The Hunter Valley wine region is located about 50km west of Newcastle between Cessnock and Singleton. There is a huge selection of wineries in the region and it’s not easy deciding which ones to visit.
Wine Country Drive begins at Cessnock and is a good place to start as the wine country information centre is on route and you’ll need a map to plot your wine tasting adventure. The centre offers plenty of local information, wine tasting and sales and reading material about the region.
offers a broad introduction to wine country, with wine, cheese, chocolate, gourmet delights, restaurants and award winning gardens along the way. Turn onto Broke Rd after the information centre and you’ll be on your way to a tantalising tastebud experience.
Before the tasting gets underway a beautiful place to start your tour is at the Hunter Valley Gardens, 4km in along Broke Rd. These remarkably manicured gardens boast outstanding design, brilliant colours and variety, themes and water features. 60 acres of absolute beauty is the garden lover’s ultimate paradise. They really are impressive and worth exploring and appreciating the masterpiece. Entry fees apply and opening hours are 9am to 5pm daily.
Next to the beautiful gardens is Pokolbin Village where the tastebuds can begin their workout. The Smelly Cheese Shop stocks a selection of culinary delights of cheeses, antipastos, breads, dipping oils, dukkas and chutneys. Their produce is absolutely delicious and accompanies a good bottle of wine perfectly.
The Hunter Valley Chocolate Company is also on Broke Rd and the sweet-tooths will appreciate the magnificent selection of quality chocolates and fudges on offer. Tasting is available and very enjoyable.
From here on in there are wineries, restaurants and guest houses galore. You might need to toss a coin to decide where to head next or pull in to a few properties and investigate what’s on offer. Wine tasting at several establishments, a delicious restaurant meal and a bag full of goodies to enjoy later make the perfect day out.
For those staying longer accommodation ranges from B&Bs, cabins, cottages and guest houses to retreats and resorts. Campers on a budget and roughing it will be happy to know there is a spacious free camp in Broke at McNamara Park on Wollombi Broke Rd. A maximum stay of 3 nights is permitted, toilets are provided and pets are permitted.
The Hunter wine country experience is thoroughly enjoyable. The scenery is pleasant on the eye and the food and wine on the palate.
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