Hunter Region Food and Wine
Taste world-class wines in rolling vineyards, dine in acclaimed restaurants, savour gourmet treats and celebrate the deliciously finer things at markets and festivals. Since vines were first planted in the Hunter’s rich soils, this beautiful wine region has become renowned for innovative and mouth-watering experiences.
Visit cellar doors and sip wine in pioneering family-owned and boutique wineries on a fun and memorable tour through the vineyards of the Hunter Valley, the Upper Hunter and Barrington Tops. More cellar doors are open to visitors here than any other wine region in Australia.
Renowned for the world-famous Hunter Valley Semillon and the Hunter Valley Shiraz, you’ll also taste new wines made from emerging grape varieties, including touriga nacional. As well as producing some of the world’s best wines, the region thrives with hatted and acclaimed restaurants, including:
Savour more fresh local produce at the providores, cheesemakers and farmers markets in the region. Browse the local delights at the Lovedale Smokehouse Gourmet Pantry in Lovedale and the Pokolbin Farm Shop in Pokolbin. Tasty cheesemakers in Pokolbin are Binnorie Dairy and the Hunter Valley Cheese Company.
In Muswellbrook is Hunter Belle Cheese, where handmade cheeses and elegant local wines make an enticing combination. Nearby, on the road to Denman’s cellar doors, is olive oil producer Pukara Estate. In the estate’s tasting room try and buy olive oils, balsamic vinegars and other condiments.
Colourful markets, including the Maitland Markets, Dungog Market and Gloucester Farmers Market, are part of a lively series of festivals, vineyard concerts and country shows. The annual Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival is in May and June.
Perfect for a midweek or weekend escape, getting to the vineyards and wineries of Australia’s oldest wine region is easy. Only two hours’ drive north of Sydney and 50 minutes west of Newcastle Airport, trains also depart from Sydney for Maitland and Singleton via Newcastle.
You’ll find plenty of accommodation options, from vineyard cottages to tranquil retreats and luxury resorts. Check out the delicious events calendar for foodie festivals, markets and events, and plan ahead for a memorable getaway.