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Summer Semillons

Summer Semillons

The warming weather means refreshing, easy drinking vinos are to be chilled on ice, and what better poolside beverage to have in your glass than a clean, zesty Semillon? Often referred to as the region’s white icon variety, Hunter styles of Semillon are known for being a young, light, lemon citrus wine before blossoming into a highly complex, nutty, toastier style with a bit of age. Here are some of our top summer drinking Semillons for the warm weather. 

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Delicious Dining in Delights

Delicious Dining in Delights

Picture yourself relaxed and of good cheer, living the Hunter Valley good life to the full in accommodation that feels both like an escape as well as a home away from home. You wouldn’t want to leave, right? Sometimes the best way to unwind is spending time with your significant other, family or friends in the privacy of your own abode. Whether it’s basking in the sunshine around the pool or curling up by the fire and admiring the sweeping sunset views your vista boasts, sometimes you just want to dine in and save yourself the fuss of the leave. We’ve helped narrow down our top picks for tasty takeaways for both snacking and dining.

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Grand Group Accommodation Offerings

Grand Group Accommodation Offerings

When it comes to the best of the best for group accommodation offerings, look no further than the Hunter Valley. Whether you’re looking for somewhere special to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, somewhere to house a full wedding tribe or simply a home away from home for a family getaway, the Hunter Valley boasts plenty of options. From quaint and cosy two to three-bedroom cottages to the spacious ten plus bedroom exquisite homesteads, no matter what the size of your group there are plenty of options to suit individual needs.

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Live Music Destinations

Live Music Destinations

The Hunter Valley has made its mark on the nation's live music map having hosted some of the biggest names in the world including Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Fleetwood Mac and Elton John. If you’re in the mood for some live music during your stay, you don’t always need to plan and source a ticket to one of these headline shows. Here are some of the top places to kick-back to live music each weekend in the region. Whether you’re after sunshine, vine side acoustic blues in the afternoon or a sun-drenched beer garden with a band covering all the classics, there is no better way to celebrate the end of the week than with some great vino and vibes.

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Fall in love with Lovedale

Fall in love with Lovedale

It’s no surprise that some people base themselves in Lovedale and explore no more. Local cellar doors are small and intimate but make character-laden wines to a very high standard. Experience sunset trike tours, a charming trattoria, artisan smokehouse, small farm cheeserey, cooking and amazing ballooning. Here's all the inspiration you need for your next getaway.

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Breaking Ground for Innovation

Breaking Ground for Innovation

The Hunter Valley is a region that has built its reputation around relatively traditional winemaking, signature varieties, family values and in general, doing what’s been perceived as “what the Hunter does best” for over a century. Fast forward to the 2020’s, some 150 years after the region’s inception, there are some exciting developments, some new entrants to the market, some traditionalists challenging the norm, and some young blood bringing more responsible farming and winemaking practices into their businesses and worldly experiences into practice back in their valley.

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Tourist Drive 33 - Take the scenic route to Hunter Valley Wine Country

Tourist Drive 33 - Take the scenic route to Hunter Valley Wine Country

The drive from Sydney to the Hunter Valley via the M1 and Expressway can feel like it goes on forever and ever. Why not take the scenic route? Next time you’re driving up for a visit to the Hunter Valley, take the road less travelled and discover the rich history and natural beauty of Tourist Drive 33. Not long after you get onto the M1, you'll soon find yourself driving on a motorway that cuts through the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, which is full of bush-walking trails and offers the perfect opportunity to take a break during your travels. The motorway is also bordered by huge sandstone cut walls that lead in and out of lush bushland.

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Hunter Valley Weddings - Top spots to tie the knot this Spring

Hunter Valley Weddings - Top spots to tie the knot this Spring

There is no better place to tie the knot in Spring than in the heart of the Hunter Valley. If you’re dreaming of a picture-perfect wedding surrounded by boundless rolling green hills, sprawling vineyards and starry skies, the Hunter Valley is the place to be saying "I do". We have helped narrow down your search for the perfect Springtime wedding venue for your special day!

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Top spots to camp in the Hunter Valley - Sleep Under the Stars this Spring

Top spots to camp in the Hunter Valley - Sleep Under the Stars this Spring

It’s no secret that the Hunter Valley is home to some of the most incredible, scenic National Parks that NSW has to offer. These wildlife-filled wonders are a playground for outdoor enthusiasts wanting to unwind, escape and reconnect with nature. From scenic mountain brim hikes boasting with native flora and fauna to secluded oasis campsites under the milky way, the Hunter Valley is the perfect spot to trek off grid and switch off for a few days. 

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Winemaking through the generations - The importance of family values

Winemaking through the generations - The importance of family values

Winemaking is a craft often passed on from generation to generation all around the world, and even in Australia where the art of winemaking is relatively young in comparison, there’s history in the making and common business values at play.

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