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HUNTER VALLEY BLOG

With more than 150 wineries and cellar doors, 65 restaurants and 180 comfy accommodation places to stay, where do you start?

Follow our insider tips by the people who know best… the locals. We ask talented winemakers, chefs, farmers, brewers and journalists to blog about their favourite places and experiences in this fertile wine region.

Crush Camps: Where you can pick and stomp grapes in the Hunter

Crush Camps: Where you can pick and stomp grapes in the Hunter
Want to experience the thrill of grape picking and crushing during the 2020 Hunter vintage? It's our 192nd vintage and that makes us the oldest continuous wine region in Australia!Not surprisingly, our winemakers think they know a thing or two about making great wine. We've seen it all… great vintages – 1965, 2007, 2014, 2017, 2018 – and some not s...
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Gorgeous gifts for the festive season and beyond

Gorgeous gifts for the festive season and beyond
Looking for a unique gift or stocking filler? Then it's time you filled your Christmas list with goodies from the Hunter Valley. We're blessed with tons of delicious drops, so wine lovers, beer drinkers and G&T fans are all taken care of. We also have plenty of extraordinary experiences including gourmet dining, balloon flights, cooking cl...
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The best bottles for a party? Magnums!

The best bottles for a party? Magnums!
​Bigger IS better when you want to have the best party ever. When you're planning a big bash you want something that will make a huge impact with party goers. Come on down magnums. They're the ideal size for a crowd – these big beauties hold 1.5 litres, so that's equivalent to two normal-sized bottles or 12 glasses of wine. Yep, loads of lovely win...
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The wedding trends to know when you're getting hitched in the Hunter

The wedding trends to know when you're getting hitched in the Hunter
Planning your dream destination wedding? Then you'll want to know what the biggest wedding trends in the Hunter are right now, so we asked three local wedding specialists what people are pumped about when tying the knot. CHRIS ELFES – PHOTOGRAPHY ON HERMITAGE​Chris Elfes also says the trend is for more casual, informal weddings."Most couples want ...
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Hermitage Road - The Hunter's Hedonistic Playground

Hermitage Road - The Hunter's Hedonistic Playground
​There are so many reasons to spend a few days around Hermitage Road in the north-west corner of Pokolbin. Jaw-dropping views, dozens of boutique wineries and cafes, a brewery or two, as well as loads of fun things to do if lying by the pool just isn't your thing.Running from Broke Road in the south to the New England Highway at Belford, this sun-s...
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Splash zones: desirable digs where you can take a dip

Splash zones: desirable digs where you can take a dip
​ When it's time to choose a place to stay for your summer getaway, odds-on a pool will be on your holiday wish list. Here's a list of some tempting swim spots where you can make a splash all summer long. #poolhairdon'tcare #endlesssummer SPICERS GUESTHOUSEIf you want to plunge into the cool waters of a pool and enjoy oodles of atmosphere, views an...
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Eco-friendly wines: they taste terrific and they’re good for the planet too!

Eco-friendly wines: they taste terrific and they’re good for the planet too!
​There's no doubt climate change is trending with millions of people around the world joining the biggest climate protest ever in September. No surprise then that sustainability is a hot topic in the hospitality industry as concern for the environment grows and more people want to know how our food and wines are produced.Here in the Hunter Valley w...
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Top 10 most instagrammed spots in the Hunter Valley

Top 10 most instagrammed spots in the Hunter Valley
Love to share your Hunter Valley experiences? Don't we all. Here are the top places that people love most from their memorable trips to Wine Country.​Pictured: Hunter Valley Gardens @itsfezzyo via IG.1. IVANHOE WINES It's #1 of 89 things to do in Pokolbin on TripAdvisor thanks to the gorgeous views from the back verandah, delish wines, gourmet chee...
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Top 10 things to do these school holidays

Top 10 things to do these school holidays
When the school holidays roll around it's time to think of new ways to keep the kids busy – right? Check out our Top 10 things to do in the Hunter Valley this spring. There's heaps of affordable activities and adventures for the whole family!1. 360 ALL STARS: Fresh from sell-out Sydney and Adelaide shows, 360 ALLSTARS is bringing its...
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Dog-friendly Cellar Doors in the Hunter Valley

Dog-friendly Cellar Doors in the Hunter Valley
​Love wine-tasting but get the guilts when you leave your pampered pooch at home? Join the club. Luckily there are plenty of dog-friendly wineries where my spoilt staffy Rosie has been given a warm welcome while I swirl and sip to my heart's content. So, which cellar doors are paw-fect for a dog-friendly Hunter Valley wine tour? I thought I'd ask R...
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