Hunter Region Food and Wine

Since the first vines were planted in the 1820s, this wine region has become renowned for innovative and mouth-watering experiences. Renowned for world-famous Semillon and Shiraz, you’ll also find leading restaurants, markets and festivals dotted amongst the vineyards.

Food and wine at Bistro Molines, Mount View, Hunter Valley

World-class wines

Visit cellar doors and taste world-class wines in pioneering family-owned and boutique wineries 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.

Plan your visit with a trip to the Wine House in Pokolbin. Their tasting bar showcases wineries of the region, and their kitchen serves delicious dishes that vary with the seasons. You can also discover the wineries of the region on a fun and memorable wine tour.

Friends enjoying food and drink at Tinklers Wine in Pokolbin, Hunter VAlley

Restaurants and produce

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, cheese makers and farmers markets in the region. Browse the local delights at the Lovedale Smokehouse Gourmet Pantry in Lovedale and taste delicious cheeses at Binnorie Dairy and the Hunter Valley Cheese Company in Pokolbin.

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.

Fawk Foods owner Frank Fawkner gathering fresh produce from his kitchen garden in Pokolbin, Hunter Valley

Getting there and where to stay

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.