Upper Hunter Food and Wine
Discover fine wine and good food on a delicious escape to the Upper Hunter, in Australia’s acclaimed Hunter Valley wine region. Enjoy award-winning wineries, savour handmade cheeses, taste the freshest pressed olive oils and relax in vineyard restaurants, all a few hours’ drive north of Sydney.
Near magnificent national parks and UNESCO World Heritage wilderness, the Upper Hunter is home to rolling vineyards, charming heritage, scenic drives and horse studs. The champion mare Winx was raised at Coolmore, a world-famous horse stud about 20 minutes’ drive south of Muswellbrook.
On top of wine tasting at cellar doors, other tasty delights include:
- Watching Hunter Belle Cheese make moreish cheeses
- Visiting olive oil producer Pukara Estate’s tasting room
- Browsing Denman Farmers Market’s fresh produce
- Savouring the annual Upper Hunter Wine and Food Affair
- Relaxing at the Belmore, a lovely pub in an 1866 building
Begin your tasty adventure in Muswellbrook at Hunter Belle Cheese, which makes its own cheeses by hand from the finest local milk of Brown Swiss cows. The cafe at Hunter Belle has a seasonal menu with its handmade cheeses a highlight. You can enjoy elegant local wines at the cafe, too.
On your way to cellar doors around Denman and Sandy Hollow stop at Pukara Estate, a producer of fine olive oils and vinegars a short drive southwest of Muswellbrook. Among the olive groves is the tasting room, where you can try Pukara’s range of olive oils, aged vinegars and gourmet condiments.
You’ll discover innovative winemakers and breathtaking views in the Upper Hunter. Two Rivers Wines is named after the beautiful Hunter and Goulburn rivers near its vineyard. You can enjoy lunch at Two Rivers. Small Forest is run by Japan’s first female winemaker, Atsuko Radcliffe.
West of Denman is James Estate Wines, where its Baerami vineyard plantings date back to 1968. Southeast of Denman is Hollydene Estate Wines, which grows classic valley and emerging grape varieties such as tempranillo. On the estate is the Vines Restaurant, which has a seasonal menu.
On the first Saturday of May is the Upper Hunter Food and Wine Affair, a street festival in Denman with market stalls, live music, wine tasting and gourmet produce from the region. You’ll find plenty of places to stay in the Upper Hunter and delightful restaurants, such as The Cottage in Scone.