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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 places to catch live music in the #huntervalley

Top places to catch live music in the #huntervalley
​Each year the Hunter Valley plays host to some of the world's biggest music acts. For example, this month you can catch some of the greatest jazz artists, including Grace Knight and James Morrison, at Jazz in the Vines on November 24 at Hope Estate.But if you're in the mood for some music with your mates, you don't have to head to a big-ticket eve...
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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 best-selling sweet treats in the Hunter Valley

The best-selling sweet treats in the Hunter Valley
​Cocoa NibIt's all about variety at Cocoa Nib, which opened at Keith Tulloch Wine in 2014, with more than 40 sugary enticements on offer.The woman behind the chocolate emporium, Aymee Slaviero, is a pastry chef by trade and worked her way around some of the top restaurants in Sydney before moving to Melbourne and working at Koko Black while complet...
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Hilarious horses photobomb couples’ Hunter Valley wedding

Hilarious horses photobomb couples’ Hunter Valley wedding
​ When Gabrielle Heaney and Joel Stig tied the knot at Stonehurst Cedar Creek in the Hunter Valley they didn't expect a few locals would want to muscle in on the wedding party. Getting hitched took on a whole new meaning when Stonehurst's two curious horses didn't want to be left out of the action. The result? Some of the best wedding photobombs ev...
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Want a Wine Country wedding with wow factor? Here’s some inspo for you

Want a Wine Country wedding with wow factor? Here’s some inspo for you
​GABRIELLE HEANEY AND JOEL STIGSTONEHURST CEDAR CREEKGabrielle Heaney and Joel Stig both grew up in rural areas and always knew they wanted to get married in the country. What they didn't expect was some hilarious locals ambushing the wedding photos!"Having the Stonehurst horses photobomb our shoot and try to eat my epic bouquet from Jade McIntosh ...
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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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It's time for a white wine that's full of zing - ping Andrew Thomas

It's time for a white wine that's full of zing - ping Andrew Thomas
​It's spring, so it's time for a glass or two of zesty, zingy goodness. And that means a glass of Hunter Valley Semillon. It's a refreshing drop, full of citrusy lemon and lime flavours that's an awesome match with seafood.When I think of Semillon it's Thomas Wines' Braemore Semillon that springs to mind. Why?It was the first Semillon I tried that ...
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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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4 fab reasons you should conference in the Hunter Valley

4 fab reasons you should conference in the Hunter Valley
​Wow factorNo place embodies the good life more than the Hunter Valley. It's not only the oldest Australian wine region, it's hands-down one of the most spectacular with incredible views, wine, food and unique experiences. It offers endless possibilities for meetings and conferences of all shapes and sizes, and guarantees that wow factor attendees ...
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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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