- Australia's top wineries & cellar doors
- Hatted restaurants
- Sprawling Hunter Valley Gardens
Exceptional heritage meets exciting innovation in Pokolbin, a gorgeous town in the heart of the beautiful Hunter Valley. You’ll discover cellar doors at award-winning wineries, elegant vineyard restaurants and an exciting events calendar filled with music, food, wine and fun.
Wineries & cellar doors
Some of Australia’s best known wine labels are located here such as Tyrrell’s, Tulloch and McGuigan to name just a few. 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, including:
- Brokenwood winery’s stunning new cellar door is the largest in the Hunter Valley – a must-see experience.
- Piggs Peake winery is a popular cellar door for a tasting and discovering some delicious surprises as well as the classic varieties.
- The picturesque Audrey Wilkinson winery has been making fine wine for over 150 years and their cellar door is rated as one of the best in the country.
The Hunter Wine Theatre and the Hunter Valley Wine School offer fascinating insights into the winemaking process from vineyard to the bottle. You’ll watch a 30-minute film in the theatre before tasting wines, while the wine school is a two-hour tour, including a cellarmaster tutorial.
Restaurants & local produce
Fine wine and food are a winning combination, and you’ll find acclaimed and hatted restaurants here, such as Muse Restaurant. Celebrate the finer things at the annual Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival. Visit the Pokolbin Farm Shop for local produce or browse the delicious stalls at the Hunter Wine Country Markets.
Things to do
Time your trip with a concert, like Opera in the Vineyards in October and Jazz in the Vineyards in November. There are rock concerts too. Fun things to do with the kids include the magical Storybook garden in the Hunter Valley Gardens, trail riding with Hunter Valley Horses and a visit to the Hunter Valley Zoo.
Getting there & where to stay
Pokolbin is in the heart of the Hunter Valley, a two-hour drive from Sydney and 50min west of Newcastle Airport. Trains also depart from Sydney for Maitland, Morriset and ;Singleton, where you can catch connecting buses to Wine Country or hire a car to explore. Places to stay include vineyard cottages, boutique hotels and luxury retreats.
Fly into Newcastle Airport
The Hunter Valley is within easy reach of Newcastle Airport. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car rentals, limousines and shuttle buses as well as group and private transfers. Public transport options are available from the airport to Australia’s oldest wine region.
Newcastle Airport offers direct flights to and from eight destinations throughout southeastern Australia. Jetstar flies to Brisbane, Melbourne and the Gold Coast; Virgin Australia flies to Melbourne; QantasLink flies to Brisbane; and Regional Express flies to Sydney. Link Airways operates direct flights between Canberra and Newcastle six days a week. FlyPelican flies to Ballina/Byron, Canberra, Dubbo and Taree. Virgin Australia also operates seasonal direct flights to Auckland, New Zealand, between November and February.