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

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Wine.

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The Valley’s latest wine news

The essential sights and services

10 Semillon crush

48 Tasting notes

Discover why Semillon is Australia’s greatest white wine

10 premium Hunter Valley wines

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16 10 top tipples Presenting 10 Hunter Valley drops for every occasion

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70 Gourmet

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72 Tours 78 Experiences

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25 Made in the Hunter

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Enjoy a range of activities and attractions

83 Accommodation Find your Hunter Valley home away from home

94 Services

Local chefs share their favourite seafood recipes

Essentials to cover all your needs

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Feast on local produce and discover boutique brews

Discover the region’s secrets

Savoury snippets and gourmet goodies

27 Fishing for compliments

Sample the region’s award-winning wines

Get a taste for the Hunter Valley way of life

We chat to Peter Hall, chief winemaker at McGuigan Wines

A behind-the-scenes look at local producer Binnorie Dairy

50 Cellar doors

64 Restaurants & cafes

18 Q&A

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Map. Your pull-out touring guide

Explore. Sightseeing highlights

35 Brush hour Artist Peter Sesselmann on why the Hunter Valley inspires him

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38 Points of view Explore the Hunter Valley by bike, balloon, horse or helicopter

41 What’s on A round-up of must-see events in the region

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Contributors. MAGAZINE

Welcome... to the first issue of the Hunter Valley Magazine. This new publication focuses on how to best discover and enjoy Australia’s most sophisticated wine tourism destination. The first section features stories by leading wine, food and travel writers followed by regional visitor information, winery tasting notes, listings and a regional map. Ask any local and they’ll tell you the ultimate wine and food match is Semillon and seafood, so on page 10 we introduce you to the Hunter Valley’s flagship white wine and on page 27 ask Hunter chefs to share their favourite seafood recipes. The region has a remarkable blend of unique experiences, which range from inspiring galleries (see our artist profile on page 35), gourmet produce (see our story on Binnorie Dairy on page 25) to diverse touring options (see page 38). Whether you are drawn here for the premium wine, boutique brews, championship golf or gourmet food, you’ll always find a compelling reason to visit... again and again. Gus Maher, General Manager Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association

MIKE BENNIE Mike Bennie is a freelance wine and drinks writer, and presenter. He is a feature writer for Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine, Editor-At-Large and contributor to WineFront.com. au, and his work also appears in Herald Sun Style Magazine, Men’s Style Australia and WBM – Wine Business Magazine. Mike was named Wine Communicators of Australia Digital Wine Communicator of the Year 2013.

STEPHANIE CLIFFORDSMITH Stephanie Clifford-Smith is a food writer and author. She co-edited the Sydney Eats restaurant guide for three years and now reviews for many guides, including the Good Food Guide. Her work appears regularly in The Sydney Morning Herald and she has also been published in The Australian, Qantas magazine, Australian Traveller, The Sun-Herald, The Herald Sun and The Age.

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Daniel Morley GENERAL MANAGER

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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 representatative 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.

PATRICK HADDOCK

RICK ALLEN

Patrick Haddock, also known as the Wining Pom, is a freelance journalist who has been writing about wine for the last decade. He contributes to various publications, including James Halliday’s Wine Companion magazine, Selector Magazine, WBM – Wine Business Magazine, Winestate magazine and OUTthere. He has a soft spot for NSW wines and recently opened the Reserve bar in Newcastle, where you can find him pouring some of the State’s finest wines.

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

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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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KOPIASTE! COME, EAT, ENJOY!

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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.

WINES RidgeView is a family owned, boutique producer of handcrafted trophy winning wines. Sample from Riedel glasses our flagship “Generations” Semillon and Shiraz as well as our eclectic range of 100% Hunter Valley wines.

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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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#semsational The hashtag used by winemakers on Twitter when discussing the Hunter Valley’s flagship white wine – Semillon. To read more about this delicious drop, turn to page 10 and tweet about #semsational Semillon.

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Master glass There’s a lot of debate about the art of decanting – pouring wine from the bottle into a glass vessel before serving to give the wine air or remove sediment – but if you’re going to decant, why not do it in style? This Riedel Boa decanter, $799.95, has a serpentine shape with real wow factor. riedelglass.com.au

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BEST IN SHOW The Hunter Valley’s Glandore Estate Wines beat major wineproducing countries including France, Italy, Spain, New Zealand and the USA to be named the Most Successful Producer at the 2013 ProWine China Exhibition held in Shanghai in November. That’s no mean feat with 570 exhibitors from 30 countries. Glandore received a gold medal for its 2009 Ward Shiraz and silver medals for its 2010 Hamish Shiraz, 2010 TPR Tempranillo, 2010 DPJ Chardonnay and 2011 Elliott Semillon.

WINE DICTIONARY

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wine thief / waIn 0if / n.

No, we’re not talking about the person who pinches your wine glass every time you put it down! A wine thief is a glass or plastic tube (a pipette) used to extract a small amount of wine from a barrel for testing during the winemaking process. It can be up to 30–60cm in length and can be either curved or straight.

Did You Know? The Hunter Valley is home to the only kosher winery in Australia, according to Richard Harkham from Harkham Wines. Richard is passionate about promoting preservative-free, kosher wines. “I’m on a mission to change the stigma that all kosher wines are bad,” he says. “I am committed to making high-quality kosher wines with minimal intervention just like my grandmother Aziza used to make from grapes grown in her backyard in Zichron Yaakov.” For a wine to be kosher, it must be produced according to Jewish dietary laws with an authorised rabbi overseeing every step of the winemaking process to ensure the wine’s holiness is preserved. Surprisingly, 90 per cent of Harkham Wines are sold to non-Jewish people. See page 57 or harkhamwine.com

Vintage update Harvest traditionally occurs about 100 days after the vines flower and in the Hunter Valley, that’s usually between January and March. We asked viticultural consultant Liz Riley how the 2014 vintage is looking. “Harvest time this year was one of the earliest on record, with Chardonnay being picked in early January, and we expect it will wrap up by mid- to late-February,” she says. “The spring conditions were fantastic with warm dry weather, followed by some rain, which has resulted in small grapes with highly concentrated flavours that have many winemakers rubbing their hands with glee.” If you want to track what winemakers are saying about the 2014 vintage on Twitter, follow #V14 or #Vintage14. 05

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Andrew’s cellar starters:

So, you’ve decided to bite the bullet and lay down a few wines, but where do you start? We asked Andrew Margan, winemaker and owner of Margan Wines, 2013 Cellar Door of the Year, what Hunter Valley wines he’d spend his hard-earned on if he was starting a cellar. Oh, and we gave him a $2000 limit, so you won’t find too many of the region’s top-dollar drops on his hit list. “The Hunter Valley is renowned for its world-class Semillon and Shiraz, and each of the wines I’ve chosen represents the best of their varietal. But the region also produces some impressive Chardonnay and imported varieties, and the selections below are particular favourites of mine.”

• 6 x 2013 Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon (50th anniversary) $45 ($270)

• 6 x 2013 Thomas Wines Braemore Semillon $30 ($180)

The Hunter Valley’s oldest Legend, Perc McGuigan, passed away in January this year. The McGuigan family patriarch celebrated his 100th birthday in November last year with a celebratory lunch with 60 of the industry’s ‘who’s who’ at McGuigan Wines Barrel Room. He started his Hunter Valley career in 1941 at Penfold’s Dalton estate, which the McGuigan family bought in the 1960s and renamed Wyndham Estate after the original owners. Perc was inducted as a Hunter Valley Legend in 2007 – Legends are people who have made a major contribution to the Hunter Valley wine industry and are acknowledged at the annual Hunter Valley Legends and Wine Industry Awards.

• 6 x 2013 Margan Semillon $18 ($108)

• 6 x 2012 Mount Pleasant Leontine Chardonnay $35 ($210)

• 6 x 2011 Mistletoe Reserve Chardonnay $40 ($240)

• 6 x 2011 Tyrrell’s Brokenback

1 Stretch your budget and buy six bottles of each wine – that way you can drink one now, try another in a year, another the year after etc, and you’ll learn whether you prefer fresh younger styles or wine that has matured. 2 Only buy wines under screwcap – then you’ll avoid the disappointment of opening a wine that is corked and having to pour it down the sink. 3 Keep investing – replace wine as you drink it. So if you drink a case of wine a month, you should buy a case a month. Sounds like great advice to us!

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Here’s a round-up of some award-winning wines for those with a thirst for desirable status symbols. Plus, Hunter Valley Wine Show trophy winners are featured on page 53.

• Tyrrell’s Belford Semillon 2013 (Best Young Semillon),

Shiraz $20 ($120)

• 6 x 2011 De Iuliis Wines Shiraz $25 ($150)

• 6 x 2011 Mount Pleasant Rosehill Shiraz $40 ($240)

• 6 x 2011 Petersons Back Block Shiraz $60 ($360)

• 6 x 2011 Little Wine Company Tempranillo $26 ($156)

Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon 2007 (Best Mature Dry White) and 2009 De Iuliis LDR Shiraz 2009 (Best Mature Dry Red) – all trophy winners at the 2013 Citi NSW Wine Awards.

• Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon 2007, which won the Semillon Trophy at the

2013 National Wine Show of Australia.

• Gartelmann Wines 2009 Benjamin Semillon and Lake’s Folly 2011 Chardonnay, both trophy winners and instrumental in Australia winning the 2013 Six Nations Wine Challenge.

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Andrew’s top cellaring tips:

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Ask the expert 2013 Viticulturist of the Year, Keith Barry, from Brokenwood Wines has worked solely in Hunter Valley vineyards for more than 40 years (with 22 vintages at Brokenwood ). Here, he reveals the answers to some frequently asked questions about wines and vines.

How much wine does a vine produce?

HALLIDAY RATES THE HUNTER “The Hunter Valley has a proud two centuries of winemaking, but the wines of today are better than at any prior time,” says respected wine writer and critic James Halliday. “Its Semillon is the world’s best, and its Shiraz achieves wonderful flavour at refreshingly low alcohol levels (12.5% to 13.5%).” High praise indeed from the acclaimed expert, who each year rates wineries in his ever-popular Australian Wine Companion. Winemakers and collectors eagerly await the results to see which wineries receive the coveted red 5-star rating – you’ll see many wineries highlighting this in their listings from page 55.

This depends on many factors. What a vine produces is regulated by the variety being grown and the pruning methods, but weather and soil type also play a part. The amount of fruit harvested is also affected by shoot thinning and bunch thinning (removing bunches of grapes during the growth season which reduces the crop size to concentrate flavour in the remaining fruit and improve wine quality). At Brokenwood Wines we aim to crop at 1.5 tonnes maximum per acre for premium-quality fruit.

How many grapes are in a bottle of wine? It usually takes just over a kilo of grapes to produce enough juice for one bottle of wine, but again this depends largely on the variety – e.g. Semillon has about 1.1kg of fruit per bottle, whereas Shiraz has 1.4kg per bottle.

The number of bottles produced from one acre of vines? Semillon has 750–800 bottles per acre and Shiraz has about 600 bottles per acre.

Why are roses planted around the perimeter of vineyards? Roses enhance the beauty of the vineyard, but they are not just planted for aesthetic reasons. They provide an early warning sign for black spot and powdery mildew, which the vines are susceptible to in certain conditions. Powdery mildew is a white powdery-looking mould that develops on the leaves and stems, and can cause a lot of damage if undetected in its early stages. Rose bushes show signs of these diseases much quicker than vines, so they help the vineyard managers spot the mildew and treat the problem before it becomes an issue.

Do you have any favourite Hunter Valley wine labels? Share them with us on Facebook (HunterValleyWineCountry) or Twitter (@huntervalleywc).

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DESIGNER LABELS Wine companies spend a lot of time and money researching and designing wine labels, so it’s big news when they make a change, and two prominent Hunter Valley brands did just that recently. Reg Mombassa, of Mambo fame, designed an exclusive label for a specially crafted New Year’s Eve wine for Scarborough Wine Co. Scarborough was the official sponsor of 2013 Sydney New Year’s Eve and Mombassa the Creative Ambassador for the celebrations. The theme for NYE was ‘Shine’ so Reg came up with a whimsical design for the Scarborough ‘Shine’ Chardonnay, featuring gum tree trunks and native animals. It’s a limited edition wine, $28. (Discover what Sally Scarborough would like to be served at her last supper and more in our Q&A at blog.winecountry.com.au.) Tyrrell’s also broke with tradition, revealing a new wine label for its Lost Block range. In 1993, grape pickers forgot about a small block of Semillon vines at harvest time but luckily the winemaker spotted the mistake and Tyrrell’s launched a new range using the overlooked fruit, which had a different flavour profile from its other Semillons. The range now comes in six varietals, $18, and the new labels feature a caricature of the winemaker looking for the Lost Block. 08 winecountry.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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Semillon crush. RENOWNED FOR ITS CRISP, CITRUS FLAVOURS – BUT OFTEN OVERLOOKED – HUNTER VALLEY SEMILLON IS ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S GREATEST WHITE WINES.

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eel like some Hunter Valley Chablis, Hunter Valley White Burgundy or maybe some Hunter River Riesling? For a long time the iconic Semillon grape’s true identity was hidden under those pseudonyms as the underrated white wine was hard to pronounce – sem-ee-yon – and hard to sell. That being said, wine buffs have long been aware of Semillon’s champion pedigree and unique place in the wine world. The classic Hunter Valley style is harvested early, fermented dry and bottled early, and generally doesn’t spend time in oak. The wines are also lower in alcohol than most white wines, between 10% and 12% on average. “It’s one of the most honest wines in its purist form, expressing exactly the site and the season,” says McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant chief winemaker Jim Chatto. In youth, Semillon wines are clean and refreshing whites that show tangy fruit character, but as they mature a chameleon-like change occurs as aromas mellow and honey, while texture fleshes out and softens. From the chrysalis to the butterfly, Semillon has myriad guises, and with careful cellaring they can sit for 20 to 30 years. Semillon’s emerging history goes back to James Busby, known as the forefather of the Australian wine industry, who planted vines in the Hunter River area in the 1820s and ’30s. “Being a large berry and large bunch variety, even with primitive crushing and pressing equipment high yields were achieved,” says Brokenwood managing director and chief winemaker, Iain Riggs. “Once established in the Hunter, winemakers found it had half-decent flavour at low sugars.” Riggs also draws a line between some of Australia’s most famous names in winemaking and the ascendancy of the Hunter Valley’s most famous grape variety. “I think [James] Halliday quotes that in 1959 in the Hunter Valley, Shiraz and Semillon accounted for 95% of grapes. By good luck or good fortune Max Lake (founder of Lake’s Folly)

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chose the Hunter and renewed interest in the place. At the same time Ray Kidd was running Lindeman’s and stuck to his guns that they needed to age large volumes of both reds and whites. Luckily, he knew a thing or two about Hunter River Riesling and also had two of the best winemakers at his disposal – Karl Stockhausen and Gerry Sissingh. “The ’60s was a golden decade for Lindeman’s Semillon as they finished with a trio of wines from 1970 that dominated wine shows right up to the mid-1990s,” adds Riggs. “In another move that cemented Semillon’s quality offering, Sissingh moved to Rothbury Estate, where he produced champion Semillons throughout the ’70s. McWilliam’s also offered cellar-aged Semillon, and the variety continued to spawn interest as it hit new, broader markets.” But the wine show results don’t stop there. Though locally recognised at the highest of levels, Hunter Valley

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“It’s one of the most honest wines in its purist form, expressing exactly the site and the season” Semillon has also recently received international success. Notable examples include the McLeish Estate Semillon 2007 taking out the title of ‘World’s Best Semillon’ at the 2012 International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London, before backing it up in Australia at the 2013 Sydney International Wine Challenge where it won ‘Best Wine of Show’. Other distinguished results include Gartelmann Wines winning the trophy for best ‘Other White Varieties’ at the prestigious 2013 Six Nations Wine Challenge where it was pitted against a slew of quality white wines from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Argentina, South Africa and Chile. Impressively, McGuigans and chief winemaker Neil McGuigan have had an incredible run of international accolades, winning ‘White Winemaker of the Year’ for the third time in five years at the 2013 IWC, as well as ‘International Winemaker of the Year’ for the third time at the 2012 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). The wine fronting the accolades at the 2013 IWC was the 2005 McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon, which won ‘Champion White Wine’, ‘Best Hunter Valley Semillon’, ‘Best Australian White Wine’ and ‘Best International Semillon’. The international attention comes at a time when Sauvignon Blanc’s ascension has again pushed Semillon out of the hands of drinkers, something Hunter Valley winemakers take on with a typical stoicism.

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“I think it is much less obvious as a variety. A bit of aromatics goes so far, but it’s not a mass-market wine. Those who are whining that not enough people are buying Semillon don’t realise that you have to get off your bum and show it to people,” says fourth-generation wine producer Bruce Tyrrell, of Tyrrell’s Wines. Multi-award-winning winemaker Andrew Thomas of Thomas Wines agrees: “Semillon is truly a world-class style that’s so unique to the Hunter Valley – absolutely delicious during the freshness and vibrancy of its youth, but also has remarkable longevity. There’s also the opportunity to showcase a breadth of styles, within the framework of Semillon’s inherent Hunter Valley personality.” With more than 150 wineries in the Hunter Valley there are many opportunities to dive into a bottle of Semillon. The aromatic white wine is often overlooked for its joyous drinkability and incredible versatility with a range of food styles – Australia’s multicultural food offerings see Semillon equally delicious with fresh-from-the-ocean seafood as it is with delicate dishes from Japanese cuisine. Semillon is a natural foil for chilli and spice-laden dishes from South-East Asia and the Indian subcontinent. When mature, Semillon can show the richness and depth of mature Chardonnay, so can be matched with more complex, heartier fare too. Iconic wine styles of Australia are few and far between, but Hunter Valley Semillon comfortably sits in this category. The sandy soils and ancient riverbeds of the region, where currentday vineyards lie, spawn some of the most remarkable wines of the world – an asset we should treasure.

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GUNDOG ESTATE WILD SEMILLON

Fermented with natural yeast and on skins (normally discarded after first crush), this is a ‘new’ interpretation of Semillon from the Hunter Valley, showing unusual but exciting chalky texture, vibrant savoury/spice in perfume, and preserved lemon flavour intensity. Decidedly style driven and exciting. $30 14

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PEPPER TREE ALLUVIUS RESERVE SEMILLON

A classic Hunter style, which shows impressive line and length of flavour – it’s tight and tense across the palate with reserved citrus and slate-like mineral characters, and shows impressive potential for cellaring. A single-site wine with fruit sourced from the exceptional Braemore vineyard. $35

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GARTELMANN BENJAMIN SEMILLON

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A hint of honeycomb in the perfume shows the suggestion of age, but the wine, though softening in texture, still shows incredible freshness and vitality. Maturity adds complexity and interest here, yet the wine still shows plenty of pep and vigour for more cellar time. $30

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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!

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To pair with chocolate

For the sweet talkers

To impress the hard to please

To take to a quality restaurant

To quaff at the corner BYO

MCLEISH ESTATE RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

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BROKENWOOD GRAVEYARD VINEYARD SHIRAZ

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There are some wines that work well with chocolate and this is one of them. Cabernet, with its blackcurrant fruits, is a fine pairing with dark chocolate. McLeish Estate is one of the few wineries in the Hunter Valley that makes a Cabernet and this one shows great structure and a complete drinking experience. $35

If you like the sweeter things in life then this late-picked Semillon from Margan is the perfect accompaniment to a plate of blue cheese or a fruit flan. A decadent and delicious swathe of honey, marmalade and citrus coat the palate showing a wonderful balance between sweetness and acidity. $22

An icon and a beacon of quality, Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz has become one of the most sought-after red wines in the country and the 2011 looks magnificent. Redcurrants and spice lead the way with a gorgeous weight before a momentous length on the finish. Cellar confidently for a decade. $175

Andrew Thomas has spent the best part of a decade perfecting Semillon and Shiraz and in 2013 he created another stellar Shiraz called ‘Elenay’. Using some of the best barrels of the vintage, he’s created a modern Hunter classic that deserves to be shared at the dinner table. Decant before serving and prepare for a modern classic. $45

When it comes to taking an inexpensive wine to your local Asian, look no further than this trophy-winning wine from the Upper Hunter. Two Rivers has created a lively aromatic white with a musky and tropical intensity. There’s a generous weight and superb fruit vibrancy before ending with crisp, fresh acidity. $16

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TINTILLA ESTATE SAPHIRA SANGIOVESE

There could be no more obvious choice for the connoisseur than this wine from the legendary Tulloch family. The Private Bin is a wine that is inextricably linked to the Hunter. It’s the kind of Shiraz that is a time capsule, able to age for decades and still shine with medium-bodied red fruits and a supple mouthfeel. $50

Usher Tinkler, the Hunter Valley’s Rising Star in 2008, has become one of the region’s great winemakers. This wine has a naturally low alcohol content, which means less calories but no scrimping on the flavour. It exhibits an aromatic lift of musk and tropical fruit followed by a slight spritz on the palate delivering a sweet tang of fruit before ending dry. $25

Here’s a wine that’s already aged for you and shows just how unique the Semillon grape is with a bit of age. With seven years in bottle the wine has mellowed from intense citrus to a honeyed complexity with a hint of sherbet. Waxy and lemony on the palate with a thrilling line of acidity keeping it fresh through the finish. $64

One of the few sparkling producers in the Hunter Valley, Tyrrell’s make an excellent example of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the traditional method, that is complex and enjoyable. This is the perfect aperitif style exhibiting yeast and biscuit aromas and flavours with a creamy palate weight. Just perfect with seafood. $28

The noble Tuscan grape has found a home in the Hunter Valley and the Saphira is only made in exceptional vintages like 2011. Spending some time in bottle before it’s released, this wine is food friendly with vibrant red berries showing juicy, soft fruit weight and a dry, long finish. $30 17

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PETER HALL, SENIOR WINEMAKER, MCGUIGAN WINES

PHOTO CHRIS ELFES

Peter Hall has racked up 35 vintages, including 33 in the Hunter Valley, and processed just over 106,000 tonnes of Hunter fruit since 1979. He has worked with McGuigan’s chief winemaker Neil McGuigan since 1996 and Peter’s Semillons have been instrumental in McGuigan being awarded the International Winemaker of the Year and White Winemaker of the Year three times. He also received recognition from his peers in 2013, taking out the Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year Award. When he’s not crafting an award-winning wine, you can find Mr Fix It repairing something – Peter’s something of a handyman and at the moment is fixing up an old wooden yacht. mcguiganwines.com.au

What is your favourite wine variety and why? I prefer young, fresh white wines over most other wines. Naturally I enjoy Semillon at all different ages, but the wine variety that gives you so much scope is Chardonnay. The direction you take with Chardonnay is so varied and very satisfying. What wine experience, for whatever reason, is the one you’ll never forget? The very first International Wine and Spirit Competition Awards in London in 2009. It was such a grand and opulent event held in the Guild Hall – spectacular… and we won, which was handy as I don’t wear a tuxedo that often. Your favourite food and wine match? I love fresh salad, perfectly seasoned (Waldorf and Caesar are favourites) and a zesty young Semillon. The 2013 McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon is drinking beautifully so that’s what I’d grab right now. If you were trying to impress someone, what wine would you open? Impressing people is about giving them something special, so I always pull out a wine from the McGuigan Personal Reserve range (the 2013 Semillon is outstanding), but we have so many great brands in this region that will impress, including Tyrrell’s Vat 8, First Creek Reserve Chardonnay or one of Drayton’s fortifieds. Whether old or young, modern or traditional, we are very spoilt for choice. What would you like to be served at your last supper? A Florentine T-bone steak, straight from Italy, and a great bottle of Shiraz, such as an old Tulloch Pokolbin Dry Red Shiraz. A few years ago on a holiday with my wife I had a T-bone steak in Florence and the waiter laughed when I ordered this huge 1kg aged beef. A terrific dish I’ve never seen in Australia. If you had to sit next to one person on a long-haul flight, who would it be and why? Someone skinny… seriously, Nancy Wake [who served as a British agent during World War II]. An incredible lady with a great story. What advice do you have for someone who wants to do what you do? Everyone says ‘work hard’, however this is an industry where you will be found out if you think winemaking can be done from behind a desk. Also, spend time with experienced people in your area as you won’t pick up all the knowledge of the viticulture of an area by downloading a file. Some of the best information is in the heads of our founders. How would you sum up the Hunter Valley in 10 words or less? The Hunter produces the best wines in the world… fact!

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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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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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The finest flatware Restaurant Botanica was singled out for having the finest flatware in NSW when The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2014 was launched. Australian artist Timothy White initially created a set of three vessels (salt pod, oil dish and candleholder) for the fine diner, but now also creates numerous pieces for specific dishes, which are all wheel-thrown and handmade from Southern Ice pure porcelain. “They’re in keeping with our largely organic, handmade and homegrown approach,” co-owner/manager Belinda Stapleton explains. Voted Australia’s favourite fine-dining spot by TripAdvisor users in 2013. See page 67 or spicersgroup.com.au

Want to add some zest to your cooking or cocktail? Why not try award-winning winemaker Andrew Thomas’ Hunter Valley Semillon verjuice? Verjuice is made from early season grapes and has a fruity, zesty acidity, so you can use it in any dish instead of lemon juice or vinegar, deglaze a pan with it, or add a splash to a cocktail or mineral water for a fruity summer drink. It’s $15 a bottle from the Pokolbin General Store at Pokolbin Village, Broke Rd.

RAISING THE STEAKS

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CONGRATULATIONS! The Hunter Valley is full of talented young achievers, but two received top honours late last year in the Brett Graham Culinary Scholarship and First Creek Wines Front of House Scholarship, run by Hunter Chefs & Co in conjunction with Hunter TAFE. George Mirosevich from Muse Restaurant won the coveted culinary prize, and Eliza Stevenson from Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens was the inaugural winner of the front of house award.

The perfect cheese platter No trip to the Hunter Valley is complete without sampling some of the cheeses from the Hunter Valley Cheese Factory, The Smelly Cheese Shop and Binnorie Dairy (whose cheeses are pictured above). And it definitely seems fitting to serve handmade cheeses with a handcrafted cheese knife and board from the Australian Woodwork Gallery, which showcases a range of Australian timber homewares and fine art woodcraft. Cheese knife hand-carved in marine ply, $39, and Mullumbimby Long Multi-Purpose Board, $69. See page 80 or australianwoodwork.com.au

Ask any beef connoisseur and they’ll tell you dry-aged beef is superior in flavour and texture. Dry-ageing is a process where meat is dried and dehydrated in a temperature- and humiditycontrolled cold room for days or weeks, and restaurant menus often detail how long the meat has hung. Villa du Pays Restaurant at Leogate Estate Wines has its own dry-ageing room and the restaurant menu lists steaks dry-aged between five and seven weeks. “Dry-ageing enhances the flavour and gives the meat more tenderness and richness,” says owner and cattle breeder Bill Widin. “But you have to use quality beef, and we source 100% free-range, hormone-free, grass-fed Australian Black Angus steaks from our own cattle property.” See page 68 or leogate.com.au 21

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Here are some coffee spots where the daily grind is anything but mundane. • You can savour one of Australia’s leading espresso brands Piazza D’oro at The

Deck Cafe at Gartelmann Wines overlooking the dam. • If you’re after cult-coffee brand Campos Coffee, head to Cafe Enzo (above) and enjoy your pick-me-up in the Tuscan-inspired courtyard.

• Go local at Australian Regional Food Store & Cafe, where the brew of choice is Sprocket Roasters coffee – beans roasted in a sustainable way in the beachside city of Newcastle.

The Hunter Valley took home a couple of gongs at the 2013 Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence, with Pokolbin’s Goldfish Bar named best small bar, and Restaurant Cuvée at Peterson House taking out the restaurant caterer category. Back to School Wine and Chocolate Masterclass

Taste fine wines matched with Brix premium chocolates at 2pm on selected Saturdays and Sundays at Wyndham Estate. $15pp. Bookings essential. For bookings and to check exact dates call 02 4938 3444 or wyndhamestate.com.au

Paella Cooking Class

Learn how to cook paella (pictured left) followed by a three-course Spanish lunch matched with Calais Estate wines at The Verandah Restaurant on March 30, June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. $90pp. Bookings essential on 02 4998 7231 or verandahrestaurant.com.au

Hunter Valley Candymaking School

Spend an afternoon learning how to make Rocky Road, peanut brittle, marshmallows and chocolate, and match candy with alcohol at Hunter Valley Resort. $50pp, daily. Minimum numbers apply. Bookings essential on 02 4998 7777 or hunterresort.com.au

OTHER DINING HIGHLIGHTS • Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen has opened next to Butterflies Gallery and De Iuliis Wines, offering breakfast on weekends and lunch daily, a gourmet deli and cheese and wine tutorials. • Casa Margarita Mexican restaurant opened at Harkham Wines last year and now also does takeaway. • Roberts Restaurant has been renamed Roberts Circa 1876 in recognition of the historic cottage – winner of the 2013 Hunter Valley Wine Industry Awards Heritage Award – next to the main restaurant. • Emerson’s Cafe & Restaurant, now at Adina Vineyard, offers Chef’s Table Dinners in the kitchen – the ultimate spectator sport for foodies.

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Local Helix Aspersa snails from Snails Bon Appetite have been featured on MasterChef Australia and you may see more of them if new owner Matt Friere gets his way. The Nulkaba local has bought the thriving business and is developing new products and expanding distribution under the new brand Hunter Valley Snails. “I believe a lot of consumers want to eat snails but they can’t find them, unlike in Europe where you can buy garlic-buttered snails in shells in most providores. We want to see our snails in gourmet retailers and fine food stores, so escargot enthusiasts can enjoy them.” Contact Hunter Valley Snails on 02 4991 1249 or snails.com.au

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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.

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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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WINNER MOST SUCCESSFUL PRODUCER OF SHOW, PROWINE SHANGHAI 2013.

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Made in the Hunter. SIMON GOUGH, BINNORIE DAIRY

WORDS BRENDA CHRISTIAN PHOTO CHRISTOPHER IRELAND

Simon Gough doesn’t mince words when asked about how important the quality of the milk is to making great cheese. “Silk purse, sow’s ear,” he responds instantly. “The quality of the milk is paramount, which is why I source all of my milk from nearby farms in the Hunter Valley.” The soft-cheese specialist based in Pokolbin sources his cows’ milk from a range of dairy farms between Cessnock and Scone from various herds, including Jersey, Brown Swiss and Friesian. The goats’ milk comes from Banfield Park/ Down Udder, which has a genetically superior herd (six main milk-producing goat breeds) located west of Singleton. His weekly milk order is minuscule compared to the big dairy corporations’ millions of litres – just 7000 litres of cows’ milk and 3000 litres of goats’ milk – but with handcrafted artisan cheese, it’s all about quality not quantity. “I believe the locally sourced milk affects the flavour of our cheese and gives it a unique character you wouldn’t get anywhere else,” he explains. “In the same way that wine reflects its

regionality, due to soil variation and climatic conditions, so it is with dairy produce. It’s all about the flavour profiles – the types of grasses in different regions, the water, the weather patterns – all of these things affect the flavour of the milk. “Also, by purchasing milk from a local farmer it gives me more control. I work very closely with Alex Berry from Down Udder to get the flavour profile of the goats’ milk exactly as I want it. Goats’ milk can have a strong, gamey flavour, but I want a mild, smooth-textured milk, so we adopt several strategies to avoid this, including keeping the bucks away from the does. If the bucks are near the does they produce more pheromones, which in turn results in a stronger-flavoured milk.” Simon set up Binnorie Dairy in 2003 after working in several cheese factories in Victoria and Europe, where he had his ultimate cheese moment. “In Europe I made Appenzeller cheese – a hard cows’ milk cheese produced in the Appenzell region in north-east Switzerland and my absolute favourite cheese in the world.” Simon makes a variety of soft cheeses, with a few surfaceripened cheeses such as brie as well. His flagship is the marinated feta, but he also makes labna (a yoghurt cheese from cows’ milk) and chevre with dill (a goats’ milk curd) to name a few. You can visit the dairy at Tuscany Wine Estate, corner of Hermitage Road and Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin. 25

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

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

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

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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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Fishing for compliments. HUNTER VALLEY CHEFS SING THE PRAISES OF HIGH-QUALITY SEAFOOD AND SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE RECIPES WITH YOU.

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hink of the Hunter Valley and it’s probably wine, weddings and ballooning – not seafood – that spring to mind. But given the great seafood-friendly wines made in the region, including the flagship Semillon, it makes perfect sense that local restaurants offer fabulous fish dishes to accompany them. Good wholesalers servicing the restaurants and rapid transportation mean the best local and not-so-local fish is available year-round. It might be barramundi from the Northern Territory, prawns from Coffs Harbour, salmon from Tasmania, snapper from New Zealand or oysters from right on the doorstep at Port Stephens. Chef Guy Parkinson from The Beltree keeps his menu flexible to make the most of what’s available. “We use local seafood as much as we can but sometimes it’s difficult. At the moment we’re curing local swordfish in citrus and serving it with fennel [see recipe below right]. Customers are more knowledgeable about food than ever and want to know where it’s come from. Whenever we see something local on our stockist’s list we certainly jump on it.” Andy Wright, The Cellar Restaurant’s chef, feels the same but has no problem with quality fish from further afield. “We sometimes get local school prawns and I just deepfry them and put a bit of sumac on them. They’re so small you can eat the whole lot, they’re just beautiful,” he says. Plate-sized snapper is another menu hit which the kitchen just trims, throws on the grill and serves with whatever sides and sauces the customer has chosen. Other seafood stars include bite-sized salmon fish cakes with aioli, and prawn bisque with crab tortellini. “Local jewfish is pretty good when it comes through but the local sand whiting’s been the highlight in recent times. I’ve been stuffing it with jamon and sage and it’s been wonderful,” Andy says [see recipe on opposite page]. The Oyster Bar at Restaurant Cuvée at Peterson House showcases local Port Stephens oysters – Sydney Rocks and Pacifics – when they’re in season. Matched sparkling wines and Champagnes are, of course, a big part of the deal. “We go through up to 150 dozen a week. We either just serve them with pink salt or we can Kilpatrick them but I love to serve them with a Semillon Pinot granita. It works well as a canape and is popular at private functions like weddings. It’s especially refreshing in the summer and brings out the flavours of the oyster and the wine,” says head chef Chad Pridue. Beyond the Oyster Bar, there’s plenty of seafood being served in the restaurant as well. A popular summer dish with an Italian accent is his barramundi with panzanella salad [see recipe on page 30], but there’s more. “At the moment I’m using some lovely A-grade tuna for our entree of tuna tartare with crisp wontons, citrus and baby leaves. We’re also serving big tasty king prawns in tempura batter with seaweed salad and coriander and mango salad,” Chad says. He also prefers to use local when it’s available but the supply is erratic and he, like all the chefs, has to be adaptable to meet the restaurant’s demands. For more dining hot spots, turn to page 64.

Swordfish crudo with fennel, cucumber & chilli ~ The Beltree Serves 4 Ingredients

400g local sashimi-grade swordfish loin Salt & pepper Extra virgin olive oil Lemon juice Finely sliced chilli 1 cucumber, sliced into fine ribbons White part of 1 fennel, finely sliced Zucchini flowers Nasturtium leaves Society garlic flowers Green part of 1 fennel Method

1 Finely slice swordfish, then place onto a serving plate and dress with salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice and finely sliced chilli to taste. 2 Lay ribbons of cucumber and shaved fennel whites over swordfish, add 2–3 zucchini flower petals and a handful of nasturtium leaves and garlic flowers. 3 Pass remaining green part of fennel through a fruit juicer. Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper. Serve on the side. Wine match Thomas Wines Braemore Semillon 2013

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OPPOSITE PAGE: THE BELTREE CHEF GUY PARKINSON IN THE RESTAURANT'S KITCHEN GARDEN AND PREPARING HIS SWORDFISH CRUDO. THIS PAGE: ANDY WRIGHT, THE CELLAR RESTAURANT CHEF, PLATES UP HIS SAND WHITING WITH SAGE AND SERRANO JAMÓN.

Sand whiting with sage & serrano jamón ~ The Cellar Restaurant Serves 4 Ingredients

4 sand whiting Extra virgin olive oil 100g serrano jamón 1 bunch sage Salt & pepper 1 lemon Method

1 Preheat oven to 180°C. Fillet and pin-bone fish, but leave tail on so it is ‘hinged’. 2 Heat oil in a frying pan. Gently fry jamón and sage leaves, then spread evenly on the fish. 3 Tie with cooking string, season with salt and pepper. Cook in oven for 4–5 minutes. 4 Finish with lemon juice and a glug of extra virgin olive oil. Serve with lemon wedges and a fresh salad or seasonal vegetables. Wine match Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon 2007 29

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Grilled barramundi with panzanella salad ~ Restaurant Cuvée Serves 4 Ingredients

½ loaf Morpeth Sourdough 1 red capsicum 1 punnet cherry tomatoes Olive oil 1 large Spanish onion 4 pieces fresh barramundi Salt & pepper 1 lemon 16 Kalamata olives, pitted 1 bunch fresh basil 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar Baby herbs, for garnishing Sauce

125g semi-dried tomatoes, drained 2 egg yolks 1 tablespoon mustard 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar 250ml grapeseed oil 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1–2 tablespoons warm water ABOVE: GRILLED BARRAMUNDI WITH PANZANELLA SALAD IS A POPULAR DISH AT RESTAURANT CUVÉE. BELOW: RESTAURANT CUVÉE HEAD CHEF CHAD PRIDUE.

Method

1 Preheat oven to 220°C. To prepare sauce, process semi-dried tomatoes in a food processor until a coarse paste forms. Add egg yolks, mustard and vinegar and process until well combined. With the motor running, gradually add oil in a thin steady stream until combined. Add lemon juice and process until well combined. Gradually add water until it reaches dipping consistency. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside. 2 Tear sourdough into bite-sized pieces. 3 Grill red capsicum then remove the skin. Cut capsicum into pieces the size of a 5-cent coin. 4 Place cherry tomatoes into oven for approximately 3–4 minutes, or until tomato skins have split. Allow to cool. 5 Heat oil in a frying pan. Cut onion into pieces the size of 5-cent coin, then cook until translucent. Allow to cool. 6 Season fish with salt and pepper; sprinkle with lemon juice. 7 Place fish onto a moderate grill and cook on both sides until fish is white and flaky. 8 Just before fish is cooked, add bite-sized pieces of bread, capsicum, tomato, onion, olives and basil in a bowl and toss through the red wine vinegar. 9 Serve salad in a large bowl and layer Barramundi on top, garnish with baby herbs and add a light smear of sauce on the side of the plate. Wine match Peterson House Sparkling Semillon 2008

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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!

www.peppertreewines.com.au

WINERY TOURS

Discover over 150 years of winemaking experience with a trip to Tyrrell’s Hunter Valley winery. Visit the cellar door and taste Australia’s largest range of Semillon and other award winning wines. Take a tour and experience first hand the old oak vats and historic red cellar still in full operation.

Take our behind the scenes 10.30am daily wine tour; share in our rich heritage, see Edward Tyrrell’s original iron bark hut, admire our authentic red clay dirt cellar and enjoy the aromas of our oak casks. 10.30am Winery Tour $5 per person, children free of charge (no booking required) Murray Tyrrell Tasting $15 per person. A structured tasting of our Winemaker’s Selection portfolio in the Tyrrell’s original homestead or Private Bin room. Private charters, tour groups & buses are all welcome by appointment only

OPERATING HOURS

9am - 5pm Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm Sunday Address: 1838 Broke Road, Pokolbin NSW Phone number: 1800 045 501

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Explore. Prime wheel estate Never tried a Segway before? The two-wheeled, self-balancing scooters offer a new way to see the 150 hectare Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley property. After a quick training session, you’ll be zipping around the golf course, vineyard and remote bush tracks and trails at Crowne Plaza while eyeing off the impressive views and wildlife. One-hour tours run on Fridays and Saturdays. Bookings essential. See page 79 or eastcoastxperiences.com.au

Soap up with Shiraz

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LOCAL BREWS Looking for a craft brew that epitomises the local style, personality and people of the Hunter Valley? That's what the region’s newest brewery and distillery – Lovedale Brewery – is aiming for. Head brewer Michael Capaldo is crafting two beers: Lovedale Lager, a crisp lager with a refreshing bitterness, and Maitland Mid, a work in progress with ideas being collected for flavours that reflect Maitland. It will also produce spirits, including an Apple Schnapps and a Calvados. Opening next to The Lovedale Bar and Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley in early March, the brewery is one element of a $5.5 million upgrade of the resort hotel. See page 81 or crowneplazahuntervalley.com.au

Recycling a useful natural product that would have been thrown away is commendable at any time, but we love the fact that Sally Margan of Mana from Heavenly Hunter is making a soap that incorporates ‘marc’. Marc is a winery waste product – basically the crushed red grape skins and seeds, which can be high in resveratrol, an excellent antioxidant. “Every vintage I collect buckets of Shiraz marc from my brother’s Margan winery and my partner’s Brokenwood winery,” she says. “Once I’ve sorted the twigs out of the marc I dry it in the sun, and then grind it into powder that goes into Grape Feets Olive & Coconut Oil Handmade Soap, which can be used all over your body to help exfoliate dead skin cells and stimulate circulation.” Soaps are $7 each or four for $25. Available at Hunter Resort Cellar Door and the Heavenly Hunter Massage Retreat at the Hunter Resort, 917 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin. heavenlyhunter.com.au

BEST IN THE BUSINESS

• The best tourism businesses of the state were named at the 2013 NSW Tourism Awards, with Chateau Élan at The Vintage winning Luxury Accommodation and Margan Wines taking home the award for Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries. • And at the 2013 AHA NSW Awards for Excellence Harrigan’s Irish Pub & Accommodation won the best retail liquor outlet award and Potters Hotel & Brewery best pub TAB (country). Congratulations to all.

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1693 Broke Road, Pokolbin 2320 W: www.leogate.com.au P: 02 4998 7499

An elegant encounter... Welcome to Leogate Estate where we pride ourselves on our award winning wines and incredibly personal service. Our aim is to provide high quality products and experiences with a touch of elegance and style, whether you are visiting our cellar door, holding a function in our Members’ Crystal Room or dining at our restaurant Villa Du Pays.

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Brokenwood Wines 401 - 427 McDonalds Road Pokolbin NSW 2320 t 02 4998 7559 e sales@brokenwood.com.au

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Brush hour. ARTIST PETER SESSELMANN ON WHY HE SWAPPED THE BIG CITY RUSH HOUR FOR A LAID-BACK HUNTER VALLEY LIFESTYLE.

WORDS RICK ALLEN PHOTOS CHRISTOPHER IRELAND 35

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“It’s real Australia. Rolling hills, ironbark and gum trees, kangaroos”

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eter Sesselmann is frantically wiping the paint from his hands as he walks across to shake hands. The Sawyers Gully artist is in his studio, a brown shed at the front of his heavily treed, 10-acre property. Dozens of brightly coloured artworks line the walls, and some of the bigger ones – mostly his Archibald Prize portrait entries – look down from the corrugated-iron ceiling. He speaks with an accent, a result of living in Norway for 14 years from the age of two. “My mother is Norwegian, and my father AustralianGerman,” he explains. “We came back in 1981 and it was minus 30°C in Oslo, and 40°C when we got off in Sydney. I’ll never forget it.” The journey from Sydney to the quiet rural life of Sawyers Gully was a long one. Suffice to say it took in stints living at Castlecrag, Surry Hills, Woolloomooloo and Lane Cove, work as a dental technician, an extended holiday through Europe, a change of career to the jewellery business, a small factory at St Peters and bigger factory at Alexandria, marriage and two children, before he got there. “I was a partner with my brother in the jewellery business for seven years and in the end we had 30 or 40 employees. But after seven years I knew I had to get out or kill him,” he laughs. “So I sold up and was taking a breather from working, and we were planning to move to Tuscany to live.” “We” includes wife Anita, who works in the IT industry, and their two children Miles and Brie. The children’s names

reflect Peter’s lifelong love of music, and jazz in particular. “Miles was after Miles Davis and Brie – yeah, as in the cheese – was named after Charlie Parker’s daughter. We saw it in a movie and liked the name… unfortunately we only found out later that her name was actually Pree.” Again he breaks out in a laugh. They decided against Tuscany “two young kids, a dog which meant quarantine, language barriers… it all got too hard” – and after some discussion they were planning to move to the Yarra Valley instead. “But that meant leaving our families behind in Sydney and then we suddenly thought of the Hunter Valley, just a couple of hours up the road. I hadn’t been up this way for 20 years, so we came up, fell in love with it straight away and we’ve never fallen out of love with it. “We bought this property, which just had a small house to lock-up stage on it, and that was about all. So we cleared the land, I worked on the house, had the studio built and here we now are.” Today Sesselmann puts the Hunter Valley down as the inspiration behind so much of his work. “It’s real Australia. Rolling hills, ironbark and gum trees, kangaroos. Look on the walls,” he says, pointing to one painting on the wall of his gallery. “They are the trees on my property, I’ve got a few of those, that swamp picture is on Leggetts Drive, the wine ones are obvious… the Hunter Valley’s everywhere.”

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CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: PETER WITH THE TOOLS OF HIS TRADE; VINNIE THE FAMILY POOCH; FRESH GARDEN PRODUCE; PETER RELAXING AT HOME; CHECKING OUT THE DOLCETTO VINEYARD; THE ONSITE ART GALLERY; PETER ASSEMBLING A FRAME IN THE WORKSHOP.

There’s even one he refers to as “the Hunter in snapshot”, which features Newcastle Harbour, grapevines, coal mining and a heavily-laden coal train all in one. So when he’s not painting, what does Sesselmann do in the Hunter Valley? “I’m a Semillon drinker, I love those crispy fresh styles. And I’ve even got a couple of vines on my property – they’re Dolcetto, an Italian red grape variety. It should go a treat with the dishes I cook in my pizza oven. I tend to like lower alcohol reds, and I like a dry, savoury finish. So I enjoy Hunter Valley Shiraz – to me it’s far more approachable than some of those bigger reds you get interstate – and I like Sangiovese.” A restaurant of choice? “We’re spending a lot of time at Majors Lane Restaurant, but I have to declare an interest there. My daughter Brie is engaged to Ben Sales who owns the place. But I like the food at Shakey Tables too, and, of course, Bistro Molines. “I love The Smelly Cheese Shop and always have the Roquefort on hand – it’s like blue vein on speed. “And whenever we have guests I take them to Hunter Valley Gardens. It’s so relaxing walking through there. We never miss the Christmas lights, we go to see them every year. “And my love of music means I get to the occasional concert in the vines. I’ve been to Bimbadgen and Tempus Two for some of their live concerts… I’ve seen Santana, Matchbox Twenty, Alicia Keys… and we might go to Springsteen.”

And when he gets stuck and needs that artistic fix? “Driving through the Valley is all I need really,” he explains. “We have friends up in Mount View and I love driving up there, past Bistro Molines, taking in the views. “I won’t necessarily paint the view, but I’ll come back and it will trigger something in me. That girl picking grapes in the vines there,” he says, pointing to another painting on the wall. “I’m just as likely to come back and paint something like that.” Being off the beaten track at Sawyers Gully has its advantages and disadvantages, he says, but it’s a trade-off he’s happy to make. “If I were in the heart of Pokolbin I’d have thousands more people through for sure,” he says. “But most would only be wandering through, not buying my works. Out here I have time to paint, and the people who find me have made the effort and are more serious buyers,” he explains. And what do they tell him? “Most are from Sydney and want that relaxed atmosphere. An open fire, hearty comfort food and Hunter Valley wine.” A brightly coloured piece of art on their wall at home wouldn’t be a bad thing either. Peter Sesselmann’s Gallery is at 245 Frame Drive, Sawyers Gully. peterman.com.au. Discover other art galleries and studios in the Hunter Valley at winecountry.com.au 37

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Points of view. THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO SEE THE HUNTER VALLEY, BE IT BY BIKE, BALLOON, HORSE OR HELICOPTER. WORDS AMELIA SAW

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sk most people why they travel and typically they talk of jaw-dropping sights, exotic experiences and of uncovering a different way of life. Invariably, no matter the location, it’s all about leaving the ordinary behind to discover the extraordinary. It’s the desire to find out what’s exceptional about a place that leads us to explore in new ways. Because as we ride, fly or float through a destination, we see it from a fresh perspective – and in doing so we acquire a deeper understanding of a place and its people. Vicky Armer is a 29-year-old Sydneysider, who recently organised a ‘girly getaway’ to the Hunter Valley. Her group of eight friends, hailing from various locations across the globe, hired bicycles from Grapemobile Bicycle Hire for a day of vineyard pedalling fun. “There’s something more ‘organic’ about seeing the vineyards by bike,” says Vicky, who had travelled by car on previous wine-tasting trips to the region. “Especially as someone who works in a concrete jungle like Sydney, it was just so refreshing to be surrounded by green vineyards.” Vicky’s group followed the Palmers Lane Eco-Trail – an off-road track perfect for wobbly-wheeled, less-seasoned cyclists. Besides benefitting from minimal motorist interaction, the trail offers plenty of wine-tasting stops as it winds through the vines to Littles Wines, Waverley Estate, Gemelli Estate, Moorebank Vineyard Estate, Calais Estate Wines and Grapemobile’s own Pokolbin Brothers Wines. “It’s just a really cruisy day,” says Persia Rutchinski, 33, who cycled with fiancé Josh Slatell, 35, during the Bondi couple’s long weekend away. “And it’s funny, because you both get a bit wobbly. We just spent the whole day laughing.” But if getting your pedal on isn’t your style, Hunter Valley Horse Riding and Carriage Tours offers more leisurely jaunts that keep physical exertion to a minimum. Nick and Haroula Pylarinos, both 28, took the Taste the Valley tour to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. After being picked up by carriage from their hotel midmorning, the couple enjoyed a “gentle and romantic” tour of the valley, stopping at small boutique and larger cellar doors, as well as local cheese, chocolate and olive producers. “We spent $600 on cheeses, breadsticks, wines, oils and sauces,” says Haroula. “We don’t get to go to places like that all the time so it was definitely worth it,” she says.

If the thought of a romantic carriage ride sounds way too comfortable, indulging your thrill-seeking side is also an option. Hunter Wine Helicopters offers the Hunter Valley Rush, an adrenalin-pumping flight over the scenic Brokenback Range. Harnessed into an open chopper, you’ll feel the wind on your face as the pilot performs a series of manoeuvres designed to set pulses racing. Exhilarating in a different way is Slattery Helicopter Charter’s Cellar Door and Lunch Tour, which includes a scenic flight to an award-winning winery and three-course lunch at a top Hunter Valley restaurant (there are several to choose from). “It gives you such a different perspective to see the Valley from the air,” says Malcolm Campbell, 40, who recently went on the tour with his wife, Kim, 40. “You get to see the whole Hunter Valley – the layout of all the vineyards – it’s just sensational.” Another aerial view can be had from a hot-air balloon, which provides a gentler alternative. This was a serious consideration for Jeff Landers, 52, who wanted to see the Hunter Valley from above but was on strict doctor’s orders to avoid any strenuous activity for medical reasons. “I can’t jump out of an aeroplane, I can’t go scuba diving, there are so many things that I can’t do… but here was something that I could do and it was fabulous,” says Jeff of his trip with Wine Country Ballooning. Noni Badon, 26, was equally enchanted by her dawn ride with Balloon Aloft. Her then boyfriend, Anthony, 27, booked the trip as part of a romantic weekend away. “We’d been up there for about 20 minutes and it was really hot so I took off my jacket but Anthony wouldn’t take his off and I couldn’t figure out why,” says Noni, who later discovered he was hiding an engagement ring in his pocket as they floated above the vineyards. And while Noni describes her balloon proposal as “magical”, aerial engagements aren’t always smooth sailing. Clare Allen, co-owner of Cloud 9 Balloon Flights recalls several occasions when fellow co-owner and pilot, John, has had to assist nervous, procrastinating suitors. “He’s had to pull a few guys aside and say ‘the flight’s nearly over, mate. You have to pop the question’,” she says laughing. For contact details and more tours and experiences, turn to page 72 and 78.

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: SIGHTSEEING BY PROPELLER POWER ON A HUNTER VALLEY HELICOPTER RIDE; CLIP-CLOP YOUR WAY THROUGH THE VINEYARDS ON A HORSE AND CARRIAGE TOUR; EXPLORE QUIET COUNTRY BYWAYS BY BICYCLE; TAKE TO THE SKIES ON A HOT-AIR BALLOON FLIGHT AND WATCH THE SUN RISE.

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Ernest Hill Wines

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Premium Hunter Wine

At Ernest Hill Wines we pride ourselves on our range of award winning, limited edition wines that we sell direct to the public online, by mail order, and at our cellar door. Choose from our award winning range of varietals including Semillon, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Gewurztraminer, Rosé, Merlot, Shiraz and our beautiful Dessert wines. 307 Wine Country Drive, Nulkaba, NSW, 2325 • Tel: 02 4991 4418 • Fax: 02 4991 7724 Email: enquiries@ernesthillwines.com.au • Web: www.ernesthillwines.com.au

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What’s on.

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

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March

April

MARGAN’S WHITE LABEL LUNCH

TEMPRANILLO – SPAIN vs THE HUNTER!

March 1 & 8

April 5–May 31

Enjoy a five-course degustation lunch with the new limited release White Label wines in the atmospheric barrel room at Margan Wines. Starts at noon, $125pp. Bookings on 02 6579 1372 margan.com.au

Take part in a tutored tasting of Hunter Valley and Spanish Tempranillo every Saturday at noon in the Icon Lounge, Small Winemakers Centre. Tasting charges from $2–$5 per wine. Bookings on 02 4998 7668 smallwinemakers.com.au

JOHN FARNHAM LIONEL RICHIE

April 11–12

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The 10th anniversary of the independent boutique music and arts festival set in secluded bushland in Belford. There’s camping onsite, BYO and a laid-back festival vibe. thegumball.com.au

Watch five-time Grammy winner Lionel Richie and John Farnham, voted best Australian singer of all time in 2013, perform together at this outdoor concert at Tempus Two Complex. ticketmaster.com.au

A LITTLE BIT OF ITALY IN BROKE

MAITLAND TASTE

March 8–9

April 12–13

A two-day festival with cooking demos by the region’s top chefs, as well as Hunter Valley wine and boutique beer tastings. maitlandtaste.com.au

Celebrate the Italian way of life with wine, food and music at participating cellar doors, olive groves and farm outlets in the tiny hamlet of Broke. littlebitofitaly.com.au

PREVIOUS PAGE: A DAY ON THE GREEN AT BIMBADGEN. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: WHISPERING BROOK LONG TABLE LUNCH; SNOW TIME @ HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS; KURRI KURRI NOSTALGIA FESTIVAL; KRINKLEWOOD BIODYNAMIC WORKSHOP.

CMC ROCKS THE HUNTER March 14–16 One of the biggest country and roots festivals outside of North America, CMC Rocks the Hunter brings together the best in local and international talent at Hope Estate. cmcrocks.com.au

March 22

For five sweet hours, Bimbadgen Winery will rock out to the sounds of Jimmy Barnes, The Angels with Dave Gleeson, Ian ‘Mossy’ Moss, Richard Clapton, Daryl Braithwaite and Boom Crash Opera. adayonthegreen.com.au

April 19–20 A fun day out for all the family, but the kids will have a ball scavenging the grounds for Easter eggs. hvg.com.au

INSIDE ART

KURRI KURRI NOSTALGIA FESTIVAL

VERMENTINO – ITALY vs THE HUNTER!

March 28–30

Every Saturday

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

Enjoy a tutored tasting of Hunter Valley and Italian Vermentino wines at noon in the Icon Lounge, Small Winemakers Centre. From $2–$5 per wine. Bookings 02 4998 7668 smallwinemakers.com.au

April 19–21 & 26–27, May 3–4 The 10th annual exhibition of Inside Art at The Old Fireshed Gallery at Wollombi Cultural Centre will feature artworks by inmates of St Heliers (Muswellbrook) and Cessnock Correctional Centres. wollombi.org

PHOTOS: THINKSTOCK

A DAY ON THE GREEN – CLASSIC AUSSIE ROCK

GIANT EASTER EGG HUNT @ HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS

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Calendar. www.wyndhamestate.com.au

www.krinklewood.com

RIDGEVIEW AUTUMN IN SEASON DINNER

HUNTER VALLEY WINE FOOD MONTH

May 2

June 1–30

Indulge in a four-course dining experience using seasonal produce from the onsite organic kitchen garden. Starts at 6.30pm. $65pp or $85pp with matching wines. BYO welcome. Bookings on 02 6574 7332 ridgeview.com.au

This annual event showcases the region’s diverse wine and food culture with a month-long series of themed activities. Below are some of the the great events being held during June; for a full list of events go to winecountry.com.au

UPPER HUNTER WINE AND FOOD AFFAIR

• Adina's Olive Oil Discovery Tour – daily

May

May 3 Enjoy free live bands, entertainment for the children, street theatre, street food and Upper Hunter wines at Denman’s street party. upperhunterwineandfood affair.com.au

LOVEDALE LONG LUNCH

May 17–18

Seven Lovedale wineries team up with local Hunter Valley restaurants for a weekend of fine wine, gourmet food and live entertainment. Saturday entry $85pp (inc Sunday re-admission), Sunday only $65pp. lovedalelonglunch.com.au

ALL SPOKES FESTIVAL

May 24–25

This event encourages participation by novice and elite cyclists alike in a cycling classic through the heart of Wine Country. allspokesfestival.com.au

KRINKLEWOOD BIODYNAMIC WORKSHOP PHOTOS: THINKSTOCK

May 24 Make compost, fill and bury cow horns and more at this hands-on workshop at the fully certified biodynamic vineyard. $145pp or $220 per couple. Bookings on 02 6579 1322 krinklewood.com

June

• Balloon Aloft's Breakfast In The Air – every Saturday • Cork & Fork Golf Cup @ The Vintage – June 21 • Glandore Wines Burning Of The Barrels – June 7 • How To Make Cheese Class @ Hunter Valley Cheese Co

Backstage with Dazza.

DARYL BRAITHWAITE ROCKER LEGEND

WORDS AMELIA SAW

– June 7

• Hunter Culinary Association Food Fight Lunch – June 2 • Margan Restaurant 100 Metre Lunch – Friday to Sunday • McGuigan Personal Reserve Launch – daily • Ocean To Paddock Degustation Dinner @ RidgeView Restaurant – June 14

• Steak & Shiraz Matching @ Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens – every Friday & Saturday

• Whispering Brook Long Table Luncheon – June 7

SNOW TIME @ HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS June 28–July 13 Hunter Valley Gardens’ Formal Garden will be transformed into an enchanting winter wonderland, complete with ice-skating rink. hvg.com.au

What is it about A Day on the Green that appeals to you? (Daryl performs on March 22) It’s the whole set-up. I like that you drive up to it and as you get closer you can sense that there’s something going on over the next hill or mountain. Then you get closer still and you can hear the music, and then you just see thousands of people all getting together to have a good time. It’s what I envisage Woodstock was like. What do you like most about playing live? If I said it wasn’t an egotistical thing, then I’d be lying, but it’s also seeing the elation and happiness on people’s faces and knowing that I must have something to do with that. A friend, who is a criminal defence barrister, said to me recently, “Daryl, I deal in misery. You deal in happiness.” And that’s what I’ve dedicated my whole life to... just making people feel good. ‘Not Too Late’ is the signature track on your new album Forever The Tourist. What does it mean to you? Well, the song is really saying it’s never too late to go back to a relationship or work something out, but for me the song kind of means it’s never too late to have a go at something, like it’s never too late to achieve success on the charts or be backed by a big record company. Curious to know the weirdest thing a fan’s ever done to Daryl? Go to winecountry.com.au 43

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keeping it simple

Taste @ The Small Winemakers Centre & Hunter Resort T 0418 456 853 E sales@thomaswines.com.au W thomaswines.com.au

A prestigious and highly awarded winery, led by Chief Winemaker Gwyn Olsen, named ‘DUX’ of the Australian Wine Research Institute, Advanced Wine Assessment Course 2012.

CELLAR DOOR OPEN DAILY FROM 10am - 5pm 593 MOUNT VIEW ROAD MOUNT VIEW, 2325 (02) 4990 3670 www.briarridge.com.au

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

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WINE&FOOD MONTH June 1 30, 2014

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Discover.

A world of wine

10 great reasons to visit

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

LIFE’S TOO SHORT TO DRINK BAD WINE

courses, which take advantage of the views.

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

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). Source: ABS Vineyards Survey

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

TOURS OF ALL TYPES Take a tour in a horse-drawn carriage, a Cadillac convertible, a modern limousine or on the back of a bike (more tour options on page 72).

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 78 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 41–43 for What’s On). 47

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Tasting notes. PREMIUM WINES FROM SOME OF THE FINEST WINERIES.

Crisp Vibrant Classic

Modern Classy Honest

Elegant Complex Powerful

Zesty Fresh Unique

Elegant Supple Satisfying

BIMBADGEN ESTATE SEMILLON

GUNDOG ESTATE HUNTER’S SHIRAZ

DE IULIIS WINES LIMITED RELEASE SHIRAZ

MARGAN WINES SEMILLON

MOUNT PLEASANT ROSEHILL SHIRAZ

Fruit was sourced predominantly from Bimbadgen’s vineyards on Palmers Lane and McDonalds Road in central Pokolbin. Aromas of Granny Smith apples and citrus blossom deliver a palate with vibrant lime juice, lemon pith, citrus fruit and kaffir lime leaf flavours. Crisp acidity drives the racy, minerallike palate with precision. $22 See page 56 or bimbadgen.com.au

This is a vibrant style of Hunter Shiraz, showcasing fruit purity and quality of terroir. Fermentation in open top tanks was followed by maturation in quality French oak puncheons for 10 months to deliver an elegant wine that can either be enjoyed now, or after several years in the cellar. $35 See page 57 or gundogestate.com.au

Only made from the 10 best barrels from the outstanding 2011 vintage, this velvety Hunter Shiraz is all about complexity and length. Deep flavours of ripe black cherries, dark berries and plum are framed by soft tannins and elegantly balanced acidity. The ideal wine for many years to come. $70 See page 57 or dewine. com.au

Pale straw with tinges of lime, this 2013 Semillon displays a lifted bouquet of citrus with some sherbet undertones. The palate is zesty and crisp with a refreshing lingering finish. Enjoy the 94 point rated James Halliday Semillon now as a young, racy wine or cellar for another five years and beyond. $18 See page 55 or margan. com.au

Drink with: duck confit.

Drink with: slow-

Drink with: salad

roasted Osso Buco.

Niçoise.

Immediate delicious red fruits with a silky mouthfeel give excellent structure, balance and length, with the mid-palate displaying dark fruit spice notes mixed with luscious oak-derived brown spice. Fine silky tannins, which are both berry- and oakderived, provide a complex persistent finish, which continues to elegantly linger. $40 See page 59 or mountpleasantwines. com.au

Drink with: a range of

Drink with: slow-

fresh seafood or canapes.

roasted lamb shoulder.

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Zesty Aromatic Delightful

Vibrant Delicious Flavourful

Fresh Citrus-driven Fine-textured

Crisp Flavoursome Unique

Elegant Fleshy Seamless

FIRST CREEK E E

MISTLETOE BARREL FERMENTED ROSÉ

LINDEMAN’S BIN HUNTER VALLEY SEMILLON

GLANDORE ESTATE SAVAGNIN

RIDGEVIEW WINES IMPRESSIONS SHIRAZ

Lindeman’s Bin 1355 Hunter Valley Semillon features fresh lemon and grapefruit rind aromas with hints of grassy notes. A fine texture and a long, fresh finish with a touch of zesty acidity. Will age gracefully. $30 See page 58 or lindemans. com.au

Mistaken for the Spanish grape Albariño at first, this fresh and floral variety is now well placed in Australia. Pear and blossoms are found on the nose while the palate is round, soft and flavoursome with a light crisp finish. $25 See page 57 or glandorewines.com

Drink with: seafood

Drink with: chilli prawn

dishes and light salads.

linguine.

This multi-gold medal winning wine was handpicked from lowyielding vines on the Effen Hill vineyard. The medium body displays an intense crimson hue and an exquisitely fleshy and elegant palate of rich, ripe red berries, spicy notes and seamless French oak leading to a long, soft and complex finish. Drink now or cellar for five to eight years. $35 See page 60 or ridgeview. com.au

Originally from the Made from Shiraz grapes, Mediterranean, the 2013 Vermentino is a new grape crushed, chilled, then fermented, and matured, variety for First Creek, in older French oak now grown in the Hunter puncheons. Pale cherry Valley. Aromas of delicate red in colour, this Rosé honeysuckle, floral has a fragrant, spicy, musk notes and tropical fruit bouquet with rich textured create initial interest and red cherry fruit flavours, intrigue, while the palate delights and surprises with excellent balance and length. Mistletoe says it's a perfect, linear balancing their best yet! Available act of fine minerality, only at the Mistletoe cellar texture and fruit flavours. door. $20 $25 See page 59 or See page 57 or mistletoewines.com.au firstcreekwines.com.au                     Drink with: pan-fried

Drink with: barbecued

sardines and a delicate garlic aioli.

seafood.

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Cellar doors. KIDS’ PLAYGROUND

FUNCTIONS

FREE WIFI

CONFERENCE FACILITIES

BBQ

ART GALLERY

ACCOMMODATION

LOCAL PRODUCE

PHONE

RESTAURANT/CAFE

ADDRESS

GROUP WINE TASTINGS

NAME

TOURS

SAMPLE THE REGION'S AWARD-WINNING WINES.

BROKE FORDWICH 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

700 Dalwood Rd, Dalwood

02 4938 3444

✓ ✓

✓ ✓

✓ ✓

DALWOOD Wyndham Estate

LOVEDALE � NORTH ROTHBURY Adina Vineyard & Olive Grove

492 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7473

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

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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

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

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

Ironbark Hill Vineyard

694 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7085

Kelman Vineyard

2 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4991 5456

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

McGuigan Wines

447 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7402

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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. 51

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02 4998 7474

Mistletoe Winery

771 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

1800 055 080

Misty Glen Wines & Cottage

293 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7781

Moorebank Vineyard Estate

150 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7610

Mount Pleasant Estate

401 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7505

Oakvale Wines

1596 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7088

Pepper Tree Wines

86 Halls Rd, Pokolbin

Peterson House

KIDS’ PLAYGROUND

Meerea Park

FUNCTIONS

FREE WIFI

02 4998 7754

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

CONFERENCE FACILITIES

462 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

BBQ

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SAMPLE THE REGION'S AWARD-WINNING WINES.

02 4909 7100

Cnr Broke Rd & Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin

02 4998 7881

RidgeView Wines

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 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

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

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1840 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 1576

Wollombi Wines

Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3427

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Congratulations to the Hunter Valley wineries that were honoured with trophies at the 2013 Clear Image Hunter Valley Wine Show. PAGE

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Thomas Wines Cellar Reserve Braemore Semillon 2013 Current Vintage – Semillon

Tinklers Vineyard U & I Shiraz 2005 – Museum Vintage Dry Red Wine

Two Rivers Wines Hidden Hive Verdelho 2013 Current Vintage – Verdelho

Tempus Two Wines Copper Zenith Semillon 2003 Museum Vintage Dry White Wine

Mount Eyre Vineyards Three Ponds Fiano 2013 Current Vintage – Dry White Wine Alternate White Varietals & Blends Thomas Wines Cellar Reserve Braemore Semillon 2013 Current Vintage Dry White Wine Tyrrell’s Vineyards Most Successful Exhibitor of Young Wines Tyrrell’s Vineyards Old Vines Chardonnay 2012 One-Year-Old Dry White Wine Pepper Tree Wines Limited Release Shiraz 2011 Two-Year-Old Dry Red Wine Margan Family Wines Limited Release Barbera 2011 Dry Red Wine – Alternate Red Varietals & Blends – Any Vintage Pepper Tree Wines Limited Release Shiraz 2011 Premium Vintage Dry Red Wine Agnew Wines Audrey Wilkinson Museum Reserve Semillon 2006 Premium Vintage Dry White Wine Margan Family Wines Botrytis Semillon 2011 Premium Vintage Sweet White Wine Drayton’s Family Wines Heritage Vines Verdelho Premium Vintage Fortified Wine

Pepper Tree Wines Limited Release Shiraz 2011 Dry Red Wine – Currently Available Agnew Wines Audrey Wilkinson Museum Reserve Semillon 2006 Dry White Wine – Currently Available Tyrrell’s Vineyards Old Vines Chardonnay 2012 Best Chardonnay – Any Vintage Leogate Estate Wines Western Slopes Shiraz 2011 Best Named Vineyard Dry Red Wine Tyrrell’s Vineyards HVD Semillon 2007 Best Named Vineyard Dry White Wine Leogate Estate Wines Western Slopes Shiraz 2011 Best Named Vineyard Wine Agnew Wines Audrey Wilkinson Museum Reserve Semillon 2006 Best Dry White Wine of Show Pepper Tree Wines Limited Release Shiraz 2011 Best Dry Red Wine of Show Iain Riggs Wines of Provenance Winner Tulloch Limited Release Hector of Glen Elgin Shiraz – 1994, 2006, 2011 For full results, visit hunterwineshow.com.au 53

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Specialising in Artisan and Cult Italian wines, perched in the picturesque foothills of Mount View. Home of iconic restaurant, 749 Mount View Road, Mount View, 2325 (02) 4990 7535 www.tallaveragrove.com.au

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Open Thurs - Mon 10am - 5pm Weekend Vineyard Tours

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Semillon of the year 2013 Sydney International Wine Competition 2013 London International Wine Challenge

Experience our ultra-premium range of Estate grown single vineyard wines

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

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CELLAR DOORS BROKE FORDWICH • DALWOOD • LOVEDALE

GLENGUIN ESTATE WINES ��� MILBRODALE RD, BROKE

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

MILBRODALE RD, BROKE

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

STOMP WINES

WHISPERING BROOK

WYNDHAM ESTATE

��� 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

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

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)

ADINA VINEYARD � OLIVE  GROVE

CAPERCAILLIE WINE

EMMA S COTTAGE VINEYARD

� LONDONS RD, LOVEDALE

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

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

��� 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

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

DALWOOD RD, DALWOOD

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

WILDERNESS RD, LOVEDALE

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

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CELLAR DOORS NORTH ROTHBURY • NULKABA • POKOLBIN

TELLACE WINES � TUCKERS LN, NORTH ROTHBURY 

ERNEST HILL WINES � WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

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

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

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

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

AUDREY WILKINSON VINEYARD �

DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 1866 E cellardoor@audreywilkinson.com.au audreywilkinson.com.au Planted in 1866, Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard was the first vineyard established in the Parish of Pokolbin, more than 140 years ago. With breathtaking views of the Hunter Valley, this James Halliday red 5-star winery is an absolute must-visit for visitors to the region. Daily 10am–5pm (closed Xmas & Boxing Day)

BALLABOURNEEN WINE CO

BIMBADGEN

BLUEBERRY HILL VINEYARD

� �� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

�� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

CALAIS ESTATE WINES

COCK IGHTER S GHOST WINES

� �–��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

� � 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

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

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

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)

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

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CELLAR DOORS POKOLBIN

CONSTABLE ESTATE

DAVID HOOK WINES

CNR EKERTS � BROKE RDS, POKOLBIN

GILLARDS RD, POKOLBIN

DE BORTOLI WINES � WINE COUNTRY DR, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

DE IULIIS WINES

IRST CREEK WINES

GEMELLI ESTATE

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

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

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

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

MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

�� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

HARKHAM WINES 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

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CELLAR DOORS POKOLBIN

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)

HUNGER ORD HILL WINES

IRONBARK HILL VINEYARD

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��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

T 02 6574 7085 E admin@ironbarkhill.com.au ironbarkhill.com.au Picturesque boutique cellar door and vineyard with an outstanding collection of medal-winning wines, including Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, Verdelho and Semillon. Delicious sparklings, fortifieds and a James Halliday 95-point rated Shiraz. Onsite accommodation, wedding chapel and function centre surrounded by vines. Daily 10am–5pm

KELMAN VINEYARD

LAMBLOCH ESTATE

LEOGATE ESTATE WINES

� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

� �� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

��� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

LINDEMAN S

LITTLES WINES

MCGUIGAN WINES

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

�� PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

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)

‘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

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

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

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

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CELLAR DOORS POKOLBIN

MCLEISH ESTATE

MEEREA PARK

MISTLETOE WINERY

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

TEMPUS TWO COMPLE , 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

� � 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

OAKVALE WINES

PEPPER TREE WINES

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

� �� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN 

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

� HALLS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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 7505 E mtpleasant@mcwilliamswines.com.au mountpleasantwines.com.au 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

PETERSON HOUSE CNR BROKE RD � WINE COUNTRY DR, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7881 E bubbles@petersonhouse.com.au petersonhouse.com.au Peterson House is the specialist producer of sparkling wines in the Hunter Valley. It offers an array of sparkling varieties, from the easy-drinking Blush to the premium blends. Allow the time to enjoy a glass of bubbles on the deck with an oyster or cheese platter. Daily 9am–5pm

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CELLAR DOORS POKOLBIN

RIDGEVIEW WINES

ROBYN DRAYTON WINES

�� SWEETWATER RD, POKOLBIN

ROTHVALE WINERY

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

SMALL WINEMAKERS CENTRE

TEMPUS TWO CELLAR DOOR

THOMAS WINES

��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN 

CNR BROKE � MCDONALDS RDS, POKOLBIN 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CELLAR DOORS POKOLBIN • ROTHBURY

TINKLERS POKOLBIN MOUNTAINS RD, POKOLBIN 

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

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

TINTILLA ESTATE WINES � OLIVES ��  HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN 

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

TRAVERTINE WINES �  OLD NORTH RD, POKOLBIN 

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

TULLOCH WINES

TYRRELL S WINES

WAVERLEY ESTATE AGED WINES

� � PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN 

DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN 

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

BROKE RD, POKOLBIN 

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

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

WOMBAT CROSSING VINEYARD

WYNWOOD ESTATE

HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN 

� OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN 

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

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

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

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

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

MAC UARIEDALE ORGANIC  WINES ��  SWEETWATER RD, ROTHBURY

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

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CELLAR DOORS ROTHBURY • MILLFIELD • MOUNT VIEW • WOLLOMBI

ST CLEMENTS ESTATE � � TALGA RD, ROTHBURY

BRIAR RIDGE VINEYARD �  MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW

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

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

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

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

MOUNT VIEW ESTATE

PETERSONS WINES

� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW 

� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW 

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

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

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

MILLBROOK ESTATE WINERY �  DISTILLERY ���� MOUNT VIEW RD, MILL IELD

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

SAVANNAH ESTATE � � MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW 

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

TALLAVERA GROVE VINEYARD

STONEHURST WINES

WOLLOMBI WINES

��� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW

� � WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hop aboard the Best Tour bus and take lasting memories of a great day out home with you!

Best Tour has consistently provided their passengers with a wine tasting tour to remember and is regarded as one of the most respected wine tour operators in the Hunter Valley. Best Tour has built up great relations with many boutique wineries over the years – wineries who now provide private, educational and comprehensive tastings, leaving passengers feeling like VIPs. Best Tour Tel: 0437 149 612 Email: besttour@bigpond.com

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Krinklewood is a Certified Biodynamic Organic, family owned vineyard. The Cellar Door is set amongst beautiful Provencal gardens, urns and fountains and nestled in the picturesque Broke Fordwich Valley. Cellar Door Open Weekends 10am - 5pm. 712 Wollombi Road, Broke, Hunter Valley, NSW. T: 02 6579 1322 www.krinklewood.com Cheese platters are available.

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BROKE, CESSNOCK � MOUNT VIEW Bistro Molines

@ Tallavera Grove, 749 Mount View Rd, Mount View

02 4990 9553

THU–MON FRI–SAT

69 MAP 1 P8

Indian@Hunter Restaurant

13 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4991 1773

THU–SAT

65 MAP 2 B3

Margan Winery & Restaurant

1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke

02 6579 1372

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DALWOOD, LOVEDALE � NORTH ROTHBURY Emerson’s Cafe & Restaurant

@ Adina Vineyard, 492 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7029

Sabor in the Hunter Dessert Bar

319 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale

Shakey Tables

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

Tatler Tapas Cafe

SAT–SUN WED–SUN THU–SUN

65 MAP 1 H11

1300 958 850

FRI–SUN

65 MAP 1 G10

02 4938 1744

SAT–SUN

7 DAYS

65 MAP 1 E9

@ Tatler Wines, 477 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 9139

THU–TUE FRI–SAT

65 MAP 1 H12

The Deck Cafe Lovedale

@ Gartelmann Wines, 701 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 9007

7 DAYS

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65 MAP 1 H12

The Olive Tree Restaurant

@ Wyndham Estate Winery, 700 Dalwood Rd, Dalwood

02 4938 1831

SUN

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65 MAP 1 B13

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

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

Elizabeth’s

@ Mount Pleasant Estate, 401 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7505

Esca Bimbadgen

@ Bimbadgen, 790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4666

Harrigan’s Irish Pub

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4300

Il Cacciatore Restaurant

@ Hermitage Lodge, 609 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7639

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

7 DAYS

Pokolbin Wild Brumby

1045 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7888

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Restaurant Botanica

@ Spicers Vineyards Estate, 555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7229

SAT–SUN WED–SUN

67

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Restaurant Cuvée

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

02 4998 7881

7 DAYS

67

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RidgeView Restaurant & Cafe

@ RidgeView Wines, 273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7332

FRI–SUN THU–SUN THU–SUN

68 MAP 1 E4

Roberts Circa 1876

64 Halls Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4998

7 DAYS

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Robyn Drayton Wines

Cnr McDonalds & Pokolbin Mountain Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7523

7 DAYS

7 DAYS

San Martino Italian Bites, Pizza & Pasta

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

02 4998 7777

7 DAYS

7 DAYS

The Beltree

266 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

The Cellar Restaurant

Hunter Valley Gardens Village, Broke Rd, Pokolbin

The Legends Grill

@ The Vintage Golf Club, Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2213

The Verandah Restaurant

@ Calais Estate, 151 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7231

Twine Restaurant

@ Wynwood Estate, 310 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7449

Villa du Pays

@ Leogate Estate Wines, 1693 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7499

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7 DAYS

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7 DAYS

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7 DAYS

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7 DAYS

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7 DAYS

7 DAYS

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7 DAYS

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7 DAYS

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7 DAYS

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66 MAP 1 M11

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68 MAP 1 M4 7 DAYS

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02 6574 7216

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02 4998 7584

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68 MAP 1 N7 68

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RESTAURANTS � CA ES BROKE • CESSNOCK • DALWOOD • LOVEDALE • NORTH ROTHBURY

MARGAN WINERY � RESTAURANT

INDIAN HUNTER RESTAURANT

THE OLIVE TREE RESTAURANT

��

� VINCENT ST, CESSNOCK

WYNDHAM ESTATE WINERY, � DALWOOD

MILBRODALE RD, BROKE

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

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

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

EMERSON S CA E � RESTAURANT

SABOR IN THE HUNTER  DESSERT BAR

ADINA VINEYARD, ��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

�� WILDERNESS RD, LOVEDALE

DALWOOD RD,

T 02 4938 1831 E janet@olivetreerestaurant.com.au olivetreerestaurant.com.au Rustic Mediterranean cuisine served on antique crockery in a stylish country setting makes The Olive Tree an ideal place for a leisurely weekend breakfast or lunch. Shady outdoor tables offer captivating views of vineyards, countryside and the Hunter River. Breakfast Sun from 10am, lunch Sat–Sun 12–3pm

TATLER TAPAS CA E TATLER WINES, ��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

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

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

FOOD FANATIC OR EDUCATED PALATE? THE DECK CA E LOVEDALE

SHAKEY TABLES

GARTELMANN WINES, � � LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

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

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

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

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RESTAURANTS � CA ES NULKABA • POKOLBIN

OLD BRICKWORKS BRASSERIE 

AMANDA S ON THE EDGE

POTTERS HOTEL BREWERY RESORT, WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

WINDSOR S EDGE VINEYARD, � POKOLBIN

� MCDONALDS RD,

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

CA E � �  AT LINDEMAN S

CA E EN O

LINDEMAN S, ��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN T 02 4993 3700

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

AUSTRALIAN REGIONAL  OOD  STORE � CA E SMALL WINEMAKERS CENTRE, ��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN T 02 4998 6800

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

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

ESCA BIMBADGEN BIMBADGEN, ��  MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

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

enzohuntervalley.com.au

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

Sip a Campos coffee while feasting on seasonal menus that showcase homemade and locally grown produce. Cafe Enzo is located in Peppers Creek Village, known for its sandstone surrounds, relaxed al fresco dining and Victorian fireplace. Special occasion functions can be accommodated. Mon–Fri 9am–4pm, Sat–Sun 8.30am–4pm

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

HARRIGAN S IRISH PUB �  ACCOMMODATION

IL CACCIATORE RESTAURANT

OISHII

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

TEMPUS TWO COMPLE , CNR BROKE � MCDONALDS RDS, POKOLBIN

� � BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

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

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

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

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RESTAURANTS � CA ES POKOLBIN

POKOLBIN WILD BRUMBY

RESTAURANT BOTANICA

RESTAURANT CUV E

� � HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

SPICERS VINEYARDS ESTATE,  POKOLBIN T 02 6574 7229

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

T 02 4998 7888 E pokolbinwildbrumby@gmail.com pokolbinwildbrumby.com.au Pokolbin Wild Brumby is a restaurant, cafe and bar with a relaxed atmosphere, set on beautiful grounds among grapevines. It is proud of its casual dining menu with great value-for-money meals and good old-fashioned service with style. Come and have some fun! Fri–Wed 8am–11pm

HERMITAGE RD,

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

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

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

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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RESTAURANTS � CA ES POKOLBIN • ROTHBURY

RIDGEVIEW RESTAURANT � CA E

ROBYN DRAYTON WINES

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

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

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

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

THE BELTREE

THE CELLAR RESTAURANT

��� HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

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

SAN MARTINO ITALIAN BITES,  PI A � 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

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

T 02 6574 7216 E info@beltree.com.au beltree.com.au

the-cellar-restaurant.com.au

T 02 4998 7231 E bookings@verandahrestaurant.com.au verandahrestaurant.com.au

This modern Italian-style trattoria, run by owner/chef Guy Parkinson and wife Jess, is a local favourite thanks to its motivated and warm service, eclectic wine list, artisan produce and simple food philosophy. It’s a terrific spot for relaxed lunches on the deck, fireside dinners or boutique weddings. Lunch Fri–Mon from 12pm, dinner Fri–Sat from 6.30pm

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

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

TWINE RESTAURANT

VILLA DU PAYS

THE LEGENDS GRILL

WYNWOOD ESTATE, � OAKEY CREEK RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

THE VINTAGE GOL 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

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Open Daily: Mon-Thu: 9am - 4pm Fri: 9am - 5pm Sat: 8.30am - 5pm Sun: 8am - 4pm Phone: 02 4998 7233

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. Winner of Savour Restaurant and Catering for CafĂŠ Restaurant of the Year 2013.

A little birdie told me ...

.... it ’s magic!

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

For Enzo Weddings at IronBark Hill and private functions please see our website enzohuntervalley.com or phone 0249 987233.

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Gourmet. PAGE

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Bluetongue Brewery Cafe

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

02 4998 7777

71

MAP 1 F2

Hunter Beer Co.

@ Potters Hotel Brewery Resort, Wine Country Dr, Nulkaba

02 4991 7922

71

MAP 1 M11

Hunter Distillery

1686 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6737

71

MAP 1 J3

Australian Regional Foodstore & Cafe

@ Small Winemakers Centre, 426 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6800

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MAP 1 J6

Binnorie Dairy

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

02 4998 6660

71

MAP 1 F2

Gundog Hunter Cellar & Gourmet Pantry

101 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6873

57

MAP 1 L4

Hunter Valley Cheese Factory

@ McGuigans Complex, 447 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7744

71

MAP 1 J6

Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop

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

02 4998 6713

71

MAP 1 J6

Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop

@ Pokolbin Village, 3/2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6960

71

MAP 1 J6

Pukara Estate

@ Ballabourneen Wine Co., 2347 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

0408 144 149

71

MAP 1 J9

Pukara Estate

1440 Denman Rd, Muswellbrook

02 6547 1055

71

MAP 1 B00

Tempus Two

Cnr Broke & McDonalds Rds, Pokolbin

02 4998 4000

71

MAP 1 J6

Tinklers Produce

53 Pokolbin Mountains Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7435

71

MAP 1 M4

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen

@ De Iuliis Wines, 1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6699

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BREWERIES � DISTILLERIES

PHONE

FREE TASTINGS

FEAST ON LOCAL PRODUCE AND DISCOVER BOUTIQUE BEERS.

MAP

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FREE TASTING

TOURS

RUGS

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

3 x Gas BBQs

Gemelli Estate

1 x Gas BBQ

Hermitage Road 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

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GOURMET

PRODUCE • BRE ER ES � D ST

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BLUETONGUE BREWERY CA E

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

BINNORIE DAIRY

HUNTER VALLEY CHEESE ACTORY

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

MCGUIGANS COMPLE , ��� MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN T 02 4998 7744 E contact@

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

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

PUKARA ESTATE

TEMPUS TWO

BALLABOURNEEN WINE CO , � �� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

CNR BROKE � MCDONALDS RDS, POKOLBIN

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

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

T 02 4998 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

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

T 02 4998 6713 E info@smellycheese.net.au smellycheese.net.au Providores of the finest local and imported cheeses 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

TINKLERS PRODUCE  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

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A Grape X Pectations Tour

0405 155 456

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All Around the Vines

0459 145 065

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All Hunter Wine Tours

0400 427 050

73

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Almighty Transport & Transfers

0401 827 568

73

N/A

Aussie Wine Tours

0402 909 090

73

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Best Tour

0437 149 612

73

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Cheers Bus

0408 987 057

73

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Country Trails Private Tours

0430 543 465

73

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diVine tours

0414 858 671

73

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Fine Wine Tours

0421 855 355

74

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Hall’s Private Transfers

0431 810 548

74

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Hunter Valley Boutique Wine Tours

0419 419 931

74

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Hunter Valley Cadillacs

02 4996 4059

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MAP 1 E15

02 4991 3655

74

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0431 337 367

74

MAP 1 F2

Hunter Valley Private Tours by Wendt on Tours

02 4998 6757

74

N/A

Hunter Valley Vine Link

02 4930 7689

74

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Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tours

02 9357 5511

75

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Hunter Valley Classic Carriages Hunter Valley Horse Riding & Carriage Tours

@ Hunter Valley Resort, 917 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

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DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE HUNTER VALLEY.

02 4991 1659

75

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02 4985 9880

75

MAP 1 K10

James’ Vineyard Tours

0437 151 500

75

MAP 1 B0

Private Tours

0419 851 010

75

N/A

Signature Limousines

02 4930 5193

75

N/A

Silver Service Limousines

02 6571 1600

75

MAP 1 B0

Hunter Vineyard Tours Hunter Wine Helicopters

Cessnock Airport Terminal, Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin

0408 649 696

75

MAP 1 K10

0410 462 540

76

MAP 1 K10

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Tours

0414 316 859

76

N/A

Vineyard Shuttle Service

02 4991 3655

76

N/A

Wine Country Limousines

02 4990 2852

76

MAP 1 Q

Wine Country Tours

02 9484 0477

76

N/A

Wine Rover

02 4990 1699

76

MAP 2 E3

Slattery Helicopters

Cessnock Airport Terminal, Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin

TexTours

SYDNEY PICK-UP

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TOURS

A GRAPE   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 �  TRANS ERS  

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

INE WINE TOURS

HUNTER VALLEY BOUTI UE  WINE TOURS

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

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

HUNTER VALLEY CADILLACS

HUNTER VALLEY CLASSIC  CARRIAGES

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

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

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

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 HORSE  RIDING AND CARRIAGE TOURS

HUNTER VALLEY PRIVATE TOURS  BY WENDT ON TOURS

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

T 02 4998 6757 E glenn@huntervalleyprivatetours.com.au huntervalleyprivatetours.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

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)

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

HALL S PRIVATE TRANS ERS

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

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

HUNTER VALLEY VINE LINK

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

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

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TOURS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EXPLORE THE VALLEY WITH OUR

SILVER SERVICE LIMOUSINES

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

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

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 $70pp or opt for a package tour such as Champagne breakfast, cellar door and lunch, coastal flights or tailor your own experience. Daily

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TOURS

TE TOURS

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 AT 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 FO R SUCCESS IN THE OFFICE.

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HUNTER VALLEY SMELLY CHEESE SHOPS

gourmet gourmet products cheeses gelato pizza products cheeses gelato Providores of the finest local and imported gourmet foods. HUNTER SMELLY CHEESE SHOPS HUNTER VALLEY SMELLY CHEE PUKARA ESTATE POKOLBINVALLEY TASTING ROOM Our cheese range includes international and hard-to-find Providores of the finest local NSW and imported 2347•Broke Road, Cessnock 2320 gourmet foods. • Home of the Hunter Valley Gelato Company - the only PH: 0408 144 149 E: info@pukaraestate.com.au “real” Italian hand made gelato in the Hunter region ‘made on www.pukaraestate.com.au site’ with over 200 flavours, including our very own Aussie range. Pukara Estate delights buds with an flavoursome • Delicious productstaste can be purchased to extensive take home or sit and and fresh range of inolive mayonnaises, dukkahs, indulge whilst storeoils, withvinegars, a glass of one of our local wines or relishesbeers. and tapenades. Fully licensed Experience a free tasting at either our • Smelly’s Kitchen alsoorhas ‘French’ style bread daily,Room at Pokolbin Tasting Room visit our Grove andbaked Tasting gourmet Road pizzas,Muswellbrook stuffed baguettes,NSW wraps, burgers and chips. 1440 Denman 2333.

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Pavilion G, Tempus Two Complex, Open 7 days 10am – 5pm. (Muswellbrook 9.30am – 4.30pm) Hall of Food | Pavilion G, Tempus Two Complex, 2144 Broke Road, Pokolbin | p 02 4998 67132144 | f 02 4998 7650 | ePokolbin info@smellycheese.net.au Road, Hall of Food | PavilionBroke G, Tempus Two Complex, 2144 Broke Road, Pokolbin | p 02 4998 6713 | f Pokolbin Village Shop | Shop 3, 2188 Broke Road, Pokolbin | p 02 4998 6960 | 02 e pvr@smellycheese.net.au | w www.smellycheese.net.au Tel: 4998 6713 | Email: info@smellycheese.net.au Pokolbin Village Shop | Shop 3, 2188 Broke Road, Pokolbin | p 02 4998 6960 | e pvr@smellyc facebook.com/PukaraEstate @pukaraestate pinterest.com/PukaraEstate

Pokolbin Village Shop Shop 3, 2188 Broke Road, Pokolbin Tel: 02 4998 6960 | Email: pvr@smellycheese.net.au Website: www.smellycheese.net.au

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

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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

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Experiences. ADDRESS

PHONE

PAGE

NAME

FREE WI-FI

ENJOY A RANGE OF ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS.

MAP

ACTIVITIES Aqua Golf & Putt Putt

Hunter Valley Gardens Village, Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7896

79

MAP 1 J5

Balloon Aloft

Meeting @ Peterson House, Broke Rd, Cessnock

1300 723 279

79

MAP 1 J9

Balloon Safaris

1800 818 191

79

MAP 1 J9

Cloud 9 Balloon Flights

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

1300 555 711

79

MAP1 M1

Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club

15 Thompson Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 1555

86

MAP1 K5

East Coast Corporate & Group Xperiences

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

1300 465 636

79

MAP 1 K10

Grapemobile Bicycle Hire

307 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7660

79

MAP 1 H7

Hunter Valley Candymaking School

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

02 4998 7777

79

MAP 1 F2

Hunter Valley Cooking School

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

02 4998 7777

79

MAP 1 F2

Hunter Valley Cycling

266 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6633

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MAP 1 L8

Hunter Valley Golf

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

02 4991 4777

Hunter Valley Horse Riding & Adventures

288 Talga Rd, Rothbury

02 4930 7111

Hunter Valley Wine School

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

Hunter Wine Theatre

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MAP 1 K10

80

MAP 1 F11

02 4998 7777

80

MAP 1 F2

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

02 4998 7777

80

MAP 1 F2

The Vintage Golf Club

Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2208

80

MAP 1 H7

Wine Country Ballooning

Meeting @ Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin

02 4991 7533

80

MAP 1 J6

Australian Woodwork Hunter Valley Gallery

Cnr Wine Country Dr & Fleming St, Nulkaba

02 4990 4994

80

MAP 1 M11

Butterflies Gallery

@ De Iuliis Wines, 1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7724

80

MAP 1 J2

Pokolbin Gallery & Mistletoe Sculpture Garden

771 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

1800 055 080

59

MAP 1 F2

MAP 1 J6

ARTS � CRAFTS

ATTRACTIONS Hope Estate Events

2213 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 3555

80

Hunter Valley Gardens

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4000

80

MAP 1 J5

The Lovedale and Lovedale Brewery

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

02 4991 0900

81

MAP 1 K10

Wollombi Tavern

2994 Great North Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3261

81

MAP 1 S2

SHOPPING Come What May

@ Calais Estate Wines, 151 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin

0400 747 072

81

MAP 1 I8

Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4000

81

MAP 1 J5

Pokolbin Village

2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7670

81

MAP 1 J6

Wine Glass Gallery

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

02 4998 6888

81

MAP 1 J5

Château Élan Spa

Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2500

81

MAP 1 H7

Spa Anise

@ Spicers Vineyards Estate, 555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7229

81

MAP 1 D2

Tea Tree Spa

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

02 4991 0959

86

MAP 1 K10

SPAS ✓

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

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E PERIENCES ACTIVITIES

A UA GOL  � PUTT PUTT

BALLOON ALO T

HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS VILLAGE,  BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

E balloons@balloonaloft.com balloonaloft.com

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

Experience 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 SA ARIS

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  LIGHTS

EAST COAST  PERIENCES

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

CROWNE PLA A HUNTER VALLEY, �  WINE COUNTRY DR, LOVEDALE

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 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

HUNTER VALLEY CANDYMAKING SCHOOL

HUNTER VALLEY  COOKING SCHOOL

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

T 02 4998 6633 E info@huntervalleycycling.com.au huntervalleycycling.com.au

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GRAPEMOBILE BICYCLE HIRE � PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

T 02 4998 7660 E bikes@grapemobile.com.au grapemobile.com.au

HUNTER VALLEY CYCLING

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E PERIENCES ACTIVITIES • ARTS � RAFTS • ATTRACTIONS

HUNTER VALLEY  HORSE RIDING � ADVENTURES �

TALGA RD, ROTHBURY T 02 4930 7111

HUNTER VALLEY WINE SCHOOL

HUNTER WINE THEATRE

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

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

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)

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)

THE VINTAGE GOL  CLUB

WINE COUNTRY BALLOONING

VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

MEETING  MERCURE RESORT HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS, POKOLBIN

AUSTRALIAN WOODWORK  HUNTER VALLEY GALLERY

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

BUTTER LIES GALLERY DE IULIIS WINES, ���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

CNR WINE COUNTRY DR � LEMING ST, NULKABA

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

T 02 4990 4994 E info@australianwoodwork.com.au australianwoodwork.com.au

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

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

HOPE ESTATE EVENTS

HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS

��� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

� � BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

Hope Estate is perfectly situated in the heart of Wine Country, set on 420 acres of rolling countryside and picturesque vineyards. The Estate boasts an inviting cellar door, Harvest Restaurant, The Great Cask Hall and concert amphitheatre seating 19,000 people. Cellar door daily 10am–5pm. Restaurant lunch daily, dinner Fri–Sat

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)

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

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

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E PERIENCES ATTRACTIONS • SHOPPING • SPAS

THE LOVEDALE AND  LOVEDALE BREWERY

WOLLOMBI TAVERN ���� GREAT NORTH RD, WOLLOMBI

COME WHAT MAY CALAIS ESTATE WINES, � � PALMERS LN, POKOLBIN

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

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

The Lovedale is a place for all. It’s a bar… a restaurant... and it has the Lovedale Brewery and Distillery next door. It’s a place where scrumptious meals are made, where the drinks run cold and where conversations flow. Daily 8am–late

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

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

HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS  SHOPPING VILLAGE

POKOLBIN VILLAGE

WINE GLASS GALLERY

��

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

CROWNE PLA A HUNTER VALLEY, � WINE COUNTRY DR, LOVEDALE

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

� � BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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

CH TEAU LAN SPA

SPA ANISE

VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

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

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

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

spicersgroup.com.au spicersgroup.com.au

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

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

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Hunter Valley Horse Riding & Adventures 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

Nirvana Vista Resort Secluded luxury spa villas in Hunter Valley Wine Country

60 Mitchells Road, Mount View T: 02 4990 9009 E: info@cedars.com.au W: www.cedars.com.au

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

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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MAP 1 K7

Cháteau Élan at The Vintage

Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2500

$$$$

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MAP 1 H7

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

430 Wine Country Dr, Lovedale

02 4991 0900

$$$

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MAP 1 K10

Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotels & Resorts

Cnr McDonalds & Thompsons Rds, Pokolbin

1300 886 091

$$$$

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MAP 1 K5

Grand Mercure The Vintage

Vintage Dr, Rothbury

02 4998 2222

$$$

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MAP 1 H7

Harrigan’s Irish Pub & Accommodation

Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 4300

$$

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MAP 1 J5

Hermitage Lodge

609 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7639

$$$

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MAP 1 I7

Hunter Country Lodge

1476 Wine Country Dr, North Rothbury

02 4938 1744

$$

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MAP 1 E9

Hunter Valley Resort

Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7777

$$

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MAP 1 F2

Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens

2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 2000

$$$

87

MAP 1 J6

Peppers Guest House

57 Ekerts Rd, Pokolbin

02 4993 8999

$$$

87

MAP 1 J4

Pokolbin Village

2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7670

$$$

87

MAP 1 J6

Potters Hotel Brewery Resort

Wine Country Dr, Nulkaba

02 4991 7922

$$

87

MAP 1 M11

The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley

336 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7680

$$$

87

MAP 1 M7

Tuscany Wine Estate Resort

Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7288

$$$

87

MAP 1 F2 MAP 1 P10

MOTELS Australia Hotel Motel

136 Wollombi Rd, Cessnock

02 4991 4197

$$

87

Cessnock Motel

13 Allandale Rd, Cessnock

02 4990 2699

$$

87

MAP 1 O11

Hunter Valley Hotel Academy

McLeod Rd (off Heddon St), Kurri Kurri

02 4936 0341

$$

88

MAP 2 A10

Windarra Lodge

266 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7648

$$$

88

MAP 1 L7

Wine Country Motor Inn

5 Darwin St, Cessnock

02 4993 2999

$$

88

MAP 1 P11

Arcadian Retreat

3868 Great North Rd, Laguna

02 4998 8085

$$$$

88

MAP 1 T2

Spicers Vineyards Estate

555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7229

$$$$

88

MAP 1 D2

100 Wine Country Dr, Nulkaba

02 4991 3278

$

88

MAP 1 N11

Brilex Park B&B

1214 Leggetts Dr, Mount Vincent

0438 505 045

$$

88

MAP 1 S15

Rosedale B&B

377 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4990 9537

$$$

88

MAP 1 I11

GUESTHOUSES

BACKPACKERS Hunter Valley YHA

BED � BREAKFASTS

$0–$100

$101–$200

$201–$300

$301–upwards

INDICATIVE ONLY. TARIFFS BASED ON TWO ADULTS FOR ONE NIGHT AT WEEKEND RACK RATES.

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Accommodation. Amelies on Pokolbin Mountain

338 Pokolbin Mountains Rd, Pokolbin

0413 813 399

$$$

88

MAP 1 N3

Araluen Mistletoe Cottages

108 Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin

02 4998 7567

$$

89

MAP 1 F1

Belford Cabins

659 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7100

$$

89

MAP 1 F2

Beltana Villas

186 Old North Rd, Pokolbin

0448 867 114

$$$

89

MAP 1 D3

Billabong Moon

393 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7290

$$$$

89

MAP 1 D2

Blackwattle Luxury Retreats

169 Talga Rd, Lovedale

0449 057 728

$$$

89

MAP 1 F12

Bluebush Estate

196 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7177

$$

89

MAP 1 G10

Bracken Ridge Villas

447 Old North Rd, Pokolbin

0401 288 840

$$$

89

MAP 1 E4

Broken View Estate

547 Old North Rd, Pokolbin

0400 112 341

$$$

89

MAP 1 F4

Capers Guesthouse & Cottage

2859 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3211

$$

89

MAP 1 S2

Casa La Vina

657 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

0406 770 294

$$$$

90

MAP 1 I7

Cedar Creek Cottages

1840 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 1576

$$

90

MAP 1 R4

Cedars Mount View

60 Mitchells Rd, Mount View

02 4990 9009

$$$$

90

MAP 1 P6

Cottages on Lovedale

636 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 7938

$$$

90

MAP 1 H12

Cottages On Mount View

1329 Mount View Rd, Mount View

02 4990 8989

$$$

90

MAP 1 Q6

Deja Vu Estate

280 Old North Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7178

$$$

90

MAP 1 E3

Englewood Ridge

65 Talga Rd, Lovedale

0417 287 345

$

90

MAP 1 F12

Ghost Riders Vineyard Lodge

535 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

0412 522 779

$$$

90

MAP 1 D2

Grapevines Boutique Accommodation

1941 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6766

$$$

90

MAP 1 J5

Gundog Hunter’s Retreat

101 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6873

$$$

91

MAP 1 L4

Hunter Hideaway Cottages

234 Tuckers Ln, North Rothbury

0408 499 557

$$

91

MAP 1 D11

i villini

497 Talga Rd, Lovedale

0416 277 136

$$$

91

MAP 1 F9

Ironstone Estate

97 Olsen Rd, Lovedale

0416 048 424

$$

91

MAP 1 K12

Kinsale Cottage

551 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

0412 931 191

$$$

91

MAP 1 L6

Lillians on Lovedale

356 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4990 6958

$$$

N/A

MAP 1 I11

Lovedale Lodge

197 Londons Rd, Lovedale

02 4384 3394

$$

91

MAP 1 J12

Madigan Vineyard

504 Wilderness Rd, Rothbury

02 4998 7815

$$

91

MAP 1 G9

Mount View Lodges

839 Mount View Rd, Mount View

0419 479 001

$$$

91

MAP 1 P8

Nirvana Vista Resort

Lot 3 Sweetwater Rd, Rothbury

0409 461 711

$$$

91

MAP 1 E4

North Lodge Cottages

198 Old North Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7259

$$$

92

MAP 1 D3

Old Hillside Homestead

493 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7504

$$

92

MAP 1 N4

Olive Grove Cottages

576 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 6574 7080

$$$

92

MAP 1 E2

Possum’s Retreat

621 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin

02 4991 3166

$$

92

MAP 1 I7

RidgeView Cottages

273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin

0419 475 221

$$$$

92

MAP 1 E4

Serenity Grove

556 Milbrodale Rd, Broke

02 6579 1444

$$

92

MAP 1 H00

Somewhere Unique

Narone Creek Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3257

$$$$

92

MAP 1 S3

Talga Vines Vineyard Escape

269 Talga Rd, Lovedale

0432 179 505

$$$

92

MAP 1 F11

Tatler Vineyard Accommodation

477 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

02 4930 9139

$$$

92

MAP 1 H12

Tellace Wines Accommodation

356 Tuckers Ln, North Rothbury

02 4938 7173

$$$$

93

MAP 1 D12

The Grange on Hermitage

820 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7388

$$

93

MAP 1 F2

The Vintry

780 DeBeyers Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 6825

$$$$

93

MAP 1 L3

The Wattle Lodge

1402 Glendon Brook Rd, Glendon Brook

02 6577 6193

$$

93

MAP 1 A9

Valley View Cottage

Old North Rd, Pokolbin

0418 262 990

$$$

93

MAP 1 F5

Wild Edge Retreat

260 Craft Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 3304

$$$$

93

MAP 1 S4

Windsor’s Edge Vineyard

1039 McDonalds Rd, Rothbury

02 4998 7737

$$$

93

MAP 1 F8

Wine Country Villas

136 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7630

$$$$

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Wirral Grange Cottage

168 Lomas Ln, Lovedale

02 4991 2874

$$$

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MAP 1 L11

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LOG OR GAS FIRES

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ECO CERTIFIED

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AIR CONDITIONED

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FIND YOUR HUNTER VALLEY HOME AWAY FROM HOME.

SELF-CONTAINED

$0–$100 RESTAURANT

$101–$200

$201–$300

$301–upwards

INDICATIVE ONLY. TARIFFS BASED ON TWO ADULTS FOR ONE NIGHT AT WEEKEND RACK RATES.

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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.

STAY & PLAY AT

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

oakshotelsresorts.com

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ACCOMMODATION RESORTS/HOTELS

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 LAN 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 Elan.

GRAND MERCURE THE VINTAGE VINTAGE DR, ROTHBURY

CROWNE PLA A  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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ACCOMMODATION RESORTS/HOTELS • MOTELS

MERCURE RESORT  HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS � �  BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

POTTERS HOTEL BREWERY  RESORT WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

AUSTRALIA HOTEL MOTEL

CESSNOCK MOTEL

� � WOLLOMBI RD, CESSNOCK 

� ALLANDALE RD, CESSNOCK

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

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

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

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

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ACCOMMODATION MOTELS • GUESTHOUSES • BACKPACKERS • BED � BREAKFASTS

HUNTER VALLEY HOTEL ACADEMY

WINDARRA LODGE

MCLEOD RD  O

��� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

HEDDON ST , KURRI KURRI

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

WINE COUNTRY MOTOR INN  DARWIN ST, CESSNOCK

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.

ARCADIAN RETREAT

SPICERS VINEYARDS ESTATE

� GREAT NORTH RD, LAGUNA

HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN T 02 6574 7229

HUNTER VALLEY YHA �

WINE COUNTRY DR, NULKABA

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

E reception.vineyards@spicersgroup.com.au spicersgroup.com.au

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.

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.

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.

BRILE PARK B�B

ROSEDALE B�B

AMELIES ON POKOLBIN  MOUNTAIN

���� LEGGETTS DR, MOUNT VINCENT

�� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

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

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

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

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

POKOLBIN MOUNTAINS RD, POKOLBIN

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

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ARALUEN MISTLETOE  COTTAGES �

MISTLETOE LN, POKOLBIN

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

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

BEL ORD 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 self-contained with well-equipped kitchens and BBQs on private balconies.

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

BLACKWATTLE LU URY  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.

CAPERS GUESTHOUSE �  COTTAGE �

� WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

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

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CASA LA VINA

CEDAR CREEK COTTAGES

CEDARS MOUNT VIEW

� � MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

� � WOLLOMBI RD, WOLLOMBI

� MITCHELLS RD, MOUNT VIEW

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.

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.

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

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

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

COTTAGES ON LOVEDALE

COTTAGES ON MOUNT VIEW

DE A VU ESTATE

� � LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

� �� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW

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.

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.

ENGLEWOOD RIDGE

GHOST RIDERS VINEYARD  LODGE

GRAPEVINES BOUTI UE  ACCOMMODATION

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

� 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.

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

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.

OLD NORTH RD, POKOLBIN

T 02 6574 7178 E dejavuestate@me.com dejavuestate.com.au

���� BROKE RD, POKOLBIN

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

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GUNDOG HUNTER S RETREAT

HUNTER HIDEAWAY COTTAGES

I VILLINI

� � MCDONALDS RD, POKOLBIN

� � TUCKERS LN, NORTH ROTHBURY

��� TALGA RD, LOVEDALE

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.

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.

IRONSTONE ESTATE

KINSALE COTTAGE

LOVEDALE LODGE

� DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

��� LONDONS RD, LOVEDALE

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

�� OLSEN RD, LOVEDALE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MADIGAN VINEYARD

MOUNT VIEW LODGES

� WILDERNESS 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.

� MOUNT VIEW RD, MOUNT VIEW

NIRVANA VISTA RESORT LOT   SWEETWATER RD, ROTHBURY

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.

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ACCOMMODATION SELF-CONTAINED

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

OLIVE GROVE COTTAGES �� 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.

TATLER VINEYARD  ACCOMMODATION

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

SOMEWHERE UNI UE

TALGA VINES VINEYARD ESCAPE

NARONE CREEK RD, WOLLOMBI

��� TALGA RD, LOVEDALE

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.

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

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

� MILBRODALE RD, BROKE

��� LOVEDALE RD, LOVEDALE

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

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TELLACE WINES  ACCOMMODATION � TUCKERS LN, NORTH ROTHBURY

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

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

THE GRANGE ON HERMITAGE �  HERMITAGE RD, POKOLBIN

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 �

DEBEYERS RD, POKOLBIN

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

THE WATTLE LODGE

VALLEY VIEW COTTAGE

WILD EDGE RETREAT

�� � 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

�� CRA T RD, WOLLOMBI

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.

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.

T 02 4998 3304 E wildedgeretreat@westnet.com.au wildedgeretreat.com.au

WINDSOR S EDGE VINEYARD

WINE COUNTRY VILLAS

WIRRAL GRANGE COTTAGE

� � THOMPSONS RD, POKOLBIN

�� LOMAS LN, LOVEDALE

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

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

� MCDONALDS RD, ROTHBURY

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

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

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

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ESSENTIALS TO COVER ALL YOUR NEEDS.

NAME

ADDRESS

2GoodReasons

Newcastle

02 4962 1855

94

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Cessnock City Council

62–78 Vincent St, Cessnock

02 4993 4300

N/A

MAP 2 C4

000

N/A

N/A

1A Aberdare Rd, Cessnock

02 4991 2500

94

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HOSPITAL – Cessnock

View St, Cessnock

02 4991 0555

N/A

MAP 2 A1

HOSPITAL – Singleton

Dangar Rd, Singleton

02 6571 9222

N/A

MAP 1 B0

EMERGENCY – Ambulance, Fire & Police Hertz Rent A Car

MAP

Hunter Valley Events

222 High St, Maitland

02 4933 5400

94

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Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre

455 Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin

02 4991 4535

N/A

MAP1 K10

Maitland Visitor Information Centre

Cnr New England Hway & High St, Maitland

02 4931 2800

N/A

N/A

Maree Callaghan – Hunter Marriage Celebrant

80 Caledonia St, Kearsley

02 4990 4917

95

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Newcastle Airport

1 Williamtown Dr, Williamtown

02 4928 9800

N/A

N/A

Newcastle Visitor Information Centre

@ The Maritime Centre, 3 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle

1800 654 558

N/A

N/A

Photography on Hermitage

10 Bowen St, Branxton

02 4938 3547

95

MAP 1 B9

Pinnacle Team Events

Newcastle & Hunter Valley

02 4962 5034

95

MAP 1 K5

Prestige Wedding & Event Hire

13 Ace Cres, Tuggerah

02 4353 4599

95

N/A

Red Zebra Babysitting & Childcare Services

Pokolbin

0419 411 636

95

N/A

Sally Sneddon Graphic Design

4 Alfred Cl, East Maitland

02 4934 4781

N/A

N/A

Singleton Council

Cnr Queen St & Civic Ave, Singleton

02 6578 7290

N/A

MAP 1 B0

Singleton Visitor Information & Enterprise Centre

Townhead Park, New England Hwy, Singleton

1800 499 888

N/A

MAP 1 B0

St Michael’s Wollombi

2887 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi

02 4998 1576

95

MAP 1 S2

St Patrick’s of Nulkaba

Cnr Wine Country Dr & Kerlew St, Nulkaba

02 4991 2555

95

MAP 1 N11

Studio Valentine Photography

4B Pinchen St, Nulkaba

02 4991 4400

96

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TAXI – Cessnock Radio Cabs

52 Cumberland St, Nulkaba

02 4990 1111

N/A

MAP 2 E5

TAXI – Singleton Taxico

15 Mary St, Singleton

02 6572 1133

N/A

MAP 1 B0

The Barrel Room – Peppers Creek & Tempus Two

1946 Broke Rd, Pokolbin

02 4998 7780

96

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Two Play Strings

27 Baikie Cres, Charlestown

0400 788 229

96

N/A

�GOODREASONS

HERT RENT A CAR

HUNTER VALLEY EVENTS

NEWCASTLE

�A ABERDARE RD, CESSNOCK

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

��� HIGH ST, MAITLAND

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

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

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

Hunter Valley 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

T 02 4962 1855 E functions@eao.com.au 2goodreasons.com

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SERVICES

MAREE CALLAGHAN – HUNTER MARRIAGE CELEBRANT

PHOTOGRAPHY ON HERMITAGE

PINNACLE TEAM EVENTS

� BOWEN ST, BRAN TON

NEWCASTLE � HUNTER VALLEY

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

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

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

PRESTIGE WEDDING �  EVENT HIRE

RED EBRA BABYSITTING �  CHILDCARE SERVICES

� ACE CRES, TUGGERAH

POKOLBIN

CALEDONIA ST, KEARSLEY

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOME OF OUR VINES ARE OLDER THAN THE ONES IN FRANCE. LUCK Y YOU. ST PATRICK S O  NULKABA CNR WINE COUNTRY DR � KERLEW ST, NULKABA

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

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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THE BARREL ROOM – PEPPERS CREEK � TEMPUS TWO

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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

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.

Serene beauty, breathtaking views. There’s no setting more romantic to begin your married life than the spectacular Hunter Valley. Whether you’re

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imagining an intimate event tucked away from the maddening crowds or a large gala celebration, the Hunter Valley has any number of venues that will suit your tastes. And with so many things to see and do in the area, your guests will look forward to your special day as much as you. Come discover what this magical area has to offer.

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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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The Cockfighter’s Ghost Cellar Door. At the corner of McDonalds and De Beyers Road, in the heart of Pokolbin.

Our “spiritual” home… Open 7 days 10am to 5pm ISSUE #1

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Wine: an insider’s guide to Hunter Valley Semillon Dine: mouth-watering seafood recipes from top chefs Explore: see the sights by bike, balloon, horse or helicopter

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Hunter Valley Magazine Issue 1, 2014  

Wine, dine and explore Australia's oldest and most dynamic wine region.

Hunter Valley Magazine Issue 1, 2014  

Wine, dine and explore Australia's oldest and most dynamic wine region.