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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.

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO THESE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO THESE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
There is a lot more to the Hunter Valley than award winning wineries and restaurants (I mean, that in its own right is nothing short of amazing!). What many may not know is that the Hunter Valley ticks all the boxes for dad, mum AND the kids, as the ideal school holiday destination. Breathe in the sweet valley air and explore the destination with 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.​1. HUNTER VALLEY GARDENSWhether it's the Ferris Wheel or the flowers, peeps love posting pics from this 14-hectare garden wonderland. They take shots of the 10 themed gardens but the Mad Hatter's Tea...
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FIRESIDE FEASTING. BEST SPOTS TO DINE THIS WINTER.

FIRESIDE FEASTING. BEST SPOTS TO DINE THIS WINTER.
​Feeling the chill? Here's the inside scoop on the best spots to dine by a fireplace in the Hunter Valley (with a glass of red in hand). ​RIDGEVIEW RESTAURANTRidgeView Restaurant Executive Chef Donna Hollis and her team use fresh local produce to create their seasonal menu whilst their organic vegetable garden is tendered daily to supplement the fr...
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HAVE POOCH, WILL TRAVEL

HAVE POOCH, WILL TRAVEL
​Is your pooch your bestie? Don't think a holiday is the same without them? No need to leave your four-legged friend behind with these pet-friendly stays in the Hunter. Let's face it, we all know pets like a weekend break too!Estate TuscanyThis Tuscan-style resort is perched on top of a hill with panoramic views of vineyards and mountains – and it'...
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HUNTER VALLEY WINE WOMEN

HUNTER VALLEY WINE WOMEN
Meet some winemakers who are better with wine than they are with wheelbarrows!GWYN OLSEN, HEAD WINEMAKER BRIAR RIDGE WINES, TALLAVERA GROVE, PEPPER TREE WINESThe 33-year-old completed her first vintage in France, with a further six in New Zealand as assistant winemaker and operations winemaker at Villa Maria, before moving to the Hunter Valley and...
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TOUR DE FORCE

TOUR DE FORCE
​CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS BEHIND THE SCENES IN OUR WINERIES? FOR A SNEAK PEEK YOU CAN'T BEAT A WINERY TOUR.If you've got wine on your mind and want to know more than just what each variety tastes like, you'd best book yourself a Hunter Valley winery tour. Learning how our world-class wines came to be will give you a deeper appreciation of what it...
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TWIST AND SHOUT: HUNTER SHIRAZ BLENDS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

TWIST AND SHOUT: HUNTER SHIRAZ BLENDS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
​​Nothing says winter more than a glass of red wine in front of a roaring fire. It's the perfect time to try a Shiraz with a twist.Shiraz is the kingpin red in the Hunter Valley, with some of the oldest vines in the country, but today's winemakers are taking Shiraz to an edgy new place, blending it with some different varieties.Of course, you'll ha...
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THE HUNTER VALLEY'S HIDDEN GEM

THE HUNTER VALLEY'S HIDDEN GEM
It's been dubbed the "best-kept secret in the Hunter Valley" but the secret is well and truly out – Broke is stunning, secluded and produces an exceptional glass of wine.​With impressive views just about everywhere you go, Broke is the quintessential rural retreat.It's a peaceful pocket of the Valley that's slightly off the beaten track (about 15km...
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​THE VERDICT IS IN: SHIRAZ THE STAR AT THIS YEAR'S HUNTER VALLEY WINE SHOW

​THE VERDICT IS IN: SHIRAZ THE STAR AT THIS YEAR'S HUNTER VALLEY WINE SHOW
Glasses have been raised, wines have been tasted, results have been tallied and celebrations have begun at this year's CCL Clear Image Hunter Valley Wine Show Celebrations Luncheon at Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort.Over the three days of judging leading up to today, the judging panel tasted over 700 wines, with 49 gold, 77 silver, 210 bronze and 20 trop...
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3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE HUNTER VALLEY TODAY

3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE HUNTER VALLEY TODAY
​1. It's spring, which means it's budburst timeThis means the grapevines are sprouting their first green shoots for the season (they lose their leaves over winter) and the countryside is slowly transforming into fields of green. It's an important time in the annual cycle of the vines and social media is full of winemakers' posts as they take pics o...
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