Upper Hunter Food and Wine
Enjoy a delicious escape to the Upper Hunter, part of Australia’s acclaimed Hunter Valley wine region. With fertile soils, the region is home to gourmet providores, festivals, fairs and markets. Savour handmade cheeses, taste the freshest pressed olive oils and relax in vineyard restaurants.
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.
Other culinary delights include the monthly Denman Farmers Market where local produce includes wine, cheese, fruit and vegetables. The Upper Hunter Wine and Food Affair is a delicious celebration held every May in Denman, showcasing local wines and gourmet delights.
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. In Scone is the Belmore, a lovely pub built in 1866.
The Upper Hunter is a scenic 2hr 20min drive from Newcastle or around three hours from Sydney. Alternatively, you can take a scenic train trip to Scone via Newcastle and Maitland. Near magnificent national parks and World Heritage wilderness, the Upper Hunter is also home to scenic drives.
You can take your pick of places to stay from farm stays, cottages and luxury retreats to motels, caravan parks and campgrounds. At Lake Glenbawn, there are cabins, bungalows and campsites on the foreshore. Camp at Washpools campground in the Towarri National Park, among pockets of rainforest, snow gums and casuarinas.