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Hop across to the Hunter Valley this Easter

​ Holiday time is here and the Hunter Valley knows how to have a good time, whatever the season. ​We look forward to welcoming you to Hunter Valley Wine Country. Get back to the simple pleasures of the Hunter Valley Good Life these Easter school holidays! View our Easter & Anzac Day Trading Hours to plan for your visit.

FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD

Join the Press & Pickle gang this Easter weekend – chefs Troy Rhoades-Brown and Gordon Cooke bring you the humble toastie, rediscovered with local produce and style.

Casual it is, but the focus is firmly set on quality local produce with everything made in house. Wood smoked, salted and cured pork, beef pastrami, haloumi made from local jersey milk, ferments, pickles, rye sour dough and Cuban pork lard loaves are all made in house to make this a very unique, tasty, casual offering for the Hunter Valley.

Bring a picnic rug, buy a bottle of wine and some Pickle and Press toasties, relax on the grass with live music and a jumping castle or pre-book a seated wine tasting with lunch or simply order and take away.

To book:  https://hungerfordhill.rezdy.com/430599/wine-tasting-the-press-and-pickle-at-hungerford-hill-easter-2021

Get your hands all floury in this hands on 3-hour pasta class where you will learn the art of traditional hand rolled pasta, as well as seasonal sauces, bread and dessert.After the class enjoy lunch around the long table of everything made during the class concluding with coffee and biscotti. Gather your group and and select your date below.

To book: https://ouritaliantable.com.au/events/pasta-making-course/

WINE EXPERIENCES

Enjoy freshly baked hot cross buns, Easter egg hunts on the lawn for the kids (and bigger kids), plenty of outdoor games to be played and of course wine tasting, craft beer on tap and the now infamous fresh produce platters.

To book: https://www.talitsestate.com/#about

BARREL & BLEND EXPERIENCE
Be a winemaker for the day and test out your wine blending skills! Taste wine straight from a wine barrel then try your hand at making your very own red wine blend.

ICON WINE JOURNEY 
Take your wine tasting to the next level with a world-class wine adventure. Indulge with two flights of super-premium Hunter Valley wines paired with an Artisan Tasting Plate. Your host will tailor the flight to your personal taste and will be on hand to guide you and answer all of your questions.

THE GRAND SENSORY ADVENTURE
Take your wine tasting to the next level with a world-class food and wine adventure. Indulge with a flight of super-premium Hunter Valley wines individually paired by our chef. Your host will tailor the flight to your personal taste and will be on hand to guide you and answer all of your questions.

To book: https://www.exploretock.com/winehousehuntervalley/

Spend some time enjoying the beautiful scenery and history of the Tyrrell's property, located in one of the most picturesque settings in the Hunter Valley. 'Grazing on the Grounds' includes individual ploughman's platters of locally sourced cheese & charcuterie, a bottle of your favourite Hunter Valley range wine to share between two people, and a Tyrrell's etched Riedel wine glass each to take home with you.

Bring a picnic rug to spread out on the grass, or sit at one of our picnic tables that overlook the vineyards and stunning Brokenback range, with the historic slab hut built in 1858 situated behind you.

Perfect to enjoy before or after your tasting experience at the Cellar Door (tasting booked separately).

To book: https://tyrrells.com.au/experiences/

Enjoy a refreshing estate grown and made Vermouth Cocktail while strolling through the Restaurant Kitchen Garden while the sun sets over the vineyards and the Brokenback Range. Meander down the garden path, past the olives and vineyards to the winery for a behind the scenes tour. Learn how the single vineyard and sustainably farmed wines are made from vine to glass. Enjoy a sneak preview tasting of yet to be released wines from the tank and barrel. This is all hungry work so your experience continues with a five-course degustation dinner in our restaurant, showcasing the best of our estate grown produce including vegetables, fruit, free range eggs, olives, honey and lambs.

All details and to book click here https://margan1.rezdy.com/409239/the-twilight-margan-experience

Come and join them on Good Friday for a Seafood and Semillon feast! 12 shared dishes - long shared tables - add matched wines, highlighting our show stopping Semillons across multiple vintages and styles, including some special museum releases.

6.30pm with canapés and sparkling on arrival. Limited seats available.

To book: bookings@kawul.com.au 

CHOCOLATE AND WINE – A PERFECT PAIRING

Greenway Wines have been working with a chocolatier who has designed chocolates especially to match their wines - and are offering guided wine| chocolate & cheese tastings.

A delicious addition to the Greenway wine tasting experience, the Wine, Cheese and Chocolate tasting explores the boundaries of food and wine matching and is designed to maximise the enjoyment of our wines. If you like risk and excitement, you probably like playing online casino games. They give us an adrenaline rush and non-stop entertainment. To gamble you can choose some online Australian casino and register there to have an access to all casino games including table games and pokie machines, everything at your fingertips. Anne Greenway has partnered with the fabulous Wonderland Kitchen to take your tastebuds to heaven. Your cellar door host will guide you through a tasting of the full list of Greenway wines, four of which have a cheese or chocolate match specifically developed to compliment the wine and help you better understand the art and science of wine and food matching.

Available Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday

To book: Call Greenway Wines at 02 6579 1175

​The perfect indulgence of artisan chocolate and premium wine. Four super premium wines paired with the Hunter Valley's most exclusive handmade, hand painted chocolates from from Cocoa Nib.

To Book: https://www.exploretock.com/winehousehuntervalley/

David Hook Wines 

Join us for a seated wine tasting experience at our Pokolbin Cellar Door. Our guided tastings are fun and informative, offering plenty of time for you to relax and enjoy your wines. Explore wines from across our Central Ranges and Old Vines range – all presented in a beautiful Riedel wine glass for you to take home.

We are open every day over the Easter long weekend from 11.30am to 3.30pm. Our Cellar Door is located on the corner of Ekerts & Broke Roads, Pokolbin. We recommend booking your tasting experience in advance to secure your preferred day and time.

To book:  https://bookings.davidhookwines.com.au/product/pokolbin-cellar-door-tasting-experience-copy

ARTS AND NATURE

Get ready for a morning of zen indulgence. A two-hour experience will send you home as one chilled cucumber. This package begins with a 60-minute yoga and meditation class tuning you out from the world outside and sending you off into lala land. Once you are in your happy place we then follow with a delicious wine tasting and cheese & fruit platter consisting of fresh local produce. We can't think of a better way to celebrate the weekend so why not treat yourself and join us for this unforgettable event. With yoga, wine and cheese how can you say no?

This experience is brought to you by Yoga in the Vines - 'Where Wellness Meets Wine!' (www.yogainthevines.com.au). We are a niche business located in Lovedale, the heart of the Hunter Valley offering yoga, meditation, wellness workshops and talks, corporate & private events, fusion experiences, retreats and much more!

To book: https://www.yogainthevines.com.au/

Art n Sip – Good Friday 11 – 3pm

A collaborative and inspired adventure into the world of art and wine - brought to you by Hollybrook Hunter Valley and Greenway Wines. Bring out your inner art enthusiast and sommelier as you learn and paint in the seclusion of the Hunter Valley boutique vineyard. Join them at the Red Barn Cellar Door and learn to 'ART N' SIP' This is a great opportunity to book this private 4-hour session for your group. Have some fun with family, friends, or colleagues.

To book: 0418164382 or anne@greenwaywines.com.au

Pop up art galley opening

Thursday 1 April 5 – 8pm

Join them to launch Brokenwood's exciting new gallery space with an evening of art, live music, canapés by The Wood Restaurant, and a special new release wine tasting.

Local art gallery 'SMAC Space Studios' is launching an exciting collaboration in Brokenwood's new loft gallery. The first featured artist will be Sally McDonald with her exhibition, titled 'Lucidem'. The works are a celebratory study of the unique intensity of Australian light. Direct reference is made to local areas as the artist shares her immersive experience and response to colours felt and found.

To book: https://www.brokenwood.com.au/

TREATS FOR THE CHILDREN

From 27th March to 25th April 2021 Hunter Valley Gardens will come alive with pre-historic fun when Mega Creatures take over! From 9am to 4:30pm come and see all your favourite dinosaurs, giant creepy crawlies, dragons and more than 20 NEW creatures! Plus, get ready to experience this fantastic world with a new twist, Mega Creatures Night Safari! From 6pm to 10:30pm, running alongside the day event discover all the creatures light up into the night!

Easter Sunday Family Lunch
Sunday, 4th April 2021

Kids Easter Egg Hunt with a visit from the Easter Bunny, 11am

To book: restaurant@thevintage.com.au

Easter Lunch – Join them for a relaxed afternoon with lunch available on the fairway lawn with live music from 11am – 3pm 

Easter Sunday egg-stravaganza – bring the whole family. Egg hunt, Easter bunny meet & greet, lawn games, live music., 10.30 am – 3pm.

Bookings for breakfast and lunch is essential. To book: bookings@twinerestaurant.com.au

Krinklewood

Easter Egg Hunt at Krinklewood Estate 3rd & 4th April $10 donation to Starlight Children's Foundation

NOT FORGETTING YOUR POOCH...

Join Saddler's Creek Wines for Pooches Picnic Day, Sunday 4th April from 12pm. Bring your picnic blanket and relax with a Saddler's Creek wine, live music and food from our Food Van with your fur babies.

Entry is FREE, however, a gold coin donation is appreciated to raise money for Dog Rescue Newcastle.

Picnic Hampers will available on the day along with selected picnic menu from our food van on site. Wine by the bottle and glass will be also available at the Saddler's Creek Wine Bar.

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