If you love wine and food, then you are in for a treat when you visit the Hunter Valley. Located just north of Sydney in Australia, the Hunter Valley is a wine region that is also home to over 150 wineries. Sample wine to your heart’s delight when you make a pilgrimage to this part of the world.
The Audrey Wilkinson Winery
One of the more picturesque wineries in the Hunter Valley is the Audrey Wilkinson Winery. The winery features standout wines in the form of chardonnays, Semillons and shiraz. The vintner’s Gewurztraminer is worth tasting as well.
The winery, which offers 360-degree views of the surrounding groves and hills, makes the Hunter Valley a memorable trip. Besides the aforementioned wines, don’t forget to try the Firestick Liqueur Verdelho that is offered at Audrey Wilkinson. It has a butterscotch sweetness your palate won’t want to miss.
The Bimbadgen Winery
Another featured winery in the Hunter Valley is the Bimbadgen Winery, which is also linked with the Bimbadgen Estate – home to area concerts. The tasting rooms are spacious, and the wines at the estate are first-rate. Some of the specialties include the shiraz viognier (one of the best blends in the Valley), and the Verdelho, chardonnay and Semillon. The Esca Restaurant at the winery opens its doors daily at lunch and dinnertime.
Because the Hunter Valley is such a beautiful place, it also offers much in the way of accommodation. You won’t want to miss the rustic charm of such resort sites as the Hunter Valley cabins, each of which makes taking a sabbatical in the wine region all the more relaxing. This kind of place is the ideal hub for any lover of wine and food, as its central location puts you directly in the midst of grape-growing and processing activities.
Brokenwood Wines is yet another winery you will want to visit when you arrive in the Hunter Valley. Noted for its Cricket Pitch red, the winery also shows off its chardonnays from the Hunter Valley, Orange and Beechworth, all of which are popular standpoints. Whilst the cellar door at the winery can see a large number of wine tasters on the weekends, the staff always makes the experience pleasant regardless of the crowd.
Gartelmann Wines also holds a special place in the hearts of wine aficionados. Located in Lovedale in the Hunter Valley, the winery is particularly well-noted for its Semillon and shiraz. Wine lovers also recommend the merlot and chardonnay. Besides selling wines, the small cellar door regularly sells gourmet food specialties from the wine region as well. A café at the winery is regularly opened to visitors for breakfast and lunch.
As yet another top-rated winery, the cellar door at the Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard is noted for its rosé. The chardonnay, Semillon and shiraz also stand out as well-recognised beverages. The surroundings of the location almost make guests feel like they are visiting France.
Meerea Park Wines
The shiraz also stands out at Meerea Park Wines. The winery is unique as it is noted for its spicy reds and tasting cottage. Guests are advised to try the Alexander Munro Shiraz, which is named for the great-grandfather of the winemaker, Rhys Eather.