In the heart of the beautiful Hunter Valley is Pokolbin, where exceptional heritage meets exciting innovation in Australia’s oldest wine region. You’ll discover cellar doors at award-winning wineries, elegant vineyard restaurants and a wonderful events calendar filled with music, food, wine and fun.
The winemakers consistently win international accolades for the Hunter Valley classics as well as exciting new wines made with alternative varieties, such as barbera and touriga nacional. With the spectacular backdrop of the Broken Back Range, you’ll taste some of the best wines in the world.
Perfect for a midweek break, weekend escape or romantic getaway, Pokolbin is two hours’ drive north from Sydney and 55 minutes from Newcastle Airport. Accommodation options suit a range of budgets, from luxury resorts and vineyard retreats to villas, guesthouses and charming cottages.
Some of Australia’s best known wine labels — Tyrrell’s, Tulloch and McGuigan, to name just three — are in Pokolbin. You can visit the cellar doors yourself or join a guided tour. Alternatively, hire a bicycle and explore the pretty rural roads and enchanting scenery on your way to the cellar doors.
For insights into the entire winemaking process from vineyard to the bottle, the Hunter Wine Theatre and the Hunter Valley Wine School are fascinating. You’ll watch a 30-minute film in the theatre before tasting wines. The wine school is a two-hour tour, including a cellarmaster tutorial.
Fine wine and food are a delectable combination, celebrated at the annual Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival in May and June. You can also pop into the Pokolbin Farm Shop on any day of the week for local produce or browse the delicious stalls at the Hunter Wine Country Markets every Saturday.
Quality restaurants are a feature, too. Muse Restaurant has been awarded two out of a possible three hats by The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide. Time your trip with a concert, such as Opera in the Vineyards in October and Jazz in the Vineyards in November. There are rock concerts, too.
If you’re with the kids, three fun things to do are the magical Storybook garden in the Hunter Valley Gardens, trail riding with Hunter Valley Horses and a visit to the Hunter Valley Zoo. In the winter school holidays, the kids can build snowmen and ice skate at the annual Snow Time in the Garden.