The Hunter Valley


With more than 150 wineries to visit, what’s there not to love about the Hunter Valley?


The Hunter Region, which is commonly known as the Hunter Valley is 120km, a two hour drive, north of Sydney and an hour’s drive from Newcastle.

If you have a passion for wine then a visit to the region is a must. It is truly beautiful place with rolling fields, Australian vineyards and bush lands - and is home to some of the oldest wine families in Australia.

With more than 2.5 million visitors annually, and being the 6th most visited place in the country, it is the ideal location for a weekend away or even a quick day trip.

I opted for a day tour with Boutique Wine Tours, who take their guests to four different wineries to sample their selections. On the tour I learned how wine is made and was able to taste the different types of wine. Some made with different fruit, the way they were corked and I also was taught how to test it and drink it to tell what type of wine it was. It was very interesting to learn about the methods that take place the picturesque wineries. In total the full day including lunch costs $115 per person.

But it’s not compulsory to enjoy wine in the Hunter Valley, as there are plenty of other activities available.

Many of the establishments provide cheese tasting, as well as cooking classes. And the Upper Hunter area is famous for horse breeding and horse racing. The fabulous landscape really is ideal for horse enthusiasts, bushwalkers and campers.

Other activities nearby include hot-air ballooning and shopping for antiques.

Day tours are available from Sydney, but if you fancy spoiling yourself then there are hundreds of guesthouses and B&Bs dotted around.

In rain or shine, winter or summer, the area is busy with visitors and the tours and wineries are not weather permitting.