Hunter Valley cellar doors
Wine tasting at cellar doors in the beautiful Hunter Valley is a delightful way to explore what you like in a wine. From the iconic grape varieties to emerging varieties and new blends, you’ll taste distinctive and innovative wines among the rolling vineyards of Australia’s oldest wine region.
More cellar doors are open to visitors than any other wine region in Australia. You can visit the cellar doors directly or join one of the many wine tours. Some wineries have restaurants where you can enjoy the wines with delicious food created by talented chefs using the freshest local produce.
With fertile soils fed by the Hunter, Goulburn, Williams and Paterson rivers and a temperate climate, the Hunter Valley produces some of the best wines in the world and has some of the oldest vine stocks in the world. The aged Hunter Valley Semillon is considered an international benchmark.
In addition to the classic semillon, chardonnay and shiraz varieties, exciting emerging European varieties grown include arneis, albarino, barbera, fiano, tempranillo and touriga nacional. You can even taste tyrian, a CSIRO-developed cross between cabernet sauvignon and sumoll grape varieties.
The winemakers consistently win Australian and international awards for their classic wines and new wines made with alternative varieties. There are organic and biodynamic wines, too. Complementing your experience is the natural beauty, with a backdrop of UNESCO World Heritage national parks.
You can hire bicycles and pedal to vineyards and wineries. Or time your visit with the wonderful events calendar of concerts, festivals and markets. The valley is perfect for a midweek break, weekend escape or romantic getaway, with accommodation options to suit various budgets.
Across the valley are cellar doors, from Wollombi, Broke and Denman in the west to Lovedale, Pokolbin and Rothbury in the heart, and near Cessnock in the south, Singleton in the north and Maitland in the east. For small boutique wineries, visit the Small Winemakers Centre in Pokolbin.
Getting to the Hunter Valley is easy. The drive from Sydney is only two hours and from Newcastle Airport about 50 minutes. The scenic Tourist Drive 33 between Sydney and Wollombi is known as the convict trail. Bus tours and trains depart from Sydney as well. You can even charter a helicopter.