Food and wine in Lovedale
As a major Hunter Valley wine-producing area, Lovedale dates back to the early 1800s, when local wheat and general produce farmers turned to grape growing. The Lovedale Long Lunch is a two-day eating and drinking extravaganza. Sample gourmet foods from local restaurants and wines from Lovedale wineries and vineyards. Even if you miss the annual event, there's nothing stopping you from embarking on your own Lovedale long lunch!
Lovedale is a small Hunter Valley town, surrounded by wineries. Lovedale accommodation ranges from quality guesthouses to B&B accommodation. Lovedale is also home to many good restaurants and fun activities, such as hot-air ballooning and horse riding.
Just two hours' drive from Sydney, Lovedale offers plenty of things to see and do. Visit the local wineries, where you can buy direct from the cellar door. Explore the vineyards and scenery yourself, or go on an organised tour in Lovedale.
If you love good chocolate, don't miss the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company. And, if you're keen to improve your cooking skills, Majors Lane Cooking School hosts Asian-fusion cooking classes where you cancook and feast in an idyllic vineyard setting. For beautiful hand-blown glass art, visit the Ogishi Craft Centre; there's even a self-contained cottage that accommodates up to ten .
Be sure to visit historic St Paul's Rothbury cemetery on Wilderness Road to see where the famous winemaking families have been laid to rest. Nearby towns of Cessnock and Pokolbin are well worth a visit. Stop in to cellar door at Ballabourneen Wine Co for a warm welcome and a lovely drop.
Keep an eye on local foodie events such as the Lovedale Long Lunch that takes place each May.