Begin your delicious adventures in the Hunter region tasting some of the world’s best wines and then dine at quality restaurants among vineyards. Enjoy tasting local cheeses and olive oils too, and there are farmers markets to browse and gourmet delights to buy.
Tasty experiences in the Hunter region
From outstanding wines to award-winning restaurants to fresh local produce, the Hunter region is a sensory delight. You’ll taste some of the best wines in the world, celebrate at festivals, enjoy moreish cheeses and browse farmers markets in charming towns across this beautiful region.
The Hunter begins just two hours’ drive north of Sydney in Australia’s oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley. Many winemakers open their cellar doors to the public and offer insights into how wines are made. You can also learn about winemaking in an informal two-hour tutorial at the Hunter Valley Wine School.
Exceptional food complements the fine wine. Fertile soils in the region support organic and gourmet produce, including stone fruit, quail, duck, venison, beef and dairy products. Stop in at Binnorie Dairy or Hunter Belle Cheese for local cheeses, and whet your appetite at Lovedale Smokehouse Gourmet Pantry. Among the olive groves at Pukara Estate you can taste freshly pressed olive oils.
Talented chefs use the local produce to create mouth-watering dishes in tranquil vineyard settings. Muse Restaurant at Hungerford Hill Wines has won two out of a possible three hats in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide. Other highly acclaimed restaurants overlooking vineyards include Bistro Molines, Esca Bimbadgen, Margan and Restaurant Botanica.
Fresh produce is also available at Maitland Markets, which has 600 stalls, Denman Farmers Market in the Upper Hunter, and Dungog Markets and Gloucester Farmers Market in Barrington Tops. You can even refine your culinary skills at cooking schools. And check out the events calendar for festivals such as the Hunter Food and Wine Festival and the famous Lovedale Long Lunch.