Upper Hunter Food and Wine


Upper Hunter

Rolling hills, prolific vineyards and lush gullies make the Upper Hunter a leading destination for food, wine and beautiful surrounds.

  • Hunter Belle Cheese
  • Wollemi National Park

Upper Hunter Valley food and wine

Muse Kitchen, Pokolbin

There are many ways for food and wine lovers to explore the Upper Hunter region. Stop in for a cellar door tasting experience at one of the area’s many vineyards, book a table at an award-winning restaurant for a meal made with local produce, take a food and wine tour through wine country, or visit the local farmers’ market in towns like Denman and Pokolbin.

The Upper Hunter Wine Trail begins in the small town of Denman - about an hour’s drive from Pokolbin - and features some of the oldest wineries in the country. Visit the vineyards at Arrowfield Estate, Cruickshank Callatoota Estate, James Estate WinesCatherine Vale Wines, and Two Rivers to discover the rich heritage that generations of winemakers have established at these estates, many of which are still owned by descendants of the original Upper Hunter growers.

Travel to Denman for the Upper Hunter Food and Wine Affair, held each year on the 1st Saturday in May. The country-style street festival features live bands and entertainment, wine tasting, market stalls, and gourmet food from around the region. Each year the event grows in size and ambition, with a huge range of goodies to eat, drink and buy.

Denman Farmers Market is held on the first Saturday of the month and offers visitors a chance to try and buy some of the area’s best local produce. Discover fresh fruit and vegetables, olives, cheese, oils and vinegars, preserves, cakes, plants and seedlings. Similar markets can also be found in Aberdeen and Muswellbrook.

Taking home some of the delicacies the Hunter region has to offer will help you extend your visit long after the rolling hills have faded into the distance. Head to Hunter Belle Cheese Cafe or Pukara Estate (both in Muswellbrook) to sample and buy a wonderful range of cheeses, olive oils and vinegars.