Tips & Articles

8
August
2018

Beer Tasting at the Matilda Bay Brewhouse

With its sweeping scenery and charming collection of centuries-old vineyards, the Hunter Valley makes a memorable mark on Australia’s wine scene. But, if you’re more of a beer drinker, you’re in luck. Over the last ten years, this part of Australia has been making strides in the craft beer world, and it now has a number of traditional and contemporary brew houses dotted around the landscape. One of these is the Matilda Bay Brewhouse. The venue originally started its journey as the Bluetongue Brewery back in 2001, but has since become known as the Matilda Bay Brewhouse. You can still […]

   
  
5
July
2018

The Best Wineries to Visit in the Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s premier winemaking regions. Set against a backdrop of sprawling hills and traditional vineyards, it produces some of the best wines in the world. For culture enthusiasts visiting the area, a trip to some of the resident wineries is a must-do, where there are plenty of cellar doors to enjoy and processes to learn about. Here are some of the best wineries in the region. 1. McGuigan’s Wine McGuigan’s Wine is one of the most popular wine producers in the Hunter Valley and was named the International Winemaker of the Year at the International […]

   
  
11
May
2018

The Hunter Valley Chocolate Factory

Known for its forays into the wine world and its abundance of seasonal produce, the Hunter Valley is the perfect place to give your tastebuds a treat. As well as sprawling wineries and farms bursting with local goods, there is the Hunter Valley Chocolate Factory, one of the most popular hotspots for those with a serious sweet tooth. Now one of the must-visit attractions in the Hunter Valley, the Chocolate Factory promises visitors the chance to try some of the delicious flavours made on-site and to learn more about the fascinating chocolate making process in the region. Started almost two […]

   
  
30
March
2018

What Makes the Hunter Valley Distillery Different

Known for its famous contributions to the wine industry, the Hunter Valley is a place of culture and delicious treats. Today, it remains one of the most important parts of Australia’s food and drink scene, with the Hunter Valley Distillery sitting at the centre of it all. Throughout the Valley, there are numerous ancient vineyards that span back a hundred years or more, many of which have formed the cultural roots of Australia’s thriving wine scene. And, elsewhere, a patchwork countryside unfolds in a charming display of fields, villages, and wineries. At the Hunter Valley Distillery, you can explore all […]

   
  
8
September
2017

Things to Do Around the Hunter River

The Hunter River weaves its way through the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, rising from the Liverpool Range and ending up in the Tasman Sea. It is home to numerous species of plant and animal life, and there are plenty of adventurous pursuits and relaxing activities to do along its length. Upstream of the picturesque Lake Glenbawn, the river is joined by ten tributaries and thirty-one more when you get downstream of the reservoir. To the east of Hexham, the Hunter River gets divided into two channels which flank the Kooragang Wetlands, an area that feeds numerous ponds, including […]

   
  
8
August
2017

The Top Eateries of the Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s premium winemaking regions and boasts numerous cellar doors and pretty vineyards just waiting to be explored. But the wine isn’t the only thing that draws in visitors by the thousands. In fact, the valley is also renowned for its delectable foodie selections, many of which are made up of locally-grown, fresh produce. Here are some of the best restaurants to try if you find yourself hungry in the Hunter Valley 1. Sabor in the Hunter This memorable experience is one of the Hunter Valley’s newest additions on the foodie scene. It boasts a […]

   
  
12
July
2017

Visiting the Smelly Cheese Shop in Hunter Valley

See it, smell it, love it is the apt tagline of the Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop. Dating back to 2002, this artisan store and tourist attraction is just a two-hour drive outside of the hustle and bustle of Sydney. Here, the team work hard to bring visitors the finest local cheese and gourmet treats, ranging from seasonal fruits and vegetables to homemade gelato. It’s not just a cheese-lover’s dream – there are plenty of other tasty delights to tuck into and try, including olives and meats. The shop prides itself on being locally owned and operated, only hiring people […]

   
  
12
June
2017

Accommodation at Cypress Lakes Resort

Just a two-hour drive from Sydney and moments from the lush countryside of the Hunter Valley, Cypress Lakes Resort offers a luxury stay in stunning surroundings. The tranquil setting is ideal for a family stay or a vacation with friends, whether you’re looking to indulge in some golf or simply explore the attractions that can be found all around it. The accommodation at Cypress Lakes Resort is second to none, with one, two, three, and four bedroom villas, each of which is self-contained with its own luxury facilities. The elegant furnishings give each accommodation unit a welcoming touch, while the […]

   
  
10
May
2017

The Sparkling Wine Production Process in the Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is well-known for its wide selection of wineries that promise an authentic taste of Australia. Throughout the region, there are numerous vineyards that produce and sell their tipple all over the world. And the wine in this part of Australia comes in all flavours and colours, with sparkling wine proving to be a popular production choice. The majority of sparkling wine produce in the Hunter Valley is made using Chardonnay or Pinot Noir grapes, but there is also a unique specialty that is made using Shiraz grapes to create a red sparkling wine. It’s hard to believe, […]

   
  
20
April
2017

The Wines and Winemakers of Wynwood Estate

The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s prime winemaking regions and boasts numerous vineyards that produce some of the world’s best-loved wines. One of the newest editions to the Valley’s family is the Wynwood Estate. This new project has snapped up one of the oldest vineyards in the region and is dedicated to creating wines that imbue both the fascinating history of the Hunter Valley and the traditional winemaking ways. Set in a stunning location, the on-site cellar door provides visitors with the chance to sample some delicious flavours as well as enjoy the spectacular views across the Valley and […]