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Christmas All Wrapped Up: Give a Taste of the Good Life

Looking for that special gift this Christmas? Here in Hunter Valley Wine Country there's plenty of hidden treasures that'll make the perfect Christmas present. The Hunter Valley is filled with incredible local produce, famous wines, award-winning restaurants and memorable experiences. Put together your own gift pack by shopping at each of our unique local businesses or let us do the work for you and take some of those last minute stresses off your plate.

Why not gift a taste of the Good Life this Christmas and treat your friends and family to a Hunter Valley Christmas hamper or gift voucher? Wrap up a Wine Country experience from our many exclusive offers or choose from a range of local Christmas hampers and packs available for pick-up and delivery.

This local business set out with a passion to hand-select the tastiest, award winning wines, chocolates and condiments from across the Hunter Valley and present them in attractive, mouth-watering gift hampers - hence the name, Hampers of the Hunter!

With Christmas just around the corner, these gourmet gift hampers make for the perfect gift. Plus, you can customise the hamper to suit the tastes of your gift recipient and create the perfect gourmet hamper that'll be sure to please. To put in your order contact their friendly team on 0435 071 447 and check out their website for inspo!

This local winery has teamed up with the famous Newcastle Pudding Lady to produce must-have Christmas gift packs ready to be put under your tree. Plus, they also have on offer Christmas twin packs of their signature Semillon and Shiraz for those wine lovers in the family.

So, spoil your friends and family this Christmas with incredible First Creek wine and a gourmet traditional round pudding (and sauce) from The Pudding Lady. Place your order online now by visiting their website and tick one more Christmas gift off your list.

This super-duper Christmas Gift Hamper is the ultimate gift pack, with salami, Tar 10 products and of course, Tulloch Wines iconic Semillon and Shiraz, plus a Cuvee to pop on Christmas Day!

Looking for something a little sweeter? Try their Chocolate and Wine Tasting pack which includes your favourite Tulloch Wines matched with the finest chocolates from Donarch Fine Chocolates.

Order online via their website while stocks last and place your order by December 12th to ensure your hamper arrives before Christmas.

Local businessman Matt Dillow has been operating quality restaurants in the Hunter Valley for over 12 years, using only the finest fresh local produce in his menus. Now those magnificent chef-only flavours can make their way into your kitchen in the form of gourmet produce through Matt's Produce.

Matt's Produce Hamper Christmas Special includes all your favourite condiments to pair with your Christmas Day meals. All produce is locally sourced in the Hunter Valley. Place an order online via the website or call 02 4930 9007. Hampers will take 3-5 business days to arrive so be sure to allow enough time for delivery before Christmas Day.

Take a trip to the Upper Hunter or sample the Upper Hunter with a delivery to your door with these customisable gift packs and vouchers from Hollydene Estate.

All gift packs are customisable and the prices are dependent on the wines chosen to sit within the packs, so you can easily tailor a pack to fit within your budget. Looking for something other than wine? You could always gift an experience instead with a gift voucher to dine at their onsite restaurant, Vines Restaurant at Hollydene.

To place an order or purchase a gift voucher, call the Cellar Door on 02 6576 4110 or 0459 178 733.

Hungerford Hill have collaborated with Hampers of the Hunter to create a premium range of hampers featuring a variety of local artisanal foods and Hungerford Hill wines to suit every taste, as well as an epic surprise - starting from $149.

There are three options to choose from, all featuring a variety of local artisanal foods and Hungerford Hill wines to suit every taste, as well as an epic surprise.

Order online via their website before December 12th to ensure delivery by Christmas Day. Delivery Australia-wide with shipping costs calculated at checkout.

We know how busy it gets in the weeks (and months) leading up to Christmas so to make things that bit easier Thomas Wines have created a few gift packs, dozens and six packs. There are packs for the enthusiast or a fun long lunch; packs for sipping whilst on holidays; collectable gift boxed magnums and double magnums.

Purchase a pre-made Christmas gift pack or Magnum gift box through their website. However, if you'd prefer to customise a pack, no problems, just contact Thomas Wines on 02 4998 7134 and their friendly team will assist you to create the perfect mix.

Gift giving can be hard, especially as we all get older when the gifts become more practical and clutter-free. Audrey Wilkinson have got you covered with gift cards for their ultimate on-site experiences.

For the wine connoisseur, their Fortified and Fromage Experience is a must, providing a truly unique and memorable experience, guided by a wine expert. For something relaxing to help you wind down and enjoy the moment, the Picnic among the Vines experience is the perfect gift to give. Take a look behind the scenes with a Behind the Scenes Winery Tour with the winemaking team and learn about a grape's journey from the vine to the bottle.

Visit their website to view the available gift cards and purchase the ultimate winery experience.

Here's to celebrating in good taste this festive season with a Briar Ridge Christmas pack.

Enjoy a bottle of 2015 Signature Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir, 2018 Stockhausen Signature Semillon, 2020 Limited Release Shiraz along with four Briar Ridge picnic wine tumblers and a two bottle tote bag.

Last day for orders via their website is December 11th, shipping $12.

Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese has many hampers to choose from which can be found on their website. Looking for something different or a little extra? No problems, you can customise a gift pack to include your favourite products.

Last orders for Christmas delivery must be received by close of business Sunday 20th December. Purchase online via their website or visit them in-store.

Pepper Tree Wines have some beautiful Christmas hampers on sale that range from $80 - $140. Hampers include wine and assorted Pepper Tree Wines merchandise and goodies. Hampers are already made up and ready to purchase.

Hampers are available for purchase at the Cellar Door only, so get in quick while stocks lasts.

This Christmas give the gift of a lifetime with a Balloon Aloft Gift Voucher and treat your loved ones to a Balloon Flight Adventure a cut above the rest, with Australia's most experienced Hot Air Ballooning team.

Only a Balloon Aloft Christmas Voucher offers the voucher holder the flexibility to transfer their flight to any one of four stunning flight locations throughout New South Wales – Hunter Valley, Camden, Mudgee or Byron Bay. Visit their website today!

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