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HUNTER VALLEY BLOG

With more than 150 wineries and cellar doors, 65 restaurants and 180 comfy accommodation places to stay, where do you start?

Follow our insider tips by the people who know best… the locals. We ask talented winemakers, chefs, farmers, brewers and journalists to blog about their favourite places and experiences in this fertile wine region.

Chardonnay Queens of the Hunter

Chardonnay Queens of the Hunter

According to Google the “Hunter Valley Chardonnay Queen” royalty comprises a viticulturist, a winemaker and a marketer, all playing their part in the resurgence of Hunter Valley Chardonnay and producing wines that rival the greats of the world. Each queen represents a mighty fine, strong woman all from competing wine businesses yet so aligned in playing their part to producing outstanding wines from one region and all the way from the vineyard to the glass.

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Alluring al-fresco dining and tasting experiences in the Hunter Valley

Alluring al-fresco dining and tasting experiences in the Hunter Valley

Cover image credit: Hollydene Estate

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Best Spots for a Hunter Valley Picnic

Best Spots for a Hunter Valley Picnic

Cover image credit: McLeish Estate

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Honouring Hunter Valley Shiraz on International Shiraz Day 2021

Honouring Hunter Valley Shiraz on International Shiraz Day 2021
22 July is the day to shine for one of the Hunter Valley's most popular varietals. Step forward, Hunter Valley Shiraz.To honour International Shiraz Day, we sat down this week, in the birthplace of Shiraz in Australia, with Andrew Thomas of Thomas Wines.Andrew, award-winning Hunter Valley winemaker, shared with us his expert knowledge on Shira...
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Crush Camps: Where you can pick and stomp grapes in the Hunter 2020

Crush Camps: Where you can pick and stomp grapes in the Hunter 2020
Want to experience the thrill of grape picking and crushing during the 2020 Hunter vintage? It's our 192nd vintage and that makes us the oldest continuous wine region in Australia!Not surprisingly, our winemakers think they know a thing or two about making great wine. We've seen it all… great vintages – 1965, 2007, 2014, 2017, 2018 – and some not s...
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Top 10 most instagrammed spots in the Hunter Valley

Top 10 most instagrammed spots in the Hunter Valley
Love to share your Hunter Valley experiences? Don't we all. Here are the top places that people love most from their memorable trips to Wine Country.​Pictured: Hunter Valley Gardens @itsfezzyo via IG.1. IVANHOE WINES It's #1 of 89 things to do in Pokolbin on TripAdvisor thanks to the gorgeous views from the back verandah, delish wines, gourmet chee...
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Go dry this July with these delish dry reds

Go dry this July with these delish dry reds
​Confession time. I've never managed to stick to Dry July. I know, I know, I should – it's a great cause and my liver would thank me, but I just love having a glass of wine with dinner. Sometimes two.In our house, we've compromised and go alcohol-free midweek and on weekends only drink dry reds. Okay, maybe the occasional dry white sneaks in there ...
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Hunter Valley Legends Award Winners 2019

Hunter Valley Legends Award Winners 2019
​Legends honoured at 2019 Hunter Valley Legends & Wine Industry AwardsIt was an evening to remember last night as a record number of guests came together with their contemporaries, friends and colleagues at an incredible gala event to celebrate the highly anticipated 13th annual Hunter Valley Legends & Wine Industry Awards.More than 300 peo...
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The lust list: the most wanted wines in the Hunter Valley

The lust list: the most wanted wines in the Hunter Valley
​We all want to drink great wine – right? And let's face it, there's plenty of it in the Hunter Valley. But did you know we have half a dozen cult wines that will make your wine snob mates go bananas?Yep, we're talking the crème de la crème of wines that wine collectors worldwide lust over.So how do we know they're the most coveted, collectable win...
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Top of the crops: the songs that get our winemakers through vintage

Top of the crops: the songs that get our winemakers through vintage
​The annual harvest generates a real buzz as the tempo ramps up with wineries working 24/7 to pick and process the grapes. All done to the steady beat of their fave playlists. We only asked three wineries for their 2019 vintage playlists – which you can download from Spotify here – but it seems there's a common rhythm to a Hunter Valley harvest wit...
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