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The No.1 magazine for visitors to Hunter Valley Wine Country | JUNE-JULY 2020 | ISSUE #177

OLD WORLD GLAMOUR Meets Contemporary Wine WINE COUNTRY {WITHOUT WINE} FOR KIDS

SPEND 48 HOURS IN THE HUNTER VALLEY

SANGIOVESE – A TUSCAN FAVOURITE


“WE ARE FAMILY” NOW G! TASTIN ng Sparkli 19 0 2 é Ros

MISTLETOE is a small, family owned and run, vineyard and winery that was established by the current owners in 1989. Now in its 31st year, Mistletoe’s “no-compromise” approach to producing small quan��es of “true to origin” premium quality wine has seen it rewarded with many, many hundreds of awards and accolades. With three genera�ons of the founding family now ac�vely engaged in running the business on a day to day basis, Mistletoe is a truly unique family winery. With over 20 different wines, including Sparkling, Whites, Reds, Rosés, For�fed and Dessert styles on tas�ng, Mistletoe has one of the most comprehensive ranges of wines seen in the Hunter. • All wines are made in our onsite winery • Working vineyard on site • Mistletoe Wines are only available for purchase from the Winery Cellar Door • Knowledgeable and friendly staff to make you welcome • “Simply the Best” – No-obliga�on to purchase Wine Club. With Pokolbin Fine Art Gallery and Mistletoe Sculpture Garden located on site it makes Mistletoe a must see, a very special place to visit, a place that Hunter wine country visitors return to time and time again. To learn more about our area go to www.aroundhermitage.com.au We look forward to welcoming you, The Mistletoe Family. Our mo�o – “QUALITY WITHOUT COMPROMISE” Rated by James Halliday as a 5 Red Star winery 2007 to 2020.

Winter Trading 10am–5pm 7 days | 771 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin PH 1800 055 080 | E office@mistletoewines.com.au | www.mistletoewines.com.au


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A WORD FROM THE EDITORS

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Welcome back to Hunter Valley Wine Country! It’s fair to say that 2020 will not go down as our all-time favourite year in the Hunter Valley. The closure of most of our local tourism-based businesses and cancellation of all of our events due to Covid-19 restrictions coming hot on the heels of long-term drought, close calls with bush fires and then, of course, the resulting smoke haze has undoubtedly taken a toll on our region physically, financially and mentally. In the 13 years we’ve been publishing Your Hunter Valley Magazine (many will remember it’s original Hunter Blackboard format), we’ve never missed an issue until 2020, and as we’ve published 177 issues over those years, to say these past two months have seemed a little strange would be a massive understatement! But we’re a resilient lot, and we are so pleased to be back at the presses again and delivering this magazine, in both print and digital format, to all of our visitors throughout June and July. So dust off the self-isolation cobwebs and hit the wine trails because we’ve been waiting for you! This month we head out to Broke Fordwich to check out the new cellar door at the gorgeous French-

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provincial style Talits Estate. It’s been eight years in the planning and a year in construction, but one look at the new cellar door makes it clear the result has been well worth the wait. Read more on page 10 and then pop out to say hello to the team. Check out our 48-hours in Wine Country itinerary to make the most of your winter weekend getaway (page 16). Of course, we could easily give you a 96-hour itinerary there’s so much to see and do – so don’t limit yourself! There’s something for everyone – make your time as action-packed or as laid back and relaxing as you want – just remember that due to socialdistancing regulations, it might be wise to jump online and book where possible. Visit the new mobile www.huntervalleyguide.com.au for help. It may be ‘Wine Country’, but the region doesn’t just cater to wine connoisseurs or foodies – it’s also the perfect destination for a family-friendly holiday, with ample activities and plenty of fresh air to keep the kids both entertained and healthy! This month we also check out the best places to keep the kids happy too. Enjoy!

What’s in this

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Hot in the Hunter

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Campbell's Store Morpeth

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'Olive' Lambs of the Hunter Valley 9 Old World Glamour Meets Contemporary Wine 10 Italian Style Romance in Wine Country 14 48 Hours in Wine Country

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Wine Country {Without Wine} for Kids 21

GET MOBILE! View this month’s issue of Your Hunter Valley Magazine on your iPhone, iPad, android tablet or android phone. Visit www.yourhuntervalley.com.au/read-online

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Sangiovese – A Tuscan Favourite 25 The Long & Lonely Trail 28 Winter Dining Guide Your Hunter Valley Map

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WHAT'S HOT IN THE

Hunter

EXPLORE

The Ultimate Map and Guide Navigating your way around Hunter Valley Wine Country? Well make sure you pick up the new 2020 Map & Guide to find the ultimate location! THE MAP is the most comprehensive and accurate map of wine country – listing all cellar doors, restaurants in the areas of Pokolbin, Lovedale, Broke, Mount View, Wollombi and also Cessnock. Pick up a free Map now from hundreds of locations around the Hunter Valley! Locations include: visitor information centre's, accommodation providers, hotels and resorts, major attractions, wineries, restaurants, cafés, retailers, and many other participating outlets.

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SIP

A New Look

BOOK NOW

for McGuigan’s!

Plan a day out sipping on award-winning wines and pop in to the newly refurbished McGuigan Wines Cellar Door! The team have been busy renovating and re-decorating the Cellar Door since they closed back in March, and they are excited to welcome you back into a fresh, contemporary space. Whether you are new to wine tasting or a seasoned professional, their friendly and knowledgeable team will be there to guide you through a tasting of their delicious range of wines. Plus enjoy FREE TASTINGS throughout June! The Cellar Door is open from 10am to 5pm for wine tastings and wine purchases. We encourage you to book ahead for any tastings, as these will all be seated, with a maximum booking of 10. To book please call 4998 4111 or for more information visit www.mcguiganwines.com.au


Introducing the Hunter Valley's

TA ST E

Did someone say

TAPAS?

Owner and Head Chef of The Deck Café, Matt Dillow, has now brought his renowned tapas (once beloved at The Verandah Restaurant, Calais Estate) to Lovedale – and we for one welcome this exciting and delicious new re-vamp! Here is a taste of what you can expect: Spanish Iberico Jamon, charred garlic and smeared tomato bruschetta; Quinoa crusted zucchini flowers with Binnorie Fetta, olive and chick pea salsa and saffron aioli; Maple glazed pork belly on French toast and crackle dust; Chorizo and Manchego croquetta with chipotle aioli. This amazing new Tapas style menu is available lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday. Phone 4930 9007 to book or visit www.deckcafelovedale.com.au

It’s Time to Wine! Escape to the picturesque Wine Country this Winter and experience one of the Hunter Valley’s best kept secrets, Tintilla Estate. This thoughtful family run vineyard and olive grove is a leader in the ultimate wine and food experience. The winery cellar door has that wholesome family warmth and is a truly unique experience. At Tintilla you can take a seat across the table in their tasting room and sip from a large Riedel glass eating fresh bread with rich olive oil and biscuits to nibble, all whilst looking out over the magnificent rolling vineyard!

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POKOLBIN ESTATE VIN EYARD

Tempranillo | Nebbiolo | Sangiovese | Nebbiolo Rosé Get your taste for adventure today at ...Pokolbin Estate. Winery – 2019 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion

Pokolbin Estate Vineyard 298 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin | Open 7 Days 9am - 5pm PH 4998 7524 | www.pokolbinestate.com.au

WE BELIEVE IN THE SIMPLE THINGS IN LIFE. THEY JUST NEED TO BE AMAZING.

VISIT WHERE 725 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin OPEN 7 Days 10:30am–6pm PHONE (02) 6574 7093 SMART CASUAL DINING FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE ALSO WEDDINGS | EVENTS | PRIVATE FUNCTIONS LOCATED ON THE VINE AT COCKFIGHTERS GHOST VINEYARD 576 DE BEYERS ROAD, POKOLBIN PH: 4998 7776 | info@huntersquarter.com.au www.huntersquarter.com.au

OPEN LUNCH THURS - SUN. DINNER THURS, FRI, SAT & MON.

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Campbells Ginger Beer Factory & Gourmet Foods Campbell's Free Ginger Beer & Fruit Cordial Tastings

Visit the ultimate man cave, find a giant bear or sip a Devonshire Tea...

At Campbell's Store Campbell’s Store is a historic sandstone building that sits proudly at the gateway to Morpeth’s main street. Founded in 1821, Morpeth Village was once Australia’s second-largest river port and a thriving commercial hub in NSW. Today Morpeth is a flourishing community offering visitors a stroll down memory lane alongside fabulous food, shopping and wine tasting experiences.

James Campbell built his general store in 1835. From his first-floor lounge room window, he could watch the steamships unload his stock, from one of Morpeth’s twelve wharves, into his riverside warehouse. Goods were then carted up the hill and into Campbell’s General Store. Settlers came from as far away as the Queensland border to shop at Morpeth, purchasing everything they required, from food to haberdashery, clothing, kitchen gear and building materials. Today not much has changed – it’s even rumoured that James’ servant Elizabeth, who was murdered by a jealous lover still roams the upper floor rooms! Campbell’s Store now houses the Morpeth Antique Centre with 25 dealers showcasing antiques, vintage, deco to retro and bric-a-brac. Don’t miss the first-floor book room, vinyl records, art glass, Morpeth Hat shop and over 5,000 buttons through the ages on display and for sale.

SIMPLE FOOD DONE WELL

The Mill Restaurant Brokenback Bar

Casual Dining 7 days from 12pm Menu available all day

Accommodation Events Weddings Conferences Cooking Schools Food Wine Takeaway

4998 7288 www.estatetuscany.com.au

LUNCH Sat and Sun 12pm till 3pm DINNER Friday–Tuesday from 6pm

olives, olives, olives Come visit us for a range of Estate Grown Olives, Tapenade and local olive oils or a Cheese platter on the deck with a glass of wine

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725 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin Hunter Valley www.tintilla.com.au #tintillaestate


Morpeth Antique Centre Discover 21 dealers

And The Servant’s Quarters Tearoom, all under one roof. All things Ancient, Antique, Vintage, Retro, Heirloom, Collectable.

A stroll through the Antique Centre is a little like wandering through history, or your great grandma’s house… there’s something of interest for everyone, young and old. You’ll discover jewellery, chintz and china, depression glass, militaria, nautical and industrial, tools, coins, silver, kitchen gear, bakelite, Olympic, plush toys and tin toys and games. Here you get to relive the past in every nook and cranny of this fascinating store. The former Servant’s Quarters have been converted into a tearoom, which serves a fabulous Devonshire Tea with real cream and fresh strawberry jam and leaf tea in a pot. Big breakfasts, light lunches and a selection of cakes, tarts and muffins with a steaming cup of coffee will allow you to recharge the batteries depleted by a morning of browsing this vast complex. Diners can enjoy both indoor or outdoor seating. In the back garden area, you’ll find an old Brake Van and Slab Hut Cottage, which has been transformed into the most fabulous ‘man-cave’ by Robinson Ordinance. Militaria, hunting, sports, garage and transport gear is popular with one and all. Wander down the path to the big blue barn-like building, which houses Morpeth Gift Gallery and Morpeth Investment Art Gallery. The gallery showcases the work of Internationally acclaimed artists who paint Australian wildlife, landscape, still life and marine art, and holds regular free exhibitions and demonstrations throughout the year. Choose Australian made gifts such as skincare, socks, Akubra hats and belts from Morpeth Gift Gallery. International brands of clothing, handbags, collectable figurines, fine bone china mugs and teapots, plush toys and traditional wooden educational toys for children are all on offer for the discerning shopper. Of course, if you are specifically looking for a six-foot brown bear or even taller giraffe, you’ve come to the right place. Morpeth Teddy Bears is home to hundreds of cuddly bears and animals, including Hansa, Gund, Peter Rabbit and Winnie the Pooh, Charlie Bears, the ‘Rolls Royce’ of teddy bears Steiff, Merrythought and Hermann Red and Green collectable bears from Germany and England. They are kept company by Kewpie Dolls and cloth dolls who are all waiting to be re-homed. Morpeth Ginger Beer Factory & Gourmet Foods is right next door, so make sure you wander in for tastings of thirteen flavours of cordial, Ginger Beer, fudge, nuts, honey and gourmet foods. It’s a foodies paradise. Campbell’s Store is a 40-minute drive from Hunter Valley Wine Country or Port Stephen’s Blue Water Wonderland and only 35 minutes from Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. Stores and dining are open Thursday – Sunday and public holiday Mondays from 10am until 5pm. For more information visit www.huntervalleyguide.com.au ■

OPEN 10am – 4pm, Thursday to Sunday & most public holidays 175 Swan Street, Morpeth, Hunter Valley PH 02 4933 1407 E info@morpethgallery.com      www.morpethantiquecentre.com 

AUSTRALIAN ALPACA BARN

SPECIALISING IN QUALITY AUSTRALIAN ALPACA FASHION, HOMEWARES & ACCESSORIES

Open 7 Days 10am–5pm Peppers Creek on Broke Road, Pokolbin Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village, Pokolbin 155 Swan Street, Morpeth PH 4998 6669 • www.australianalpaca.com

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WELCOME BACK TO THE BIGGEST DISPLAY GARDEN IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

Hunter Valley Cycleway Receives Nearly $2 Million in Funding Enjoy a beautiful nature experience in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country The Gardens are now open. Get out into the great outdoors and enjoy our award-winning Gardens today. There’s something for everyone, with over 14 hectares, eight kilometres of walking paths within ten individually themed Gardens showcasing the artistry of gardens around the world using both native and exotic varieties of plants. The Gardens are a place for the appreciation of nature, peaceful reflection and family fun.

UPCOMING EVENTS JULY SCHOOL HOLIDAYS*

DATE: 6 th - 17th July Treat the family to a memorable day out these school holidays and explore the Story Book Garden! A big-time favourite for the young and young at heart.

MEGA CREATURES

DATE: 26 th Sep- 11th Oct Come and see all of your favourite dinosaurs, dragons and creepy crawlies! Plus, new for 2020 we will have a flying Pterosaur and animatronic Brachiosaurus.

For more details visit hvg.com.au 02 4998 4000 - Broke Rd Pokolbin *Guided garden tours are user pay. Gardens open from 9am – 5pm daily. Admission charges apply. Rides are currently closed due to health and safety restrictions.

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Cessnock City Council has announced that it has secured $1,950,000 under Round 4 of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects Stream to build an off-road, shared cycleway between Branxton and Greta, providing a co-contribution of $650,000 towards the project to bring the 3.3km cycleway to life. The cycleway will connect the Branxton and Greta war memorials, acknowledging the sacrifice of local service personnel. The memorial trail is expected to be hugely popular with locals and also visitors to the region providing a new recreational offering. Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said the funding announcement is fantastic news and is a result of Council working with the community to attract financial support for the project. “This project grew out of community advocacy and initiative. Council has supported the community’s vision through ensuring the project was shovel ready so that when funding became available, we were in a good position to make a strong application.” “Working collaboratively has worked exceptionally well. Congratulations to all involved, including the Branxton-Greta Business Chamber and the local RSL sub-branches.” Mayor Pynsent also thanked His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales for his support with a grant of Vice-Regal Patronage for the project. His Excellency support was secured by the Branxton Greta Business Chamber (BGBC). President of the BGBC Brett Wild, who has advocated tirelessly for this project, said securing the support of His Excellency was a huge milestone in the life-span of the cycleway. Mr Wild welcomed the funding for what he has called a piece of legacy infrastructure. “This completed memorial cycleway will educate generations to come about the sacrifice of local men who went to war. Some of these young men were seeking adventure but instead were faced with one of the most horrific wars. It honours their commitment, sacrifice and mateship and reflects our strong local military history.” Further expansion of the cycleway to incorporate a war memorial aspect along the route is being co-ordinated by Branxton to Greta Memorial Cycleway Limited. The Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to creating jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.


‘OLIVE’ LAMBS Of the Hunter Valley

An unlikely partnership has blossomed in the Hunter Valley between renowned olive producer, Pukara Estate and Newcastle’s quality meat supplier, Hunter Valley Premium Meats as a result of Pukara Estate producing a very unique product – ‘olive grazed’ lamb. Steve Goodchild, the founder of one of Australia’s most successful olive oil, vinegar and condiments producer Pukara Estate, introduced lambs to his olive grove several years ago to assist in a more passive approach to managing the olive grove and reduce the ever-increasing cost of production. The property has been fenced in such a way that allows the olive trees to be continually ‘cell grazed’, which in turn reduces pruning costs as a result of the lambs eating the olive foliage and olive fruit on the lower portion of the trees. Another significant saving is the elimination of herbicide usage throughout the grove due to the inter-row weeds and pasture being grazed by the lambs. As the lambs consistently feed on olive foliage and olive fruit, this unique diet contributes to a ‘passive flavour infusion’ of the lamb. The result is an incredibly unique tasting, high-quality product that caught the attention of Tim Perram from Hunter Valley Premium Meats. “It’s rare in business that you get a chance to reduce operational costs and at the same time, generate such a unique and saleable by-

product at the other end as a result of the cost reduction activities,” said Steve. “It’s really nice to have a good news story associated with agriculture for a change.” Tim Perram from Hunter Valley Premium Meats has a real focus on sourcing and producing local meat products. His network of customers and distribution was precisely what was required to get the premium lamb product to consumers throughout the Hunter Valley and Newcastle. “It became quite apparent that there was a synergy between the two businesses and the next thing we know, Pukara Estate Premium Lamb is being served in some of the region’s iconic pubs, glamorous dinner parties and premiere restaurants,” said Tim. “Strong ties between all Hunter Valley businesses and innovative solutions to problems are more critical than ever in current times we are facing.”

Hunter Valley

Wine Country’s Native Wildlife Sanctury Lovedale’s Hill Top Farm Stay Spectacular Valley Views • Riding over 300 acres Trail Rides for Adults and Children, for Beginners and Experienced Riders Personalised Rides • Marriage Proposals • Weddings on Horseback Pony Rides • Pony Parties • Family Rides • Sunset Rides Picnic Rides • BBQ • Tractor Hay Rides to Feed the Farm Animals Peddle Go Karts for Ages 5 – 99 Years Ask About our ATV Tours to the Top of the Range Accomodation and horse riding is available this School Holidays!

For Bookings Phone Margaret on 4930 7111 or 0417 233 008 Stay & Play at Hilltop 288 Talga Road, Lovedale So close to all of Wine Country’s attractions, yet you feel a million miles away..

Located at Gartelmann Wines, The Deck Café Lovedale is a stylish Restaurant style Cafe/Tapas Bar, complete with Vittoria Coffee.

OPEN 7 DAYS

Monday – Friday 8:30am till 2:30pm Saturday – Sunday 8am till 2:30pm Friday and Saturday Nights 5:30pm till 7:30pm

PH (02) 4930 9007

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OLD WORLD GLAMOUR Meets Contemporary

WINES

It’s been eight years in the planning and a year in construction, but one look at Talits Estate’s new cellar door makes it clear the result has been worth the wait. Built towards the front of the spectacular 50-acre Broke property, the cellar door offers a more contemporary take on the old-world glamour of the estate’s iconic homestead, while still staying true to its French-inspired legacy. Designed by Newcastle-based firm, EJE Architecture, it features a natural, neutral colour scheme that ensures the building is at one within the surrounding rural landscape, while the sandstone quoins, pale blue shutters and creamy rendered finish offer echoes of the homestead’s traditional Provencal façade. Pass through the rustic timber barn doors, which add a sense of richness and warmth to the entry, and you’ll find a welcoming interior layered with luxury and comfort, which invites guests to stop and relax for a while within the embrace of its homely ambience. Owner Gayle Meredith said the vision was always to create a destination that would encourage visitors to linger longer and enjoy everything Talits Estate has to offer. “Essentially we’ve been coming up with our vision for the cellar door since we took ownership of Talits Estate eight years ago,” she said.

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“When we first acquired the property, we transitioned from being grape growers to being winemakers, and as we built up a loyal fan base for the wines, we started to envision what our cellar door experience at Talits Estate would look like. “There’s a lot of history with the Talits Estate homestead, so we wanted to create a cellar door experience that celebrated the kind of legacy and aesthetic of that, but also in a more contemporary manner. “And we wanted to create a cellar door experience where people can come and stay for a few hours. We don't want people to come in, do a quick tasting and be shuffled out the door. “We want families to come and bring their kids, have a tasting, enjoy some local produce on our cheese and charcuterie platters and stay for a couple of hours, play games on the lawn, play petanque with their friends and enjoy Broke and the landscape for what it is.” From a fenced grass area perfect for those who bring their pooch, to a range of outdoor seating where parents can enjoy a tasting while their children play games on the lawn, the cellar door and surrounds have certainly been designed to enable that sip and savour experience.

The small, but perfectly formed cellar door offers a range of tasting spaces suitable for various groups of guests, with folding glass and aluminium doors running along the rear of the building allowing it to be opened right up to create a seamless flow between the indoor and outdoor areas. A rustic fireplace with a gorgeous stacked stone mantel, surrounded by comfy lounge chairs, provides a cosy spot to try a few wines. At the same time, the elegant timber dining table in front of the terrace windows is an intimate space for a group of eight to enjoy a winemaker’s talk and tasting while also taking in the views. “I think what's really lovely about the cellar door is that there's a real sense of space, an opening up between the outdoors and the indoors, with high ceilings and beautiful fixtures and fittings,” Gayle said. “We have several spaces within the cellar door that can be utilised for tastings. There are various lounges that hug the fireplace, which is really nice for larger groups of about 12, and we've also got a sit down tasting area for eight at the dining table, which is excellent for a more formal tasting experience. This is where we’ll do guided wine tastings with the winemaker and perhaps matched canapes, as an event option. “Then obviously there is the bar as well, where we can have up to eight people for a more casual experience with the cellar door manager, while outdoors we’ve got various lounge areas and another more formal tasting table.” Of course, the tasting experience is about far more than where you choose to sit, with an award-winning array of wines providing plenty to look forward to. The range is created for Talits Estate by renowned local winemaker Daniel Binet, who has spent more than 17 years honing his craft in the Hunter Valley and has been nominated twice for The Wine Society’s Young Winemaker of the Year and Hunter Valley Rising Star awards, as well as the Hunter Wine Excellence scholarship. ►

WE ARE EXCITED TO WELCOME YOU BACK

to our beautiful part of the Hunter

Experience a delightful day out at Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village. Sample local wines, treat yourself to sweets galore or a relaxing meal in our beautiful garden surrounds. Enjoy your next day out with great food and bespoke shops, by visiting us in the heart of the Hunter Valley! huntervalleygardensshopping.com.au Broke Rd Pokolbin -

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(Continued) With extensive experience as a wine show judge on a regional, national and international basis, Daniel knows what makes great wine and, more importantly, how to craft a product that “tells a story about the vineyard, the seasons and the style of the wine”. Daniel utilises the estate’s meticulously managed Merlot and Shiraz vines, as well as other grape varietals sourced from the surrounding Broke Fordwich area, to create a premium selection of wines under the Talits label. Over the years the wines have received plenty of praise from customers and critics alike, with wine show success including a collection of medals from the Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers Show and the Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show.

“We partnered with Daniel Binet, who's a wellrenowned and awarded winemaker in the Hunter, and over the years with Daniel, we have been tweaking our style to get to where it is today.” “We’re really proud to open the cellar door and share our wine with the greater wine community that may not have come across us just yet. “When we have guests come to Talits we want them to have not only an enjoyable tasting experience, but also an informative one, based on identifying the characteristics of the wines that they like, and then maybe learning about some new varietals or styles of wine that they can expand their horizons with,” Gayle said. A wine tasting experience at the new cellar door will traverse the full gamut of flavours on offer, beginning with their two sparkling wines – a Pinot Noir and a Merlot – before moving on to their newly released Chardonnay, “Le Reserve Privée”.

“All of our wines have names, and when they’re translated, it’s like a nod to the French tradition. The Chardonnay is called the “private reserve” because I adore Burgundy Chardonnay, and I wanted to make something that was a nod to traditional Burgundian Chardonnay winemaking styles,” Gayle said. “This wine features full malolactic fermentation, less stirring and brand new French oak. It’s a wine that’s drinking beautifully now but also will age quite nicely.” ►

Talits Estate is an award-winning family-owned cellar door, vineyard and luxury guest house in the Broke Fordwich winemaking region of the Hunter Valley. The estate sits on 50 acres of beautifully crafted gardens, olive trees and meticulously managed vines. Our Winemaker Daniel Binet, has been previously awarded the Hunter Valley

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Rising Star and the Hunter Wine Excellence scholarship. Book a stay for the true Talits Estate experience or visit the cellar door and relax over a wine tasting which includes awardwinning Rosé, Chardonnay and Pinot/Syrah wines. The cellar door also offers barista coffee, delicious local produce platters and “Broke Brewing" craft beer.


The tasting will then progress on to Talit’s Pinot Noir and Merlot Rosés, before a side-by-side tasting of estate-grown Merlot, allowing guests to learn about how much the vintage, climate and different weather patterns in a season can affect the taste of a wine. “We finish with our statement wine, which is called ‘Le Fruit Défondu’, which translates to the forbidden fruit,” Gayle said. “It’s a 50-50 blend of Pinot Noir and Syrah, and the reason that it's called ‘Le Fruit Défondu’ is that traditionally in France it’s forbidden to blend Pinot Noir and Syrah. “It’s a beautiful wine because the thing about Pinot is that it’s an elegant and perfumed fruit, and then you contrast that with a fine balance of the spicy and herbal notes of the Syrah, so it’s the beauty of both worlds.” Visitors looking to extend their “tasting” experience in a different direction can also sample a variety of craft beers on offer at the cellar door, which have been created for the estate with a local brewer under the brand Broke Brewing. There will be up to four styles on tap at any one time, with the current rotation including a lager, a pale ale, a session ale and a brown ale. Gayle said it was all about expanding and extending what is on offer at Talits Estate to ensure each visit is a memorable one. “It’s definitely not a cookie-cutter cellar door, and, when you come to Broke and especially when you come to Talits Estate, you feel like you’re being welcomed into the family business.” “There are four members of our direct family who are going to be

serving you at any one time, and you certainly leave with a few more friends than you arrived with.” While the cellar door is the newest addition to the estate, Talits has long been known by locals and visitors alike for its iconic accommodation offering.

A taste of Europe nestled at the foot of the Broken Back Range, the magnificent “Farmhouse” was designed by French architects as an exact replica of a country home in Aix-en-Provence in Southern France.

Constructed by world-class craftsmen utilising the finest materials, it oozes rustic luxury and old-world glamour, with exposed timber and stonework, stunning antique copper bathtubs, vintage décor and inviting living spaces including a cosy open fireplace. A true Provençal masterpiece, the luxury accommodation offers four bedrooms and five bathrooms, as well as a swimming pool, vine-covered terraces, tranquil gardens and magnificent views over the vineyard and surrounding Broke region. With all this on offer, as well as the new cellar door, Talits Estate is the perfect place to stop and relax for a few hours or stay over and savour an unforgettable mini-break in Broke. For more information about Talits Estate, visit the website at www.talitsestate.com ■

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ITALIAN STYLE ROMANCE in Wine Country WORDS DI VON ESSEN For those who yearn for the romance of the Tuscan sun but have been grounded by a worldwide pandemic – don’t despair! There’s a little slice of Italy right here in the Hunter Valley waiting to welcome you. Estate Tuscany is an intimate mix of cultures. A touch of Italy in an Australian setting, the property is situated with views second to none in the Hunter Region. There’s a casual and welcoming feel to it, from when you arrive, you’re welcomed by a team of quintessential Australian

personalities all ready to provide exceptional service alongside a slick and delicious food and beverage operation. “One of the Estates most unique features would have to be its view and of course the Tuscan feel,” said Kirsty Gregson, General Manager. “Set on over 300 acres and with uninterrupted views of the Broken Back Ranges and vineyards, guests often remark about how they truly feel like they could be in Tuscany with the added advantage of Kangaroos basking at the back door.” Estate Tuscany was built in 1997 with The Mill complex added in 2001 providing the property with a conference and wedding venue, The Mill Restaurant and the Brokenback Bar. In 2016 Estate Tuscany previously known as “Tuscany Wine Estate” underwent a name change as guests often assumed that the Estate was a winery. The Estate also underwent some refurbishment to rooms and updates to the restaurant and bar. “The refurbishment provided us with the perfect opportunity to rename the hotel Estate Tuscany – a name more suited to the style of hotel that we are,” said Kirsty. The Gregson and Edmunds family have owned Estate Tuscany for over 16 years. Bill Gregson was the Managing Director until 2007 when daughter Kirsty took the reins and has revelled in the General Manager’s role ever since. “We all love what we do and feel like our team at Tuscany is family; we all welcome our guests in this way; nothing is too much trouble,” she said. Estate Tuscany is also able to offer a complete Wedding and Events package. With a superb setting in picturesque Hunter Valley, great choice of venue spaces, quality catering and friendly staff offering everything guests need to create a memorable day. Of course, you don’t have to hold or attend an event to enjoy the hospitality, food and atmosphere of Estate Tuscany. Guests are treated to this slice of Tuscan heaven in the Hunter Valley each and every day. For more information visit www.estatetuscany.com.au

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The Cellar Restaurant delivers modern contemporary Australian cuisine, utilising local and seasonal quality ingredients. Dine in our indoor garden setting or outside in the courtyard.

Try our NEW Winter menu!

Located at Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village, Broke Road Pokolbin • Phone 4998 7584 Lunch from 12pm Mon – Sat; Dinner from 6pm Mon – Sat

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Hunter Valley Resort Corner Hermitage Road & Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin (02) 49987777 sales@HunterResort.com.au www.HunterResort.com.au

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Bust out of Iso and Dust off the Cobwebs

48 Hours

in Wine Country

Taste of The Country, Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village

WORDS DI VON ESSEN

As we go to print, we’ve just experienced our first weekend of regional travel, which saw Hunter Valley Wine Country a firm favourite for visitors who were desperate to get out of home and enjoy a weekend away. Regional travel was amongst other welcome new steps in the post-pandemic reopening of our local economy which also saw restaurants, cafés and pubs host up to 50 patrons, the long-awaited return of cellar door wine tastings and galleries, zoos and beauty salons all reopen. We can’t wait to see tourism and hospitality operators in our region benefit from the relaxation of restrictions on travel and social gatherings and encourage visitors to support local businesses that have been doing it tough by spending the weekend here. With this in mind – we’re happy to give you a helping hand with our itinerary to your winter weekend getaway in Wine Country. Of course, we could easily give you a 96-hour itinerary there’s so much to see and do – so don’t limit yourself! Just remember that due to social-distancing regulations, it might be wise to jump online and book where possible. Visit www.huntervalleyguide.com.au for help.

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DAY ONE

Get back to nature, check out some artwork, visit a distillery and savour exceptional Hunter wines.

MORNING WARM-UP – GRAB A COFFEE

Start your weekend morning off in the rural locality of Pokolbin which oozes Wine Country chic and laid-back luxury any time of year. Grab some fortitude with a cup of coffee, tea or a hot chocolate for a bit of decadence! And the Winner Is Oscars café at Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village serve up an awesome coffee. Also nearby is Taste of the Country which is a little like walking into an old fashioned country kitchen.

COOL BEAUTY

Now you’re awake, head off to the spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens to experience a beautiful display of sight, colour and fragrance from the ten feature gardens. Discover the Formal ►


Garden – the largest of its type in Australia or the magnificent Rose Garden with its lavish array of colour and perfume. Or pay a visit to the Oriental Garden surrounded by natural Australian granite and winding streams full of spectacular water lilies and irises and the Italian Grotto Garden with its statue of Saint Francis of Assis – the patron saint of animals and the environment.

SIP, SAVOUR, BLEND

Stomachs lined and taste buds awakened, it’s time for a real taste of Wine Country. First stop is one of the smallest boutique estates in the Hunter Valley. Pokolbin Estate on McDonalds Road has a reputation for producing outstanding wines, particularly with their Riesling, Semillon and Shiraz. They have also had a great deal of success with their three Mediterranean-style red wines – the premium Spanish variety Tempranillo and the Italian varieties that include Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. Just a little further down the road and you will be warmly welcomed by the team at Tamburlaine Organic Wines – Australia’s largest certified organic wine producer where you can choose from an extensive range of red and white wines, sparkling and fortified from their Hunter Valley and Orange Vineyards. Also on McDonalds Road, is Ivanhoe Wines – home to a complete range of premium Hunter Valley wines and big, gutsy reds. It’s also one of the most picturesque and most photographed properties in the Hunter Valley.

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Time for some tasting of a different kind! Do an about-face on McDonalds Road and head back towards the big roundabout – where you will take a left onto Broke Road. No trip to the Hunter Valley is complete without a visit to the Hunter Distillery. One of the Hunter Valley's most unique and fascinating experiences, Hunter Distillery is the first 100% organic distillery in Australia and the only organic distillery in the southern hemisphere. Try their exclusive range of premium Organic Vodkas, Schnapps, Gin and Liqueurs tasted from traditional test tubes and even take a guided tour of the distillery production area. Take a left out of the Distillery to get back onto Broke Road, then a right onto Hermitage Road will see you headed to two of our favourite wineries. At three-generation family-run Mistletoe Winery you will not only find exceptional award-winning wines, but you will also find Pokolbin Fine Art Gallery and Mistletoe Sculpture Garden so that you can lock in a culture fix at the same time. You’re going to want to linger a while here. Top off your tasting a short distance down Hermitage Road at Tintilla Estate. Taste award-winning wines and estate-grown olives with a cheese platter and all the trimmings. Surely sun-downers do not get any better than this!

ROUND OFF THE DAY WITH A SPOT OF FINE DINING

It’s no coincidence that some of the finest restaurants in the world can be found in the best wine growing regions. Where there is great wine, great food usually follows, and the Hunter Valley is considered one of the finest most authentic culinary destinations in Australia. Highly recommended (Continued next page) ►

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Located in the heart of Pokolbin, Hunter Valley Chocolate Company has been a family owned and operated Hunter Valley gem for the last twenty years. Indulge in the ultimate chocolate experience, with a tantalising range of premium hand-made chocolate and chocolate products plus more than 30 flavours of freshly made fudge!

Ph 4998 6999 Three Great Locations in Pokolbin: • Twenty-3-Twenty – 2320 Broke Road Mon to Fri 10am–4pm; Sat & Sun 9.30–5pm • Peterson House – Broke Road • Hunter Valley Gardens (Shop 5) – Broke Road Both open Fri to Sun 10am–4pm

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The Cellar Restaurant

A morning worth waking up early for with Balloon Aloft

(Continued) are, Hunters Quarter (at Cockfighters Ghost vineyard) or The Cellar Restaurant (back where you began the day at Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village). For something a little more casual, take a look at Andanté Brasserie (located at the Leisure Inn on McDonalds Road) or visit Oishii Japanese Thai Restaurant – which is the locals favourite – and also does takeaway if you’re too exhausted to dine in!

DAY TWO

Soar above the vineyards, indulge in a dessert, go horse-riding, shop a bit (or a lot), take a tour, visit a brewery and warm up by the fireplace.

SOAR TO NEW HEIGHTS

For an iconic wine country splurge, skip breakfast and book an early morning hot air balloon ride with Balloon Aloft. Taking off at sunrise, ascend into the sky and float gently along with the breeze, taking in views

of the picturesque wine regions of Pokolbin, Lovedale, Rothbury or Broke – from just above the treetops or at heights of 2000 feet or more. The one-hour balloon flight is followed by a delicious ‘bubbly-breakfast’ at Pokolbin’s Restaurant Cuvee. If spine-tingling action is more your scene – check out Aerohunter Adventure Flights located on Wine Country Drive (Cessnock Airport) for an experience that is, shall we say, turning it up a notch or two hundred!

SADDLE UP

If having your feet firmly on terra-firma is more your thing, why not venture out on an early morning escapade perched atop a trusty steed, while enjoying the natural bushland and stunning views of the countryside. At Hunter Valley Horse Riding and Adventures in Lovedale, you can ride the unique and beautiful Molly Morgan Range while experiencing the spectacular scenery from as far north as the Barrington Tops. Whether you’re an old hand on horseback or not,

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there’s a ride for every experience level, with the 1 and 1.5 hour guided trail rides being the most popular for both beginners and experts alike.

RISE AND WINE & DINE

We take breakfast very seriously in Wine Country, so make today’s count by spending the morning at one of our local favourites. The Deck Café at Lovedale is just the place for breakfast (or brunch if you’re keen for a sleep-in). Enjoy a fantastic breakfast menu followed alongside a generous range of beverages and premium Vittoria coffee, then slip in your first wine-tasting for the day at Gartelmann Wines, also located on-site. After brunch, duck around to Wilderness Road where you’ll find the gorgeous Emmas Cottage Vineyard. For history buffs, a stroll around the old Rothbury Cemetery on the property is also a must (if you dare). From here it’s just a short trip to one of Wine Country's newest Cellar Doors on one of the areas oldest vineyards – Theleme Wines at Black Creek Farm.

Enjoy a coffee at The Deck Cafe

SHOPPING

If shopping is more your thing, then the ultimate Wine Country shopping experience is a trip to Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village located en-route to the gates of the world-famous gardens themselves. Here you will find a variety of galleries, fashion stores, home ware, gift shops and other boutique speciality shops to choose from and just when you feel you need a break, there is a choice of restaurants and cafés where you can enjoy a much-needed coffee, tea or snack.

INDULGE A LITTLE

After an arduous day of adventure, Sabor Dessert Bar is a sweet diversion for those who love to indulge in decadent cakes and pastries or have a soft spot for the rich flavours of the cocoa bean. Sabor has over 50 desserts on the menu, as well as local wines, dessert wines, ports and liqueurs to perfectly match the flavours of your dessert. Also offering great coffee – this is a haven for those people wanting to experience an entirely new level of culinary delight in desserts. ►

Re-Discover Mortels

Australian Alpaca Barn has all your Winter woolies!

Daily Factory Tours Mon–Fri 11am – No bookings required

FIND US

Located 2.5km from the end of the M1 1 Weakleys Drive, Thornton. Open 7 Days Visit www.mortels.com.au for more information

Home of the Big UGG Boots · Factory Tours · Shop · Café · Museum

EMMA’S COTTAGE VINEYARD · CELLAR DOOR & GALLERY: Friday 12pm–4pm, Saturday 10am–5pm & Sunday 10am–4pm. 438 Wilderness Road, Lovedale 2320 · Ph (02) 4998 7734 · www.emmascottage.com.au 19 | JUNE–JULY 2020 yhv


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Much more than a Vineyard.

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Our Matilda range is made up of easy drinking styles that are produced for your enjoyment.

Come Waltzing with Matilda... 205 Gillards Road, Pokolbin • PH 4998 7887 www.constableestate.com.au

ANDANTÉ BRASSERIE

(Continued) Universally adored, chocolate is one of life's perfect indulgences and in the Hunter Valley, the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company is the sweetest and most addictive attraction around. It's so popular that they have three retail outlets in Pokolbin – at Peterson House, Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village and at 2320 Broke Road. If you love all things chocolate, you'll love their exquisite range of chocolate, so take the time to visit their three retail outlets in Pokolbin and see for yourself what everyone is talking about.

GETTING BACK TO THE WINE

ENJOY AN inviting and relaxed atmosphere Andanté Brasserie is a locally owned café and restaurant located in the heart of the Hunter Valley – a great spot for a quick catch up or long lunch with friends and family.

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There are numerous ways to work your way around the wineries by yourself or with a group of friends, but if you want to sit back, relax and let someone else do the organising and driving, then book yourself on one of the many wine tours heading around the Hunter Valley. Choose from a full day, half-day or private wine tour from operators like Best Tours. If you’re here for the wine, then our wine tasting itinerary for day two is a boutique experience starting at Kelman Vineyard on Oakey Creek Road (at the roundabout intersection with Marrowbone Road). A wellestablished boutique vineyard nestled in a quiet corner of the Parish of Pokolbin, Kelman's focus is on classic Hunter varietals. Just around the bend in Marrowbone Road, you’ll find Saddlers Creek Wines. Established in 1990, by two friends with a passion for fine wine and a serious love of horses, the Halliday-rated 5 Star Winery specialises in the crafting of premium quality wines. Continue along Marrowbone Road to Mount Pleasant Wines and pick up an (Out of) Isolation Pack. Curated by Chief Winemaker Adrian Sparks, this selection of premium wines is sure to add something extraspecial to your out-of-iso celebrations. The Hunter is certainly not short of an adventure or two – it just comes down to choosing to make the absolute most of your time in the area. Enjoy! ■


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FOR KIDS!

When you think of Hunter Valley Wine Country, you imagine sampling a selection of wines at cellar doors along the tasting trail or long, lazy lunches at one of the gourmet restaurants and cafés. But the region doesn’t just cater to wine connoisseurs or foodies – it’s also the perfect destination for a family-friendly holiday, with ample activities and plenty of fresh air to keep the kids both entertained and healthy!

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GORGEOUS GARDENS

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party at Hunter Valley Gardens

The stunning beauty of the Hunter Valley Gardens is at the top of the list for many families making their way to wine country. Featuring eight kilometres of walking paths winding through 14 hectares of gardens, the site is a natural wonderland with more than 6000 trees, 600,000 shrubs and over one million ground cover plants, plus waterfalls, statues, murals and more. Ten individually themed gardens showcase the artistry of gardens around the world, with everything from the Italian Grotto to the Oriental Garden offering a lush landscape of both native and exotic varieties of plants. Of course, the biggest highlight for the younger members of the family is always the fantastical Storybook Garden, taking visitors on a journey through childhood dreams, memories, and fantasies. Larger-than-life nursery rhyme characters and spectacular murals greet you at every corner, offering excellent photo opportunities as you join Humpty Dumpty on the wall, Jack and Jill as they tumble down the hill and Alice in Wonderland at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. A number of the region’s wineries also have beautifully landscaped gardens to explore, with Constable Estate at Pokolbin offering ►

Visit Saddler's Creek Wines and receive a complimentary souvenir wine glass and wine tasting.

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RUNNING HORSE WINES The most unique cellar door in Broke... A must visit! Specialising in Aged Wines

(Continued) countless gardens including the Oak Walk, Sculpture Park, Camellia Garden, Secret Garden, Millennium Walk, Rose Garden and more, while Hunter’s Dream Estate has exquisite Japanese Gardens.

ANIMAL ADVENTURES

Running Horse Wines cellar door provides a new look and experience to the Hunter wine region. We at Running Horse Wines have been ageing our entire range of wines and have amassed an impressive, unique and true age worthy wine list that will take you on an adventurous ride to an unprecedented tasting experience. The opportunity to taste and buy wines from 2005 to 2012, and also now just releasing the 2014 vintage, is very rare. Our classic aged range is comprising of the Hunter’s finest Shiraz, Semillon, Verdelho, Rosé and a Sparkling Rosé also being aged on lees for 6 years! Running Horse Wines is open every day from 10am to 6pm. From Monday to Thursday, please do not hesitate to call and confirm arrival as these hours can fluctuate.

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The Hunter Valley is also a prime destination for animal lovers of all ages, with countless exotic and native species on show at the superb Hunter Valley Zoo at Nulkaba. Discover around 130 species of birds, mammals, primates and reptiles on display including both white and tawny African lions, cheetahs, meerkats, ostriches, alligators and Tasmanian devils. The zoo is also home to some incredibly rare animals including a couple of red-handed tamarins, which are one of only two pairs in Australia. Why not book an up-close and personal experience with a tamarin, marmoset or a meerkat or two! For four-legged creatures of a different kind, head out to Lovedale and saddle up for a day of equestrian fun at Hunter Valley Horse Riding and Adventures. Ride the unique and beautiful Molly Morgan Range and experience the spectacular views of the Hunter Valley Wine Country and Lower Hunter, with riding available every day for both beginners and more experienced riders. Older children and adults can hit the trail alongside a qualified guide, or watch the native wildlife begin to emerge at twilight on one of the spectacular sunset rides, while tiny tots and kids under eight years can hop on a pony for a gentle stroll over the fields while spotting a few of the local kangaroos. Children can also visit the aviary to say hello to the parrots, guinea pigs and chooks.

GET ACTIVE

Why not combine your trip to the Hunter Valley Gardens with a round at the nearby Hunter Valley Aqua Golf and Putt-Putt. Located within the Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village, the site includes a golf driving range with an incentive – the chance to win prizes by landing a ball in the floating nets on the lake. Prizes include cash jackpots, as well as vouchers to the finest restaurants, cellar doors, golf courses and hot air balloon rides, with clubs catering for golfers of all ages. The Hunter is also home to another new putt-putt course, built as a scaled model of Bathurst’s famous Mount Panorama racing car track. Measuring 40m wide by 80m deep, the golf course features Mount Panorama themed artwork and signage throughout and obstacles shaped from racing car parts. Players putt through V8 supercar rims, between V8 supercar brake disks and down Conrod Straight. Not surprisingly this high-octane themed course can be found on-site at Go Karts Go Hunter Valley at Kearsley, which features the biggest four-stroke outdoor go-kart track and the fastest four-stroke karts in the Hunter. Slow things down a notch and take a ride on two wheels at Hunter Valley Resort, where you can enjoy a fun Segway tour that starts outside the brewery and explores the off-road tracks and trails of this vast bushland property. ►


Travel along an old 1880's stock route and encounter scores of kangaroos, impressive views of the Broken Back Ranges and even the odd wombat, before heading back through the Resort’s vineyard to finish the journey.

The British Lolly Shop

SHOPPING AND SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

Aside from the Gardens and the golf, the Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village is also home to a range of unique boutiques and mouth-watering destinations that are sure to pique the interest of every member of the family. Kids will be hard-pressed to go past The British Lolly Shop without stopping in, with two life-sized toy British soldiers guarding the entrance to the sweetest of destinations. Choose from nine varieties of bonbons as well as lemon sherbets, humbugs, Blackpool Rock, toffee, nougat, chocolate sweets and bars, with some of the finest quality confectionery and gourmet products from the UK. Cupcake Espresso and the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company will also provide the perfect sweet treat to relax with at the end of a long and enjoyable day in the Valley. ■

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Come in and visit the ‘Tunnel of Beer’. Stocked to the brim with delicious brews from around the world.

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Nadine and Jean welcome you to Thélème Wines at Black Creek Farm. A boutique Wine Producer in the Hunter Valley situated on a gentle easterly facing slope. We produce premium red Cabernet-Merlot and Shiraz, an exceptional Rosé plus stunning white wines including Semillon and Chardonnay. ..... Our Cellar door is open by appointment, or Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

THÉLÈME WINES

H U N T E R VA L L E Y

803 Old North Road, Rothbury • Ph 0410 491 572 Order online at www.Blackcreekfarm.com.au/shop

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For an altogether sweet experience, a visit to Sabor Dessert Bar is a MUST! The Sabor Dessert Menu features over 50 different desserts, each one created individually. Nothing is served by the slice and this brings a new level of culinary delight to desserts in the Hunter Valley. Pair something scrumptious with a delicious Hunter Valley wine... It’s a unique Hunter Valley experience that you can only enjoy at Sabor Dessert Bar. Indulge in multi-award winning Portuguese chocolate mousse, decadent cakes, pastries, hand-made chocolates, Portuguese tarts and gourmet ice-cream. There is also a large range of gluten free desserts, barista-made Glinelli coffee and a selection of teas to enjoy with our amazing view of the vines and mountain ranges or to take away and savour in your home or hotel.

Enjoy a world of desserts at Sabor Dessert Bar in Pokolbin!

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Synonymous with the red wines of Tuscany and all the romanticism that goes with it, Sangiovese is the most planted red grape in Italy and is the most important grape variety used in the production of Tuscany's greatest red wines, providing the backbone to the popular wines of Chianti. No other Italian red commands greater worldwide recognition than Sangiovese and in an increasingly competitive global wine market, Italy’s abundance of native grapes provides a welcome point of difference. From the Latin for sanguis Jovis, or “the blood of Jove,” mercurial Sangiovese has awarded Italy its best wine moments and became a major component of the super Tuscan revolution that brought Italy to the forefront of global wine. Outside of Tuscany, Sangiovese is widely planted in Lazio, Umbria, Marche and of course Corsica where the variety is known as Nielluccio. Worldwide, it has travelled to California and Australia, where its high acidity is an asset in the hot climate. This exciting Italian variety is becoming increasingly popular in its adopted home of Australia where the variety is known for being adaptable to many types of vineyard soils and has proved suitable for cultivation across many Australian wine regions. Although Sangiovese has been planted in Australian vineyards for the past few decades, it has only recently become a serious contender

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Sicily to the classic powerhouse red varieties. With the quality ever improving and Australians focusing more and more on enjoying wine with food, Sangiovese has found a permanent place in our wine scene. Here in the Hunter Valley, Sangiovese was first planted in 1995 at Tintilla Estate by the Lusby family. Plantings have now grown to include at least 15 other vineyards in the region – amongst them Adina Vineyard, Pokolbin Estate and Kevin Sobels Wines. The variety produces elegant wines with powerful aromas and is notoriously high in tannin and acidity but lighter in fruit. The flavours characteristic of Sangiovese range from cherries and red plums to herbs, spices and tea like flavours. The wines tend to be medium bodied, dry and usually quite savoury. The use of oak has become increasingly popular and used to draw the richer flavours from the grapes. While Italian styles tend to have more acid and tannin, the Australian Sangiovese wines tend to be a little fruitier, with riper flavours and higher alcohol. However, there is a trend for the styles to converge. This wine is easy to understand and is enjoyable in its youth, but it’s also rewarding with moderate to long ageing. ►

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Sangiovese is also a component in many of Tuscany's "Super Tuscans," where it is blended with various proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, or Syrah. What sets a classic Tuscan Sangiovese apart from the rest is it's refined and wonderfully pronounced backbone of acidity, and it is this quality that makes Sangiovese an unrivalled choice for the dinner table. Food Match: Like all Italian wines, Sangiovese demands food. With its dryness and high acidity, Sangiovese is extremely food-friendly and perfect with Italian dishes and tomato-based dishes like Ragu or Osso Buco. The acidity in both Sangiovese and the tomato-based food neutralise one another to create a wonderful marriage of flavours. It’s also well-matched to the flavours of chicken, grilled red meat, lamb, slow roasted pork, pastas, stews or well-aged cheeses. Lighter styles of Sangiovese have proven to be useful red wines to pair with fish, especially when grilled or roasted. â–

POKOLBIN ESTATE 2017 Belebula Sangiovese With a freakish competition record, Pokolbin Estate has a reputation for producing outstanding wines and has had significant success with their Mediterranean-style red wines. TASTING A plethora of dried cherry, strawberry and caramelised fig with a hint of savoury spices. A light Italian variety, typically savoury on the front palate, held together by soft tannins and a touch of spice. FOOD MATCH Just superb with wood fire pizza, pasta, risotto, osso bucco and Mediterranean salads. CELLARING Drink within 3–5 Years with potential of up to 15.

ADINA VINEYARD 2018 Sangiovese Vines have been grown on Adina Vineyard in Lovedale since the 1860’s, with the modern vineyard mostly planted in the 1980’s. TASTING This estate-grown Sangiovese shows delicate aromas of wild berry and savoury spice, these are accompanied by velvety oak tannins for a smooth finish. FOOD MATCH Ideally with modern Australian food, veal ravioli or any meat dish. CELLARING Drink now or until 2025.

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A blend worth a mention TINTILLA ESTATE Catherine di’M Sangiovese/Merlot Tintilla have become renowned for their Sangiovese over the years, selling out quickly as soon as it hits the cellar door. Each vintage is different, and the fruit treated according to the conditions it was grown in, with some years becoming a blend rather than a straight variety. Either way, this wine is definitely worth a taste! TASTING Medium ruby in colour with aromas of blackberries, cherries and redcurrant. The tannins are soft, dry and persistent. FOOD MATCH As a classic Italian style it goes well with any Mediterranean food.

OAKVALE WINES 2018 Sangiovese Oakvale has a philosophy of minimal intervention with modern winemaking practices, showcasing the true expression of the vineyard. What does this mean for you? Less preservatives, less inputs, vegan friendly wine. The fruit for this Sangiovese was sourced from Adelaide Hills then handcrafted in the Hunter Valley. TASTING This wine displays generous fruit flavours of plum and red cherry combined with dried fig, fresh lavender with a hint of savoury spice. This is a well-balanced wine with a generous palate, soft silky tannins and a pleasing flintiness.

GLANDORE ESTATE Regional Series Sangiovese Hilltops 2018 The wine is a bright ruby red in colour and with fantastic aromas of Maraschino cherries and deliciously ripe raspberries it is an absolute delight. TASTING The palate is medium bodied and incredibly well structured. The tannins are fine and long and the typical acidity that we see with this variety gives an incredible length to the palate. Sweet mid palate raspberry fruits provide a freshness and liveliness to this fantastic wine. FOOD MATCH Cured meats like Prosciutto di Parma or San Daniele balance of saltiness, sweetness, and fat – ideal for such a wine. A well balanced duck or venison ragu would also be a great match.

Boutique Hunter Win es

A Trio of Whites

CELEBRATE! This complex late disgorged Blanc de Blancs spent almost 5 years on lees. The result is a fine bead and creamy textured palate with classic toasty characteristics. Taste it today! 2 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin Cellar Door open for tastings Sat & Sun, 10am 4pm www.kelmanvineyard.com.au Small groups welcome - call 02 4991 5456

Indulge at Bimbadgen Spend the day at Bimbadgen taking in the views of the hunter valley while indulging in amazing food and wine. Enjoy a wine tasting 10am–4pm. Bask in the sun drenched courtyard and enjoy woodfired pizza Friday to Sunday 11am–4pm, dine in or takeaway. Or even dine amongst the vines on a gourmet picnic hamper. Bookings essential.

790 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin. cellardoor@bimbadgen.com.au | Phone 4998 4600 www.bimbadgen.com.au

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STEP BACK IN TIME

The LONG & LONELY

Trail

WORDS MICHELLE MEEHAN

It took thousands of convicts, several route deviations and ten years to complete, opening up a direct route from Sydney to the Hunter Valley in the early years of the penal colony. But while the Great North Road may have been rendered virtually redundant almost as soon as it was completed in 1836, the 264km long route remains one the greatest feats of engineering in Australia during the 19th century. Construction of the monumental infrastructure project was started in 1826 by the government of the day, partly in response to a petition from the wealthy settlers of the Hunter Valley who called for an overland route to Sydney to be developed. At that stage, the only way to access the Hunter was via sea, with the land in between the two settlements made up of fearsome sandstone mountains with deep gorges, razorback ridges and towering bluffs. Convicts working in gangs, and often wearing leg irons, spent the next ten years battling geographic and geological obstacles to construct the road, using only hand tools and gunpowder to cut and blast their way through the rock. An incredible feat of engineering and skill, the road featured an impressive series of timber and stonework structures including buttresses, culverts, bridges and nine-metre-high retaining walls. However the route of the Great North Road was subject to much conjecture, and many changes throughout its construction, with several sections abandoned or left unfinished as new administrators with different ideas to their predecessors took control of the project. The final route begins from what is now the Sydney suburb of Five Dock, crossing the Parramatta River at Abbotsford and passing through Ryde and Dural before reaching the Hawkesbury River at Wisemans Ferry, 100km to the north. Winding through the isolated and often rugged country along the edge of Dharug National Park, it continues through Bucketty before dividing at Wollombi, with one branch continuing to Warkworth via Broke while the other travels to Cessnock, Maitland and on to Newcastle. At the time it was built it was a long and lonely trail, with sections of steep gradients that could be difficult to traverse, and little access to food or water for those travelling with stock. These elements combined to work against the popularity of the road and soon after it was finished in 1836 it fell into disuse, with alternate routes developed to bypass its difficult and dry sections. The introduction of steamships in Australia in the early 1830s was the final blow for the road, with a regular service developing between Sydney,

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Newcastle and Morpeth that proved far more efficient and comfortable for passengers and freight travelling to the Hunter. In the last century, countless alternate land-based routes were developed as modern-day Australia evolved. However, most of the Great North Road remains in use today as part of local road networks or as an alternative, slower paced scenic route between Sydney and the Hunter, although a lot of the original surface is well buried under bitumen. Relics such as stone retaining walls, wharves, culverts, bridges and buttresses can still be seen along the entire length of the Great North Road – in Sydney suburbs like Epping and Gladesville, at Wisemans Ferry or Wollombi, Bucketty or Broke, or when walking in Dharug and Yengo National Parks. A 43km-long section that runs from Wisemans Ferry in the south to Mount Manning (near Bucketty) in the north is now referred to as the Old Great North Road because it is the most intact section of the original road that remains undeveloped. A 7km-long section of the Old Great North Road, which lies within Dharug National Park and is closed to motor vehicle traffic, was included on the World Heritage list in 2010. It sits among 11 places grouped under the banner of the Australian Convict Sites, which attained World Heritage status for being “the best surviving examples of large-scale convict transportation and the colonial expansion of European powers through the presence and labour of convicts”. This section of the road is managed by the New South Wales National Parks & Wildlife Service and can be explored on foot, with a 9km loop in Dharug National Park popular with families and history buffs. Before its World Heritage listing, the communities of Bucketty and Wollombi established the ‘Convict Trail Project’ in 1990 to promote the road as a museum of convict engineering. A website was developed to record the history of the road and its construction, while also helping to promote the various relics and attractions along the route. To find out more about the project visit www.convicttrail.com.au, or log on to the NSW National Parks website to plan your visit to the Old Great North Road – World Heritage walk at www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au


Winter Dining Guide

ANDANTE BRASSERIE

THE CELLAR RESTAURANT

We are a locally owned cafe and restaurant located in the heart of the Hunter Valley. The inviting and relaxed atmosphere makes it a great place for a quick catch up, long lunch with friends or family. Relax in our outdoor area with delicious food and a nice cold beer, glass of wine or cocktail.

The Cellar Restaurant delivers modern contemporary Australian cuisine, utilising local and seasonal quality ingredients. Dine in our indoor garden setting or outside in the courtyard. Try our NEW al a carte and tasting menu! Share plates are also available for lunch Monday to Sunday. Bookings recommended.

Leisure Inn, 485 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin, MAP REF K10 PH 4998 7932 | www.andantebrasserie.com.au OPEN Wed–Sun for Breakfast and Lunch

HVG Village, Broke Rd, Pokolbin, MAP REF K10 | PH 4998 7584 admin@the-cellar-restaurant.com.au | OPEN Lunch Mon– Sat; Dinner Mon–Sat | www.the-cellar-restaurant.com.au

BLAXLAND INN

OISHII JAPANESE THAI RESTAURANT

Specialising in friendly country hospitality, you’ll love your time at Blaxland Inn. Our menu is full of hearty meals from succulent steaks, house-made pies, and our signature garlic prawns. When reserving your table, ask about our courtesy vehicle. Suitable for up to 11 guests, conditions apply. Bookings are essential.

The name says it all... Delicious. Open daily, Oishii has become one of the most popular eateries in the epicentre of Hunter Valley wineries and concerts. The market fresh seafood Sushi and Sashimi followed by a rich Massaman Beef Curry and finished with fried ice cream – a house speciality, begs a return visit to taste their unique Prawn Tempura, Panang Duck Curry and Green Curry Chicken. Roche Estate, Cnr Broke & McDonalds Rd’s Pokolbin, MAP REF L11 OPEN 7 Days Lunch, Dinner + T/A; Home Delivery Fri–Sun 4998 7051 | www.oishii.com.au

2198 Broke Road, Pokolbin, MAP REF K12 | PH 4998 7550 info@blaxlandinn.com.au | www.blaxlandinn.com.au OPEN 7 days for Lunch & Dinner

THE DECK CAFÉ

THE BRUNCH SOCIETY

The Deck Café Lovedale is a stylish Restaurant Style Café/Tapas Bar, located at Gartelmann Wines. We provide a diverse and delightful style Breakfast menu daily, followed by an inspiring Tapas Style menu for Lunch and Dinner on Friday and Saturday. The menu is complimented with Gartelmann Wines and Vittoria coffee.

Tatler Wines presents The Brunch Society! Our chef Katy is back – a treat awaits you. A weekend dining adventure with dishes crossing borders and sometimes traditional food lines. A vibrant, seasonal, ever changing menu, designed to entice you… to try everything!

701 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale, MAP REF G18 | PH 4930 9007 www.deckcafelovedale.com.au | OPEN Mon to Fri 8.30am– 2.30pm; Sat & Sun 8am–2.30pm; Dinner Fri & Sat 5.30pm–7.30pm bookings@deckcafelovedale.com.au

477 Lovedale Road, Lovedale, MAP REF G16 PH Katy to book on 0434 436 818 | www.tatlerwines.com.au OPEN Sat & Sun 8am–4pm

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