Why You Should Visit the Hunter Distillery

When you think of Hunter Valley, you probably think of wines first. Seeing as it is the number one wine region around Sydney. The area is teeming with lush vineyards and famous wine brands, showcasing some of Australia’s best varieties on offer. However, when you look past the wine frontier, you can see an alternative that is just as good!

About Hunter Valley Distillery

The Hunter Valley Distillery is a passionate team aiming to provide the region, including the locals and tourists, with exceptional top-shelf spirits. They only use organic ingredients sourced locally to create their signature spirits, practising a blend of traditional methods and state-of-the-art production to enhance their flavours.

Hunter Distillery

Their Range

This Distillery has a wide range of spirits, including gins, vodkas, and Liquors, with aged spirits and other varieties also available. These aren’t ordinary spirits you can purchase at the local bottle shop, with unique flavours which can turn your drink into a memorable taste. The vodkas can either be sweet or spicy, with sweet apple flavours, to sour lime, to even spicy chilli. For gin, there have four signature types to choose from, with some being ordinary pure gin, to others being sweet colourful ones! Liqueurs and Schnapps are the majority of the time sweet, but Hunter Distillery creates these sweet liqueurs into unique tastes, creating the typical butterscotch and strawberry flavours, as well as inventing exciting choc orange or green tea choices.

Vodkas

Vodka, a popular drink choice worldwide! The drink has quite a history, developing since its creation in 1400AD, and becoming a staple in bars and bottle shops around the world. Its recipe is quite simple, simply converting sugar into starch by fermentation and distillation. However, over the years, professionals have created new steps and methods in creating a clear liquid, using starches such as potatoes, sugar beet molasses, or even grains. These raw elements help create the end taste, with the diverse recipe and methods assisting in the variety of vodka. The clear and harsh liquid is usually blended with sugary soft drinks or in refreshing cocktails when served, but at Hunter Valley, all you need is the spirit itself. This is due to the hundreds of flavours offered by the Distillery. With the taste ranging from sweet strawberry vodka, to sour green apple, to finally a spicy chilli spirit. Transforming the regular clear liquid into a cocktail taste in itself.

Hunter Distillery Vodka

Gins

Gin is the bitter sister to vodka, tasting of Juniper, similar to pine, herbaceous, and floral. It can come in four main styles; London dry gin, Dutch jenever, old tom, and compound gin. The styles are all created by different recipes and methods, with the main creation styles being distilled, re-distilled, and compounded. For the Hunter Valley Distillery shop, they have created four distinct styles of gin. The first is Copperwave Gin, which is created by distilling it in the traditional London style. This produces a juniper, lemon zest and liquorice aroma and taste, with a smooth palate bursting with both earthy and citrus flavours. Their Jail House Gin is a modern take to traditional gin recipes, blending together the original gin with a lemon myrtle flavour, adding a spicy twist at the end. Mystery Gin is next, and unlike the other two, is not a typical clear gin colour, but a deep purple. The vibrant colour comprises of sweet and fruity flavours, with blood orange being the most prominent taste. Lastly, there is the bright pink gin named ‘Native’! Known as the little sister to the Distillery’s gins, this one is great for those wanting a pretty and sweet drink to end the day! With flavours of berries, lime, and plum.

Liquors

Liqueurs and Schnapps take over the rest of Hunter Valley Distillery’s menu. Ranging from sweet, creamy, spicy, and sour, no matter what your flavour of choice is, it is guaranteed you’ll find it here. Schnapps and liqueurs are essentially a form of distilled spirit, creating the liquids by fermenting fruit or other components alongside with the base liquor. There are around twenty different flavours to choose from, to a common strawberry liqueur, to a unique green tea flavour. The distillery offers guests a ‘test-tube’ option, where visitors can try out a sip of each flavour, working out which ones they enjoy enough to buy a bottle of.

Cellar Door

The shop is open seven days per week, from 10am until 5pm. With large groups over ten bookings necessary. Try out the test tube tasting, which includes a range of vodkas, gins, and liqueurs. Discover your favourite and buy a bottle for your family and friends.

Upcoming Events

Being a Foodie and drinks region, Hunter Valley is a continuous host to a number of events. Focusing on the delicious local food and drinks that are on offer. One of the biggest events of the year is the 7th annual Hunter Valley Wine Festival, held on the 29th of June (Saturday). The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, and showcase a wide range of wine, beer, and of course spirits. The festival will provide guests you with a one-stop shop, not just the region’s wine, but the countless vodkas, gins, and more than Hunter Valley Distillery promises.

Once you get Sick of the Liquors

Wineries

A trip to the Hunter Valley would be a waste without a visit to one of the many delightful wineries littering the sprawling green hills. Pop in for a visit to the cellar door and listen to the wine masters go on about the aromas, flavours, and history of each wine as sip away. Majority of these wineries have a restaurant attached, so can park yourself next to the window and enjoy a glass of wine, a mouth-watering lunch, and a spectacular view all at once! There are a whopping hundred and fifty wineries to choose from, so why just stay at one? We recommend getting a designated driver and taking yourself around the countryside to enjoy all the wineries this iconic region offers.

Matilda Bay Brewhouse

Rather a brew? If you aren’t a wine lover don’t fret, as Hunter Valley is as well home to an outstanding brewery. Matilda Bay Brewhouse is the home to some of the region’s best beer and cider, ranging from dark ales to sweet summer varieties. Food is also offered, with burgers and hearty meals perfect when paired with a delicious ale. So, park yourself down and enjoy the delicious carb-filled lunch!

Hunter Valley’s Chocolate Company

If you are feeling a bit lightheaded after all those drinks, why not indulge in the delicious sweets served at Hunter Valley Chocolate Company? A factory showcases its chocolate making skills, with the state-of-the-art kitchen, shop, and café attached. Wander around and see the masters at work, trying out some of the delicious samples presented to you. Choose your favourite and grab a take-home bag.

Language »