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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.

Five festival highlights you won’t want to miss

Five festival highlights you won’t want to miss
​One of the country's top food and wine festivals kicks off in May, celebrating the best of the Hunter in a glass and on a plate. Over the next two months the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival gives you the chance to explore the different tastes of the region with a series of masterclasses, cooking schools, long lunches and more. Here's a...
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Kid-friendly Cellar Doors

Kid-friendly Cellar Doors
Set your sights on visiting some wineries but a bit unsure whether the kids will be welcome? You'll be happy to know that here in the Hunter wine-tasting can be fun, even when you've got the entire fam bam with you. Here's a round-up of cellar doors with games and activities to keep the little ones occupied while you sample some super-tasty wines. ...
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Top 10 Things To Do These Easter School Holidays

Top 10 Things To Do These Easter School Holidays
When the school holidays roll around it's time to think of new ways to keep the kids busy – right? Well, there's no need to pull a rabbit out of a hat on a Hunter holiday (unless it's the Easter bunny, of course) as there are heaps of affordable activities and adventures for the whole family.1. NIGHT GLOWIf your kids love anything glow-in-the-dark ...
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There’s a lot to ❤ about Lovedale

There’s a lot to ❤ about Lovedale
​Looking for the perfect mix of boutique bevvies, appetising eats and fun activities on your next road trip? Then put Lovedale on your bucket list.This laidback neighbourhood used to be a side-shoot to the Hunter heartland of Pokolbin but after the opening of the Hunter Expressway it's now the gateway to Wine Country for most visitors. The back doo...
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The newest spots to tie the knot

The newest spots to tie the knot
​You've decided you want a destination wedding with world-class wines and a romantic rural setting… hello Hunter Valley!So, you're probably also looking for a one-of-a-kind wedding venue that will make your heart skip a beat. Here are a few of the newest places where couples are exchanging vows and enjoying an unforgettable wedding experience. ...
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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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6 Cooking Classes to try

6 Cooking Classes to try
​Want to improve your cooking skills or maybe you're looking for a gift for a foodie friend? A cooking class in the Hunter Valley is just the thing for anyone who wants to learn a few tricks of the trade and eat some top-notch tucker in the process.There's an array of fun and interactive classes where you can get some hands-on experience while loca...
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The magic of Mount View

The magic of Mount View
​ If you're looking for exquisite views, kick-ass wines and a bucolic bistro that enchants all who enter, head to this hidden haven in the mountains. ​When you think of the fairy kingdom what comes to mind? A breathtakingly beautiful realm with lush green hills and majestic mountains with intoxicating beverages and out-of-this-world food? Welcome ...
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Divine providence: where to stock your picnic basket with heavenly nibbles

Divine providence: where to stock your picnic basket with heavenly nibbles
​A sunny day, a gorgeous setting – it's the perfect excuse to pack up some tasty snacks and roll out a rug. Who doesn't love a picnic?Whether it's a spur-of-the-moment makeshift picnic or an alfresco date you've been planning for weeks, Wine Country ticks all the open-air dining boxes.Amazing views – tick. Pristine picnic sites – tick. Local food a...
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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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