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Alluring al-fresco dining and tasting experiences in the Hunter Valley


Crisp Autumn air, wide open spaces, rustic country charm and breathtaking vineyard views – it’s all on offer in Hunter Valley Wine Country. As the days cool down and the tropical thunderstorms disappear, it is the perfect time to take advantage of the outdoor dining experiences the Hunter Valley has to offer. We’re eager to welcome all back to the region (this time with next to no restrictions!) to reconnect with family, friends and loved ones. Take in the views as you relax in outdoor seating areas, taste wine and let lunch roll into dinner.

Check out some picks below of venues offering scenic outdoor dining and tasting experiences.


Saddler’s Creek Wines cellar door features outdoor tasting areas from seated table and chairs to picnic areas with lots of space to spread out. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s they host a food truck that provides a seasonal menu of casual eats. Wine & chill among the grounds with a bottle of Saddler’s Creek Wine and treat yourself to delicious food.

For all bookings call 02 4991 1770 or head to their website.Saddlers creek outdoor diningImage credit: Saddlers Creek Wines


At Stomp! Wines you can book an outdoor wine tasting experience accompanied with a cheese board or fresh fruit platter with chocolate dipping sauce. Have with your wine tasting or save it to enjoy anywhere on the property after your tasting concludes. Looking for something fun while you sip and taste? Try your hand at a game of Bocce or Giant Jenga, both of which are available to play on the property.

All bookings require a minimum of 48hours notice to prepare the platters. Only $24 per person, which includes the wine tasting fee. Visit their website for more information and to book.

Stomp wines outdoor diningImage credit: Stomp! Wines


With restrictions now eased in the Upper Hunter, Hollydene Estate are back open and offering outdoor dining in their stunning al-fresco area. Sit under the arbour or on the deck, take in the breathtaking views towards the Wollemi National Park and enjoy life as it is meant to be.

Whatever you choose, be it breakfast, an a la carte lunch or a celebratory High Tea the stunning al fresco area, with plenty of shady and sunny spots and extensive lawns for the kids to go wild on, is the perfect place to catch up and reconnect. Go on - ditch the well-worn trackies of the last few months, frock up and linger a little longer. It will be worth it!

Visit their website for more information.


There’s multiple places to experience a scenic outdoor wine tasting at McLeish Estate Wines. Head out under the seated pergola for your wine tasting and then take a moment to explore the property. With so much space available, you can purchase wine and tasting plates to enjoy amongst the vines where you’ll find the perfect vineyard views to enjoy a refreshing, crisp Semillon. 

McLeish Estate have curated a range of charcuterie and cheese plates that are designed to share and pair with their wines. For something more substantial, there’s try their Regional Tasting Platter for two that can be pre ordered (24 hours’ notice). The McLeish family called on chef Matt Dillow from The Deck Café to design the uniquely Hunter Valley tasting plate. Created with fresh local produce, from homemade hummus and relishes, delicious zucchini and pine nut frittata, and paired with high-end McLeish wines.

Bookings are essential. For more details, head to their website.

McLeish outdoor diningImage credit: McLeish Estate


Newly renovated with a new- on-site venue, 4 Pines at the Farm Hunter Valley, offers the ideal combination of relaxed indoor and al-fresco outdoor settings. With plenty of wide open spaces to enjoy a nice cold brew on a hot summers day paired with delicious cuisine, it makes for the perfect family, couples or singles day out.

Bookings are essential and can only be made online via their website.

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Recently renovated, The Deck Café boasts a beautiful outdoor dining area on the deck overlooking the dam and scenic grounds. It is an experience to remember, with local chefs and staff cooking with fresh local produce and serving café favourites with a Hunter Valley fine-dining twist.

That’s not all! The on-site Cellar Door, Gartelmann Wines offers wine tasting experiences outside on the deck as well cooking classes and wine masterclasses.

Bookings are recommended, head to the The Deck Café website and Gartelmann Wines website for more information.

The deck cafe outdoor diningImage credit: The Deck Café Lovedale


Restaurant Botanica, hidden among grapevines and gumtrees outside of Pokolbin at Spicers Vineyards Estate, is perfect for couples looking for a romantic and intimate spot to wine and dine. With spacious and outdoor seating offering you privacy to enjoy each other’s company while indulging in 5-star cuisine paired with award-winning wines from their superb regional wine list.

Make a booking today via their website.

Restaurant botanica outdoor diningImage credit: Restaurant Botanica at Spicers Vineyards Estate


From intimate fireside tastings in winter to relaxing al-fresco tastings overlooking the Brokenback Mountain Ranges in summer, Leogate Estate is ready to welcome you whatever the season. Enjoy an elegantly presented meal overlooking the vineyards and sip award-winning wines as you bask in the summer sun. A great place to reconnect with family, friends and loved ones, it’ll be an experience to remember. Head to their website to book your next experience.


Leogate outdoorImage credit: Leogate Estate & The Gates Restaurant


Set at the end of Sweetwater Road, in the heart of the Hunter Valley Wine Country, RidgeView boasts the best of everything. A family owned and operated venue offering award winning wines at their Cellar Door, a state-of-the-art restaurant serving impeccable cuisine and on-site private self-contained cottages, what more could you want. For those looking for the full Wine Country experience in one restful location, you can’t go past RidgeView. Outdoor areas are aplenty, whether you’re dining, tasting or staying, there’s more than enough space for everyone to enjoy.

Head to their website today to find out more about this all-in-one venue.

Ridgeview outdoorImage credit: RidgeView


Winmark Wines have converted the former Pooles Rock wine storage sheds into their new, yet authentic Winmark Cellar Door, ensuring the history of the property is cherished. The Cellar Door offers indoor and outdoor tastings both overlooking the vineyard so you can take in the stunning views. Pair your experience with a cheese board and sip and taste in the courtyard as you take your time to savour the serenity at this stunning property. Book online via their website.

winmark outdoor areaImage credit: Winmark Wines


Offering the full package, from garden to table and grape to glass, your trip to the Hunter Valley is not complete without a visit to Margan Wines & Restaurant. Relax in the stunning open-air courtyard as you taste your way through their award-winning wines. Feeling peckish? Take your pick from Margan’s seasonal menu, all produce is grown locally from their on-site garden or sourced from local Hunter Valley provedores.

Head to their website to check out their Spring menu or book in a tasting experience.

Margan Dom Cherry outdoorImage credit: Margan Wines & Restaurant by Dom Cherry


Praised for its unique ambience and enchanting courtyard, Enzo Hunter Valley makes for the perfect mix of a relaxed atmosphere, casual dining and delicious food. Then there’s the coffee! Named one of the top 5 coffee spots in the Hunter Valley, you can catch up friends and family for morning and afternoon tea in this café style setting.

Check out their website for more information.


A European Bistro style restaurant, Muse Kitchen Hunter Valley is passionate about cooking with seasonal local produce to ensure their menu showcases the best produce of the season. Located on the picturesque grounds at Keith Tulloch Wines, Muse Kitchen has a gorgeous outdoor courtyard which takes full advantage of the stunning views and fresh air.

Well known for their relaxed atmosphere and long lunches, be sure to book ahead via their website to secure your spot at this popular restaurant.

Muse Kitchen HV outdoorImage credit: Muse Kitchen Hunter Valley


Unsurprisingly, the Hunter Valley is filled with incredible places to taste and dine outdoors, with many venues offering outdoor dining and tasting areas so you can soak up the fresh air and enjoy the warmer weather.

Share in the good life at any of these great venues:

  • Restaurant Kawul
  • Sabor Dessert Bar
  • Restaurant Cuvee at Peterson House
  • Twine Restaurant
  • Esca Bimbadgen
  • The Mill Restaurant & Brokenback Bar at Estate Tuscany
  • The Cellar Restaurant
  • Roche Estate (Oishii Japanese & Thai Restaurant, Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop, Goldfish Bar & Restaurant)
  • Harrigan’s Hunter Valley
  • Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort Bistro


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