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.

On the banks of the Hunter River, Denman is a few hours’ drive from Sydney in Australia’s oldest wine region and 1h 40min from Newcastle Airport. The Upper Hunter’s food and wine trails are enticing, from wine tasting and vineyard restaurants to produce markets and delicious festivals.

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

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

Stop for a delicious meal and a cool drink at a pub or cafe on Ogilvie Street, the main shopping street. The popular two-storey 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.

The street is the tasty centre of the Upper Hunter Wine and Food Affair, an epicurean festival in May. The Denman Farmers Market is another scrumptious event, held on the first Saturday of the month. Browse seasonal produce as well as local wines, olive oils, cheeses and handmade crafts.

Sunset at Small Forest Wines vineyard in Denman, Upper Hunter, Australia

On scenic drives visit vineyards and cellar doors, including Small Forest and Two Rivers Wines near Denman. James Estate Wines is in Baerami, near Sandy Hollow. A ridge walk and mountain bike trails on James Estate offer splendid views of the 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 and the Vines Restaurant will delight your taste buds with seasonal fare.

On the road between Denman and Muswellbrook is the enticing Pukara Estate, a producer of fine olive oils and distinctive vinegars. In Pukara’s tasting room you can try an exquisite range of local olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars and gourmet condiments, including jams, relishes and dukkahs.


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