Ballabourneen Wine Co is celebrating 22 years in the Hunter Valley. Ballabourneen is a boutique producer of fine wines and creates all the traditional favourites like Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz....
Delicious local produce complements the Hunter Valley’s great wines. From olive oils, cheeses and stoned fruits to smoked meats, game meats and chocolates, enjoy gourmet produce at quality restaurants and cafes, food and wine festivals, and providores and markets.
Gourmet produce in the Hunter Valley
With fertile soils, the Hunter Valley grows a rich variety of produce in addition to the grapes that create some of the world’s best wines. Australia’s oldest wine region is home to a strong farming tradition, and more than 150 olive groves produce exquisite oils with fresh, bold flavours.
You can taste and buy the region’s local produce at gourmet providores, festivals, fairs and markets where produce is sold, including Maitland Markets, Hunter Wine Country Markets and Wollombi Country Fair. Check out the events calendar for more markets, fairs and festivals.
The annual Hunter Valley Food and Wine Festival is held in May and June, celebrating the prized local produce. Dining out in the Hunter Valley is another delectable experience. Talented chefs at award-winning restaurants create delicious food from the region’s seasonal produce.
Just two hours’ drive north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley also produces exceptional dairy products, including hard-rind and soft cheeses. Enjoy cheese tastings at Binnorie Dairy and the Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop. The Hunter Valley Cheese Company offers twice daily cheese tutorials.
At Lovedale Smokehouse Gourmet Pantry and Cafe, you’ll be treated to some of the region’s finest charcuterie, pâtés and relishes. Smoking and curing classes are held on Sundays. For desserts, visit Sabor in the Hunter and taste seasonal delights matched with sweet wines. Hunter Valley Chocolate Company infuses Belgian couverture chocolate with dried local fruits, nuts and confectionary.