrow roll. 7 For the beet salad, add the liquids together and whisk until incorporated, taste and adjust to your own preference. Add the rest of the salad ingredients into a mixing bowl. Mix well, dress with liquid and serve. 8 Place several rolls of cured beef on a plate, add beet salad, garnish with pea shoots and serve. Wine match Bimbadgen Estate Shiraz Viognier 2011

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ABOVE: FILET MIGNON WITH PARMESAN MASH, FIELD MUSHROOMS AND GARLIC BUTTER IS A REAL CROWD-PLEASER AT HUNTER VALLEY STEAKHOUSE.

Filet mignon with parmesan mashed potato, field mushrooms & garlic butter ~ Hunter Valley Steakhouse Ingredients

8 large field mushrooms 100g garlic butter 1 eye fillet of beef, cut into 8 steaks of 200g each 8 bacon rashers Rock salt Black pepper Oil Butter For the mash

1kg Desiree potatoes 200ml milk, warmed 100ml cream 50g butter, melted Salt & pepper Nutmeg 50g parmesan cheese

Method

1 Preheat oven to 160°C. 2 For the mash, peel potatoes, cut into quarters and cook in salted water until done then drain. Puree cooked potato, adding hot milk, cream and melted butter, then season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and grated parmesan. Check the seasoning and set aside. 3 Cut the base of each mushroom and place one tablespoon (30g) garlic butter in the centre of each, then place onto an oven tray and bake for 6 minutes in 160°C oven. 4 Meanwhile, wrap each steak with a rasher of bacon. A skewer will help to hold the bacon together and the bacon will keep the mignon juicy and flavour meaty. 5 Season each mignon with salt and pepper, pan sear in a hot pan with little oil and butter for 3–4 minutes each side. Let them rest for a few minutes before serving each mignon topped with a field mushroom, accompanied by parmesan mash. Serving suggestion: serve with a red wine jus if you wish. Wine match McGuigan Wines Cellar Select Shiraz 2012

For restaurant contact details and more dining options, turn to page 69.

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771 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin 2320

OPEN 10AM UNTIL 6PM DAILY Mistletoe is a ‘unique, boutique’ family owned and run winery that was established by the current owners in 1989. Now in its 25th year, Mistletoe’s ‘no-compromise’ approach to producing small quantities of ‘true to origin’ premium quality wine has seen it rewarded with many, many hundreds of awards and accolades. Recent awards include: • • • • •

Champion White Wine of Show – NSW Small Winemakers Show 2013 NSW Wine of the Year 2011 Blue/Gold Top 100 Award Sydney International Wine Competition 2013 One of the Top 10 Australian Dessert Wines – James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014 Champion Chardonnay, Australia and New Zealand, Winestate 2011

With over 20 different wines, including Sparkling, Whites, Reds, Rosės, Fortified and Dessert styles on tasting, Mistletoe has one of the most comprehensive range of wines to be seen in the Hunter. • • • •

All wines are made in our on site winery Mistletoe Wines are only available from the Winery Cellar Door Knowledgeable and friendly staff to make you welcome Working vineyard at the winery

Take time to visit POKOLBIN GALLERY and MISTLETOE SCULPTURE GARDEN also in the grounds of the Cellar Door.

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

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Q&A. THE HUNTER VALLEY’S NEWEST CHEF AND A LONG-TIME LOCAL REVEAL A FEW OF THEIR FAVOURITE THINGS. ROBERT MOLINES, OWNER/CHEF, BISTRO MOLINES

REBECCA KAYE, EXECUTIVE CHEF, THE MILL RESTAURANT

Favourite dish on your menu? I have many favourites as we change our menu on a regular basis but braised rabbit with prunes and Muscat is a lovely dish. It can either be farmed or wild rabbit, whatever you can source. Naturally, a good bottle of Merlot can help celebrate the palate.

Favourite dish on your menu? Rocky road soufflé with American jelly bean ice-cream, a creation my mentor John Mclean (now food and beverage director at The Grove in the UK) and I made up 15 years ago, and has travelled with me over the years. Guests come back to the restaurant just for this dessert.

Your favourite ingredient? Saffron and many other spices simply because they are very versatile and in dishes from various cultures – from the Middle East to France and Spain. Spices can be a good marriage with seafood, poultry, rice, grains and sauces.

Your favourite ingredient? That’s a hard one, but I love fresh herbs, it always livens up a dish, and being a Far North Queensland girl I love seafood, particularly North Queensland mud crab and Red Throat Emperor.

Favourite kitchen utensil? My Messermeister Oliva Elite Knife is the best knife I have ever had. It is good looking with an olive tree handle and has a great blade that is easy to sharpen, very light in weight and of great quality. I call it a sexy knife! A chef's best friend is his knife, I believe.

Favourite kitchen utensil? Our sous-vide machines (a method of cooking food sealed in airtight plastic bags in a water bath). They are a new toy for me as I have never been in a kitchen that has them.

Your favourite cooking memory? Cooking for the Chase Manhattan Bank where all of the leaders of the world attended, including Henry Kissinger, with lots of security! The dinner lasted only one hour, so I served lobster salad with vegetable terrine. The chef you’d love to invite over for dinner? Brett Graham from The Ledbury. He’s a local Newcastle hero, was awarded the best apprentice chef of the year a few years ago and now runs a two Michelin star restaurant.

Your favourite cooking memory? Working in London in 1996-1997 at Le Caprice, a one Michelin star restaurant, and being the first woman in that kitchen where executive chef Tim Hughes (from Marco Pierre White’s Harvey’s restaurant) let me run a section on the pans. Generally all women did pastry and larder. The chef you’d love to invite over for dinner? Marco Pierre White – he was the first rock star of cooking, and his passion and skill in food is awe inspiring. I’d cook local produce, perhaps Hunter Valley duck or quail, to showcase our beautiful food in Australia. 33

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a world class destination on your doorstep in the hunter valley Situated in the very heart of the romantic Hunter Valley Wine Country, The Vintage boasts a Greg Norman-designed championship 18 hole golf course which is ranked among the best in Australia, award winning restaurant, luxury hotel, destination spa & spectacular views.

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Explore. COLONIAL SPLENDOUR Take a tour of the historic Wyndham Estate and discover the history of one of the pioneering families in the Hunter Valley. There’s a 90-minute Dalwood Heritage and Morning or Afternoon Tea Tour, $33pp, which includes a guided tour of Dalwood Homestead, constructed by George Wyndham in the 1830s, with stories of colonial Australia and winemaking history, a colonialinspired morning tea with scones and leaf tea, and a private, tutored wine-tasting of heritage range wines along with new releases. The Colonial Heritage Half-Day Package, $73pp, includes the guided tour, morning tea and wine-tasting, plus a traditional colonial-style lunch including a hearty stew, freshly baked damper and a garden salad, served on the verandah overlooking the vines. Tours will operate until October 31. See page 58 or wyndhamestate.com

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Congratulations to hot-air ballooning pilots Matthew and Nicola Scaife from Balloon Aloft, who won the Australian National Ballooning Championships at Canowindra earlier this year. Top of the glass

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Your boot is full of premium Hunter Valley wine but what do you do with the bottles once you’ve enjoyed the delicious drops? Ogishi Craft Centre has a creative solution – make a wine bottle cheese platter out of the empties! Glass artist Setsuko Ogishi not only sells professionally made wine bottle cheese platters she also offers one-hour classes ($240pp) where she will teach you how to make a platter and you’ll be able take the finished product home with you the next day. Setsuko also runs glass-blowing lessons ($360pp) for a maximum of three people, where you can create your own small vase, bowl or plate. It’s designed for beginners with no experience of glass-blowing but you do need to use a bit of lung power! Turn to page 92 for more info or ogishi.com.au

Local spirits Locally sourced, organic products are all the rage with locavores and the same philosophy is being transferred to spirits. Craft distilleries are booming and the destination of choice for spirits aficionados is Hunter Distillery, which offers daily distillery tours and distillery courses on request. It is the first organic distillery in the country, according to master distiller and founder Richard Morgan, and also boasts Australia’s first organic gin – Copperwave Gin. It produces a range of award-winning liqueurs, including a honey vodka released in April, with plans to introduce absinthe in October and a golden rum next year. Hunter Distillery won five awards at the inaugural Australia Distilled Spirits & Liqueurs Competition earlier this year. See page 79 or hunterdistillery.com.au

CONVICT ATTRACTIONS We’re sure Tony Robinson of the History Channel would love to get his hands on the new map of the Great North Road as it showcases the historic convict sites along the 240-kilometre stretch of road, including the quaint village of Wollombi. The free map, which is available at Visitor Information Centres throughout the Hunter Valley, also contains QR codes that connect you to video content about each site on the Great North Road website. For more information about Wollombi, see our story on page 46. 35

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15km, 30km or 60km adventure bike rides through scenic bush and vineyards in the Wollombi Valley. wollombiwildride.net

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

SMALL WINEMAKERS CENTRE WINEMAKERS’ DINNER Sat 6 Join eight of the region’s leading winemakers, including Suzanne and Ian Little, Andrew Thomas, David Hook, Andrew Margan, Keith Tulloch, Damien Stevens and Jodie Belleville, for a fivecourse dinner with 16 wines in a marquee at Shakey Tables Restaurant. $145pp or $155pp including transport. Bookings essential on 02 4998 7668 smallwinemakers.com.au

PAELLA COOKING CLASS Sun 21

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July CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL @ HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS Sat 5–Sun 6 Stalls, cooking demonstrations, celebrity guests, exhibitions, competitions, all inspired by the sweet treat. hvg.com.au

HUNTER VALLEY WINERY RUNNING FESTIVAL Sat 19–Sun 20 Unique running festival through the vines, including an ultra marathon (53km), full marathon, half-marathon, 10km and 5km winery wander, and 2km run for kids. huntervalleymarathon.net

RIDGEVIEW CHRISTMAS IN JULY Sat 26 Celebrate Christmas in July with a glass of bubbly, canapes and four-course festive feast. $65pp/$85pp with matching wines. 6.30pm. Bookings on 02 6574 7332 ridgeview.com.au

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SPRING FESTIVAL @ HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS

Fri 15

Immerse yourself in the heady scents and sights of 250,000 annuals and 10,000 bulbs. The fabulous floral display is accompanied by entertainment, demonstrations, talks, tours and workshops. hvg.com.au

One of the leading regional wine shows in Australia with winners announced at the Celebrations Luncheon at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. The 2014 gold medal winning wines are served with lunch. $170pp. Bookings essential on 02 4990 0920

POOCH PICNIC

Sun 31

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

Mon 1–Tue 30

Learn how to cook paella, tasty churros and make sangria followed by a three-course Spanish lunch matched with Calais Estate wines in the Barrel Room with The Verandah Restaurant chef Matt Dillow. $90pp. Bookings essential on 02 4998 7231 verandahrestaurant.com.au

RIDGEVIEW SPRING IN SEASON DINNER Fri 5 Enjoy a four-course dinner using the best seasonal produce from the onsite kitchen garden, as well as complimentary bubbles and canapes. $65pp/$85pp with matching wines. Bookings on 02 6574 7332 ridgeview.com.au

WOLLOMBI WILD RIDE

Sat 6

This off-road mountain bike event is suitable for experienced and novice riders alike, with

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October VINEYARD VIGNETTES

Thu 2–Tue 28

An exhibition by the Newcastle Creative Embroiders and Textiles Association, exploring the vineyards and the Cessnock region at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery. 02 4991 6619

WOLLOMBI LABOUR DAY MARKET Mon 6 Make the most of the long weekend, and stroll around this Monday market with 100 stalls, including local produce and crafts, plants, clothes, tools, bric-a-brac and more. wollombimarkets.com

HUNTER VALLEY WINE FESTIVAL Sat 11 This one-day festival brings more than 40 Hunter Valley wineries and producers together in the one place at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. Wine, beer and cider tastings, gourmet food, entertainment and presentations. Tickets $20 presale, $30 at the

Q&A. SEAN O’BRIEN, HORTICULTURAL MANAGER, HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS What do you like most about the Spring Festival (held September 1–30)? The colour. It’s a great time of the year and the staff really enjoys the festival as well. How long does it take to set up? We have more than 30 ground and maintenance staff who help bring the festival

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The phrase ‘stop and smell the roses’ really comes into its own at this floral extravaganza with more than two million rose blooms! More than 35,000 rose bushes in 125 varieties as well as talks by rose experts. hvg.com.au

An exhibition by the five winners of the CRAG Prize at Sculpture in the Vineyards 2013 at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery. 02 4991 6619

Small group tastings of eight wines, including the limited release Black Cluster Shiraz, in purpose-designed Riedel glassware at Wyndham Estate. $47pp. Bookings on 1800 677 366

JAZZ IN THE VINES @ TYRRELL’S WINERY

Coupling more than 100 outdoor sculptures with exclusive boutique wines, Sculpture in the Vineyards is an annual exhibition each November at four wineries along the Wollombi Valley Wine Trail. sculptureinthevineyards.com.au

Sat 25 Not your average jazz festival, this party in the paddock boasts Australia’s big names in jazz, plus great food and wine. The 2014 line-up includes James Morrison and the Big Band featuring Leo Sayer, Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows, Galapagos Duck and more. jazzinthevines.com.au

LOVE IN THE VINES

Sun 26

A market-style wedding festival at Lindeman’s Winery with a fashion parade and all the local wedding specialists to plan your perfect day. loveinthevines.com.au

together. Planning starts at the beginning of the year with plant selection and growing of stock, and planting commences in June and July with up to 100,000 plants going in the ground. They say plants thrive with music – do you play music at Hunter Valley Gardens? According to MythBusters (so it must be true!) heavy metal music is the best for plants over any other kind of music, but I don’t think the owners would appreciate AC/DC blasting through the gardens. We do play music, but it’s more for the general public rather than the plants.

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

HIGH TEA @ GEMELLI ESTATE

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Showcasing more than 20 premium Hunter Valley wineries, with meals by leading restaurants, gourmet produce, live music and more at beachside Balmoral. Free entry. winecountry.com.au

Enjoy a Sunday high tea in the garden or gallery with sweet and savoury treats accompanied by a glass of estate wine on July 6, August 17, September 28 and October 5. $35pp. Bookings on 02 4998 7910 gemelliestate.com.au

If you were stuck on a desert island and could take one plant, what would it be? I would take a potato plant. You can eat them, make alcohol out of them and they can produce a toxin as well, so I could kill other animals for food.

HANDMADE IN THE HUNTER MARKETS

Any tips for keen gardeners? To get more fruit out of your citrus tree you should beat them every now and then! Take a length of hose and whip the trunk of your citrus tree half a dozen times around November and your tree will be smothered in fruit for that season. For more tips from Sean go to winecountry.com.au

Monthly As the names suggests, this market showcases handmade originals and home-grown produce. Held at Kevin Sobels Wines on the second and fourth Saturday, plus Saturday and Sunday on long weekends. handmadeinthehuntermarket. com.au

SACRED TREE MARKETS

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Alpaca appeal. A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT LIFE AS AN ALPACA FARMER IN THE HUNTER VALLEY. WORDS CHRISTINE SALINS PHOTOS CHRISTOPHER IRELAND

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ive kilometres up a mountain and 40 kilometres from the nearest town, Maitland, there’s nary a care in the world for alpaca farmer Marion Jack when she gets up at sunrise to greet the day. “It’s a magic time of morning. It’s beautiful and clear, and there’s a freshness in the air,” she says. Marion’s first task would normally be to let her herd of 90 alpacas out from the paddock near the house she shares with her husband, Michael. Today, however, she’s tending to an injured alpaca that needs her attention. “The alpacas camp in the paddock near the house at night, because there are wild dogs in the area. Then in the morning, they’re free to go.” While Marion is kept busy looking after the chooks, birds and dog on their 60-hectare property, the alpacas are fairly low maintenance. “You trim their toenails every so often,” she says, adding that she generally uses a pair of garden pruners for the task. Low maintenance is the key phrase for Marion, who is as much a successful businesswoman as a farmer. She opened her first Australian Alpaca Barn in Morpeth a decade ago, collecting fibre from farms in the region and buying in more as needed for the products she sells. She soon found that the size of minimum production runs meant more outlets were needed to sell the popular range of alpaca fashion, homewares and accessories. That led her to open a store in Pokolbin five years ago, followed by one at The Rocks in Sydney about two years

ago. And after returning from Sydney’s Royal Easter Show in April, she opened another Alpaca Barn in the Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village. “Alpaca is fabulous to wear as it is lightweight, soft and warm. It’s a hollow fibre with air pockets inside making it very lightweight, so it's a joy to sleep under (as it has) exceptional warmth and no weight. Unlike wool, alpaca does not have scales along the fibre, making it hypoallergenic with a very soft handle. Alpaca fibre is stronger and more durable than most other natural fibres.” Marion is a country girl at heart, having been raised on a sheep station in New South Wales. “I came from around Quirindi and was brought up in the country.” She spent eight years living in London with her English husband, a chartered engineer, before they moved back to Australia. Michael’s two adult children, Graeme and Sarah, have a system going where instead of presents, they buy Michael and Marion concert tickets and other treats. “A few years ago they gave us tickets to go hot-air ballooning, which we thoroughly enjoyed. It was magic going over the Valley.” It was by sheer chance that the couple found themselves in this special part of the world. “In 1994, we were evacuated from the bushfires near Nelson Bay and the road from Sydney was blocked so we had to stay in Newcastle. While we were there, we found this lovely little hidey-hole on top of a mountain. We then spent every weekend commuting.” They bought the property about 18 years ago but didn’t build on it till 2000, when they decided to install a kit home.

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CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: FEEDING TIME AT THE ALPACA FARM; THE PEPPERS CREEK ALPACA BARN SHOP; HUNGRY ALPACAS; THE NATURAL FIBRES ARE STRONGER AND MORE DURABLE THAN OTHER FIBRES; ALPACA FIBRE IS ALSO LIGHTWEIGHT, SOFT AND WARM.

The property is located on a plateau in Lambs Valley, halfway between Singleton and Maitland. “We have a little bit of rainforest, some natural pasture and protected wood, with lots of trees and native wildlife. We have a python that lives in the shed and you’ll see a wombat when you go in the gate. We have lots of beautiful parrots and black cockatoos.” There are also wedge-tailed eagles, not very friendly to chickens and small alpacas perhaps, “but you have to live in harmony with them,” says a resigned Marion. Having acquired the land, they then had to decide what to do with it. “We looked at tea trees, olives, goats. We purchased some Hereford cattle but being a bush block, cows really aren’t suitable.” In 1997, inspired by an article Marion had read in a small business magazine about alpacas – South American relatives of the llama – they bought 10. “It’s something women can do. I can handle it – they’re not like cattle. Alpacas are cute, the fibres are fabulous and we can handle the day-to-day operations of the animals.” Better still, they no longer have any lawns to mow. “They keep the place eaten down so we don’t have a fire hazard.” Marion admits to having favourites among her flock. “You have families within the herd. Mothers and daughters stay together, so you’ll have a family group. I like the ones with personalities,” she says. “My favourites include Ollie, who has been hand-reared since his mother died two weeks after he was born; Elvis, who is always first in the food bin; and Toby, who survived

a vicious attack from six wild dogs and was not expected to survive… he is now a very effective herd protector.” “They’re very intelligent animals. They’re lovely to be around… they’re easy to work with… and not as dumb as sheep! They’re beautiful.” Because the Jacks live about an hour ’s drive from civilisation, Marion doesn’t go to the shops every day, preferring instead to stay at home answering emails, ordering and pricing, while Michael takes care of the office computers and other business. When they do go into town, they love having breakfast or lunch at Cafe Enzo at Peppers Creek Village. “It’s a lovely atmosphere. It’s very relaxed and the food is excellent.” For a reasonably priced evening meal, Marion likes Oishii, the Japanese and Thai restaurant in the Tempus Two complex. “It’s convenient to go to after work. It’s not fast food; it’s good food. We also like to go to Harrigan’s Pub, just up the road too.” As for a tipple, Marion finds it hard to beat the sparkling wines at Peterson House but concedes “we also like David Hook wines and Tamburlaine is another favourite. And Tyrrell’s has some nice wines too.” The Australian Alpaca Barn is at Peppers Creek Village, 1946 Broke Road, Pokolbin and Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village, 2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin. australianalpaca.com Discover other specialty shops in the Hunter Valley at winecountry.com.au 41

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ith deep green vines, bright blue skies and rustic barrel rooms stacked high, the Hunter Valley is big on beauty and atmosphere, with heady top notes of romance. It’s no wonder then that it captures the attention of couples looking for that perfect place to celebrate their wedding. Marriage celebrant Jason Thomas believes that accessibility is another deciding factor in why couples choose the Hunter Valley. “Guests can easily travel in from around the country,” he says. “And so many venues are fully set up to accommodate bridal couples as one-stop shops.” Celebrant Maree Callaghan is also seeing a rise in couples who choose to forgo guests altogether, eloping to the Valley and then returning home for a celebration party. “Elopements are a growth industry here,” she says. “Around 75 per cent of eloping couples come from Sydney, but they’re also from interstate and overseas. And they’re mostly in their 30s and just want to get married without fuss.” The beauty of the Hunter Valley, Thomas and Callaghan agree, is that no matter how you decide to celebrate your special day, you’ll find a spectacular location and the perfect people WORDS ALLEN PHOTOS CHRISTOPHER IRELAND and RICK services to help along the way. 42

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When Rachel O’Neill, 27, a dental nurse from Brisbane, was planning her wedding to Mark O’Neill, 27, an electrician, she did the sums – and they did not add up. The couple decided to elope, and set off for the Hunter Valley in a car packed full of vintage props. “I come from a big family,” says Rachel. “When we looked at the invitation list there were at least 200 people to invite – and a wedding for 200 costs a lot of money, so we decided to elope. “I love the rustic, vineyard look, so I Googled ‘nice vineyards in Australia’. The Hunter Valley is so popular for weddings that it came up first. From there, it took just a few months to organise. “I wanted to get married in a beautiful chapel, and found The Carriage House online. We realised we could stay at Château Élan at The Vintage, and everything would be in one place. We were there for five nights, and it was like a mini honeymoon – they really spoilt us. “The day was perfect – just as I’d imagined. We were married in the chapel, had our photos in the vineyard, then a beautiful dinner at Château Élan, overlooking the golf course. I was even able to get my hair and make-up done in the salon. “There were six people at the wedding – us, our celebrant Maree [Callaghan], two photographers and Chateau Élan’s event manager, who acted as a witness for us, along with one of the photographers. It was important for us that the photographs and video be exactly right – we showed them at the big party we had on our return, and wanted everyone to feel that they’d been there. We took special props with us – some things that belonged to my mum’s great-grandma, for instance – so that people would see them and know they’d been with us. We used the props for the party as well. I looked at a lot of photographers, and got lots of quotes, but Studio Valentine was perfect, and they have a special elopement package. “We were so happy we’d eloped. It was so exciting when people found out, and the day itself was so romantic – and all about us.”

CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: KANGAROOS WITNESS THE NUPTIALS OF ELOPING COUPLE RACHEL AND MARK O'NEILL; SARAH AND ALEX PIKARDT'S GETAWAY CAR; HANNAH THOMAS AND JONATHAN CAMBOURN WANTED A DANCE FLOOR AND CHAPEL AT THE ONE VENUE, AND IRONBARK HILL TICKED ALL THE BOXES; RACHEL AND MARK STROLLING HAND-IN-HAND IN THE VINEYARD.

Hannah Thomas, 26, a dance teacher from Newcastle, grew up in Branxton, so when the time came to marry Jonathan Cambourn, 26, a sales executive, the Hunter Valley was her first choice for the nuptials. The wedding took around 18 months to plan, and was organised without fuss from a distance. “There was never a question of where we’d get married,” says Hannah. “I love the close-knit community, the beautiful scenery, the quiet. It was just a matter of choosing where, and IronBark Hill fitted the bill to a tee. “I wanted somewhere where people could arrive and not have to leave, where they could take the number of guests [110], where there was extra room for a dance floor… but I also didn’t want to see another bride on the day – you don’t want to feel like you’re on a production line. At IronBark Hill, they won’t book another wedding on your day. “Knowing where I was getting married influenced everything from the choice of colours to my dress. We had roses, light pinks and champagne to go with the green of the vineyards and the sandstone at IronBark Hill – a classic feel. 43

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: SYDNEYSIDERS SARAH AND ALEX PIKARDT IN FRONT OF THE DOORS TO THE PEPPERS CREEK BARREL ROOM; SARAH AND HER BRIDESMAIDS PRE-CEREMONY; ALEX AND HIS GROOMSMEN WAITING FOR THE BRIDE AT ST PATRICK'S OF NULKABA CHAPEL.

“My mother found [celebrant] Jason [Thomas] online. We wanted someone who’d stay close to the traditional ceremony, and, when we met him, we liked him straight away, and so did our parents. The ceremony is important, and he included everybody and made it really relaxing for us. “It was important to us to have all our parents and everyone else involved. I wanted it to be a day for everyone, so that nobody felt like a ‘guest’. My father kept reminding me that it’s about a marriage, not just a party on the day – it’s about starting a life together.”

Sarah Pikardt, 27, a marketing manager from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and Alex Pikardt, 28, a key account manager, were engaged in the Hunter Valley Gardens on their fourth anniversary. They had such a magical weekend, they thought it only fitting that they become husband and wife in the same region, 18 months later. “We wanted an elegant wedding, with a touch of rustic charm,” says Sarah. “And the vineyards offer such a stunning backdrop in spring. Lots of our wedding guests (we had 110 in all) took Friday off work and made a weekend of it, staying at the Crowne Plaza

Hunter Valley. It was such an enjoyable experience and exceeded our expectations. “When we were planning, we started with the venue and then tackled everything else piece by piece. We wanted a barrel room, for that authentic vineyard feel, so we did lots of research online then enjoyed the process of visiting each site on our shortlist. Peppers Creek was being set up for a wedding on the afternoon we went there, and it literally took my breath away. “For the most part, we were able to organise everything online, though we did a few day trips to the Hunter Valley to meet some of our suppliers face-to-face. “I got ready at Talits French Estate, which was also spectacular for photos. Chris Elfes from Photography on Hermitage was recommended to me by a friend, and when I reviewed his website, I knew he was exactly what we were looking for. His photographs are authentic and capture the raw emotion of the day, rather than being cliched, staged photos. “All in all, it was the perfect wedding day for us – everything ran so smoothly, from our flowers being delivered, the gentleman who chauffeured us, to Two Play Strings at the chapel and the catering at Peppers Creek. If there was any way I could have made the day go longer, I would have.” For contact details and more wedding services, turn to page 110.

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teeped in Aboriginal history and boasting a flourishing food and wine scene, Wollombi is the quaint jewel in the Hunter Valley’s crown. The tiny village lures holidaymakers and daytrippers with the promise of fresh, local produce, rolling vineyards and off-the-beaten-track experiences. But despite its growing popularity, the ever-sohumble village retains its simple charm: a tiny population, historic general store and St Michael’s Church, one of the oldest Catholic churches in Australia.

Drink To get a taste of the region’s warm hospitality and delightful wines, spend a day visiting the cellar doors. Start your day at Stonehurst Wines and learn about its sustainable agriculture. All of Stonehurst’s grapes are hand-picked and pruned, producing high-quality wines. Next, drop into family-run Wollombi Wines to sample its specialty drop: the 2012 White Splash. Owner Simon Hoft has also created a range of gourmet produce, from Shiraz chilli jams to Semillon Caesar dressings – the perfect take-home gift. Finish the day at Noyce Brothers Wine and sample its Verdelho; it’s the only vineyard in Wollombi to produce this variety. Michael Noyce and his two brothers have been growing grapes in Wollombi for 40 years. “Our vineyard is planted on land that was first settled by convicts in 1823; Wollombi’s history is what makes it different from Pokolbin and Lovedale,” says Michael.

Eat At Wollombi Village Vineyard, husband-and-wife team Alan and Maria Roe offer Devonshire tea with a difference. Rather than serving their fresh-out-of-the-oven scones with a simple jam, they serve them with homemade grape jelly – made from their very own hand-picked grapes. Italian-born Maria brings a touch of the Mediterranean to the winery too; for lunch visitors can enjoy an antipasto platter of salami, cheese, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted capsicum and crusty bread while overlooking the winery or vineyard. After all that winery-hopping you’ll need a hearty meal for dinner. Wollombi Tavern serves traditional pub food in a cosy, laid-back atmosphere. In winter grab a table near the fireplace and tuck into a pizza, burger or perfectly cooked steak. Pair your meal with one of the popular Australian ales or a glass of ‘colonial wine’ from Wollombi’s local vineyards.

Do Intriguing Aboriginal cultural sites and rock carvings dating back more than 12,000 years are dotted throughout Wollombi and Ngurra Bu Hunter Valley Aboriginal Tours offer visitors the chance to discover the cultural heritage and importance of the area. If you love quirky experiences, Wollombi GetAbout, the town’s first activity hub and a newcomer on the scene, will have you sorted. Choose from bespoke murder mystery nights and eerie ghost tours to mountain-biking adventures and vintage-style picnics.

See Visiting Wollombi is a treat regardless of the season, but in spring the town hosts two must-see events. First up is the Wollombi Music Festival in September. The one-day festival features local Australian artists, food and market stalls, percussion workshops and KidsFest – a family friendly area with puppet shows and face painting. But Sculpture in the Vineyards is the star of the show on Wollombi’s event calendar. The month-long event held in November puts on display more than 100 outdoor sculptures along the Wollombi Valley Wine Trail. Here, you can delight in art, wine and food – three of life’s greatest pleasures.

Stay Resting your head is easy in Wollombi as there are a host of accommodation options. Honeymooners will enjoy Wild Edge Retreat, a couples-only getaway featuring four private pavilions, and if you’re planning a weekend away to reconnect with your loved one, Somewhere Unique offers indulgent accommodation packages, including massage treatments, hampers and chocolate fondue. If you’re contemplating a sea change, a visit to Avoca House & Cottage Accommodation will surely convince you. Owners Bob and Angela Prentice did the same thing in 2009 when they relocated from Sydney, and their farm-stay B&B accommodation is country living at its best. Cedar Creek Cottages offers traditional, rustic-style accommodation that echoes the convict era, while Capers Guesthouse is ideal for bigger groups with guesthouse accommodation and a selfcontained cottage that sleeps up to eight. For contact details and more info on Wollombi visit winecountry.com.au or visitwollombi.com.au

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A world of wine

10 great reasons to visit

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

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courses, which take advantage of the views.

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

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

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

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

Source: ABS Vineyards Survey

PHOTO: CHRIS ELFES

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

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

GOURMET PRODUCE

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

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

FLOWER POWER

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

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

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

�� EVENTS TO REMEMBER Watch your favourite performer and enjoy great food and wine at one of the Valley’s signature events, concerts and festivals (see page 36–37 for What’s On). 51

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Our communities Wine Country is made up of a number of small communities and localities, which you can discover as part of a Hunter Valley trail.

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LOVEDALE

Wine Country’s hub for business and shopping – from groceries and gifts, post office, motels and hotels to restaurants and pubs.

Lovedale lies east of Pokolbin and is known for its boutique wineries and B&Bs, restaurants, galleries and the now famous Lovedale Long Lunch, held on the third weekend in May each year.

KURRI KURRI Kurri Kurri is rich in heritage and features a railway museum, grand old pubs and the famous Town Murals Project, with colourful murals adorning many buildings.

BROKE FORDWICH Nestled at the foothills of the Brokenback Range, Broke Fordwich is a scenic spot dotted with wineries, country accommodation and awardwinning restaurants.

POKOLBIN Pokolbin forms the epicentre of Wine Country; it’s where most of the region’s first vineyards were planted and has the largest collection of wineries, restaurants, places to stay and activities.

MOUNT VIEW Mount View Road weaves its way past family-owned cellar doors and accommodation up to the

ABOVE: ENJOY IDYLLIC VISTAS IN MOUNT VIEW.

top of the Brokenback Range, providing idyllic views you’ll want to capture and share.

WOLLOMBI VALLEY The picturesque Wollombi Valley is home to numerous convict structures, ancient Aboriginal sites and Wollombi Village, famed for its heritage colonial architecture.

BRANXTON/DALWOOD These small town centres are

located in the north of the Lower Hunter. Branxton has a monthly market, while Dalwood is the site of the Hunter Valley’s first vines and historic Wyndham Estate.

SINGLETON THE UPPER HUNTER Singleton provides a mix of heritage charm and modern facilities while the region is known for its wineries, regional produce, horse studs and Lake St Clair.

Tasting notes. SHOWCASING A TRIO OF PREMIUM WINES. Long Delicate Flavoursome

Vibrant Crisp Refreshing

LINDEMAN’S BIN � �� HUNTER VALLEY CHARDONNAY ���

GUNDOG ESTATE HUNTER’S SEMILLON ���

This Chardonnay delivers the complex stone fruit flavours and refreshing acidity that the Hunter Valley is renowned for. It has nectarine and green apple aromas and flavours, and a long, flavoursome finish. $30

The Hunter’s Semillon is designed to offer early drinking appeal from day one with bright fruit purity and balanced acidity. The 2014 vintage shows vibrant aromas of lemon zest and lime, with a fine palate framed by a crisp finish. Drink now or cellar for up to five years. $25

Drink with: fresh

seafood or dishes with creamy sauces.

Elegant Floral Unique

MISTLETOE PETITE MUSCAT ��� This dessert wine was made from White Muscat grapes grown on the Mistletoe home vineyard, which was planted in 1999. It’s a light, sweet wine, pale straw in colour, with rose petal, tropical fruit and orange blossom aromas, and delicious flavours of candied oranges and honey. $18 Drink with: cheese and

Drink with: Sydney

rock oysters.

fresh fruit or as an aperitif (serve chilled).

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

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

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BROKE FORDWICH � MILBRODALE Ascella Pure Wine

203 Thompsons Rd, Milbrodale

02 6574 5274

Catherine Vale Wines

656 Milbrodale Rd, Fordwich via Broke

02 6579 1334

Glenguin Estate Wines

997 Milbrodale Rd, Broke

02 6579 1009

Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard

712 Wollombi Rd, Broke

02 6579 1322

Margan Winery & Restaurant

1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke

02 6579 1372

Stomp! Wines

1273 Milbrodale Rd, Broke

0409 774 280

Whispering Brook

Rodd St, Broke

02 6579 1386

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DALWOOD, LOVEDALE � NORTH ROTHBURY Adina Vineyard & Olive Grove

492 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7473

Allandale Winery

132 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4990 4526

Andevine Wines

247 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale

Capercaillie Wine

4 Londons Rd, Lovedale

02 4990 2904

Emma’s Cottage Vineyard

438 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale

02 4998 7734

Tellace Wines

356 Tuckers Ln, North Rothbury

02 4938 7173

Wyndham Estate

700 Dalwood Rd, Dalwood

02 4938 3444

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NULKABA, POKOLBIN � ROTHBURY Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard

750 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 1866

Ballabourneen Wine Co.

2347 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6505

Bimbadgen

790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4600

Blueberry Hill Vineyard

999 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7295

Brokenwood Wines

401–427 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7559

Calais Estate Wines

151 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7654

Cockfighter’s Ghost Wines

Cnr McDonalds & DeBeyers Rds, Pokolbin

02 4993 3600

Constable Estate

205 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7887

David Hook Wines

Cnr Ekerts & Broke Rds, Pokolbin

02 4998 7121

De Bortoli Wines

532 Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin

02 4993 8800

De Iuliis Wines

1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 8000

Drayton's Family Wines

555 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7513

Ernest Hill Wines

307 Wine Country Dr, Nulkaba

02 4991 4418

First Creek Wines

600 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7293

Gemelli Estate

168 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7910

Glandore Estate Wines

1595 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7140

Gundog Hunter Cellar & Gourmet Pantry

101 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6873

Hanging Tree Wines

294 O'Connors Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6608

Harkham Wines

266 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7648

Hermitage Road Cellars & Winery

Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7777

Hungerford Hill Wines

2450 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7666

Kelman Vineyard

2 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4991 5456

Kevin Sobels Wines

5 Halls Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7766

Lambloch Estate

2342 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6722

Leogate Estate Wines

1693 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7499

Lindeman’s

119 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 3700

Littles Wines

270 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7626

Macquariedale Organic Wines

170 Sweetwater Rd, Rothbury

02 6574 7012

Marsh Estate

95 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7587

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

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Mistletoe Winery

771 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

1800 055 080

Misty Glen Wines & Cottage

293 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7781

Moorebank Vineyard Estate

150 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7610

Mount Pleasant Estate

401 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7505

Oakvale Wines

1596 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7088

Pepper Tree Wines

86 Halls Rd, Pokolbin

02 4909 7100

Peter Drayton Wines

694 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7085

Peterson House

Cnr Broke Rd & Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin

Pokolbin Estate Vineyard RidgeView Wines

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02 4998 7474

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02 4998 7754

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462 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

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298 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7524

273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7332

Robyn Drayton Wines

Cnr McDonalds & Pokolbin Mountains Rds, Pokolbin

02 4998 7523

Rothvale Winery

223 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7290

Saddler’s Creek Wines

15 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin

02 4991 1770

Scarborough on Hermitage

972 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6538

Scarborough Wine Co.

179 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7563

Small Winemakers Centre

426 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7668

St Clements Estate

136 Talga Rd, Rothbury

02 4930 7799

Tempus Two Cellar Door

Cnr Broke & McDonalds Rds, Pokolbin

02 4993 3999

Thomas Allen Wines

1733 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7250

Thomas Wines

@ Small Winemakers Centre, 426 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7668

Tinklers

53 Pokolbin Mountains Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7435

Tintilla Estate Wines & Olives

725 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7093

Travertine Wines

78 Old North Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7378

Tulloch Wines

638 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7580

Tyrrell’s Wines

1838 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 7028

Vinden Estate Wines

138 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7410

Waverley Estate Aged Wines

207 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 6750

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

Millbrook Estate Winery & Distillery

1617 Mount View Rd, Millfield

02 4998 1155

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

3483 Golden Hwy, Jerrys Plains

02 6576 4110

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WOLLOMBI Stonehurst Wines

1840 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 1576

Wollombi Village Vineyard

2971 Paynes Crossing Rd, Wollombi

0419 997 434

Wollombi Wines

Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3427

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

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T 02 6579 1334 E wine@catherinevale.com.au catherinevale.com.au

T 02 6579 1009 E glenguinestate@bordernet.com.au glenguinestate.com.au

Bill and Wendy Lawson extend a warm welcome to visitors at Catherine Vale, where the wines and the view are exceptional. Taste Italian varieties Arneis, Dolcetto and Barbera, plus Semillon, Verdelho, Chardonnay and a 10-year-old Madeira. Have a BBQ and stay for a game of bocce. Sat–Sun 10am–5pm, other times by appointment

Glenguin Estate wines are grown from 20-year-old vineyards using organic practices with all vines hand-pruned and hand-picked. Known for its local specialties – Semillon and Shiraz – as well as pioneering the production of Tannat, a red grape variety from South-West France. A red 5-star James Halliday winery. Daily 9am–5pm

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 a spectacular backdrop. Cheese platters available. Sat–Sun 10am–5pm

MARGAN WINERY � RESTAURANT

STOMP WINES

WHISPERING BROOK

���� MILBRODALE RD, BROKE

���� MILBRODALE RD, BROKE

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

RODD ST, BROKE

T 02 6579 1386 E info@whispering-brook.com whispering-brook.com

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

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

“Whispering Brook is one of the best cellar doors in the area, with sweeping vistas and a stellar wine list,” wrote CNN Travel’s Thomas Woodgate. See for yourself and experience a tutored tour through the winery, vineyards and olive groves followed by a wine tasting. Sat 11am–5pm, Sun 10.30am–4.30pm

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

ASCELLA PURE WINE

WYNDHAM ESTATE

��� THOMPSONS RD, MILBRODALE

��� DALWOOD RD, DALWOOD

Ascella Pure Wine is one of the largest and most highly awarded certified organic vineyards in the Hunter Valley. Located in the Broke Fordwich boutique wine region, Ascella offers a personal wine, organic cheese and olive pairing and tasting at the cellar door by appointment. Daily, by appointment

Winner of two National Tourism Awards, Wyndham Estate is the perfect relaxation destination. Stroll through picturesque vineyards, picnic on the banks of the Hunter River, explore the Dalwood Heritage Trail, or enjoy award-winning wines in the warm ambience of the century-old winery. Daily 9.30am–4.30pm (closed Xmas Day, Good Friday & ticketed events)

T 02 6574 5274 E info@ascellawine.com ascellawines.com.au

T 02 4938 3444 E wecellardoor@pernod-ricard.com wyndhamestate.com

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ADINA VINEYARD � OLIVE  GROVE ��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

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ANDEVINE WINES

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

��� WILDERNESS RD, LOVEDALE

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

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

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

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

CAPERCAILLIE WINE

EMMA’S COTTAGE VINEYARD

TELLACE WINES

� LONDONS RD, LOVEDALE

��� WILDERNESS RD, LOVEDALE

� � TUCKERS LN, NORTH ROTHBURY 

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

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

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

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

T 02 4938 7173 E info@tellace.com.au tellacewines.com.au/

ERNEST HILL WINES

AUDREY WILKINSON VINEYARD

BALLABOURNEEN WINE CO

��� WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

� � DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BIMBADGEN

BLUEBERRY HILL VINEYARD

BROKENWOOD WINES

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

���–��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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 7559 E sales@brokenwood.com.au brokenwood.com.au

CALAIS ESTATE WINES

COCKFIGHTER’S GHOST WINES

CONSTABLE ESTATE

� � PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

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

CNR MCDONALDS � DEBEYERS RDS, POKOLBIN

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

�� GILLARDS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

DAVID HOOK WINES

DE BORTOLI WINES

CNR EKERTS � BROKE RDS, POKOLBIN

�� WINE COUNTRY DR, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

DE IULIIS WINES ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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DRAYTON'S FAMILY WINES

FIRST CREEK WINES

GEMELLI ESTATE

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

��� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

GLANDORE ESTATE WINES

GUNDOG HUNTER CELLAR  � GOURMET PANTRY

��� O'CONNORS RD, POKOLBIN

OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

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

� � BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

��� 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

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

HANGING TREE WINES T 02 4998 6608 E info@hangingtreewines.com.au hangingtreewines.com.au The Hanging Tree cellar door is located in the heart of Pokolbin. It is one of the most picturesque properties in the Valley with rose gardens, a duck pond and an antique-filled cellar door, all teeming with character. Pop in and taste the award-winning wines. Fri–Sun 10am–5pm

EXPLORE THE VALLEY WITH OUR

HARKHAM WINES ��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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)

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HUNGERFORD HILL WINES

KELMAN VINEYARD

�� � BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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 on site. The sales room is staffed by friendly, knowledgeable people offering a range of dry and sweeter style Hunter Valley wines. Daily 9am–5pm

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

KEVIN SOBELS WINES HALLS RD, POKOLBIN

LAMBLOCH ESTATE

LEOGATE ESTATE WINES

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

LINDEMAN’S T 02 4993 3700 E cellardoor@lindemans.com.au lindemans.com.au

LITTLES WINES

MARSH ESTATE

MCGUIGAN WINES

��� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

‘Home Grown Wines’ is the Littles Wines motto as all fruit is sourced from the family-owned vineyards. Pop in for a tasting of the range (the Marsanne rated 91 points in James Halliday’s 2014 Australian Wine Companion), a glass of wine or a cup of illy coffee and absorb the views. Fri–Sun 10am–4.30pm

Marsh Estate was planted more than 40 years ago on the 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

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

T 02 4998 7626 E sales@littleswines.com.au littleswines.com.au

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

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

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MCLEISH ESTATE

MEEREA PARK

MISTLETOE WINERY

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

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

��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7754 E info@mcleishhunterwines.com.au mcleishhunterwines.com.au Over 29 vintages this James Halliday 5-star winery has established itself as one of the region’s most awarded premium boutique wineries, including winning the Best Semillon Trophy at the 2013 London International Wine Challenge. It’s an essential stop for anyone who enjoys exceptional wines. Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm

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

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

MISTY GLEN WINES � COTTAGE

MOOREBANK VINEYARD ESTATE

MOUNT PLEASANT ESTATE

��� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN

� � PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN 

��� MARROWBONE RD, POKOLBIN

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

Moorebank offers an extensive selection of sustainably grown, ultra-premium wines as well as a collection of ginseng-infused wines. There’s also a wide range of handmade, wine-inspired condiments and sauces, including its famous Spicy Grape Sauce and handmade Lemonade Syrup, which are all available for tasting. Daily 10am–5pm

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

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

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

OAKVALE WINES

PEPPER TREE WINES

� �� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

�� HALLS RD, POKOLBIN

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

Pepper Tree was established in 1991 and hand-crafts wines of purity, elegance and distinction. It continues to receive national and international recognition for its wines, which you can taste at the picturesque cellar door and also relax with an award-winning coffee roasted on site at Contango Expresso Roasters. Daily 9am–5pm

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

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

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

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PETER DRAYTON WINES

PETERSON HOUSE

POKOLBIN ESTATE VINEYARD

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

CNR BROKE RD � WINE COUNTRY DR, POKOLBIN

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

T 02 4998 7524 E pokolbinestate@hunterlink.net.au pokolbinestate.com.au Arguably one of the most successful small producers of wine in Australia. Enjoy tastings and sales of multi-award-winning vintage wines, savour new varieties from the Mediterranean with Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Nebbiolo grown here in the Hunter Valley, and taste olives, oils and local gourmet produce at the Olive Centre. Daily 9am–5pm

RIDGEVIEW WINES

ROBYN DRAYTON WINES

ROTHVALE WINERY

��� SWEETWATER RD, POKOLBIN

CNR MCDONALDS � POKOLBIN MOUNTAINS RDS, POKOLBIN 

��� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN 

T 02 6574 7332 E wines@ridgeview.com.au ridgeview.com.au Boutique family-owned winery showcasing award-winning wines in Riedel glasses. Renowned Generations and Impressions ranges, and an eclectic mix of lesser-known varietals. Private tasting room available for small groups (bookings essential). Onsite restaurant specialising in food-wine pairing and cottage accommodation. Wed–Sun 10am–5pm

T 02 4998 7523 E cellardoor@robyndraytonwines.com.au robyndraytonwines.com.au Share Robyn Drayton’s piece of paradise among the grapevines. Relax on the wide, covered verandah and sample her famed White Port with fresh lime and other award-winning wines with a cheese platter, light lunch or Devonshire tea. Museum, gift shop and tea house with tea rituals and tastings. Daily 10am–5pm

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

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

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

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

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SMALL WINEMAKERS CENTRE

TEMPUS TWO CELLAR DOOR

THOMAS ALLEN WINES

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN 

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

CNR BROKE � MCDONALDS RDS, POKOLBIN 

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

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

THOMAS WINES

TINKLERS

TINTILLA ESTATE WINES � OLIVES

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

� POKOLBIN MOUNTAINS RD, POKOLBIN 

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

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

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

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

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

�� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN 

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

TRAVERTINE WINES

TULLOCH WINES

TYRRELL’S WINES

�� OLD NORTH RD, POKOLBIN 

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN 

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WAVERLEY ESTATE AGED WINES

��� GILLARDS RD, POKOLBIN

��� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN 

WOMBAT CROSSING VINEYARD �� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN 

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

T 02 4998 6750 E cellarmaster@waverleyestate.com.au waverleyestate.com.au

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

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

Waverley Estate Aged Wines is a boutique winery specialising in low-volume, high-quality aged wines. The estate-grown wines have won numerous awards, which you can savour in the atmospheric cellar door and take in the stunning views from the back verandah. Daily 10am–5pm

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

MAC UARIEDALE ORGANIC  WINES

ST CLEMENTS ESTATE

��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN 

��� SWEETWATER RD, ROTHBURY

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

��� TALGA RD, ROTHBURY

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

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

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

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

BRIAR RIDGE VINEYARD

MILLBROOK ESTATE WINERY  � DISTILLERY

MOUNT VIEW ESTATE

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

�� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW

T 02 4990 3670 E cellardoor@briarridge.com.au briarridge.com.au This James Halliday red 5-star winery is a leading producer of iconic Hunter Valley wines, consistently winning awards. The charming cellar door offers wine tasting and sales under the watchful eye of winemaker Gwyn Olsen and the onsite function centre is ideal for special occasions. Daily 10am–5pm

���� MOUNT VIEW RD, MILLFIELD

T 02 4998 1155 E info@millbrookestate.com.au millbrookestate.com.au Millbrook Estate is a small winery and distillery in a hillside vineyard setting, established in 1996. Sample a full range of red and white table wines, including sparkling and fortified wines, as well as chilli wine, brandy and natural fruit liqueurs. Daily 10am–5pm

�� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW 

T 02 4990 3307 E sales@mtviewestate.com.au mtviewestate.com.au Over the last 40 years Mount View Estate has produced some of the Hunter Valley’s most awarded wines. The red 5-star James Halliday winery owns two of the oldest vineyards in the picturesque Mount View region, and all wines are 100% estate-grown and estate-made. Daily 10am–5pm (closed Good Friday, Xmas, Boxing & New Year’s Day)

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��� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOLLYDENE ESTATE ���� GOLDEN HWY, JERRYS PLAINS

STONEHURST WINES

WOLLOMBI VILLAGE VINEYARD

���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

���� PAYNES CROSSING RD, WOLLOMBI

T 02 6576 4110 E info@hollydeneestate.com hollydeneestate.com

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

T 0419 997 434 E wollombivino@hotkey.net.au wollombivillagevineyard.com.au

Take in the views while sampling premium wines including Methode Traditionelle sparklings, liqueurs and Hunter Valley favourites, along with Gewurtztraminer, Tempranillo and Sangiovese produced from three of the oldest vineyards in the Upper Hunter. Enjoy the wines with mouthwatering food at the onsite Vines Restaurant. Daily 10am–4pm

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

This boutique cellar door is in the heart of Wollombi, among grapevines. Sit on the verandah or indoors and try genuine traditional Italian liqueurs including Limoncielo, Amaroe, Chocolatte and Passione. Some of the wines have James Halliday 4-star ratings. Light refreshments, including antipasto platters available. Tue–Fri 11am–3pm, Sat 8am–6pm, Sun 8am–4pm

SOME OF OUR VINES ARE OLDER THAN THE ONES IN FRANCE. LUCK Y YOU. WOLLOMBI WINES WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI 

T 02 4998 3427 E orders@wollombiwines.com.au wollombiwines.com.au Wollombi Wines boasts a scenic setting on the banks of Wollombi Brook, just 1km from the historic village of Wollombi. Savour winemaker Nick Paterson’s superb wines and enjoy a picnic and BBQ facilities under shady pergolas. Groups, kids and pets all welcome. Daily 10am–5pm

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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Atmosphere for Discovery «««««

JAMES HALLIDAY 5 STAR WINERY

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

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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

Majors Lane Restaurant

64 Majors Ln, Lovedale

02 4930 7832

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RedSalt Restaurant

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

02 4991 0944

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319 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale

1300 958 850

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

02 4938 1744

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@ Tatler Wines, 477 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 9139

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@ Gartelmann Wines, 701 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 9007

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

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NULKABA, POKOLBIN � ROTHBURY Amanda’s on the Edge

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

02 4998 7900

Australian Regional Food Store & Cafe

@ Small Winemakers Centre, 426 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6800

Bistro Vinden

@ Vinden Estate, 138 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7410

Bodega Restaurant & Bar

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

02 4993 1555

Cafe 1843 at Lindeman’s

@ Lindeman’s Wines, 119 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 3700

Cafe Enzo

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

02 4998 7233

7 DAYS

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Chez Pok

@ Peppers Guest House, 57 Ekerts Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 8999

7 DAYS

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Elizabeth’s

@ Mount Pleasant Wines, 401 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7505

7 DAYS

7 DAYS

Esca Bimbadgen

@ Bimbadgen, 790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4666

7 DAYS

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Harrigan’s Irish Pub

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4300

7 DAYS

7 DAYS

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Hunter Valley Steakhouse

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

02 4998 2000

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7 DAYS

Il Cacciatore Restaurant

@ Hermitage Lodge, 609 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7639

7 DAYS

Infuzion Restaurant

336 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7680

7 DAYS

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IronBark Hill Cafe

@ Peter Drayton Wines, 694 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7085

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Muse Kitchen

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

02 4998 7899

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Muse Restaurant

@ Hungerford Hill Wines, Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6777

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Oishii

@ Tempus Two 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

RidgeView Restaurant & Cafe

@ RidgeView Wines, 273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7332

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The Brokenback Bar

02 4998 7288

7 DAYS

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The Cellar Restaurant

Hunter Valley Gardens Village, Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7584

The Mill Restaurant

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

02 4998 7288

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The Legends Grill

@ The Vintage Golf Club, Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2213

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The Verandah Restaurant

@ Calais Estate, 151 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7231

Twine Restaurant

@ Wynwood Estate, 310 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7449

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen

@ De luliis Wines, 1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6699

Villa du Pays

@ Leogate Estate Wines, 1693 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7499

3483 Golden Hwy, Jerrys Plains

02 6576 4007

Al-Oi Thai Restaurant

17 Vincent St, Cessnock

Indian@Hunter Restaurant

13 Vincent St, Cessnock

Ink Cafe & Takeaway

109 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 4371

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

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San Martino Italian Bites, Pizza & Pasta

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Cnr McDonalds & Pokolbin Mountain Rd, Pokolbin

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

3 x Gas BBQs 1 x Gas BBQ

Hermitage Road Cellars & Winery

2 x Gas BBQs

Kevin Sobels Wines

1 x Gas BBQ

McLeish Estate

4 x Gas BBQs

Pepper Tree Wines

Picnic Area

Petersons Wines

1 x Gas BBQ

Robyn Drayton Wines

Picnic Area

Stonehurst Wines

Picnic Area

Tellace Wines

2 x Gas BBQs

Tyrrell’s Wines

3 x Electric BBQs

Wollombi Wines

2 x Gas BBQs

Wyndham Estate

2 x Gas BBQs

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

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RESTAURANTS � CAFES BROKE • MOUNT VIEW • LOVEDALE

MARGAN WINERY � RESTAURANT

BISTRO MOLINES

���� MILBRODALE RD, BROKE

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

EMERSON’S CAFE � RESTAURANT ADINA VINEYARD, ��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOVEDALE SMOKEHOUSE CAFE

MAJORS LANE RESTAURANT

REDSALT RESTAURANT

�� MAJORS LN, LOVEDALE

�� MAJORS LN, LOVEDALE

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

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 12–3pm

Majors Lane Restaurant takes the term ‘regional cuisine’ to a new level with a menu that showcases seasonal, local produce. Dine in the covered al fresco area with splashing fountains and vineyard views, or indoors surrounded by local artwork. Available for weddings and functions. Breakfast Sun 9–11am, dinner daily from 6pm

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

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

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

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

FOOD FANATIC OR EDUCATED PALATE? SABOR IN THE HUNTER  DESSERT BAR

TATLER TAPAS CAFE

��� WILDERNESS RD, LOVEDALE

@ TATLER WINES, ��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

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

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

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

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RESTAURANTS � CAFES LOVEDALE • NORTH ROTHBURY • NULKABA • POKOLBIN

THE DECK CAFE LOVEDALE

THE LOVEDALE

SHAKEY TABLES

@ GARTELMANN WINES, ��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

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

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

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

OLD BRICKWORKS BRASSERIE 

AMANDA’S ON THE EDGE

POTTERS HOTEL BREWERY RESORT, WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BISTRO VINDEN

BODEGA RESTAURANT � BAR

CAFE ���� AT LINDEMAN’S

@ VINDEN ESTATE, ��� GILLARDS RD, POKOLBIN

CYPRESS LAKES RESORT, CNR MCDONALDS AND THOMPSONS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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RESTAURANTS � CAFES POKOLBIN

CAFE ENZO

CHEZ POK

ELIZABETH’S

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

@ PEPPERS GUEST HOUSE, � EKERTS RD, POKOLBIN

enzohuntervalley.com.au

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

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

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

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

ESCA BIMBADGEN

HARRIGAN’S IRISH PUB �  ACCOMMODATION

@ BIMBADGEN, ��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

IL CACCIATORE RESTAURANT

T 02 4998 7505 E elizabeths@mcwilliamswines.com.au mcwilliamswines.com.au Elizabeth’s offers modern Australian cuisine using the best seasonal produce, expertly matched with Mount Pleasant wines in a relaxed indoor and courtyard setting. The estate boasts some of the world's oldest Shiraz vines. A great location for weddings, functions and private dinners. Daily 8.30am–3pm

HUNTER VALLEY STEAKHOUSE

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

At Harrigan’s you can share a traditional beef and Guinness pie with the kids, have a pint of Kilkenny in the beer garden, enjoy live entertainment each weekend or even ‘try the luck of the Irish’ in the Sports Bar. Sláinte! Daily, breakfast 7–10.30am, lunch 12–3pm, dinner 6–9pm

Located at the Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens and open daily for dinner and lunch on weekends. The restaurant offers affordable dining in an atmosphere of relaxed country style. Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens also offers an all-day dining option. Lunch Sat–Sun 12–2.30pm, dinner daily 5.30pm–late

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

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

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

INFUZION RESTAURANT

IRONBARK HILL CAFE

��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

PETER DRAYTON WINES, ��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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RESTAURANTS � CAFES POKOLBIN

MUSE KITCHEN

MUSE RESTAURANT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RESTAURANT BOTANICA

RESTAURANT CUV E

RIDGEVIEW RESTAURANT � CAFE

SPICERS VINEYARDS ESTATE,  POKOLBIN T 02 6574 7229

E reception.vineyards@spicersgroup.com.au spicersgroup.com.au/restaurant/restaurant-botanica

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

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

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

HERMITAGE RD,

ROBERTS CIRCA ����

ROBYN DRAYTON WINES

�� HALLS RD, POKOLBIN

CNR MCDONALDS � POKOLBIN MOUNTAINS RDS, POKOLBIN T 02 4998 7523

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

E cellardoor@robyndraytonwines.com.au robyndraytonwines.com.au

Share Robyn Drayton’s piece of paradise among the grapevines. Indulge in a Devonshire tea, light meal or cheese platter with a glass of wine or beer while overlooking the vineyard and its mountain backdrop. There’s also a museum, gift shop and tea house, which has tea rituals and tastings. Daily 10am–4pm

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

SAN MARTINO ITALIAN BITES,  PIZZA � PASTA HUNTER VALLEY RESORT, CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7777 E sanmartino@hunterresort.com.au hunterresort.com.au An authentic Italian restaurant that makes all its own pasta, in the traditional Italian way. Also on site is the Bluetongue Brewery Cafe, Wine Theatre, Candymaking Class and Wine & Cooking School. Dine in or takeaway. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily 7.30am–late

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RESTAURANTS � CAFES POKOLBIN • ROTHBURY • UPPER HUNTER •

THE BROKENBACK BAR

THE CELLAR RESTAURANT

THE MILL RESTARURANT

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

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

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

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

the-cellar-restaurant.com.au

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

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

THE VERANDAH RESTAURANT

TWINE RESTAURANT

@ CALAIS ESTATE, � � PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

WYNWOOD ESTATE, ��� OAKEY CREEK RD, 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

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

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

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

T 02 4998 7449 E bookings@twinerestaurant.com.au twinerestaurant.com.au

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VINES AT HOLLYDENE ���� GOLDEN HWY, ERRYS PLAINS

T 02 6576 4007 E info@vinesathollydene.com.au vinesathollydene.com Modern yet rustic Australian cuisine, the perfect coffee and award-winning Hollydene wines. Chef Pepa sources fresh, local produce for delicious seasonal dishes you can enjoy indoors or al fresco. Vines is family friendly and caters for functions and weddings. Breakfast Sat–Sun 8am–11am, lunch daily 10am–3pm, dinner Fri–Sat 6pm–late (bookings essential)

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RESTAURANTS � CAFES CESSNOCK

INK CAFE � TAKEAWAY

AL-OI THAI RESTAURANT

INDIAN HUNTER RESTAURANT

�� VINCENT ST, CESSNOCK

�� VINCENT ST, CESSNOCK

��� VINCENT ST, CESSNOCK

Traditionally Thai meals are always shared and Al-Oi Thai provides the perfect venue for sharing, whether it’s a romantic dinner or a celebration with family and friends. Al-Oi Thai is a family-run restaurant that uses only the best produce. Deliveries available. Lunch daily 11am–3pm, dinner daily 5–10pm

Who says Indian food has to be hot? Indian@Hunter creates Indian fusion cuisine for every palate with an extensive à la carte menu, special banquets for groups, and options for diners requiring gluten-free and nut-free dishes. New experienced management took over in 2013. Lunch Thu–Sat 11.30am–2pm, dinner daily 5–10pm

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

T 02 4990 8666 www.al-oithai.com

T 02 4991 1773 E indianathunter@yahoo.com indianathunter.com.au

T 02 4990 4371

NATURAL BEAUTY SPOTS For breathtaking views across the Hunter Valley, head up to Mount Bright Lookout (Map 1 P7), Bimbadeen Lookout (Map 1 P7) or Pokolbin Mountains Road Lookout (Map 1 O3). Then make the most of the surrounding countryside and explore one of the nearby national parks. Werakata National Park: Surrounding the Cessnock area, the park has a rich history of Aboriginal occupation and conserves a diversity of plants and animals. Watagans National Park: Less than one hour’s drive from Cessnock, bushwalk on marked trails or explore the forest roads by mountain bike, 4WD vehicle or horseback.

Yengo National Park: Stretching 70km from Wisemans Ferry to the Hunter Valley, this wild area of steep gorges and rocky ridges is of cultural significance to local Aboriginal communities. Wollemi National Park: Encompasses the largest wilderness area in NSW, with rich biodiversity and spectacular scenery. Chichester State Forest: Featuring the southern foothills of the Barrington Tops,

there are day-use areas, lookouts and walking trails. Pokolbin State Forest: This 13,000hectare forest is popular for 4WD driving, bushwalking, camping and off-road motorcycling. Mount Royal National Park: 50km north of Singleton, the park’s areas of rainforest are home to wallabies, koalas, platypus and more!

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A little birdie told me ...

Open Daily: Mon-Thu: 9am - 4pm Fri: 9am - 4.30pm. 6pm - Late. Sat: 8.30am - 4.30pm. 6pm - Late. Sun: 8am - 4pm Phone: 02 4998 7233

.... it ’s magic!

Sip on a Campos coffee at Enzo while feasting on seasonal menus using homemade and locally grown produce. Located in Peppers Creek Village since 1996, and famously known for its sandstone surrounds, relaxed alfresco dining and Victorian fireplace. Join us for breakfast and lunch, 7 days.

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

Winner of Savour Restaurant and Catering for Café Restaurant of the Year 2013. For Enzo Weddings at IronBark Hill and private functions please see our website enzohuntervalley.com.au

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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 •

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HUNTER VALLEY SMELLY CHEESE SHOPS

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Home Grown Passion For Ian Scarborough, his passion for making great wine started over 30 years ago when he and wife Merralea planted the first vines at the Scarborough family vineyard overlooking the Hunter Valley. It’s a passion that saw Ian & Merralea personally delivering cases of wine to kitchens all over Sydney three times a week. Over shared meals with some of Sydney’s best-known

a ubiquitous style of Hunter Valley

Chardonnay, the Yellow Label Chardonnay. Today you can taste Scarborough wines in two unique locations in the gorgeous Hunter Valley. When you drink Scarborough wine, you get more than a great a wine, you become part of the family. Our Home. Your Wine.

chefs, relationships were forged, talking of his passion for producing

Scarborough Wine Co 179 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin

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Gourmet. ADDRESS

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Bluetongue Brewery Cafe

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

02 4998 7777

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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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Australian Regional Foodstore & Cafe

@ Small Winemakers Centre, 426 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6800

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Binnorie Dairy

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

02 4998 6660

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Gundog Hunter Cellar & Gourmet Pantry

101 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6873

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Hunter Valley Cheese Factory

@ McGuigans Complex, 447 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7744

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Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop

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

02 4998 6713

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Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop

@ Pokolbin Village, 3/2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6960

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Lovedale Smokehouse

64 Majors Ln, Lovedale

02 4930 7832

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Pukara Estate

@ Ballabourneen Wine Co., 2347 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

0408 144 149

Pukara Estate

1440 Denman Rd, Muswellbrook

02 6547 1055

Tempus Two

Cnr Broke & McDonalds Rds, Pokolbin

02 4998 4000

Tinklers Produce

53 Pokolbin Mountains Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7435

Tintilla Estate Wines & Olives

725 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7093

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen

@ De Iuliis Wines, 1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6699

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BLUETONGUE BREWERY CAFE

HUNTER BEER CO

HUNTER DISTILLERY

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

POTTERS HOTEL BREWERY RESORT, WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

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BINNORIE DAIRY TUSCANY WINE ESTATE, CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

huntervalleycheese.com.au huntervalleycheese.com.au

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

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

Watch the cheesemakers through viewing windows, sample handmade cheese made 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

HUNTER VALLEY SMELLY  CHEESE SHOP

LOVEDALE SMOKEHOUSE

PUKARA ESTATE

�� MA ORS LN, LOVEDALE

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

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

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

Providores of the finest local and imported cheeses and gourmet foods, including its own produce 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. Mon–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat–Sun 9am–5pm

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

TEMPUS TWO

TINKLERS PRODUCE

T 02 4998 6713 E info@smellycheese.net.au smellycheese.net.au

CNR BROKE � MCDONALDS RDS, POKOLBIN

� POKOLBIN MOUNTAINS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 4000 tempustwo.com.au

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

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

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

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

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

TINTILLA ESTATE WINES  � OLIVES ��  HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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Lovedale WIN E • D IN E • STAY • PL AY

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Tours. All Around the Vines

0459 145 065

All Hunter Wine Tours

0400 427 050

Almighty Transport & Transfers

0401 827 568

Aussie Wine Tours

0402 909 090

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0437 149 612

Cheers Bus

0408 987 057

Country Trails Private Tours

0430 543 465

diVine tours

0414 858 671

Fine Wine Tours

0421 855 355

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02 4930 6058

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0431 810 548

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1A Aberdare Rd, Cessnock

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02 4991 2500

Hunter Valley Boutique Wine Tours

0419 419 931

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02 4996 4059

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02 4991 3655

Hunter Valley Horses

@ Hunter Valley Resort, 917 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

0431 337 367

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Hunter Valley Private Tours by Wendt on Tours

02 4998 6757

Hunter Valley Vine Link

02 4930 7689

Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tours

02 9357 5511

Hunter Vineyard Tours

02 4991 1659

02 4985 9880

Hunter Wine Helicopters

Cessnock Airport Terminal, Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin

James’ Vineyard Tours

0437 151 500

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0419 851 010

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02 4930 5193

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02 6571 1600

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0408 649 696

Slattery Helicopters

Cessnock Airport Terminal, Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin

TexTours

0410 462 540

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Tours

0414 316 859

Vineyard Shuttle Service

02 4991 3655

Wine Country Limousines

02 4990 2852

Wine Country Tours

02 9484 0477

Wine Rover

02 4990 1699

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TOURS

A GRAPE X PECTATIONS TOUR

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

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

ALMIGHTY TRANSPORT �  TRANSFERS  

M 0401 827 568 E almightytransport@gmail.com amtt.net.au Half- and full-day winery tours specialising in the Lovedale wineries, as well as general wine tours and private tastings. Also conducts airport transfers, concert transfers, wedding guest transfers and general charter. Private wine tours also available from $600. Daily

CHEERS BUS

M 0408 987 057 E book@cheersbus.com cheersbus.com.au Cheers Bus offers personalised and professional full-day wine tours in an air-conditioned minibus seven days a week. Specialising in boutique winery tours for the young and young at heart, Cheers caters for both small and large groups, as well as airport and conference transfers. Daily

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

AUSSIE WINE TOURS

ALL HUNTER WINE TOURS

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

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

BEST TOUR

M 0402 909 090 E tours@aussiewinetours.com.au aussiewinetours.com.au

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

As featured in Australia’s Best Wine Tours. Aussie Wine Tours offers private, customised tours for a maximum of four people. Choose an itinerary yourself or leave it to your expert guide who’ll discuss the options available to perfectly match your palate. Daily

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

COUNTRY TRAILS PRIVATE  TOURS

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

DIVINE TOURS

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

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TOURS

FINE WINE TOURS

GRACE COACHES

HALL’S PRIVATE TRANSFERS

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

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

M 0431 810 548 E pwjkhall@hotmail.com

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

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

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

HERTZ RENT A CAR

HUNTER VALLEY BOUTI UE  WINE TOURS

HUNTER VALLEY CADILLACS

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

M 0419 419 931 E tours@huntervalleytours.com.au huntervalleytours.com.au

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

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

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

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 CLASSIC  CARRIAGES

HUNTER VALLEY HORSES

HUNTER VALLEY PRIVATE TOURS  BY WENDT ON TOURS

�A ABERDARE RD, CESSNOCK

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 RESORT, ��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN 

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

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

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

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HUNTER VALLEY VINE LINK

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

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

HUNTER WINE HELICOPTERS CESSNOCK AIRPORT TERMINAL, WINE COUNTRY DR, POKOLBIN T 02 4985 9880

E enquiries@hunterwinehelicopters.com.au hunterwinehelicopters.com.au

Hunter Wine Helicopters is a locally owned and operated company, located at Cessnock Airport in the heart of Wine Country. It provides breakfast, lunch and winery tours as well as charter anywhere within NSW. Hunter Wine Helicopters offers an unforgettable experience for any occasion. Daily 7am–5.30pm

SIGNATURE LIMOUSINES

HUNTER VALLEY WINE  TASTING TOURS

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

AMES’ VINEYARD TOURS

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)

PRIVATE TOURS

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

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

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

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

SILVER SERVICE LIMOUSINES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TEXTOURS

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

WINE COUNTRY LIMOUSINES

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.com. Offering full- and half-day snapshot tours, or tailor a tour to suit your needs. Small groups only (2–10 guests). Daily (closed Good Friday, Xmas, Boxing & New Year’s Day)

WINE COUNTRY TOURS

VINEYARD SHUTTLE SERVICE

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

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

WINE ROVER

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOW AN EXQUISITE V I N E YA R D L U N C H L E D TO A F R E S H TA S T E FOR SUCCESS IN THE OFFICE.

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keeping it simple Hunter Valley Horse Riding & Adventures Taste @ The Small Winemakers Centre & Hunter Resort T 0418 456 853 E sales@thomaswines.com.au W thomaswines.com.au

Stay and Play at Hill Top Spectacular Valley Views | Incredible Native Wildlife Gorgeous Guest House & Villa Accommodation Go Horse Riding Over 300 Magnificent Acres Pony Rides | Dressage Displays | Devon Cattle Suffolk/Percherons | Nordic Hiking Winery Tours | Massages | Picnics 288 Talga Road, Rothbury, NSW 2320 P: 02 4930 7111 E: stay@hilltopguesthouse.com.au W: www.hilltopguesthouse.com.au

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Experiences. ADDRESS

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ACTIVITIES Aqua Golf & Putt Putt

Hunter Valley Gardens Village, Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7896

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Balloon Aloft

Meeting @ Peterson House, Broke Rd, Cessnock

1300 723 279

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1800 818 191

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7054 Putty Rd, Howes Valley

02 6579 4593

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Balloon Safaris Chapman Valley Horse Riding Cloud 9 Balloon Flights

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

1300 555 711

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East Coast Corporate & Group Xperiences

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

1300 465 636

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Grapemobile Bicycle Hire

307 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7660

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Hunter Valley Candymaking School

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

02 4998 7777

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Hunter Valley Cooking School

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

02 4998 7777

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Hunter Valley Cycling

266 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6633

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Hunter Valley Horse Riding & Adventures

288 Talga Rd, Rothbury

02 4930 7111

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Hunter Valley Wine School

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

02 4998 7777

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Hunter Wine Theatre

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

02 4998 7777

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Majors Lane Cooking School

64 Majors Ln, Lovedale

02 4930 7832

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Wine Country Ballooning

Meeting @ Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin

02 4991 7533

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Wine Country Warbirds

Cessnock Airport, Cessnock

02 4991 3331

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Australian Woodwork Hunter Valley Gallery

Cnr Wine Country Dr & Fleming St, Nulkaba

02 4990 4994

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Butterflies Gallery

@ De Iuliis Wines, 1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7724

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Ogishi Craft Centre

540 Wilderness Rd, Rothbury

02 4998 7979

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Pokolbin Gallery & Mistletoe Sculpture Garden

771 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

1800 055 080

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Wilderness Art Studio

247 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale

0417 009 912

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Hunter Valley Gardens

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4000

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Lovedale Brewery

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

02 4991 0900

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Wollombi Tavern

2994 Great North Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3261

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ARTS � CRAFTS

ATTRACTIONS

GOLF Cypress Lakes Golf Club & Country Club

15 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 1555

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Hunter Valley Golf

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

02 4991 0977

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Stonebridge Golf Club

Mount View Rd, Cessnock

02 4990 1633

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The Vintage Golf Club

Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2208

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Australian Alpaca Barn

1946 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6669

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Come What May

@ Calais Estate Wines, 151 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

0400 747 072

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Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4000

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Pokolbin Village

2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7670

Sacred Tree Markets

Cnr Station St & New England Hwy, Branxton

Wine Glass Gallery

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

02 4998 6888

Château Élan Spa

Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2500

Golden Door Spa Elysia

165 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 8500

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Spa Anise

@ Spicers Vineyards Estate, 555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7229

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Tea Tree Spa

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

02 4991 0959

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Thai Nature Massage

40 Cumberland St, Cessnock

02 4991 3331

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SHOPPING

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A UA GOLF � PUTT PUTT HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS VILLAGE,  BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

BALLOON ALOFT MEETING   PETERSON HOUSE, BROKE RD, CESSNOCK 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 gourmet breakfast and bubbles at Peterson House. The most experienced hot-air balloon operator in Australia has been offering daily sunrise flights for more than 30 years. Awarded TripAdvisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence. Daily sunrise flights

BALLOON SAFARIS

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

CLOUD � BALLOON FLIGHTS

EAST COAST XPERIENCES

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

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

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

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

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

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

Experience the fun of riding a Segway Personal Transporter at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. The two-wheeled segways are virtually silent and a great way to explore the 150-hectare property, with its golf course, vineyard, bush trails and kangaroos. Fri, Sat & school holidays, bookings essential

GRAPEMOBILE BICYCLE HIRE

HUNTER VALLEY CANDYMAKING SCHOOL

HUNTER VALLEY  COOKING SCHOOL

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

��� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7660 E bikes@grapemobile.com.au grapemobile.com.au Grapemobile Bicycle Hire is centrally located for easy access to the most popular off-road boutique winery/ eco-trail cycling adventures in Pokolbin. Includes mountain bikes and tandems, cane baskets, backpacks, VIP pass, helmets, map, bottled water and sunscreen. Bus pick-up/return option also available from your local accommodation. Daily 10am–6pm

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

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

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

Spend an afternoon learning how to make Rocky Road, peanut brittle, marshmallows and chocolate, and matching candy with alcohol – a first for the Hunter Valley! You’ll gain a lot of information and take home some delicious candy. Daily, bookings essential

Join this hands-on class where all dishes are cooked from scratch using local organic produce. Then enjoy the three courses you’ve prepared for lunch or dinner and take home the recipes. There’s a range of menu options to choose from. Daily, bookings essential

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

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

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HUNTER VALLEY CYCLING ��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 6633 E info@huntervalleycycling.com.au huntervalleycycling.com.au Enjoy the fresh country air and get some exercise with a cycle tour of the vineyards. Hunter Valley Cycling will deliver mountain bikes and tandems to your accommodation or any location in the vineyard area. Helmets and maps included. Roadside assistance available. Daily

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

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

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HUNTER VALLEY  HORSE RIDING � ADVENTURES

��� TALGA RD, ROTHBURY T 02 4930 7111

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

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

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

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

This two-hour school is designed to enhance your education and appreciation of wine. The structured wine tutorial covers where and how wine is made, its history, grape varieties, blending, and the bouquet, taste and colour. At the conclusion you’ll receive a personalised Wine Appreciation Certificate. Daily 9am (closed Xmas Day)

MAJORS LANE COOKING SCHOOL �� MA ORS LN, LOVEDALE

WINE COUNTRY BALLOONING MEETING   MERCURE RESORT HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS, POKOLBIN

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

T 02 4991 7533 E info@winecountryballooning.com.au winecountryballooning.com.au

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

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

You’re in for an exhilarating experience when you go ballooning with the Hunter Valley’s most experienced boutique balloon company. Enjoy the fun of flying in small groups (max 10 people) with this family-owned and operated company, which provides quality service and the best value. Daily sunrise flights

WINE COUNTRY WARBIRDS

AUSTRALIAN WOODWORK  HUNTER VALLEY GALLERY

CESSNOCK AIRPORT, CESSNOCK

T 02 4001 0112 E fly@winecountrywarbirds.com.au winecountrywarbirds.com.au Join Wine Country Warbirds in one of their Russian Yak 52 military trainers for the ride of a lifetime. They’ll show you some exhilarating formation flying, low-level bombing missions, aerobatics, or simply enjoy a pleasant cruise over the vineyards. All pilots are ex-military aviators with thousands of flight hours. Daily

CNR WINE COUNTRY DR � FLEMING ST, NULKABA

T 02 4990 4994 E info@australianwoodwork.com.au australianwoodwork.com.au The Australian Woodwork Gallery was purpose-built to showcase the beauty and diversity of Australian timber, displayed in the work of the country’s best designers and makers. The range includes furniture, homewares, giftware, personal accessories and fine art woodcraft. Daily 9.30am–4.30pm

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BUTTERFLIES GALLERY DE IULIIS WINES, ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

S • ATTRACTIONS • GOLF

OGISHI CRAFT CENTRE �� WILDERNESS RD, ROTHBURY

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

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

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

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

WILDERNESS ART STUDIO

HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS

��� WILDERNESS RD, LOVEDALE

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

Paint and draw with resident artist Jacqueline Mather at the beautiful and panoramic Claremont on Wilderness Vineyard. Art in the vineyards workshops are conducted midweek, with accommodation at Claremont Cottage and wine tasting at the onsite cellar door. Celebrate your artistic journey with Jacquie now! Mon–Fri 10am–3pm, bookings essential

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)

WOLLOMBI TAVERN

CYPRESS LAKES GOLF COUNTRY CLUB

T 0417 009 912 E artinthevineyards@gmail.com

���� 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

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

� THOMPSONS RD, POKOLBIN

POKOLBIN GALLERY � MISTLETOE SCULPTURE GARDEN ��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

huntervalleygolfcc.com.au

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

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EXPERIENCES GOLF • SHOPPING

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

stonebridgegolf.com.au

THE VINTAGE GOLF CLUB VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

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

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

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

AUSTRALIAN ALPACA BARN

COME WHAT MAY

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

CALAIS ESTATE WINES, � � PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

POKOLBIN VILLAGE ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

T 02 4998 7670 E relax@pokolbinvillage.com.au pokolbinvillage.com.au

T info@sacredtreemarkets.com.au sacredtreemarkets.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

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

HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS  SHOPPING VILLAGE ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

WINE GLASS GALLERY SHOP �, HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS SHOPPING  VILLAGE, ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 6888 E wineglassgallery@bigpond.com wineglassgallery.com.au Wine Glass Gallery stocks over 3000 gifts, homewares and souvenirs, from colourful hand-blown wine glasses, quirky shot glasses, coasters and wine accessories to jewellery, handbags and scarves. Also features local artist Cheryl Cusick’s original artworks. A one-stop shop for beautiful gifts. Daily 10am–5pm

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EXPERIENCES SPAS

CH TEAU LAN SPA

�� THOMPSONS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

TEA TREE SPA

THAI NATURE MASSAGE, CESSNOCK

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

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

spicersgroup.com.au spicersgroup.com.au

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

GOLDEN DOOR SPA ELYSIA

VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

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

teatreespa.com.au

Relax your body, soothe your soul and uplift your spirits with a visit to Tea Tree Spa. Indulge in the extensive spa menu or be pampered in the Spa Sanctuary or VIP suites, perfect for couples and hens groups. Daily 9am–6.30pm

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

�� CUMBERLAND ST, CESSNOCK T 02 4991 3331

thainaturemassage.com.au

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

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Amanda’s On The Edge

Escape to Harrigan’s where you will be immersed in the authentic Irish décor and be surrounded by beautiful gardens, vineyards and mountains. Have a pint of Kilkenny in the Beer Garden or even “try the luck of the Irish” in the Sports bar. Broke Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320 Ph: 02 4998 4300 www.harrigansirishpub.com.au

Located on the beautiful Windsor’s Edge Vineyard McDonalds RD Pokolbin, Amanda’s On The Edge restaurant is open 7 nights a week and for lunch Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Dine right on the edge of a picturesque vineyard. Get cosy by the fire in winter or dine alfresco in the warmer months. Stunning views from every table through the floor to ceiling windows. Bookings essential.

Ph: 49987900 Web: www.amandas.com.au

Luxurious, private, romantic couples-only accommodation. Minutes from historic Wollombi in Hunter Valley Wine Country. 820 HERMITAGE ROAD, POKOLBIN 2320 T: 02 4998 7388 E: stay@thegrangeonhermitage.com.au W: www.thegrangeonhermitage.com.au

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

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STAY & PLAY AT

Nirvana Vista Resort Lot 3, Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin, 2325 T: 0409 461 711 E: mail@nirvanavista.com.au W: www.nirvanavista.com.au

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

CYPRESS LAKES RESORT BY OAKS HOTELS & RESORTS

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

1300 886 091

Experience Nirvana Vista Resort, a luxury 7 bedroom, self contained residence on 54 acres, with panoramic views of the Hunter Valley Wine Country. Up to 20 guests may be accommodated, with spacious living areas, 2 indoor spa baths, an outdoor hot-tub and swimming pool, and well equipped kitchen. Nirvana Vista is also a stunning wedding venue, with a marquee for up to 120 guests, and a huge wedding pergola looking out to the Sweetwater Valley and Brokenback Mountains.

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RESORTS/HOTELS Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard

@ Diamond Estate, 112 Halls Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7591

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Cháteau Élan at The Vintage

Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2500

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Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

430 Wine Country Dr, Lovedale

02 4991 0900

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Cnr McDonalds & Thompsons Rds, Pokolbin

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Grand Mercure The Vintage

Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2222

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Harrigan’s Irish Pub & Accommodation

Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4300

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Hermitage Lodge

609 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7639

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Hunter Country Lodge

1476 Wine Country Dr, North Rothbury

02 4938 1744

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Hunter Valley Resort

Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7777

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Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 2000

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Peppers Convent Hunter Valley

Halls Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4999

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Peppers Guest House

57 Ekerts Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 8999

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Pokolbin Village

2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7670

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Potters Hotel Brewery Resort

Wine Country Dr, Nulkaba

02 4991 7922

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The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley

336 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7680

Tuscany Wine Estate Resort

Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7288

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SELF-CONTAINED Amelies on Pokolbin Mountain

338 Pokolbin Mountains Rd, Pokolbin

0413 813 399

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Araluen Mistletoe Cottages

108 Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7567

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Avoca House & Cottage Accommodation

2683 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

0404 032 303

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Belford Cabins

659 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7100

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Beltana Villas

186 Old North Rd, Pokolbin

0448 867 114

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Billabong Moon

393 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7290

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Blackwattle Luxury Retreats

169 Talga Rd, Lovedale

0449 057 728

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Bluebush Estate

196 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7177

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Bracken Ridge Villas

447 Old North Rd, Pokolbin

0401 288 840

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Broken View Estate

547 Old North Rd, Pokolbin

0400 112 341

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Buffs at Pokolbin

47 Coulson Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7636

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Burncroft Guesthouse

207 Talga Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7246

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Casa La Vina

657 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

0406 770 294

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Cedar Creek Cottages

1840 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 1576

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Cedars Mount View

60 Mitchells Rd, Mount View

02 4990 9009

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Cottages on Lovedale

636 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7938

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Cottages On Mount View

1329 Mount View Rd, Mount View

02 4990 8989

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Deja Vu Estate

280 Old North Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7178

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Englewood Ridge

65 Talga Rd, Lovedale

0417 287 345

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Ghost Riders Vineyard Lodge

535 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

0412 522 779

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1941 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6766

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Gundog Hunter’s Retreat

101 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6873

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Hunter Hideaway Cottages

234 Tuckers Ln, North Rothbury

0408 499 557

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IronBark Hill Accommodation

694 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 4964 4028

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Ironstone Estate

97 Olsen Rd, Lovedale

0416 048 424

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497 Talga Rd, Lovedale

0416 277 136

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Kinsale Cottage

551 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

0412 931 191

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356 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4990 6958

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Lovedale Lodge

197 Londons Rd, Lovedale

02 4384 3394

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Madigan Vineyard

504 Wilderness Rd, Rothbury

02 4998 7815

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Mount View Lodges

839 Mount View Rd, Mount View

0419 479 001

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Nirvana Vista Resort

Lot 3 Sweetwater Rd, Rothbury

0409 461 711

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North Lodge Cottages

198 Old North Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7259

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Old Hillside Homestead

493 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7504

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Olive Grove Cottages

576 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7080

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Possum’s Retreat

621 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4991 3166

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RidgeView Cottages

273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin

0419 475 221

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Serenity Grove

556 Milbrodale Rd, Broke

02 6579 1444

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Silverpoint Accommodation

217 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin

0405 842 818

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Somewhere Unique

Narone Creek Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3257

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Talga Vines Vineyard Escape

269 Talga Rd, Lovedale

0432 179 505

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Tatler Vineyard Accommodation

477 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 9139

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Tellace Wines Accommodation

356 Tuckers Ln, North Rothbury

02 4938 7173

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The Grange on Hermitage

820 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7388

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The Vintry

780 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6825

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The Wattle Lodge

1402 Glendon Brook Rd, Glendon Brook

02 6577 6193

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Valley View Cottage

Old North Rd, Pokolbin

0418 262 990

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Wild Edge Retreat

260 Craft Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3304

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Windsor’s Edge Vineyard

1039 McDonalds Rd, Rothbury

02 4998 7737

Wine Country Villas

136 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7630

Wirral Grange Cottage

168 Lomas Ln, Lovedale

02 4991 2874

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Woolshed Hill Estate

342 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7685

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Arcadian Retreat

3868 Great North Rd, Laguna

02 4998 8085

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Capers Guesthouse & Cottage

2859 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3211

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Hill Top Country Guest House

288 Talga Rd, Rothbury

02 4930 7111

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Spicers Vineyards Estate

555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7229

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MOTELS Australia Hotel Motel

136 Wollombi Rd, Cessnock

02 4991 4197

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13 Allandale Rd, Cessnock

02 4990 2699

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Cumberland Motor Inn

57–61 Cumberland St, Cessnock

02 4990 6633

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Hunter Valley Hotel Academy

McLeod Rd (off Heddon St), Kurri Kurri

02 4936 0341

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Windarra Lodge

266 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7648

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5 Darwin St, Cessnock

02 4993 2999

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CARRIAGES BOUTI UE 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 breakfast basket delivered each morning.

CYPRESS LAKES RESORT  BY OAKS HOTELS � RESORTS

CHÂTEAU ÉLAN AT THE VINTAGE VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

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

GRAND MERCURE THE VINTAGE VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

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

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

HARRIGAN’S IRISH PUB � ACCOMMODATION

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

CNR MCDONALDS � THOMPSONS RDS, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

Harrigan’s Irish Pub is in the heart of the Hunter Valley, surrounded by spectacular gardens and vineyards. It has 48 spacious guestrooms including six suites, some with fireplaces and a second bedroom, as well as two self-contained units. Great for couples, families or groups.

BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

HERMITAGE LODGE

HUNTER COUNTRY LODGE

HUNTER VALLEY RESORT

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

���� WINE COUNTRY DR, NORTH ROTHBURY

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

CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN T 02 4998 7777

E stay@hunterresort.com.au hunterresort.com.au

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

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

Everything you love about the Hunter Valley at one resort. Featuring four-star accommodation as well as Bluetongue Brewery, San Martino Italian Bites, Pizza & Pasta, wine and cooking schools, cellar door/winery, wine theatre, massage centre, horseriding and carriage tours, all nestled within 40-year-old vineyards.

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

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MERCURE RESORT  HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS

PEPPERS CONVENT HUNTER VALLEY

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

HALLS RD, POKOLBIN

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

POKOLBIN VILLAGE ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

T 02 4998 4999 E convent@peppers.com.au peppers.com.au/convent Recently renovated, historic Peppers Convent offers 17 beautifully decorated guestrooms with French doors opening onto wide verandahs with sweeping views. Offering 24-hour butler service, room service from Roberts Circa 1876 restaurant, complimentary afternoon tea, à la carte breakfast and rose petal turn-down option for a supremely comfortable stay.

PEPPERS GUEST HOUSE � EKERTS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4993 8999 E guesthouse@peppers.com.au peppers.com.au/guesthouse Nestled in the heart of the Valley, Peppers Guest House is one of the region’s most-loved retreats. The contemporary-style guesthouse is perfect for a relaxing weekend getaway or short break, with fine wines and gourmet dining at Chez Pok restaurant and indulgent treatments at endota spa.

POTTERS HOTEL BREWERY  RESORT

THE SEBEL KIRKTON PARK  HUNTER VALLEY

WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

��� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

CNR HERMITAGE RD � MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

AMELIES ON POKOLBIN  MOUNTAIN

ARALUEN MISTLETOE  COTTAGES

��� POKOLBIN MOUNTAINS RD, POKOLBIN

��� MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

TUSCANY WINE ESTATE RESORT T 02 4998 7288 E reservations@tuscanywineestate. com.au tuscanywineestate.com.au

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

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

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AVOCA HOUSE COTTAGE ACCOMMODATION ���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

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

BILLABONG MOON ��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 6574 7290 E info@billabongmoon.com.au billabongmoon.com.au Want your own space for a romantic escape or to share time with special friends? This 20-acre property has just five private cottages scattered throughout with each boasting wood fires, spas, A/C, BBQs and lots more. Breakfast provisions and wine included. Enjoy birdsong by the billabong.

BRACKEN RIDGE VILLAS ��� OLD NORTH RD, POKOLBIN

BELFORD CABINS

BELTANA VILLAS

� � HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

��� OLD NORTH RD, POKOLBIN

Comfortable cabins offering peace and privacy in a natural bushland setting. Four-bedroom cabin with log fire plus two-bedroom cabins, all with full kitchen, linen, A/C, CD, TV, DVD, BBQ. Enjoy the games room, pool, a nature walk, wildlife or visit the nearby restaurants and wineries.

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

T 02 6574 7100 E guide@belfordcabins.com.au belfordcabins.com.au

BLACKWATTLE LUXURY  RETREATS ��� TALGA RD, LOVEDALE

M 0449 057 728 E stay@blackwattleluxuryretreats.com. au blackwattleluxuryretreats.com.au What makes Blackwattle so special? For some, it’s the tranquil vineyard setting, stunning mountain views and privacy. For others, it’s the luxurious interiors, wood fires and contemporary design of these beautiful retreats, tailor-made for romantic couples, but also great for friends.

BROKEN VIEW ESTATE �� OLD NORTH RD, POKOLBIN

M 0401 288 840 E info@brackenridgevillas.com brackenridgevillas.com.au

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

These well-appointed, loft-style villas are set on 25 acres of expansive lawns, dams and a working vineyard with picturesque views. Enjoy a complimentary bottle of estate wine on your private verandah amid the peaceful surrounds – you’re sure to make fond memories of your home in the Hunter.

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.

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

BLUEBUSH ESTATE ��� WILDERNESS RD, LOVEDALE

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

BUFFS AT POKOLBIN �� COULSON RD, POKOLBIN

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

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BURNCROFT GUESTHOUSE ��� TALGA RD, LOVEDALE

CASA LA VINA

CEDAR CREEK COTTAGES

� � MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

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

Opened late in 2012, Casa La Vina offers three luxurious and spacious villas for an intimate couples’ escape. The Santa Fe-inspired adobe villas boast exposed log timber ceilings, gas log fireplaces, plush king-sized beds, outdoor jacuzzis, private courtyards and undercover parking. A romantic retreat that’s centrally located.

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

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

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

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

CEDARS MOUNT VIEW

COTTAGES ON LOVEDALE

COTTAGES ON MOUNT VIEW

�� MITCHELLS RD, MOUNT VIEW

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

T 02 4930 7938 E info@cottagesonlovedale.net.au cottagesonlovedale.net.au

���� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW

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

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.

Set on 25 acres in the centre of Lovedale, these three self-contained cottages offer country charm and all the mod cons. Each cottage has one king- and two queen-sized bedrooms sleeping up to eight guests, two bathrooms, log fires, A/C and BBQs. Eco-friendly, AAA ★★★★ rating.

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.

ENGLEWOOD RIDGE

GHOST RIDERS VINEYARD  LODGE

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

DE A VU ESTATE ��� OLD NORTH RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 6574 7178 E dejavuestate@me.com dejavuestate.com.au The perfect place, just for couples. New and very private luxury villas with a small vineyard set on 35 bushland acres. Facilities include spa bath, outdoor jacuzzi, separate lounge and bedroom, two open fireplaces, four-poster bed, A/C, plasma TVs & Bose sound system, gourmet kitchen and more.

� TALGA RD, LOVEDALE

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.

� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

M 0412 522 779 E stay@ghostriderslodge.com.au ghostriderslodge.com.au This luxurious five-bedroom, four-bathroom house sleeps up to 10. Situated within its own vineyard, it has stunning views and privacy, with all attractions close by. Facilities include log fire, A/C, pool table, Foxtel, BBQ and indoor/outdoor entertaining areas. AAA ★★★★ rating.

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GRAPEVINES BOUTI UE  ACCOMMODATION ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

IRONBARK HILL ACCOMMODATION PETER DRAYTON WINES, ��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN POKOLBIN

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

KINSALE COTTAGE � DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

GUNDOG HUNTER’S RETREAT

HUNTER HIDEAWAY COTTAGES

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

��� TUCKERS LN, NORTH ROTHBURY

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

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

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

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

IRONSTONE ESTATE

I VILLINI

�� OLSEN RD, LOVEDALE

��� TALGA RD, LOVEDALE

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

i villini offers affordable luxury for both special occasions and relaxing breaks with friends or family. The self-contained house has a romantic ambience with open fires, privately located ensuite bedrooms, gardens and wildlife. Just two hours’ drive from Sydney and 10 minutes from the Hunter Expressway.

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

LILLIANS ON LOVEDALE � � LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

M 0416 277 136 E relax@ivillini.com.au ivillini.com.au

LOVEDALE LODGE ��� LONDONS RD, LOVEDALE

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

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

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

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

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MADIGAN VINEYARD

MOUNT VIEW LODGES

NIRVANA VISTA RESORT

�� WILDERNESS RD, ROTHBURY

��� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW

LOT � SWEETWATER RD, ROTHBURY

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

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

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

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

OLIVE GROVE COTTAGES

NORTH LODGE COTTAGES

OLD HILLSIDE HOMESTEAD

��� OLD NORTH RD, POKOLBIN

��� MARROWBONE RD, POKOLBIN

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

T 02 6574 7080 E enquiries@olivegrovecottages.com olivegrovecottages.com

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

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

Close to fine restaurants, wineries, cafes and bars, with full facilities to self-cater. Delightful one- and two-bedroom private cottages complete with A/C, TV/DVD/CD, queen-sized bed, outdoor settings, BBQs and pool. Hearty breakfast hamper and other complimentary treats included. Winery tour and dinner packages available.

SERENITY GROVE

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

�� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

POSSUM’S RETREAT

RIDGEVIEW COTTAGES

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

��� SWEETWATER RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

Enjoy home comforts and privacy in your own self-contained, four-bedroom homestead and two-bedroom cottage. Perfect for couples or groups. Set on 25 acres of picturesque parkland, Possum’s Retreat is an idyllic place to refresh and relax, with a swimming pool, log fires and Pitch and Putt golf.

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

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

T 02 4991 3166 E relax@possumsretreat.com.au possumsretreat.com.au

� MILBRODALE RD, BROKE

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SILVERPOINT ACCOMMODATION

SOMEWHERE UNI UE

TALGA VINES VINEYARD ESCAPE

NARONE CREEK RD, WOLLOMBI

��� TALGA RD, LOVEDALE

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

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

Talga Vines Vineyard Escape is a self-contained house on 25 private acres, sleeping up to 15 guests, minutes from the Valley’s wineries, restaurants and concerts. Facilities include a timber kitchen with dishwasher, coffee machine, laundry, spa bath, log fire, A/C, gas BBQ, entertaining area and in-ground pool.

TATLER VINEYARD  ACCOMMODATION

TELLACE WINES  ACCOMMODATION

��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

��� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN

T 0405 842 818 E reservations@silverpoint.net silverpoint.net.au

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

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

� � TUCKERS LN, NORTH ROTHBURY

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

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

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

T 02 4938 7173 E info@tellace.com.au

M 0432 179 505 E info@talgaescape.com.au talgaescape.com.au

THE GRANGE ON HERMITAGE T 02 4998 7388 E stay@thegrangeonhermitage.com.au thegrangeonhermitage.com.au Quality affordable country accommodation on a 28-acre property, with a family-run vineyard. Offering guestrooms and two-bedroom cottages with complimentary breakfast hamper, ensuites, equipped kitchens, disability facilities, king- and queen-sized beds, spa, A/C, log fire and WiFi. Close to wineries, restaurants and other attractions.

THE VINTRY

THE WATTLE LODGE

VALLEY VIEW COTTAGE

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

���� GLENDON BROOK RD, GLENDON BROOK

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

OLD NORTH RD, POKOLBIN

M 0418 262 990 E stay@valleyviewcottage.com.au valleyviewcottage.com.au

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

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

If your Hunter Valley wish list includes complete solitude and outstanding views, Valley View Cottage will deliver. The four-bedroom house is located on five acres and is yours and yours alone. Facilities include a well-equipped kitchen, indoor log fire, outdoor dining areas, patios, gazebo and outdoor fireplace.

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

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ACCOMMODATION SELF-CONTAINED • GUESTHOUSES

WINDSOR’S EDGE VINEYARD

WINE COUNTRY VILLAS

��� CRAFT RD, WOLLOMBI

���� MCDONALDS RD, ROTHBURY

��� THOMPSONS RD, POKOLBIN

This ‘couples only’ retreat offers a sensory experience of absolute relaxation, privacy and peace. Distinctively Australian in understated style and luxury, each of the four private spa and pool/spa pavilions capture the natural beauty of the Australian bush, with uninterrupted views to the horizon.

Enjoy views of the vineyard and Valley from your private verandah, play tennis on the synthetic grass court, then finish the day with a free tasting in the cellar door or dinner at the popular onsite Amanda’s on the Edge restaurant.

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.

WILD EDGE RETREAT T 02 4998 3304 E wildedgeretreat@westnet.com.au wildedgeretreat.com.au

T 02 4998 7737 E stay@windsorsedge.com.au windsorsedge.com.au

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

WOOLSHED HILL ESTATE

ARCADIAN RETREAT

��� LOMAS LN, LOVEDALE

��� DEASYS RD, POKOLBIN

���� GREAT NORTH RD, LAGUNA

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

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

A luxury guesthouse with three private, selfcontained villas with open fire, ensuite with spa, DVD, TV, A/C, swimming pool, free WiFi, full country breakfast and complimentary cheese platter with sherry and beer on arrival. Fine dining on the terrace or in the dining room also available.

CAPERS GUESTHOUSE �  COTTAGE

HILL TOP COUNTRY GUEST HOUSE

SPICERS VINEYARDS ESTATE

�� � WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

��� TALGA RD, ROTHBURY

For those wishing to experience a delightful mix of luxury accommodation with full service and stunning views, Capers is a sanctuary of comfort, peace and privacy for a handful of guests. Also available is the self-contained Capers Cottage for up to eight guests.

Stay in the guesthouse and play on the 10-foot billiards table and grand piano. Enjoy large verandahs and wood fires, or 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.

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

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

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

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

T 02 4998 8085 E enquires@arcadianretreat.com.au arcadianretreat.com.au

HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN T 02 6574 7229 E reception.vineyards@spicersgroup.com.au spicersgroup.com.au

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

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ACCOMMODATION MOTELS • BED & BREAKFASTS • BACKPACKERS

AUSTRALIA HOTEL MOTEL

CESSNOCK MOTEL

CUMBERLAND MOTOR INN

��� WOLLOMBI RD, CESSNOCK 

�� ALLANDALE RD, CESSNOCK

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

T 02 4990 6633 E relax@cumberlandmotorinn.com.au cumberlandmotorinn.com.au

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

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

The Cumberland Motor Inn is a 28 room-motel located in the Cessnock CBD, close to shopping, clubs, pubs and the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. It boasts a saltwater pool and free off-street parking. Each room is spacious with an ensuite, flat-screen TV and A/C. Caters for large groups, families, couples and corporate guests.

WINDARRA LODGE

WINE COUNTRY MOTOR INN

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

HUNTER VALLEY HOTEL ACADEMY

�-�� CUMBERLAND ST CESSNOCK

MCLEOD RD  OFF HEDDON ST , KURRI KURRI

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

Located on 200 acres of bushland, just 15 minutes from the region’s best wineries, Hunter Valley Hotel Academy features king, queen or twin beds, ensuites, TV and complimentary non-alcoholic minibar, with conferencing facilities on site. Rover Coach pick-up and return for concerts available.

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

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

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

DARWIN ST, CESSNOCK

BRILEX PARK B�B

ROSEDALE B�B

HUNTER VALLEY YHA

���� LEGGETTS DR, MOUNT VINCENT

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

��� WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

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

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

Budget accommodation in the heart of Wine Country. This YHA offers a variety of shared and private rooms, and operates its own wine tours. Facilities include a swimming pool, wood-fired pizza oven, BBQs, bike hire, games room, WiFi, internet cafe and more.

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

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

T 02 4991 3278 E huntervalley@yha.com.au yha.com.au

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Business events. EXPERIENCES TO MAKE YOUR EVENT UNIQUE.

Just two hours’ drive from the Sydney CBD, the Hunter Valley is perfectly positioned to evoke the excitement of travel, making your event a true destination. Offering distance without being remote, the Hunter Valley gives the mind space to open. Combined with the relaxing sense of place created by the surrounding landscape, the Hunter Valley’s renowned excellence in accommodation, fine wines and food make for a memorable delegate experience. Our venues offer up-to-date technology for internet and wireless

connections, and remove distraction from the routine workplace dynamic by providing inspiring, positive and focused locations. There are a wide range of activities on offer for corporate groups, from team building events, grape stomping and barrel rolling games, to learning and leisure through cooking classes and wine blending tutorials. The preceding pages offer a full list of accommodation and venue options for your business event. For more information, go to hvbusinessevents.com.au

NAME

ADDRESS

Hunter Valley Events

222 High St, Maitland

02 4933 5400

PHONE

N/A

Pinnacle Team Events

Newcastle & Hunter Valley

02 4962 5034

MAP 1 J9

Thrill Team Events

Hunter Valley

02 9630 2222

MAP 1 J9

HUNTER VALLEY EVENTS

PINNACLE TEAM EVENTS

THRILL TEAM EVENTS

��� HIGH ST, MAITLAND

NEWCASTLE � HUNTER VALLEY

HUNTER VALLEY

MAP

T 02 4933 5400 E info@huntervalleyevents.com.au huntervalleyevents.com.au

T 02 4962 5034 E info@pinnacleteamevents.com.au pinnacleteamevents.com.au

T 02 9630 2222 E info@thrill.com.au thrill.com.au

Hunter Valley Events provides key services for corporate events in the Hunter region, including event management, venue sourcing, team-building activities, themed events and specialised group tours. With in-depth knowledge of the area and strong working relationships with local suppliers, it delivers unique event solutions. Mon–Fri 9am–5pm

Pinnacle Team Events offers a variety of activities and programs for companies visiting the Hunter Valley. From team-building events and conference activities, facilitated workshops, leadership seminars, DiSC profiling and conference MC’ing to corporate coaching, Pinnacle can fulfil your needs. Can operate 24 hours, 7 days a week; office Mon–Fri 8.30am–5pm

Team-building activities and events for social and corporate group conference packages. Enjoy wine activities/tasting/blending/tours and grape stomping. Experience adventures, Amazing Races, fun games, Master Chef cooking, Survivor, Treasure Hunts, corporate entertainment, CSR Bikes and Toys 4 Kids or ride Australia's 15-seat biggest BIKE! Daily

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Weddings. VENUES AND SERVICES FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY.

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

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

NAME

ADDRESS

MAP

2GoodReasons

Newcastle

02 4962 1855

110

N/A

Beveridges Menswear

88 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 1310

N/A

N/A

Fuse Gallery Hair. Skin. Body

89 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4991 4247

110

MAP 1 C3

Hunter Wedding Ceremonies

Hunter Valley

0418 637 890

110

N/A

Maree Callaghan – Hunter Marriage Celebrant

80 Caledonia St, Kearsley

02 4990 4917

111

MAP 1 Q13 MAP 1 B9

Photography on Hermitage

10 Bowen St, Branxton

02 4938 3547

111

Prestige Wedding & Event Hire

13 Ace Cres, Tuggerah

02 4353 4599

111

N/A

Red Zebra Babysitting & Childcare Services

Pokolbin

0419 411 636

111

N/A MAP 1 H7

Spark Ceremonies Hunter Valley

18 Casuarina Dr, Rothbury

0429 354 177

111

St Michael’s Wollombi

2887 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 1576

111

MAP 1 S2

St Patrick’s of Nulkaba

Cnr Wine Country Dr & Kerlew St, Nulkaba

02 4991 2555

111

MAP 1 N11

Studio Valentine Photography

4B Pinchen St, Nulkaba

02 4991 4400

112

MAP 1 N11

The Barrel Room – Peppers Creek & Tempus Two

1946 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7780

112

MAP 1 J4

Two Play Strings

27 Baikie Cres, Charlestown

0400 788 229

112

N/A

�GOODREASONS NEWCASTLE

T 02 4962 1855 E functions@eao.com.au 2goodreasons.com 2GoodReasons is a live music duo with more than 10 years’ experience entertaining wedding and corporate guests throughout the Hunter Valley and beyond. Give your guests a night to remember with a vast repertoire of music old and new, featuring brilliant vocals mixed with acoustic and electric guitar. Daily, by appointment

FUSE GALLERY HAIR. SKIN. BODY

HUNTER WEDDING CEREMONIES

�� VINCENT ST, CESSNOCK

HUNTER VALLEY

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

Love celebrated your special way. Let John Scanlon create a ceremony where your love expresses your belief in one another as you commence this journey together, strengthening your bond of love, enriching one another, and joining as one. A ceremony uniquely you. Daily 24/7

T 02 4991 4247 E info@fusegallery.com.au fusegallery.com.au

T 0418 637 890 E john@hunterceremonies.com.au hunterceremonies.com.au

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MAREE CALLAGHAN – HUNTER MARRIAGE CELEBRANT �� CALEDONIA ST, KEARSLEY

T 02 4990 4917 E info@huntermarriagecelebrant.com.au huntermarriagecelebrant.com.au

PHOTOGRAPHY ON HERMITAGE �� BOWEN ST, BRANXTON

T 02 4938 3547 E elfesphoto@bigpond.com.au photographyonhermitage.com.au

This former Cessnock mayor is locally based and has officiated in the vineyards for 15 years, offering professional, bespoke ceremonies. Available weekdays, weekends and for weddings at short notice. Guaranteed legal marriage ceremony. Elopements a specialty! Daily, by appointment

Photography on Hermitage was established in Pokolbin in 2001 by Sydney photographer Chris Elfes after moving to the Hunter Valley shortly after shooting the Sydney Olympics. Chris has an intimate knowledge of the area, shooting assignments for many of the local wineries, magazines and tourist industry. By appointment

RED ZEBRA BABYSITTING �  CHILDCARE SERVICES

SPARK CEREMONIES HUNTER VALLEY

POKOLBIN

�� CASUARINA DR, ROTHBURY

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

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

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

ST PATRICK’S OF NULKABA CNR WINE COUNTRY DR � KERLEW ST, NULKABA

T 0429 354 177 E sparkceremonies@bigpond.com.au sparkceremonies.com.au

PRESTIGE WEDDING �  EVENT HIRE �� ACE CRES, TUGGERAH

T 02 4353 4599 E mp@prestigepartyhire.com.au prestigepartyhire.com.au Prestige prides itself on hiring quality equipment and providing excellent personal service. It offers AV, exhibition/trade booths, marquees, lighting, dance floors, furniture, cool rooms and more. With many years of expertise, Prestige can ensure your event is a success. Mon–Fri 8.30am–5pm, Sat 8.30am–12pm

ST MICHAEL’S WOLLOMBI ���� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

T 02 4998 1576 E relax@cedarcreekcottages.com.au saintmichaels.org.au Charming sandstone church in historic Wollombi village, which seats 75. All denominations and civil weddings welcome. A lovely ambience indoors and beautiful outdoor setting ensures a special occasion. Create your own style with no time restraints, it’s your church for the day! Accommodation and reception venues nearby. Daily, by appointment

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

T 02 4991 2555 E stpatricks_ofnulkaba@msn.com stpatricksofnulkaba.com.au This unique 1892 sandstone chapel has a tradition of being a very special venue for wedding ceremonies. Now fully restored, this non-denominational chapel seats approximately 130 people. Beautifully landscaped grounds are the perfect backdrop for photos and video productions... memories are made of this. Daily, by appointment

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WEDDINGS

STUDIO VALENTINE  PHOTOGRAPHY

THE BARREL ROOM – PEPPERS CREEK � TEMPUS TWO

�B PINCHEN ST, NULKABA

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

Andrea and Gary Haberl share more than 18 years’ experience in professional wedding photography. The award-winning couple specialises in the Hunter Valley area, and their artistic vision has seen them awarded the NSW A.I.P.P. Wedding Album of the Year. Mon–Fri 9am–6pm

Exclusive wedding and event specialist in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Wine Country Weddings offers two of the most magnificent barrel rooms, specialised packages, extensive menu options, impressive Hunter Valley wine list and premium beers with stunning surrounds. Daily

T 02 4991 4400 E studiovalentine@iinet.net.au studiovalentine.com.au

T 02 4998 7780 E love@winecountryweddings.com.au thebarrelroom.com.au

TWO PLAY STRINGS �� BAIKIE CRES, CHARLESTOWN

M 0400 788 229 E twoplaystrings@gmail.com twoplaystrings.com.au Create the perfect atmosphere for your walk down the aisle and fill your venue with live, vibrant sound. Two Play Strings is a highly trained, experienced violin and cello duo that will calm and charm you and your guests on your perfect day. By appointment

Services. ESSENTIALS TO COVER ALL YOUR NEEDS. NAME

ADDRESS

PHONE

MAP

Airport – Newcastle

1 Williamtown Dr, Williamtown

02 4928 9800

N/A

Chris Elfes Photography

10 Bowen St, Branxton

02 4938 3547

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 1 B0

EMERGENCY – Ambulance, Fire & Police

000

N/A

02 4991 0555

MAP 2 A1

HOSPITAL – Cessnock

View St, Cessnock

HOSPITAL – Singleton

Dangar Rd, Singleton

02 6571 9222

MAP 1 B0

Hospitality Recruitment Solutions

Newcastle & Hunter Valley

02 4961 2971

N/A

Newspaper – The Advertiser

155 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4990 1244

N/A

Pharmacy – Pokolbin Village Pharmacy

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

02 4998 6677

N/A

Red Zebra Babysitting & Childcare Services

Pokolbin

0419 411 636

N/A

Sally Sneddon Graphic Design

4 Alfred Cl, East Maitland

02 4934 4781

N/A

Sheer Design

Maitland

02 4933 9000

MAP 1 N11

TAXI – Cessnock Radio Cabs

52 Cumberland St, Nulkaba

02 4990 1111

MAP 2 E5

TAXI – Singleton Taxico

15 Mary St, Singleton

02 6572 1133

MAP 1 B0

Visitor Information – Hunter Valley

455 Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin

02 4993 6700

MAP1 K10

Visitor Information – Maitland

Cnr New England Hway & High St, Maitland

02 4931 2800

N/A

Visitor Information – Newcastle

@ The Maritime Centre, 3 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle

1800 654 558

N/A

Visitor Information – Singleton

Townhead Park, New England Hwy, Singleton

1800 499 888

MAP 1 B0

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Looking for more than a simple wine tasting? Call us or check out our website to book in for one of our exclusive winery tour and tasting packages or, of course, just drop by the First Creek Cellar Door!

HHHHH Five Star James Halliday Rating 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014

Specialist Winemakers

2013 MEDAL TALLY: 2 x Trophies • 3 x Top Gold Medals • 13 x Gold Medals • 18 x Silver Medals • 35 x Bronze Medals

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MAGAZINE

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ISSUE �� JUL–OCT ����

The Cockfighter’s Ghost Cellar Door.

Grape getaways Enjoy cosy corners, open f ires and heart-warming Shiraz

At the corner of McDonalds and De Beyers Road, in the heart of Pokolbin.

Our “spiritual” home… Open 7 days 10am to 5pm ISSUE #2

Wine: read about one of the best vintages of the century

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Dine: beef up your dinner with three sizzling local dishes Explore: wander around the enchanting village of Wollombi

+ Regional guide & map

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Hunter Valley Magazine, Issue 2, 2014  
Hunter Valley Magazine, Issue 2, 2014  

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