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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.

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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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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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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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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3 things you should know about the Hunter Valley today

3 things you should know about the Hunter Valley today
​1. It's vintage time! Yep, it's the most exciting time to visit the Hunter Valley as winery crews start harvesting grapes for the 2019 vintage. They start picking grapes for white wines first – several have already harvested Verdelho – before moving onto the red varieties. For behind-the-scenes footage of all the vintage action follow #v19 or...
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The January hit list: four standout dishes every visitor should try

The January hit list: four standout dishes every visitor should try
There are some dishes that put a restaurant or a region on the map. Those outstanding dishes that diners share and remember long after they've returned home. So what are the standout dishes in the Valley right now? We asked some of our top chefs for their signature dishes. ​MUSE RESTAURANT: THE MUSE COCONUT"I dislike the phrase 'signature dish' – ...
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Crush camps: where you can pick and stomp grapes

Crush camps: where you can pick and stomp grapes
​Want to experience the thrill of grape picking and crushing during the 2019 vintage? Many wineries are celebrating the 2019 harvest with fun events like grape-picking parties and others that could be described as winemaking bootcamps as they show you what it's like to be a winemaker for a day.Harvest traditionally kicks off about 100 days after th...
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The party mix – the Hunter Valley has your Christmas drinks list sorted

The party mix – the Hunter Valley has your Christmas drinks list sorted
​Tis the season for a party! There's no better way to fast-track the Christmas feels than a kick-ass party and the Hunter Valley has the drinks menu covered. Whether you're planning a big bash or an intimate cocktail party for a few friends, every epic party needs some epic drops. And the Hunter Valley has all the must-haves – wine, beer, spirits a...
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What’s hot this month: gelato, twilight tastings & Xmas lights

What’s hot this month: gelato, twilight tastings & Xmas lights
​ Summer has arrived and you know what that means. December is all about fun and festivities as we count down the days until Christmas and enjoy endless sunny days, so we've handpicked some of our favourite summer activities here in the Valley. ​SUMMER SCOOPSNothing screams summer more than a melting ice-cream and the tastiest place to get your cre...
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