It is located 2 hours north of Sydney and is Australia’s oldest wine region. Many of the wineries throughout the Hunter valley are family owned. Those have been passed down the family generations for hundreds of years. The wines are produced to the highest quality wines over the years. Some of the wineries won international awards, for example, James Busby perpetual award and James Halliday five star ratings for the quality of their wines. If you are obsessed with wine, try Vat 1 Semillon which is one of Australia’s most awarded white wines.
There are many attractions and things to do whilst in the Hunter Valley and so much more than just the wine tours. The wine tours can be prebooked and you are part of a private tour or in a large group with a tour guide. Tour buses are prepared and organised to assist in moving patrons from one winery to the next. This avoids any risk of patrons driving whilst completing their wine tasting.
The wineries provide small samples of the different types of wine. Hunter is famous for Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. Verdelho and Chambourcin are other vine varieties you can find in the region. Handmade chocolates, fudge and cheese are the other options available for you of you a foodie! Along with those, you can taste olive samples which are also produced in the area.
With many wineries in the area, there are endless opportunities of places to visit. Not only can sample the wines of the region but there are also tours for you to sample the local chocolate, cheese, gin and vodka – All the best things in one place!
Hunter Valley Gardens
Along with the wineries, there is plenty of other things to see in the area. The Hunter Valley gardens are beautifully maintained and full of native plants and flowers. Taking a walk through the gardens can take a few hours, so make sure you take water and a hat.
For something different, you can even few the wineries and gardens from above in the comfort of a hot air balloon.
If you are taking children with you there is also the Hunter Valley Zoo. This located in Cessnock with an assortment of animals and activities for them.
Hunter Valley accommodation
The Hunter Valley is perfect for a day trip, midweek getaway or romantic weekend away with your loved one. The Hunter Valley accommodation options are suitable for all budget types. The Crown Plaza Hunter Valley is a very popular accommodation option with many opting to stay there. There is also an assortment of luxury hotels and spa retreat to stay in the Hunter region. But, if you want something more laid back, there is camping grounds and caravan parks available as well.
Due to the popularity of the area, it is wise to book as far in advance as possible if you are looking to stay in the Valley and especially if you are going at a popular time of year, such as Christmas.
Weather in Hunter Valley
Depending on what time of year you visit, the Hunter Valley weather varies. Make sure you dress appropriately for the weather if you are heading towards the valley. If any plans to spend outside of the wineries and gardens, make sure that you are hydrated and properly sheltered from the sun.
Hunter Valley Wine Tours
If you do not want to be a part of a tour, you can also visit the wineries, gardens and local attractions on your own. There is plenty to do outside of a tour and you can visit in your own time. All the wineries offer their products for purchase and you can go home with an assortment of local produce.
Private tours can be organised and tailored to the area’s and attractions that you would like to see whilst providing you with the peace of mind of being able to get in and around the different places without your own vehicle. They are professional, fun and full of interesting information about the area.
Which ever way you decide to go; in a tour or on your own, make sure you take a camera to photograph the beautiful area and giving yourself a memory that you can refer back to for years to come.
Have you visited the Hunter Valley? Do you have a favourite wine that everyone must know about and try?