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Wine&Food Month June 1 30, 2014 winecountry.com.au


Welcome This much-anticipated annual event showcases the region’s diverse wine and food culture with a month-long series of themed activities throughout June. Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month is the perfect antidote to cure those winter blues. It provides you with a chance to wine and dine with leading Hunter Valley winemakers and chefs, take part in an array of fun and interactive classes to finetune your culinary skills or, if you’re after a relaxing experience, simply curl up beside an open fire with a glass of premium Hunter Valley wine and a cheese plate. Book early to avoid disappointment. Full event details are available at www.winecountry.com.au

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HUNTER VALLEY WINE & FOOD MONTH SUPPORTERS

Steak & Shiraz Matching

OCEAN TO PADDOCK dinner

OLIVE LONG TABLE LUNCHEON

HUNTER VALLEY WINE & FOOD MONTH SUPPORTERS DINE WINE

5th ANNUAL FOOD FIGHT

LearN PLAY Taste Stay Organised by Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association, the 2014 Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month is proudly supported by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, through the Regional Flagship Events Program. Our thanks to photographer Chris Elfes for the majority of the photographs used throughout this publication.

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PERSONAL RESERVE LAUNCH

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FEATURED EVENTS Hunter Culinary Association Food Fight

Olive Long Table Luncheon

It’s the Battle of the Sexes!

Whispering Brook Wine & Olive Discovery

See the Hunter Region’s best chefs take each other on: Males vs Females. Eat, judge and vote for the winners! Presented by Hunter Culinary Association and hosted by Celebrity personality Matt Kemp. Monday 2nd June Details page 21

A walking tour of the olive groves and vineyards, followed by a spectacular four course olive inspired lunch. Lunch includes matching Whispering Brook wine, live music and a guest speaker. Saturday 7th June Details page 10

Ocean to Paddock DINNER RidgeView Degustation Executive chef Donna Hollis draws inspiration from the local culinary offerings to bring you a seven course degustation dinner matched with RidgeView wines. Meet the RidgeView crew and embark on a gastronomic journey up the valley - from the Ocean to the Paddock. Saturday 14th June Details page 9

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FEATURED EVENTS Annual Personal Reserve Launch McGuigan Wines

Hunter Valley Steakhouse

During the month of June, five premier wines will be presented for the McGuigan Personal Reserve Annual Launch.

The Hunter Valley Steakhouse offers the perfect steak & Shiraz matching experience. Sample three different steaks matched to Hunter Valley Shiraz’ with our chef and winemaker providing tasting notes to assist you in choosing the best matches.

Be one of the first to taste these new wines at the McGuigan Cellar Door. Daily in June Details page 13

WINE THEATRE

Every Fri & Sat in June Details page 11

Wine & Chocolate Tasting

The art of tasting & blending

Pepper Tree Wines

Learn about the Hunter’s wine heritage, while the Cellarmaster takes you through the “Structure” of wine. Why is colour important? Smell the many bouquets of a wine, and of course what one should look for in the taste of wine.

Indulge in a decadent chocolate and wine tasting with ‘Brix’ chocolate and selection of award winning wines from the Pepper Tree range. Finish with a coffee from our onsite coffee house, Contango Espresso-Roasters.

Daily in June Details page 13

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Bookings daily in June Details page 26


FEATURED EVENTS Savoury Sips and Sonnets

You Be The Judge

Bush Poetry at Sebel Kirkton Park

Hunter Wines vs The World

Join us in our homestead lounge to sample unorthodox savoury treats and non-traditional wines with special featured bush poetry readings and mulled wine by the fire.

Every Wed to Sat in June Details page 26

Mount Pleasant offers the chance to learn how to judge wine in a hands-on lesson from a renowned wine educator, followed by a sit down Hunter platter lunch, matched to some of our wines.

Saturday 7th June Details page 19

FIRESIDE Port & Cheese Tasting

Aqua Golf Food and Wine Fair

At Tintilla Estate Learn all about different winemaking techniques and taste a range of delicious “soul warmers”, including liqueur wines made from Semillon, Chardonnay, Cabernet and Shiraz, and examples of both vintage and barrel-aged styles.

35th Birthday Celebrations

Every Saturday in June Details page 25

Sunday 29th June Details page 23

Help us celebrate our 35th birthday with wine tasting, gourmet food stalls, Aqua Golf Shootouts and Putt Putt Competitions, prizes with prizes and extra children’s activities.

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FEATURED EVENTS Tour de Lovedale Wine and Food Trail

Wine and Food Eco-Trail

Feel the love in Lovedale this June with a special Wine and Food Month offer. Follow the Tour De Lovedale Food and Wine Trail and discover all of the wonderful things that Lovedale has to offer. Pick up your entry form from any participating business for your chance to win prizes!

The six boutique cellar doors on the picturesque Palmers Lane offer an array of unique tasting experiences during June. Hire a bike; stroll; or take a leisurely drive along the Lane. Sweets with wine, effervescent bubbles, aged wines, cheeses, grape condiments and locally produced snails

Daily during June Details page 31

See website for dates Details page 28, 29

Olive Oil Discovery Tour Adina Vineyard The Olive Mill at Adina opens its doors for a fantastic olive and olive oil education and tasting class. Discover how olive oil is made, learn what ‘extra virgin’ means and more.

Every Saturday in June Details page 20

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EAT DRINK RUN A Progressive Lunch for Serious Foodies & Wine Lovers Jump on board and travel by bus between four of the Hunter’s leading venues, grazing along the way with oysters, canapés and tasting plates by renowned local chef Matt Dillow, with matching Hunter wines. Every Sat & Sun in June Details page 22


DINE CHEF’S PLATE LUNCHES Supported by the Hunter Culinary Association, Chef’s Plate Lunches offer foodies the chance to enjoy a set price lunch at some of the Hunter Valley’s best restaurants. For just $39, diners can enjoy a main meal and a glass of Hunter Valley wine, and at some restaurants, something sweet to follow.

Chef’s Plate at RidgeView Cypriot style lamb and chicken Souvlaki skewers on a tomato caraway purée with cinnamon sweet potato, tzatziki, wedge of caramelised lemon and a Greek salad (GF), matched with a glass of 2011 Merlot or 2007 Shiraz. Finish with Greek walnut cake with honey roasted pineapple and Greek yoghurt. Bookings essential. • Thur - Sun in June • 12pm - 5pm • Ridgeview, 273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin • 02 6574 7332 • www.ridgeview.com.au

Lunch Amongst the Vines A glass of ‘Trophy’ winning wine matched with a pumpkin, spinach and pine nut quiche with salad, followed by a gourmet cheese platter and a glass of famous signature ‘White Port’. • Daily in June • 10am - 4pm • Robyn Drayton Wines, Cnr Pokolbin Mountain & McDonald Rds, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7523 • www.robyndraytonwines.com.au

Chef’s Plate at Esca Bimbadgen The Bimbadgen Signature Semillon, matched with a chicken, butternut pumpkin and sunflower seed risotto by Executive Chef Jonathan Heath. Bookings recommended. • Daily in June • From 12pm • Bimbadgen Winery, 790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 4666 • www.bimbadgen.com.au

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Let’s Do Lunch Bruschetta, seafood bouillabaisse in a fennel, tomato, and lime broth, and chocolate brownie with cream & whisky anglaise - including a glass of Hunter Valley wine. (Other choices available) Accommodation packages also available - see website. Bookings are essential. • Wed - Sun in June • Lunch 12pm - 2pm Dinner 5.30pm - 8.30pm • Cessnock Leagues Club, 1 Darwin Street, Cessnock • 02 4993 2999 • www.winecountrymotorinn.com.au

Chefs’ Plate at Lindeman’s Roasted Milly Hill lamb loin, sweet potato mash & beetroot Skordalia, accompanied by a glass of Lindeman’s HV Shiraz. A sweet treat and Barista coffee to finish. Bookings recommended. • Daily in June • 12pm - 3pm • Lindeman’s Wines - Café 1843, 119 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4993 3700 • www.lindemans.com.au

Tasting Plate at Restaurant Cuvée Daily Chef’s Selection Tasting Plate created from local Hunter Valley produce featuring a Peterson House Sparkling Wine. Bookings essential. • Daily in June • 12pm - 3pm • Restaurant Cuvée, Cnr Broke Rd & Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7881 • www.petersonhouse.com.au

Chef’s Plate at Goldfish Bar Artichoke stuffed ballotine of MacLeay Valley rabbit, choux farçi of braised leg, truffle & sage gnocchi, shaved chestnut, winter greens & jus gras, with Racecourse Lane 2004 Verdelho. Tea or coffee to finish. Bookings required. • Daily in June • 12pm - 3pm • Goldfish Bar, Corner Broke & McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7688 • www.thegoldfish.com.au

Chef’s Plate at Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotel & Resorts Confit of Hunter Valley Beef Cheeks, Colcannon, Red Wine Jus, matched with a glass of 2010 Wombat Crossing Shiraz, Hunter Valley. • Daily in June • 11am - 3pm • Bodega Restaurant & Bar, Cypress Lakes Resort, 15 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4993 1555 • www.cypresslakes.com.au

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THE WINEMAKER’S TABLE SERIES The ultimate Hunter Valley food and wine experience. This series of intimate dinners is hosted by a leading Hunter Valley winemaker. They will select a range of their favourite wines that will be paired by a Hunter chef, who will come and talk you through their food match.

Ocean to Paddock Executive Chef Donna Hollis draws inspiration from the local culinary offerings to bring you a seven course degustation dinner matched with RidgeView wines. Meet the RidgeView crew and embark on a gastronomic journey up the valley - from the Ocean to the Paddock. Bookings essential. • Sat 14th June • 6.30pm • $125pp (includes paired wines) • RidgeView, 273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin • 02 6574 7332 • www.ridgeview.com.au

Wine Wars - Brokenwood VS Yalumba Come and see Brokenwood and Yalumba battle it out in a war of wine as you indulge in a five course degustation menu by Chez Pok with matched wines from each competing Winemaker. Bookings essential. • Sat 14th June • 6.30pm arrival for 7pm sit down • $120pp • Peppers Guest House, Ekerts Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4993 8999 • www.peppers.com.au

Goldfish Winemaker’s Table Twelve course degustation with refined rustic Mediterranean cuisine matched to Moorebank wines hosted by Ian Burgess of Moorebank Wines and Goldfish Head Chef Michal Blank. Limited to 25 people, so be quick! • Wed 18th June • 6pm • $175pp • Goldfish Bar, Corner Broke & McDonald Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7688 • www.thegoldfish.com.au Follow us

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THE EDIBLE EXPERIENCE For those who love a good food adventure, this is where the journey begins! Meet leading producers and chefs as they show off their skills and dish up creative gourmet fare matched with wines - highlighting the Hunter Valley’s fresh regional produce.

Whispering Brook Olive Long Table LUNCHEON A walking tour of the olive groves & vineyards, is followed by a spectacular four course olive inspired lunch. Lunch includes matching Whispering Brook wine, commemorative Riedel glass, live music and a guest speaker. Bookings essential. • Sat 7th June • 12pm • $110pp • Whispering Brook, Rodd St, Broke • 02 9818 4126 • www.whispering-brook.com

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Steak & Shiraz Matching Sample three different steaks & Shiraz with our chef and winemaker providing tasting notes to assist you in choosing the best matches. Bookings essential. • Every Fri & Sat in June • From 5pm • $15pp - free if dining after • Hunter Valley Steakhouse, Mercure Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 2000 • www.mercurehuntervalley.com.au

Going to a Garden Party Sponsored by Champagne Taittinger. Stroll through Roberts Circa 1876’s organic garden with Executive Chef George Francisco and a glass of Champagne Taittinger and then sit down to a three course lunch featuring produce from the garden. • Sun 22nd June • 12pm • $75pp • Roberts Circa 1876 Restaurant, 64 Halls Rd, Pokolbin • 4998 4998 • robertscirca1876.com

Trust the Chef Enjoy five courses matched with wines while the chef cooks in front of you! Sample Menu - Stuffed zucchini flowers; Prawn and mud crab wontons; Iberico jamon with poached quail eggs; Lamb two ways; and soft centred chocolate soufflé. Bookings essential. • Every Sat in June • 7pm • $120pp • Twine Restaurant, 310 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7449 • www.twinerestaurant.com.au

Hunter Gatherer at Esca Bimbadgen Enjoy four sample size dishes from the Esca menu with matching Bimbadgen wines. Your ‘Edible Experience’ of the region showcases ingredients sourced from as close to our home in the Hunter as possible. Bookings recommended. • Daily in June • Lunch from 12pm, Dinner from 6pm Wed - Sat • $70pp • Esca Bimbadgen Restaurant, 790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 4666 • www.bimbadgen.com.au

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Epic Tasting Experience A mini-degustation of premium, limited release and Museum Hungerford Hill wines matched to bite-sized dishes prepared by award winning restaurant, Muse. Bookings essential. • Wed - Sun in June • 11am - 3pm • $28 - $60pp • Hungerford Hill, 2450 Broke Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7666 • www.hungerfordhill.com.au

The Original Margan 100 Metre Meal Enjoy our estate grown Suffolk lamb with garden vegetables and a glass of White Label Barbera. Everything is grown on site within 100m of the Restaurant! Bookings essential. • Every Fri - Sun in June • 12pm - 3.00pm • $45pp • Margan Restaurant & Winery, 1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke • 02 6579 1372 • www.margan.com.au

From the Land of Plenty Entree: BBQ kangaroo fillet with feta dolmade, tomato, olive crumbs and tzatziki w/ glass of Tulloch Viognier. Main: Mandagery Creek venison pie with kipflers and crushed minted peas with a glass of Tulloch Pokolbin Dry Red. Dessert: Local goat’s cheese with lavosh and muscatels. Tea or coffee. Bookings recommended. • Every Mon - Sat Lunch & Dinner • $70pp • The Cellar Restaurant, Hunter Valley Gardens Village, Broke Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7584 • www.the-cellar-restaurant.com.au

Margan Artisan Producers Dinner Featuring the Salt and Pepe Roadshow Enjoy a five course degustation by Chef Michael Robinson featuring quality produce from Pepe Saya butter, the Margan Estate garden and many local farm gate producers, matched with Margan wines. Optional butter churning Masterclass to begin. See website for details. Bookings essential. • Fri 27th June • 6:30pm • $125pp • Margan Winery, 1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke • 02 6579 1372 • www.margan.com.au

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WINE PURE WINE INDULGENCE For the aspiring ‘wine master’ or those who just want to know more: Learn more about your favourite wine variety, the different characteristics the vineyard can produce, and the essential steps in the winemaking process.

Annual McGuigan Personal Reserve Launch During the month of June, five premier wines will be presented for the McGuigan Personal Reserve Annual Launch. Be one of the first to taste them at the McGuigan Cellar Door. Bookings recommended. • Daily in June • 2pm • $10pp • McGuigan Cellar Door, 447 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 4111 • www.mcguiganwines.com.au

WINE THEATRE Learn about the Hunter’s wine heritage, and the art of wine tasting & blending. The Cellarmaster will then take you through the “Structure” of wine. Why is colour important? Smell the many bouquets of a wine, and what one should look for in the taste of wine. Bookings required. • Daily in June • 11am & 2pm • $5pp • Hunter Valley Resort, Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7777 • www.hunterresort.com.au

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ICon vs Icon: Grange vs Hunter Become a wine judge for the day as you taste Australia’s most iconic wine ‘Penfolds 2009 Grange’ against three of our Hunter Valley Icons. Taste the wines at your own leisure or join one of our master classes for no extra charge. Booking required for master class. • Daily in June • 10am - 5pm • $58pp • Small Winemakers Centre, 426 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7668 • www.smallwinemakers.com.au

Out of the Barrel Tour & Taste A unique behind-the-scenes look at our wine production, including tasting wines in the various stages of development, followed by a structured tasting in the new Member’s Lounge overlooking the Cricket Pitch Vineyard. Bookings essential. • Daily in June • 2.30pm • $30 pp • Brokenwood Wines, 401 - 427 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7559 • www.brokenwood.com.au

Wines of Provenance Tastings As the winner of the inaugural Wines of Provenance award at the 2012 Hunter Valley Wine Show, Tyrrell’s Wines will host a series of Semillon and Shiraz Master classes throughout Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month. Bookings essential. • Every Sat in June • 11am • $25pp • Tyrrell’s Wines, Broke Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4993 7000 • www.tyrrells.com.au

THE TROPHY TASTINGS WITH FIRST CREEK WINES Experience the best of the best with a tasting of the current vintage trophy winning First Creek Winemaker’s Reserve Wines. Preview the next Winemaker’s Reserve Wines with tastings straight from the barrel. You be the judge! Finish the tasting with a glass of your favourite trophy winning wine and a local Hunter Valley antipasto plate. Bookings essential. • Daily in June • By appointment • $30pp • First Creek Wines, 600 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 2992 • www.firstcreekwines.com.au

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TRAIL - AGED WINE A self-drive wine trail for you to follow, where you can taste some back vintage Hunter Valley wines from 2009 or earlier.

McGUIGAN WINES Taste aged Semillon and Shiraz produced by International Winemaker of the Year, McGuigan Wines. Bookings required. • Weekdays only in June • 1pm - 2pm • $5pp • McGuigan Cellar Door, 447 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 4111 • www.mcguiganwines.com.au

Iconic Semillon Journey Take a journey through our Iconic Lovedale Semillon, with current, future and back vintage Semillon served in a flight with Riedel glasses. Bookings essential. • Daily in June • Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Weekends 10am - 5pm • $10 - refundable on wine purchase • Mount Pleasant Estate, 401 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7505 • www.mountpleasantwines.com.au

Barrel Hall Sale Medal winners, limited releases, museum reserve, great vintages as well as quaffers. Meet our winemakers and our Margan cellar door team for structured tastings, wine education and cellaring advice. • 6th - 9th June • 10am - 5pm • Margan Restaurant & Winery, 1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke • 02 6579 1372 • www.margan.com.au

Aged Wines at Tintilla Estate 2009 Merlot Cabernet, 2002 Semillon and some 10 year old Red and White Ports available for tasting. • Daily in June • 10.30am - 6pm • Tintilla Estate, 725 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin • 02 6574 7093 • www.tintilla.com.au

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TRAIL - TROPHY & GOLD WINNING WINES A self-drive wine trail for you to follow, where you can taste the very best trophy and gold medal winning wines from the prestigious Hunter Valley Wine Show.

RidgeView Wines 2009 “Generations” Reserve Semillon, 2011 “Impressions” Chardonnay & the 2011 “Impressions” Shiraz. “Our Passion, Your Reward”. • Every Wed - Sun in June • 10am - 5pm • RidgeView, 273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin • 02 6574 7332 • www.ridgeview.com.au

FIRST CREEK Wines Visit First Creek and taste our HV Wine Show winning 2011 Winemaker’s Reserve Semillon & 2011 Winemaker’s Reserve Chardonnay. • Daily in June • Mon - Sat 9.30am - 5pm, Sun 9.30am - 4pm • First Creek, 600 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7293 • www.firstcreekwines.com.au

MARGAN Wines Our unique White Label Barbera and the Margan Botrytis Semillon, also rated 94 points by James Halliday. An unmissable experience. • Daily in June • 10am - 5pm • Margan Restaurant & Winery, 1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke • 02 6579 1372 • www.margan.com.au Award winning wines from the Hunter Valley Wine Show, Wines of Provenance & Trophy Tasting wines are also featured on page 14.


TRAIL - WINE & ART Take a visual tour of the region to experience the Hunter Valley through the eyes of talented local artists, creators and photographers.

Hunter on Show - Photography Display at the Sebel Why not enjoy a glass of wine at the Sebel as you view featured pictures of authentic Hunter experiences and settings displayed throughout the lounge and bar. • Daily in June • 1pm - 6pm • The Sebel Kirkton Park, 336 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7680 • www.sebelhuntervalley.com.au

Handmade in the Hunter Markets Located in the rose-lined gardens of Kevin Sobels Wines, this artisan market showcases the wide variety of Handmade in the Hunter - Art, Craft, Food and the talented local creators who make these items. • 7th, 8th, 14th & 28th June • 9am - 3pm • Kevin Sobels Wines, 5 Halls Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4936 6762 • www.handmadeinthehuntermarket.com.au

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LEARN CLASS IS IN

A variety of fun & educational experiences - top up your skills in a hands-on cooking class, broaden your knowledge of Hunter Valley wine in a master class and learn the ins and outs of the Hunter Valley.

In the garden at Margan Restaurant & Winery. Garden to Plate Cooking School page 20.


Paella Cooking Classes A hands-on paella cooking class at the Verandah Restaurant. Includes a three course Spanish lunch matched with Calais Estate Sparkling wine, Sangria and Dessert wine. Bookings required. • Every Sat in June • 10:30am - 1pm • $90pp • Verandah Restaurant, 151 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7231 • www.verandahrestaurant.com.au

You Be The Judge - Hunter Wines vs The World Ever wanted to know how to judge a wine? Master the art of wine judging with a renowned Mount Pleasant wine educator, tasting and scoring wines from the Hunter and beyond. The tasting will be followed by a sit down Hunter platter lunch, matched to Mount Pleasant wines. Bookings essential. • Sat 7th June • 10.30am - 3.00pm • $110pp • Mount Pleasant Estate, 401 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7505 • www.mountpleasantwines.com.au

Hands on Gnocchi Making Class A fun, hands-on gnocchi making class followed by a 2 course lunch including the gnocchi dishes prepared by our chef right at the table, using the gnocchi you made. Bookings required. • Sat 7th & Sat 21st June • 11:30am - 2pm • $110pp • Il Cacciatore at Hermitage Lodge, 609 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7639 • www.hermitagelodge.com.au

How to Make Cheese Go from cheese lover to cheese maker at this special workshop instructed by Hunter Valley Cheese’s Senior Cheese Maker & Specialist. Includes Artisan Cheese Tasting & Wine Matching; Cheese making Workshop; and a Cheese making kit and recipes to use at home. Bookings essential. • Sat 7th June • 6pm - 8.30pm • $75pp • Hunter Valley Cheese Factory, 447 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7744 • www.huntervalleycheese.com.au

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Adina’s Olive Oil Discovery Tour The Olive Mill at Adina opens its doors for a fantastic olive and olive oil education and tasting class. See how olive oil is made and more. Includes a take-home bottle of extra virgin olive oil or a jar of table olives. Bookings essential. • Every Sat in June • 11.00am • $25pp • Adina Vineyard & Olive Grove, 492 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale • 02 49307473 • www.adinavineyard.com.au

Cheese & Wine Tutorial Gain an insight into the world of cheese and wines in this fun and informative session. We will match 9 different cheeses with 9 wines and let you decide which matches ‘Are made in heaven’. Bookings essential. • Daily in June • 11am & 3pm • $25pp • De Iuliis Wines, 1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 6699 • www.twofatblokes.com.au

Garden to Plate Cooking SchooL Tour the beautiful Margan Kitchen Garden with gardener Pat Hansson, then head to the kitchen for a cooking school with renowned chef Michael Robinson. Afterwards, enjoy a leisurely lunch matched with award winning Margan wine. Bookings essential. • Fri 13th & Fri 20th June • 10am • $85pp • Margan Winery, 1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke • 02 6579 1372 • www.margan.com.au

Grove Manager’s Behind-The-Scene Tour A rare opportunity to step behind the scenes, to learn about the ins and outs of Woodlands Olive Grove. Includes a guided walk through the Groves, sampling and an opportunity to purchase our gourmet range and enjoy immediately with a special range of artisan breads that have been baked especially for the day. • Sun 8th June • 11am or 3pm • $25pp • Woodlands Olive Grove, Hill St, Broke • 0418 804 132 • www.woodlandolives.com.au Follow us

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5th Annual Hunter Culinary Association Food Fight - Image by Chris Elfes

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES Experiential events with a difference, for those who want to come along and join in on the fun; from festivals and fairs, to an annual food fight, to breakfast in a balloon, there is something for each and every one of you!

5th ANNUAL Food Fight It’s the Battle of the Sexes! See the Hunter Region’s best chefs take each other on: Males vs Females. Eat, judge and vote for the winners! Presented by Hunter Culinary Association and hosted by Celebrity chef Matt Kemp. • Mon 2nd June • $150pp • Wyndham Estate, 700 Dalwood Rd, Dalwood • mail@hunterculinary.com.au • www.hunterculinary.com.au

Meet the Makers - Pop Up Festival A festival of food & wine in the iconic Broke Village Hall with a Winemakers Dinner to follow - for details see winecountry.com.au • Sat 14th June • 10am - 5pm with dinner to follow from 7pm • Entry $10pp - additional cost for dinner • Broke Hall, Howe St, Broke • 0419 244 785 • secretary@brokefordwich.com.au

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EAT, DRINK, RUN - PROGRESSIVE LUNCH A progressive lunch for serious foodies and wine lovers. Travel by bus between four of the Hunters leading venues, grazing along the way on oysters, canapés and tasting plates by renowned local chef Matt Dillow, with matching Hunter wines. Bookings essential. • Every Sat & Sun in June • 10am - 3pm • $110pp includes transport, food & wine • First Creek Wines, Gartelmann Wines, The Deck Café, Verandah Restaurant & Twine Restaurant • 02 4998 7293 • www.firstcreekwines.com.au

June Long Weekend Wine & Food Spectacular Visit Saddler’s Creek this June long weekend and join in the festivities - all visitors will receive a free case with every case purchased. Experience the finest premium wines from our award winning boutique winery, and enjoy the finest Hunter foods, entertainment and more. • Sat 7th - Sun 9th • 10am - 5pm • Saddler’s Creek, 15 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4991 1770 • www.saddlerscreek.com

Underground Epicureans Just as Alice was led to Wonderland, the White Rabbit will lead guests to a secret Hunter Valley location where dining is most unlikely. Guests will feast on the whim of a selected local chef, enjoy Hunter wines and roll up their sleeves to earn their meal. See website for event details. • 0438 208 297 • www.epicureans.com.au

Cork & Fork Cup The ultimate indulgence of golf, wine and food. Cork & Fork Cup offers you the opportunity to play alongside some of the Hunter Valley’s renowned Winemaker Legends and Larrikins; whilst enjoying on course wine and food tastings. Bookings essential. • Sat 21st June • 10am SHOTGUN Start • $165pp • The Vintage Golf Club, Vintage Drive, Rothbury • 02 4998 2208 • www.thevintage.com.au

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Breakfast in the Air Experience the wide open skies and enjoy a selection of Peterson House breakfast canapés and bubbles whilst floating above the picturesque Hunter Valley with Restaurant Cuvée & Balloon Aloft. Bookings essential. • Each Saturday in June • Sunrise • $319pp • Meet at Peterson House, Corner Broke Rd and Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin • 1300 723 279 • www.petersonhouse.com.au or www.balloonaloft.com

35th Birthday - Aqua Golf Food & Wine Fair Help us celebrate our 35th birthday with wine tasting, gourmet food stalls, Aqua Golf Shootouts and Putt Putt Competitions with prizes and extra children’s activities • Sun 29th June • 9am - 3pm • Hunter Valley Gardens Village, Broke Rd, Pokolbin • 0408 633 377 • www.golftothemax.com.au

Taste & Play Around Hermitage Feeling Playful? Hermitage Road and the surrounding beautiful countryside has a limited offer throughout June. Come and play at our vineyards - wine tasting and games for all at various locations on the Around Hermitage Wine and Food trail. See website for event details. • Daily in June • www.aroundhermitage.com.au

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TASTE OLIVES & OLIVE OILS Enjoy the fresh and distinctive range of locally grown olives and olive oils at some of the Hunter Valley’s top producers.

Pukara Estate Pukara Estate delights tastebuds with an extensive flavoursome & fresh range of olive oils, vinegars, mayonnaises, dukkahs, relishes & tapenades. • Daily in June • 10am - 5pm • Ballabourneen Wine Co, 2347 Broke Rd, Pokolbin • 02 6547 1055 • www.pukaraestate.com.au

Tintilla Estate Come in for a free tasting of our olives and olive oils, and stay for a cheese platter served with homemade chutney and other delicious bites. • Daily in June • 10.30am - 6pm • 725 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin • Cheese platter for two $20 • 02 6574 7093 • www.tintilla.com.au

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WINTER WARMERS A series of indulgent experiences set by an open fire in our guest houses, cellar doors and restaurants, and the perfect way to relax on a cool winter’s day.

Gourmet Pizza Staff Cook-off Join us for our annual ‘Gourmet Pizza Staff Cook-off’. Taste our handmade Merlot wine with our unusual pizza creations and vote for your favourite pizza. Bookings essential. • Sat 7th June • 6pm - 10pm • $5pp • BIG4 Valley Vineyard Tourist Park, Onsite Campers Kitchen, 137 Mount View Rd, Cessnock • 02 4990 2573 • www.valleyvineyard.com.au

Burning of the Barrel The shimmering stars of the winter night sky, the glow of a fine Hunter Valley Shiraz and a full belly from delicious treats, you will be kept toasty warm by the light of the radiant bonfire! Bookings essential. • Sat 7th June • 5.30pm • $40 Glandore Members, $50 other guests • Glandore Estate Wines, 1595 Broke Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7140 • www.glandorewines.com

Bare Vines & Bubbles Experience a taste of Cuvée with the exquisite wines from our vines! Tantalise your taste buds, sampling food and wine showcasing Peterson House and Peterson’s Family Wines. • Sat 21st & Sun 22nd June • 10am - 4pm • Peterson House, Cnr Broke Rd & Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7881 • www.petersonhouse.com.au

Fireside Port & Cheese Tasting Join the Tintilla family by the fire & learn all about different winemaking techniques. Taste a range of delicious “soul warmers”, including liqueur wines made from Semillon, Chardonnay, Cabernet and Shiraz, and examples of vintage and barrel-aged styles. Bookings required. • Every Sat in June • 4.30pm - 6pm • $30pp • Tintilla Estate, 725 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin • 02 6574 7093 • www.tintilla.com.au

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Savoury Sips and Sonnets at the Sebel Join us in our homestead lounge to sample unorthodox savoury treats and non-traditional wines with special featured bush poetry readings* and mulled wine by the fire. Bookings required. *Bush poetry readings Saturday 4pm -5pm, Sunday 3pm - 4pm. • Every Wed - Sun in June • 4pm - 7pm • $45pp • The Lounge @ The Sebel Kirkton Park, 336 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7680 • www.sebelhuntervalley.com.au

High Tea at Cafe Élan High Tea at Cafe Élan is a decadent affair and is the place to be for an unforgettable afternoon experience in the cosy guest lounge with friends or family. Indulge in Tea Forte teas and a tiered platter of delightful treats, served on crisp white linen and vintage crystal. Bookings required. • Every Fri - Mon in June • 9am - 5pm • From $45 per person • Foyer of Chateau Élan at the Vintage, Vintage Dr, Rothbury • 02 4998 2501 • www.chateauelan.com.au

Wine & Chocolate Tasting @ Pepper Tree Wines Indulge in a decadent chocolate and wine tasting with ‘Brix’ chocolate and a selection of award winning wines from the Pepper Tree range. Bookings essential. • Daily except Public Holidays • 10.30am - 3pm • $20pp - min. 2 • Pepper Tree Wines, 86 Halls Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4909 7107 • www.peppertreewines.com.au FOR MORE DETAILS VISIT

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TRAIL - PALMERS LANE

Breathe the clear fresh air under the warm winter sun. Hire a bike to cycle; walk or drive between six boutique cellar doors on picturesque Palmers Lane - Pokolbin. Taste warm winter reds, effervescent bubbles, aged wines, cheeses, grape condiments and locally produced snails. Meet the people who own and run the cellar doors with each wine tasting experience or as you sit around the bonfire for the annual Burning of the Vine Cuttings.

POKOLBIN BROTHERS WINES - Just Desserts Pokolbin Brothers Wines will be offering free sample tastings (one per person) of our famous Pokolbin Brothers Liqueur Dessert Delight, a scoop of delicious vanilla ice cream laced with the Hunter Valley’s finest Pokolbin Brothers Liqueur Muscat. • Daily in June • 10am - 6pm • Pokolbin Brothers Wines, 307 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7660 • www.pokolbinbrothers.com.au

Snail & Grape Experience Come into the Littles Wines cellar door every Saturday in June for the Snail & Grape Experience. • Every Sat in June • 10am - 6pm • $10 - one escargot with glass wine/ $30 - 12 escargots with glass of wine • Littles Wines, 270 Palmers Ln (cnr McDonalds Rd), Pokolbin • 02 4998 7626 • www.littleswines.com.au

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FINE AGED WINES & BINNORIE CHEESE MATCHING Try the Hunter’s only specialist selection of aged wines with delectable Binnorie cheeses. Whilst sampling, enter our Food and Wine Trivia competition to win a case of wine. Bookings required for groups of 8 or more. • Each weekend in June • 10am - 5pm • $5pp • Waverley Estate Aged Wines, 207 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin • 02 4998 6750 • www.waverleyestate.com.au

Not Your Usual Afternoon Tea Choose from a selection of ‘special’ treats both sweet and savoury to suit all taste buds, matched with a glass of wine. Bookings required for groups of six or more. • Every Sat in June • 1pm - 5pm • $12 per plate, includes glass of wine • Gemelli Estate, 168 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7910 • www.gemelliestate.com.au

Great Grape Grazing & Burning of the Vine Cuttings Great Grape Grazing - Spiced Pickled Grapes; Grape & Semillon Spread; Muscat Grape Coulis; the famous Spicy Grape Sauce and sustainably grown wines. Burning of the Vines bonfire details on winecountry.com.au • Daily 10am - 5pm, Burning of the Vines Sat 28th June 6.30pm • $35pp • Moorebank Private Vineyard Estate, 150 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7610 • www.moorebankvineyard.com

Sparkling Lunch Learn how to make bubbly wines in the Méthode Traditionelle style. After disgorging your favourite drop, enjoy the fruits of your labour with a stunning tapas lunch served in the Sparkling Room. Bookings essential. • Every Sat in June • 11.00am • Lunch $110pp • Calais Estate, 151 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7654 • www.calaiswines.com.au THE HUNTER VALLEY is MORE THAN

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TRAIL - TOUR DE LOVEDALE

Follow the Lovedale Wine & Food Trail

Feel the love in Lovedale this June with a special Wine & Food Month offer. Follow the Tour De Lovedale Wine & Food Trail and discover boutique and family wineries, run with passion, handmade chocolates, the famous Sabor Dessert Bar, olives, gourmet and smoked produce, eclectic restaurants, locally made art and more.

TWO DOZEN WINES TO WIN EVERY WEEK IN JUNE Pick up your Tour De Lovedale entry form from any participating business and collect a stamp for every purchase you make along the trail. For every three purchases (minimum two wineries), you will go in the weekly draw for a chance to win two dozen mixed Lovedale wines! There’s a prize to win every week in June. Visit www.lovedalehuntervalley.com.au for details. Participating Businesses • Adina Vineyard • Allandale Winery • Capercaillie Wines • Crowne Plaza Restaurant and Bars • De Bortoli Wines • Emerson’s Restaurant • Emma’s Cottage Vineyard • Emma’s of Lovedale • Gartelmann Wines • Hunter Valley Chocolate Company • Leaves & Fishes Lovedale Restaurant

• Lovedale Smokehouse • Majors Lane Restaurant • Midnight’s Promise Wines • Ogishi Craft Centre • Sabor in the Hunter Dessert Bar • Sandalyn Wilderness Estate • St Clements Estate • Tatler Tapas Café • Tatler Wines • The Deck Café • Wandin Valley Estate

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STAY Accommodation Packages PAMPER PACKAGE AT HUNTER RESORT Two nights in four star accommodation; three course dinner for two (beverages not included); Heavenly Hunter half-hour back and leg massage per person; onsite vineyard tour followed by a private tasting with our Cellarmaster; Hunter Wine Theatre experience showing the onsite winery in action; full country breakfast in San Martino restaurant every day. • Daily in June - subject to availability • From $299pp • Hunter Valley Resort, Cnr Hermitage Rd and Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin • 02 4998 7777 • www.hunterresort.com.au

WINTER WARMER PACKAGE AT MERCURE RESORT One night accommodation in a suite with spa, king bed and an open fireplace; chocolate fondue set and goodies for dipping; buffet breakfast for two guests. • During June - subject to availability • From $239pn (normal retail price $359) • Mercure Resort, 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin • 02 4998 2000 • www.mercurehuntervalley.com.au

STAY, WINE & DINE AT RIDGEVIEW COTTAGES Self contained 2 bedroom cottage including spa bath and log fire set amongst the vineyards for two nights including daily breakfast in RidgeView Restaurant. • Thurs- Sun in June - subject to availability • $590 for 1 couple/2 nights ($850 for 2 couples in 2 bedroom cottage). Upgrade to a luxurious 1 bedroom cottage with king bed and outdoor Jacuzzi & sauna for $790/ couple/2 nights.• RidgeView Cottages, 273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin • 0419 475 221 • www.ridgeview.com.au

For a full list of accommodation options visit winecountry.com.au P 02 49 900 900


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