The Hunter Valley, Australia's renowned wine region, offers an unforgettable experience for wine enthusiasts seeking a weekend escape.
With its picturesque vineyards, luxurious accommodation, delectable dining options, and a range of outdoor activities, the Hunter Valley has something to offer every traveller.
Wine is of course the standout feature of the Hunter Valley, however, there are many gems waiting to be discovered when it comes to food, outdoors and culture.
Let's embark on a journey through this ultimate guide to planning your dream wine weekend getaway.
Crafting the perfect wine tasting itinerary is essential for any wine enthusiast visiting the Hunter Valley.
Start your journey at the iconic Ivanhoe Wines (of course!). Soak in the stunning views of the Brokenwood Ranges from our cellar door balcony, and indulge in Shiraz and Semillon, which the Hunter is famous for, as well as other exquisite varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Chambourcin and Gewurtztraminer.
Offering small and personal wine experiences for a maximum of 6 guests, a wine tasting at Ivanhoe Wines is a must-do
For a unique experience, visit Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard, known for its breathtaking views and award-winning wines.
Don't forget to explore the cellar doors of smaller boutique wineries, where you can discover hidden gems waiting to be uncorked. A favourite hidden spot is Piggs Peake, a small, premium cellar door and winery that uses grapes from vineyards dating back to the 1800's.
Indulge your taste buds in the Hunter Valley's diverse culinary scene. From gourmet restaurants showcasing regional produce to charming cafes serving up delicious bites, the valley has it all.
A brunch favourite is Petersen’s Champagne House’s, Restaurant Cuvee. With views over the vineyards, Cuvee is famous for their bubbly breakfast, and fresh local Australian cuisine with a twist.
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Hunter Valley with a range of outdoor activities.
Embark on a scenic hike through the lush countryside, exploring trails like the Werakata National Park or the Bimbadeen Lookout.
For a unique perspective, take to the skies with a hot air balloon ride, enjoying panoramic views of the vineyards below.
Cycling enthusiasts can pedal through picturesque landscapes, discovering hidden gems along the way. The Hunter Valley provides endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation.
Beyond its renowned wineries, the Hunter Valley is steeped in history and culture. Uncover the region's past at the Maitland Gaol, a former maximum-security prison turned museum, or visit the Newcastle Museum to delve into the city's heritage.
Discover local art at the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery or explore the historic town of Morpeth, where charming colonial buildings line the streets. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of the region, adding depth and dimension to your wine weekend getaway.