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Food and wine in the Hunter

The Hunter region includes the premier wine-growing regions of the Hunter Valley and the Upper Hunter. The crisp Hunter semillon and the Hunter shiraz are loved at home and abroad; match a Hunter wine with superb cuisine for the perfect food and wine experience.

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Best NSW wine regions

New South Wales is the place for stocking up on good quality wine direct from the cellar door. Since the first grapevine was planted at Sydney Cove in 1788, the wine industry in NSW has flourished.

Visitors will find acclaimed semillon and shiraz in the Hunter Valley region, just a 90 minute drive north of Sydney. More than 150 wineries are surrounded by pastoral beauty, an array of boutique food producers, fine dining and accommodation options. Pioneering families the Draytons and Tulloch both offer wine and cheese tasting tours, while Harringans Irish Pub in nearby Pokolbin is a charming choice for dinner.

Rich ripe reds can be found far north in Mudgee where the delicate-climate produces powerful, yet subtle cabernet sauvignon and shiraz varieties. Designated driver tours are available to explore the generous region so you can have a worry-free, wine-filled day. Don't miss the Mudgee Wine and Food Festival in September.

Southern Highlands

If you enjoy good food and wine, you'll find plenty of good reasons to head to the Southern Highlands. Check out Bowral’s cafes, cheese store and delis, and the delicious produce from Montrose Berry Farm at Sutton Forest.


There are 35 cellar doors around Mudgee so take your time to find the perfect drop. Buy produce such as honey, cheese, olives and seasonal fruit and vegetables fresh from the grower at the monthly farmers’ market.

Orange / Cowra

Don’t miss the mouth-watering annual food and wine events in Central NSW. F.O.O.D. (Food of Orange District) is held in Orange over ten days in April, and Orange Wine Week is held in October.