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Looking for the latest news, stories, tips and local knowledge to help plan your trip? Discover what is happening on the Hunter Valley Grapevine.

New Hunter Valley eatery - Harkham Restaurant

New Hunter Valley eatery - Harkham Restaurant

Much-loved Hunter Valley winery Harkham will open a restaurant on their grounds to sit alongside their cellar door on Thursday 18 July. The restaurant will have a relaxed atmosphere, a simple menu designed for sharing and live music from local talent on Saturdays from 3-6pm.

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Balloon Aloft first to achieve Sustainable Tourism Certification on sustainability pathway

Balloon Aloft first to achieve Sustainable Tourism Certification on sustainability pathway

In a milestone achievement, Balloon Aloft has become the first tourism operator in Australia to progress through the Strive 4 Sustainability Scorecard and then achieve Ecotourism Australia’s globally recognised Sustainable Tourism Certification.

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Things to do with kids these July school holidays in the Hunter Valley

Things to do with kids these July school holidays in the Hunter Valley

Grab your jackets, pack your bags and escape to the Hunter Valley these July school holidays with the whole family! This winter, the region is bursting with family-friendly events and activities designed to impress both kids and adults. Here are a few ideas to keep the whole family entertained these school holidays. 

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Winter Warmers: Best red wines to open fireside

Winter Warmers: Best red wines to open fireside

As winter settles in, there's no better way to embrace the season than by cosying up next to a crackling fire with a glass of Hunter Valley red wine. Known for producing some of Australia's finest red wines, the Hunter Valley offers the perfect selections for those intimate winter evenings. Here's a curated list of the best Hunter Valley red wines that promise to warm your heart and enhance your fireside experience.

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Botanical Bliss: The Hunter Valley's Gin Trail

Botanical Bliss: The Hunter Valley's Gin Trail

The Hunter Valley is becoming a vibrant destination for craft gin enthusiasts. Our expanding gin scene features unique spirits that showcase the creativity and craftsmanship of local distilleries.

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Retail Remedies: Your guide to retail therapy in the Hunter Valley

Retail Remedies: Your guide to retail therapy in the Hunter Valley

Whether you're looking for one-of-a-kind gifts, local crafts, or artisanal treasures to take home, the Hunter Valley's retail spaces offer a treasure trove of exceptional finds. Explore charming boutiques, artisanal shops, and galleries that showcase the region's creativity and craftsmanship. Here's a glimpse of some must-visit shopping destinations that will make your trip to the Hunter Valley even more memorable.

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Silkman Shortlisted for top gongs by Halliday

Silkman Shortlisted for top gongs by Halliday

Local dynamic winemaking duo Liz and Shaun Silkman’s – Silkman Wines – has been named amongst only 6 Australian wineries in contention for the prestigious title of Winery of the Year by the world-renowned wine bible – Halliday Wine Companion for its soon to be released 2025 edition.

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Fifteen must-try wine and food pairing experiences

Fifteen must-try wine and food pairing experiences

Next time you visit the Hunter Valley, get ready to tantalize your taste buds with one of the region's unique wine and food pairing experiences. Our expert winemakers have meticulously curated pairings that highlight the finest local produce complimenting the region's acclaimed wines. Indulge in one (or several) of these unforgettable culinary adventures that showcase the very best of Hunter Valley's gourmet offerings.

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Broke claims silver crown in Top Tourism Town Awards

Broke claims silver crown in Top Tourism Town Awards

Broke has cemented its position as one of the state’s most outstanding regional destinations after claiming silver in the 2024 NSW Top Tourism Town Awards.

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A Cheese Lover’s Guide to the Hunter Valley

A Cheese Lover’s Guide to the Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley isn't just a haven for wine enthusiasts; it's also a paradise for cheese lovers. Home to several renowned cheese producers, the region offers a delectable array of cheeses that perfectly complement its world-class wines. Here’s a guide to four of the best cheese purveyors in the Hunter Valley and their top-selling or highly rated cheeses.

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