Touring the vineyards
Less than two hours drive north of Sydney lies one of Australia's best-known winegrowing regions, the Hunter Valley.
Recognised shortly after European settlement for its rich agricultural land, the area quickly became the focus of an emerging wine industry in the 1820s. Now home to more than 150 wineries, the Hunter Valley continues to draw visitors from around Australia and the world.
Hunter Valley Wine Tours
Taking a tour is an excellent way to explore and discover what is on offer in the Hunter Valley vineyards, while also learning more about the area.
The tours in this region are far-reaching and diverse, offering unique experiences and perspectives. From boutique to group bookings, horseback to classic cars, each tour offers its own insight. Whatever your taste or preference, you will likely find the tour to suit your needs.
Tours of wineries can be booked directly with the cellar door or with an organised tour. Many wineries operate a cellar door policy, which allows visitors to simply turn up and sample their wines. For those who enjoy the freedom of doing their own thing, this is a great option.
Arranging a tour directly with the winery means that you will usually have to find your own way there, but it does offer the freedom of choosing where you want to visit.
Alternatively, you could book a wineries tour through an organised group tour, which will provide transport to a range of wineries and often provide more details during the trip from winery to winery.
Tour guides also run regular trips from Sydney and will also pick you up from accommodation across the valley. Sydney tours primarily cover the Pokolbin and areas of the Lower Hunter Valley. However, pre-arranged tours will happily take in the Upper Hunter Valley region to include Singleton and Patterson.
Although last minute bookings can be made, tour bookings are usually made in advance of the day so make sure to book early to avoid disappointment.
Cooking and wine schools
Food and wine events
The Hunter Valley is host to a wide range of festivals and events. Celebrate the Hunter Valley's award-winning food and wine including the annual Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month and the Lovedale Long Lunch.
Hunter Valley chefs make the most of the oustanding local produce to create inspiring seasonal menus. Dine alfresco looking out on to rolling vineyards and the Brokenback Mountains.
Taste some of Australias most outstanding wines in the Hunter Valley. Intimate cellar door experiences offer insight on the secrets behind creating the perfect drop.
Take in magnificent vistas of the region on a vineyard tour with a difference. Ride a bike between cellar doors or drive through the picturesque countryside from one winery to the next.