Delicious long lunches
Surrounded by beautiful vineyards, Lovedale entices with boutique cellar doors, quality restaurants, charming places to stay and gourmet produce. Enjoy a glorious sunrise in a balloon and indulge at the famous Lovedale Long Lunch, a two-day extravaganza.
Discover the allure of Lovedale, with its boutique wineries, vineyard retreats and delicious food - savoury and sweet. The enchanting village in the beautiful Hunter Valley is just two hours’ drive north of Sydney and 40 minutes from Newcastle Airport.
Accommodation options include luxury vineyard retreats, guesthouses and cottages, or stay at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley resort or Tonic Hotel. A thrilling yet gentle way to begin your day is watching a glorious sunrise in balloon high above the vineyards with Beyond Ballooning.
The Hunter Valley produces some of the world’s best wines. One of the delightful things to do is wine tasting at the cellar doors in Lovedale, such as Allandale Winery, Capercaille Wines and Wandin Valley Estate. You can visit the cellar doors yourself or join one of the many tours in the region.
Food lovers will be amazed with the gourmet delights in Lovedale, including quality restaurants, fresh seasonal produce and sweet desserts. The area also celebrates its food and wine at the famous Lovedale Long Lunch, a two-day festival where you’ll discover epicurean wonders.
For a mouth-watering range of smoked and cured meats, visit Lovedale Smokehouse Gourmet Pantry. At Sabor in the Hunter indulge in desserts matched with sweet wines. Lovers of fine chocolate will find tempting treats at the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company. You can even hone your cooking skills at the Major Lanes Cooking School, which specialises in Asian cookery.