Escape to the picturesque Hunter Valley just a couple of hours north of Sydney and indulge in life’s great pleasures of food, wine and nature.
The world-famous Hunter Valley is in the heart of Australian wine country with the region’s rich history stemming from the early pioneering era. Since its early beginnings, the Hunter Valley has produced many world-renowned fine wines and has grown to boast more than 150 wineries.
Not just famous for its wines, the Hunter Valley also has a growing olive industry, producing excellent cold pressed olive oil. Treat your tastebuds to local gourmet food and wine with the perfect backdrop of charming vineyard landscapes. You can also sample premium local beers and the unique alcoholic ginger beer at the boutique Bluetongue Brewery, opened in 2003 by four Hunter Valley locals.
While in the Hunter region another must-see are the beautiful Hunter Valley Gardens. The quaint little village in the centre of the gardens won’t disappoint with several boutique stores including a chocolate store boasting delicious locally produced fudge and chocolate.
Hunter Valley Wineries
This beautiful region has more than 150 wineries including the likes of Lindeman’s, Drayton’s and McGuigan Wines.
The Hunter Valley Semillon is considered the iconic wine of the region amongst the widely grown Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. You can enjoy private tastings at cellar-doors including the world-famous Lindeman’s winery where learning about the winemaking process and the history of the industry in the Hunter Valley is all part of the experience. Lindeman’s pioneering winemakers have helped establish the reputation of the region and you’ll enjoy tastings in its original stone-walled cellar.
Hunter Valley Gardens
The Hunter Valley is not just famous for its wineries but also for the majestic Hunter Valley Gardens. Meander through the 60-acre garden absorbing the sights and fragrances of the feature gardens, including the impressive Rose Garden containing the largest variety of roses in the southern hemisphere.
If you’re looking to escape from the bustle of Sydney, then this is the place for you. With eight kilometres of carefully constructed paths, you can explore each magical themed garden at your leisure and marvel at the number of plant species on glorious display.
The nearby Hunter Valley Gardens Village is a beautiful spot, brimming with boutique stores and of course, magnificent gardens. Before returning to Sydney you must treat yourself to afternoon tea and some of the Hunter’s best homemade produce. Make sure you visit the Hunter Valley Chocolate Shop – you won’t be able to resist this sweet temptation!
Choose from a variety of AAT Kings wine and food tours in Hunter Valley. Choose the most suitable trip for you – tours range from one day trips from Sydney to a full experience of New South Wales of up to 13 days.