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Celebrating 15 years of regional dining: Winter Dinner series at Muse Restaurant

Celebrating 15 years of regional dining: Winter Dinner series at Muse Restaurant

This winter, Muse Restaurant invites guests to celebrate 15 years with a special Winter Dinner Series.

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How to make the most of a weekend away for a concert in the Hunter Valley

How to make the most of a weekend away for a concert in the Hunter Valley

Rally the troops, claim your patch of ground at one of our big name estates, and celebrate the greats of all music genres where there’s space to dance up a storm and seriously good wines to enjoy. April calls for a jam-packed live music lineup with an array of events taking place in the region including the Red Hot Summer Tour, Chris Isaak at a Day on the Green, The Gum Ball & James Taylor at a Day on the Green, here are some insider tips on how to make the most of a concert weekend getaway.

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10 family friendly things to do these Autumn School Holidays in the Hunter Valley

10 family friendly things to do these Autumn School Holidays in the Hunter Valley

The Autumn school holidays are hot on the horizon, and what better place to seek adventure and make memories with the family than the Hunter Valley! With a myriad of activities and plenty of accommodation offerings to suit your tribe, book your Autumn escape today. Here are ten fun things to do with kids in the Hunter Valley these school holidays.

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Hunter Valley Semillon: An intimate understanding with Wine Selectors

Hunter Valley Semillon: An intimate understanding with Wine Selectors

Refreshing and zesty, crisp and light in youth, brimming with bright acids and sweet citrus fruits. Sometimes chalky, sometimes waxy. Toast and honey emerge over time, sometimes nougat and nuts, too. Intriguing and inspiring in equal measure. These green and gold grapes are the stars of Hunter Valley Wine Country, home of one of the longest living white wines on earth. Hunter Semillon is the ultimate reward for those patient enough to wait.

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Girls Getaway in the Hunter Valley

Girls Getaway in the Hunter Valley

Are you in search of inspiration for an unforgettable girls' getaway weekend?

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New cellar door by The Little Wine Company Unveiled in Broke, Hunter Valley

New cellar door by The Little Wine Company Unveiled in Broke, Hunter Valley

Broke, Hunter Valley – Celebrating over 20 years of excellence in winemaking, The Little Wine Company proudly unveils its new cellar door in the heart of the Broke Fordwich Region, Hunter Valley.

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Ten Things to do in the Hunter Valley this Easter Long Weekend

Ten Things to do in the Hunter Valley this Easter Long Weekend

Gather your loved ones and take a break from the every day routines to enjoy a relaxing Easter getaway in the Hunter Valley. Spend your days hopping from winery to winery, admiring the changing colours of the vineyards this Autumn whilst sipping on some of the region’s finest wines. In the evenings, laugh and chat around an outdoor fire as you roast marshmallows under a canopy of stars. Let the kids run free and explore the regions many attractions including the Hunter Valley Wildlife Park, Hunter Valley Gardens or one of the family-fun Easter Events. From adventure-filled days to cosy nights, the Hunter Valley is the perfect place to make memories with your family and friends this Easter. Check out all that's on offer this Easter on the Easter Page

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V24 Update

V24 Update

As the 2024 vintage enters its final stages now, all the of the winemakers in the region are more than happy with the quality of what they have in their cellars. The vintage was one the earliest on record, starting in the second week of January. Warm and dry conditions in spring 2023 meant the vines were all carrying a lower crop than normal, which is also part of the reason the ripening happened quicker than normal. The harvest period has been relatively stress-free in terms of weather, with warm, dry conditions being the majority of the January weather patterns. Across the region, yields are averaging approximate 20-30% down on a normal vintage, however quality is extremely high. Semillon and Verdelho both came on quickly with great fruit intensity and acidity, whilst the chardonnay ripened slower and the resulting wines will be elegant and have good depth of flavour. The Shiraz is being harvested currently and the early blocks which are now fermenting all have outstanding deep colours and rich flavours.

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Vibrant Verdelhos

Vibrant Verdelhos

When you think of Hunter Valley wine, Semillon, Shiraz and Chardonnay probably all come to mind but have you tried our vibrant Verdelhos? While Verdelho may not command the same level of recognition as our esteemed Semillon and Chardonnay varietals, it doesn't aspire to. Rather, it holds its own as a delightful introductory wine, particularly suited for those seeking an occasional indulgence. Bursting with vibrant and robust flavours reminiscent of a refreshing fruit salad, it embodies the essence of vitality in every sip. Verdelho isn't a wine meant for deep contemplation; rather, it beckons you to share its convivial nature with friends, offering a perfect accompaniment to moments of relaxation and camaraderie. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised by how swiftly each glass is savoured and enjoyed in the company of loved ones. Here are some of our top picks for Vibrant Hunter Verdelhos 

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Discover the Around Hermitage food and wine trail in the Hunter Valley

Discover the Around Hermitage food and wine trail in the Hunter Valley

There are numerous reasons to spend a few days in the vicinity of Hermitage Road, located in the north-west corner of Pokolbin. Marvel at breathtaking views, explore dozens of charming boutique wineries and cafes, visit a brewery or two, and discover plenty of enjoyable activities if lounging by the pool isn't your preferred pastime.

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