Fine wine, good food and heritage charm are at the heart of Denman, a small country town on the picturesque Golden Highway in the beautiful Upper Hunter. You’ll discover wonderful experiences, from rolling vineyards and cellar doors to champion horse studs and magnificent national parks.

Step back in time on a fascinating heritage walk through the charming town, which is near World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park. You’ll wander past colonial and early federation buildings, such as the National Trust-classified St Matthias Church, which held its first service in 1874.

 Wine tastings and lunch at Two Rivers Wines in Denman, Upper Hunter

Stop for a delicious meal and a cool drink at a pub or cafe on Ogilvie Street, the main shopping strip. The popular Denman Hotel, circa 1900, is a classic pub with country hospitality, hearty food and live music. Gerard’s Place is an inviting bistro with a fine selection of local wines.

Explore the Upper Hunter’s food and wine trails, from wine tasting and vineyard restaurants to produce markets and delicious festivals. At the Denman Farmers Market, on the first Saturday of the month, browse seasonal produce as well as local wines, olive oils, cheeses and handmade crafts.

Diners enjoying outdoor dining with scenic vineyard views at Vines Restaurant in Hollydene Estate, Upper Hunter

Take a scenic drive and visit vineyards and cellar doors, including Small Forest and Two Rivers Wines near Denman. A ridge walk and mountain bike trails at James Estate Wines in Baerami offer spectacular views of the nearby Wollemi and Goulburn River national parks.

A short drive southeast is Hollydene Estate Wines near Jerry Plains and the Coolmore horse stud, which raised the champion mare Winx. You can taste the Hunter Valley classics as well as emerging varieties at the cellar door while the Vines Restaurant will delight your taste buds with seasonal fare.