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Love Hunter Valley: Perfect gifts for your loved ones this Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and we know how quickly the month seems to fly by. Give a gift from the Hunter Valley this Christmas and treat your friends and family to something extra special. We’ve created a Hunter Valley gift guide filled with the perfect gift ideas to suit every person. From gift vouchers to experiences, wine and produce packs to special offers and discounts, we’ve got you covered.

Wine House Hunter Valley – 10 Llamas Leaping

Wine House Hunter Valley’s annual Christmas online sale is here and this year some of our favourite winemakers have jumped onboard to support The Smith Family by offering their fabulous wines at equally fabulous prices.

Wines are sold in straight cases only, and are discounted between 30-60% off. 20% of the net proceeds are donated to The Smith Family in support of their Learning for Life Program.

These awesome offers will end midnight, Friday December 10th.

Find out more information here.

Stonehurst Wines Festive Bubbles Pack

Bring in the festive season with bubbles! Select any 6 bottles from the Stonehurst sparkling range (white, pink & red available) for a 10% discount. Mix and match as you wish! This exclusive deal is available from November until January. So let’s celebrate together!

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Order before Friday the 10th of December to receive your package by Christmas Day.

Book your festive wine packs through their website here.

Thomas Wines Christmas Gift Packs

To make entertaining and gifting that little bit easier across the Festive season, Thomas Wines have created a few gift packs, dozens and six packs. There are wine gifts for enthusiasts or a fun long lunch, packs for sipping whilst on holidays, collectable gift boxed magnums and double magnums, and gift vouchers to choose from.

Thomas Wines wines on the tasting bar

Thommo’s raided the cellar door and put together vertical gift packs of Braemore and Kiss, and a great line up of three current single vineyard Shiraz alongside the same three individual vineyard wines form 2013.

Packs can also be customised, so contact Thomas Wines today to place your order. For packs to arrive by Christmas day, please order by Sunday the 12th of December. Call 02 4998 7134 or email cellardoor@thomaswines.com.au

Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop Gift Packs

Grab a special Christmas Hamper with Smelly’s touch so you can ‘Share the Joy’ with your nearest and dearest these Christmas Holidays.

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This Christmas Hamper includes:

- Smelly’s Jam for Cheese

- Smelly’s Cow Fetta with Pesto

- Smelly’s Cow Fetta with Sun Dried Tomato

- Smelly’s Triple Cream Brie

- Smelly’s Own Pistachios

- Saint Agur

- Mrs Bridges Mint & Rosemary Jelly

- Pep Saya Salted Cultured Butter

- Tamar Valley Truffled Butter

- Roger Vidal Chicken & Mushroom Mousse

- Cranberry & Pistachio Rolada

- Fardoulis Chocolates – Truffle Mousse

- Choice between Meerea Park ‘indie’ Cabernet Sauvignon/Meerea Park Bottled Blonde NV Prosecco 750ml

Orders must be received by Midnight on Sunday the 19th of December in order to receive the Hamper by Christmas Day. Call 02 4998 6713 or email info@smellycheese.net.au

Shop Hunter Valley – Christmas Hampers

Shop Hunter Valley is a premier destination store located at the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre highlighting the best local products and produce the region has to offer. Featuring more than 70 exciting artisans there is something for everyone including local produce, art, homewares, bath & body products, and children’s goods. There is also a fantastic new Hamper Bar allowing customers to grab and go, or design their own bespoke hamper.

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Hampers include a range of local produce, Bath & Body products, and artisan products. Our Signature Hamper is $125 and includes:

- Belarna Grove Oil/Vinegar

- Oz Tukka Grinder

- Paxton Honey

- Bare Natures'kin Soap

- Hunter Valley Olive Co. Condiment

- Moorebank Spicy Grape Sauce

- The office Jerks Jerky

- Pure Valley Herbs Tea

- Pukara Oil/Vinegar

- Jammit Condiment

Pick up available until Christmas Eve at 5pm, Order by 14th December for Delivery. For more information email vic@cessnock.nsw.gov.au or call 02 4993 6701.

Poole’s Rock Wines – Specials

Poole’s Rock Wines are offering massive sales on wines just in time for Christmas!

Up to 20% off select wines including, Semillon, Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Blanc De Blanc, and Rose.

Visit their website for more details and prices.

Chateau Elan at The Vintage Gift Vouchers

To support the “Gift of Giving Campaign” Chateau Elan are launching a range of gift vouchers that can be redeemed at Chateau Elan at The Vintage across a range of products and offerings. From accommodation experiences such as their popular Family Fun package, Couples Escape and of course a Stay and Play package to look after the golfers out there.

The Spa are also offering a range of vouchers from the Hydrolounge Experience, perfect for that office secret Santa gift or treat your loved one to 6.5hrs at The Spa with the Total Indulgence Package.

Vouchers are available online through their website here.

Hunter Valley Classic Carriages 20% Off

Hunter Valley Classic Carriages is offering a massive 20% off all tours and experiences over the month of December, just use Code GIFTOFGIVING at checkout.

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Check out their website for a full range of experiences and gift certificates available for purchase. Great for groups, couples, kids and families and more. Book and or purchase online today or via email bookings@huntervalleyclassiccarriages.com.au or phone 0456 193 097.

Worn Out Wares Christmas Packs

It’s the quirky little café in Singleton that everyone boasts about. So why not bring a little taste of their country charm into your home this Christmas with one of their Christmas packs. With something for everyone, from the grazing pack to the foodie bundle and of course the ultimate sweets packs for sweet tooths in the family. All packs include locally sourced produce.

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The Perfect Feast for Two

- A selection of Hunterbelle Cheeses & Quince Paste

- Leg ham freshly sliced off the bone + slow cooked Corned Beef

- Roasted Olives, Semi Dried Tomatoes + Pickled Zucchini’s

- House-made Relishes

- Crusty Ciabatta Bread

- Selection of fresh & dried Fruit + Nuts

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Jumbo Something Sweet Pack $50

Made by the Worn Out Wares team, their Jumbo Sweet Pack is the perfect addition to your flower purchase. This pack includes a selection of six in-house treats. Please note some products may contain gluten, dairy and nuts.

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Mr Foodie Bundle

- 1 x Melbourne Bushfood Chocolate Bar (choose from Davidson Plum, Salted Macadamia, Wattleseed Crunch & Lemon Myrtle).

- 1 x Savannah Estate Shiraz (2016)

- 1 x Ironbark Hill Beer, 4 pack (choose from American Pale Ale or Far Canal Lagar)

- 1 x Pickled Zucchinis (made locally)

- 2 x Hunterbelle Cheddar Cheeses (leave it with us to pick your cheese)

Margan Wines & Restaurant Ultimate Christmas Gift Ideas

It’s the gift that keeps on giving at Margan Wines & Restaurant. With an array of wine and food experiences and wine packs on offer, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Purchase a voucher for one of their many signature food and wine experiences that are available to redeem year-round or select from three specialty wine gift packs to wrap up and enjoy Christmas Day.

Hollydene Estate Christmas Gift Packs

Hollydene Estate want to take the stress out of Christmas for you and take a load off your shoulders. They have made gift giving simple this year with customised gift packs you can create in three easy steps. Click here for more information or email Emma at marketing.emman@hollydeneestate.com

Peterson House Christmas Gift Guide Collections

This year Peterson House has created a fun Christmas Gift Guide for all your needs. With savings galore you will be able to gift your loved ones a bubbly present! Cover the whole family with the Christmas wine packs or mix it up a little with their gift pack bundles that include wine along with other accompaniments.

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