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Find the Perfect Gift for Dad this Father’s Day

​Father's Day is just around the corner and although you might not be able to celebrate with the father figures in your life, that doesn't mean you can't spoil them.

Direct to your Dad's door, the Hunter Valley has put together the perfect gift packs and vouchers to surprise Dad with this Father's Day!

Cover image credit: @thenicaisseplace/IG at Hunter Valley Gardens

​This Father's Day give Dad 'Briar in a Box'... not boxers!

As Dad's Day is fast approaching and before the mad panic of worrying what to get him sets in, Briar Ridge Vineyard are here to help with their 'debonair dad' Hunter Valley gift pack.

Spoil your Father/Uncle/Grandpa with a BRV trio of goodness including; Briar Ridge's rich spiced NV Muscat, the smooth and juicy 2020 Limited Release Hunter Shiraz and finally, their powerhouse red; 2019 Limited Release Wrattonbully Big Bully Cabernet Sauvignon.

And because Briar Ridge like to look after you, they're also included two Briar Ridge Vineyard etched signature stemless Schott Zwiesel tumbler glasses, along with two of their mouth-watering Tar 10* chutneys and sauces.

What a way to treat the best guy you know! The Briar in a Box package is only $129! Shop now via their website.

For more information contact their Cellar Door team on 02 4990 3670 or via email on cellardoor@briarridge.com.au.

*Tar10 condiments are chosen at random and may differ from image shown.

​Matt Dillow from The Deck Café Lovedale, partnering with Gartelmann Wines and Saddler's Creek Wines present "Degustation to your Door" for a Father's Day Long Lunch. Available on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September, 2021, you can cook a 5 course dinner at home like a PRO!

Matt and Fernando Antao, from Sabor Dessert Bar, have put together a 5-course home delivered DEGUSTATION menu that YOU at home can create and enjoy.

Matt and his team have created a lovely menu to bring out the best flavours of Gartelmann and Saddlers Creek Wines. The menu has been designed so can easily put together an amazing 5-course degustation dinner finished with "Sabor Dessert Bar's" ultimate desserts for you.

Not confident in the Kitchen? Not to worry, Matt will also be coming to you LIVE from The Deck Cafe Lovedale's Facebook page, talking you through the steps and showing you how to put each course together.

So why not get a group of friends together and organise a virtual dinner party. Only $85 per person!

Matt and his team will be delivering your degustation packs to "Pick up points" on Friday 3rd September and Saturday 4th September to Sydney, Newcastle, Maitland, Singleton and local areas ready for you to cook up a storm on Saturday evening or Sunday Lunch.

Visit their website for more information on Facebook Live times, menu inclusions, add-on packages and pick up points!

Call 02 4930 9007 or email bookings@deckcafelovedale.com.au to secure your degustation pack.

​Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese have created three special cheesy hampers for you to choose from to gift to Dad this Father's Day.

  1. Smelly's Daddy Day Care Iso Show Bag only $35!
  2. Smelly's Own Ploughman Hamper for $55!
  3. Dad's Ultimate Hamper for just $60!


Purchase online or contact a friendly team member for more information on 02 4998 6713 or via email on info@smellycheese.net.au.

​For all the Red wine loving Dad's out there, Tatler wines have designed the ultimate Winter Warmers Deal just for you!

Order online for delivery direct to your Dad's door! The Winter Warmers Deal includes the below.

3 x Archie's Shiraz 2017 This classic Hunter Shiraz, with generous sweet mid palate fruit, was aged for 15 months in French and American oak barrels prior to bottling. Deep ruby red in colour, with a nose of dark berry fruits and well integrated savoury oak.

3 x Merlot 2016 Deep red with a ruby rim, this Merlot has a bouquet showing red cherry with a hint of musk and a heady mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and toast. The palate displays bright red cherries, blackberry, plums and quince. A full and luscious mid palate all framed by elegant and textural grape and oak tannins. A serious Merlot in which balance is the key.

3 x Pinot Noir 2016 Our Pinot Noir was sourced from Orange, NSW. Hand-picked and fermented in open top fermenters for 10 days, before being gently pressed into 20% new French oak and 70% three-year-old oak for 9 months to mature. This wine has all the hallmarks of Pinot Noir.

3 x Pinot Shiraz 2017 With crunchy acidity, savoury earthy undertones and wild fruit, this delightful medium bodied Shiraz has its roots set in the history of the Hunter that dates back to the 40's.

​Shout Dad to a round of golf at The Vintage and finish with lunch at the clubhouse with some of Dad's favourite Spike Bar specials and live music from 2pm!*

Contact the pro shop for tee times 02 4998 2610 or golf@thevintage.com.au.

*This offer will be pending COVID restrictions in place over Father's Day weekend.

Or alternatively go with the safer option and shout Dad to best the Hunter has to offer with a gift voucher for a round of golf at The Vintage.

Available on online or contact the pro shop 02 4998 2610.

​Tulloch Wines have taken the hard work out of Father's Day this year. With a wide range of specially curated gift packs, they have something to make every Dad feel special!

Tulloch Wines have paired some of Dad's favourite wines with a range of unique products from some of their favourite Australian producers, including, Archie Rose Distilling, Goose on the Loose Salami and Tar 10 condiments.

Tulloch's Father's Day Gift Packs are presented in an elegant giftbox and delivered with free shipping – perfect for surprising Dad at home.

Order by August 27 to ensure delivery before Father's Day. Order online via their website or contact a friendly member of their team on 02 4998 7580 or by email at cellardoor@tullochwines.com.

​Send Kisses to Dad from Thomas Wines with a two bottle gift pack of iconic Thomas Wines Kiss Shiraz. The gift pack includes their current release & one from the Cellar especially for Dad (1 x 2019 Kiss Shiraz and 1 x 2017 Kiss Shiraz).

Wines come in a complimentary gift box, including freight, to send direct to Dad's door, only $170!

Available until Friday 3rd September. Delivery within Australia.

Purchase online via their website or contact the friendly Cellar Door team on 02 4998 7134 or by email at cellardoor@thomaswines.com.au.

​Spoil Dad this Father's day and make his beer belly that little better with a gift voucher for Two Fat Blokes popular Beer Belly half day tour.

For the lovers of beer, this tour will visit the best breweries in the Hunter Valley where they will enjoy a wide selection of locally made brews, paired cured meats and presentations from the local master brewers. The Beer Belly Tour is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with free pick up and drop off at local accommodation.

Order in the two weeks leading up to Father's Day and receive 25% off the Beer Belly Tour gift voucher. Sale starts Saturday 21st August and ends on Father's Day, 5th September. Gift vouchers can be redeemed, for this tour and any of their other tours, within the next 18 months.

Visit their website to find out more.

​Blueberry Hill Wines have created a special pack of reds for the special Dad in your life. Containing their premium Connoisseurs as well as both their new release cold climate reds, you'll get this pack for 30% off RRP for a limited time only!

Pack contains:

  • 1x 2018 Connoisseur Merlot
  • 1x 2018 Cabernet Merlot
  • 1x 2019 Connoisseur Shiraz
  • 1x 2019 Shiraz
  • 1x 2019 Connoisseur Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1x 2018 Connoisseur Cabernet Sauvignon.


Purchase online via their website or contact the friendly Cellar Door team on 02 4998 7295 or by email on wine@blueberryhill.com.au.

​Surprise Dad this Father's Day with an at home virtual tasting experience or gift pack from Brokenwood Wines!

At Home Virtual Tasting

Being stuck at home doesn't mean you can't have a fun, behind-the-scenes wine tasting experience. Learn something new and get an insiders look at 3 Brokenwood wines direct from their winemakers Stuart Hordern & Kate Sturgess in the beautiful Hunter Valley.

The Brokenwood Wines ultimate virtual tasting pack includes 3 x 375ml bottles of Brokenwood wines matched with house-made accompaniments from the Cru Bar + Pantry. You'll receive a 35-minute tasting (pre-recorded) as Winemakers, Stuart Hordern and Kate Sturgess talk to you through each wine from iconic locations in the winery and vineyards.

This pack is a great idea to spice up your weekend, send as a care package to a loved one in lockdown, or treat Dad for Father's Day.

Trio Pack

Good things come in threes! Discover some of the best vineyards and wine regions across Australia with Brokenwood Wines new trio packs.

Perfect for Father's Day or to send as a lockdown care package, Brokenwood trios come in a Brokenwood gift box and can include a special note just from you.

PLUS for any gifts sent Brokenwood will pay it forward and send you a $50 online voucher to use on your next purchase.

*Vouchers cannot be applied to member allocation orders or used in conjunction with another offer.

For more information on Brokenwood Offers contact 02 4998 7559 or email the team on sales@brokenwood.com.au

​The absolute best way to learn about (and enjoy) wine is to taste it – so this Father's Day McLeish Estate encourage you to gift your Dad, or special man in your life, the perfect BLIND TASTING experience to get you through lockdown. So, gather the family (virtually of course) and get tasting!

The mystery pack includes:

  • 6x 750ml bottles from our range
  • 6x Sealed tasting notes
  • 6x Blind tasting guide sheets to help you discover what you're drinking.


The wines have been thoughtfully wrapped to conceal their identities DO NOT UNWRAP – and a guide which provides instructions on How to Blind Taste and an overview of each varietals is also included.

Wanting to host a group family tasting? Simply add as many kits to your cart and have them shipped to multiple addresses.

Get together virtually to enjoy a COVID friendly night in and feel like you are at a fancy wine tasting event. Find out who is the wine guru amongst your family and friends.

Purchase online via their website or contact the friendly Cellar Door team on 02 4998 7754 or by email on info@mcleishestatewines.com.au.

Grapes, by Winmark for Father's Day

Perfect for the 'hard to buy for' wine-loving Dad, these Sterling Silver cufflinks are inspired by the Chardonnay vines at Winmark Wines. Coupled with Winmark 2019 Rusty's Run, a modern style Chardonnay showing notes of peach and citrus with a crisp finish, you'll have Father's Day all wrapped up and delivered to Dad with free freight & Winmark will hand-write a card to include for you!

Shop online via their website or contact the Winmark team via email on info@winmarkwines.com.au for more information.

​IronBark Hill Brewhouse has put together a range of gift packs for Father's Day. There are 5 packs on offer, and include a range of our award-winning beers, merchandise, and bottles of award-winning Peter Drayton Wildstreak Shiraz.

All gift packs include free delivery in NSW and ACT, as well as discounted delivery for the rest of Australia. IronBark are also offering personal contactless delivery for orders within: Pokolbin, Cessnock, Newcastle, Maitland, and Lake Macquarie.

Visit their website to view their full range of gift packs or to find out more contact them on email orders@ironbarkhill.com.

​Sobel's Winery are put together Shop at Home deals so you can spoil Dad this Father's Day. Choose from the below packs or go with both!

  • Oak Aged Tawny Pack with Bonus - Purchase 2 x 700ml decanters of our Special Oak Aged Tawny and you will receive a BONUS 500ml bottle of Sobels Tawny or White Fortified. Three pack variations available from our website.
  • The Bordeaux Six - Includes 2 bottles each: Merlot, Cabernet Merlot and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon for a special price of $150 (retail price $186).


Purchase online via their
website.

​Got a beer lovin' Dad? 4 Pines at the Farm Hunter Valley are offering one free 4 Pines at the Farm tasting rack for Dad when you book online.

Book online via their website today!

Hungerford Hill are here to help you treat Dad this Father's Day, with the best of Hungerford's reds plus a FREE BOTTLE of Liqueur Tawny worth $35!

The Hungerford Father's Day Reds pack includes five bottles of red that Dad will love, and they've even thrown in a free bottle of fortified that'll be perfect for his nightcap.

Pack contains:

  • 1 x Classic Shiraz Hunter Valley 2020
  • 1 x Classic Cabernet Sauvignon Hilltops 2019
  • 1 x Heavy Metal Shiraz Cabernet 2018
  • 1 x Classic Corvina Hilltops 2018
  • 1 x Classic Sangiovese Hilltops 2019
  • 1 x Liquer Tawny *FREE*


*Cannot be used in conjunction with another discount.

Looking to get out and about for some much needed outdoor recreation with Dad? Book and play a round of golf for Father's Day at Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club and enjoy a 4-pack of beers from the local brewery Ironbark in the Hunter Valley.

In compliance with current restrictions, golf is considered recreational activity. So if you live within the Cessnock LGA, you and one other person such as your Dad, can enjoy a round of golf.

For more information visit their website or contact the team on 02 4993 1555 or via email on golfcypresslakes@theoaksgroup.com.au.

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