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!

  • Emma's Cottage Vineyard, Lovedale
  • 201 Vineyard, Lovedale

About Lovedale

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.

It’s ON! in NSW – Hunter Valley

The Hunter brings together a superb calendar of events during this beautiful time of year. Enjoy the highly anticipated Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival, now held for two months across May and June. A lively celebration of all things culinary, take part in winemaking masterclasses, vineyard tours, food and wine trails, cooking classes, long lunches, open fires and much more. Join Whispering Brook for their annual Long Table Luncheon, held alfresco amongst the estate's olive groves with spectacular views over the Broke Fordwich region. Participate in the Cork and Fork Cup at the magnificent Vintage Golf Course, where winemakers and chefs indulge you with delights as you play. Or join the captivating and popular Lovedale Arts Trail, where visitors can explore galleries and studios and meet the artists behind the incredible works.

Fly into Newcastle Airport

Newcastle Airport is located 25km from Newcastle’s city centre. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car rental, limousine, and door-to-door shuttle buses to make the short journey south into Newcastle. Public buses operate from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle train station approximately every hour (Monday to Friday). Public bus services are also available to Nelson Bay, Greenhills, and Raymond Terrace. 

Newcastle Airport offers up to 50 direct flights a day to cities along the east coast. Jetstar flies direct to and from Melbourne, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane. QantasLink operates direct flights to and from Brisbane. Virgin Australia flies direct to Brisbane and Melbourne. FlyPelican operates direct flights to and from Canberra, Sydney, and Ballina/Byron Bay, while Regional Express flies to and from Sydney.


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