Tips & Articles

13
October
2016

The Fascinating History of Drayton’s Family Wines

Hunter Valley is renowned for its incredible selection of wineries, and the Drayton’s are one of the pioneering winemaking families of the region – their winery is one of the very few that are still run by a family team. Drayton’s Family Wines spans back more than a century. Joseph Drayton left England at 27 and moved to Sydney with his wife, two sons, and a newborn daughter. Sadly, his wife, daughter, and one of his sons were lost during the journey. Arriving in Lochinvar and then moving to Pokolbin, Joseph acquired more than 80 acres of land. Here, he […]

   
  
27
September
2016

Accommodation at the Hunter Valley YHA

The Hunter Valley is best-known as a beautiful wine region just outside Sydney. Here, you can enjoy local flavours of wine, learn about the winemaking process, and soak up the stunning scenery that characterises the region. At the Hunter Valley YHA hostel, you are placed right in the heart of the valley. The purpose built accommodation has recently been renovated, offering guests free WiFi, brand new bathrooms, and a stylish kitchen and lounge area. On top of that, you can relax in the sunshine in the outdoor area complete with pool, BBQ, hammocks, and a new café. The central location […]

   
  
7
September
2016

Hunter Valley – A Tour of Australia’s Oldest Wine Region

The tantalising taste of Hunter Valley’s wines is something that has drawn people in from around the world for decades, just for a chance to set foot in one of the many cellar doors to experience what this valley is all about. After a 2-hour drive to the north of Sydney in New South Wales, you will find yourself entering the Hunter Valley wine region. But you may feel as if you’ve just passed through the pearly gates themselves as you’re met with sights of breathtaking beauty, from the sweeping lawns of the wineries to the rolling hills coated in […]

   
  
20
August
2016

Cypress Lakes Resort – Hunter Valley’s luxurious accommodation

The Hunter Valley region north of Sydney is an area of immense class and luxury, with over 150 wineries, world-class accommodation and breathtaking sights of the luscious surroundings. It is Australia’s oldest wine producing region, having had decades for the area to develop into the lavish destination that it’s known as today. The Cypress Lakes Resort is one of the valley’s leading hotels, providing you with luxurious rooms only minutes away from the valleys wine producing region, this resort is the perfect tranquil escape. With plenty to do on the vast resort grounds, there is something to entertain everyone, from […]

   
  
5
August
2016

Wynwood Estate – Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley lies in New South Wales on the east coast of Australia and is home to the country’s most luscious and bountiful wineries. From the Semillon grape planted in the loose sandy terrain to the Shiraz grape planted in the black, silty loam, this area has such an immense soil diversity that it is able to provide the perfect terrain for a wide variety of grapes to be grown and harvested. With over 150 different vineyards, there is no doubt that this is one of Australia’s most productive wine regions. Though many of the wine labels in the […]

   
  
20
July
2016

Cheese and Wine at the McGuigan Winery

In the wine-famed Hunter Valley, the McGuigan Wine Cellar provides visitors with the chance to sample award-winning tipple and tuck into local, Australian flavours. On-site, you can try a slew of world-famous wines, including the popular Black Label variety and a number of exclusive creations like the Personal Reserve. McGuigan wines have remained at the heart of the Australian winemaking industry for decades, bringing the tasty flavours of the Hunter Valley to glasses all over the world. Dedicated to experimenting with new flavours and imbuing bottles with the soul of traditional winemaking, it is the perfect way to explore this […]

   
  
13
July
2016

Sample Lunch Menu at Cypress Lakes Resort

Choose from one of the following plus a glass of house wine, beer or soft drink: **Please note we cater for Vegetarians, Vegans and Gluten Free** Fish & Chips – House battered whiting fillets served with chips, salad and tartare. HTC Panini – Smoked leg ham, tasty cheese, tomato and seeded mustard. Beef Burger – Beef pattie, bacon, beetroot, lettuce, tomato, cheese and BBQ sauce. Chicken Burger – chicken schnitzel, lettuce, Swiss cheese, tomato and mayonnaise. Chickpea & Lentil Burger – House made chickpea and lentil pattie, lettuce, tomato, cheese and bush tomato chutney. Wild Mushroom Pasta – Sauteed Swiss […]

   
  
7
July
2016

Top 6 Things to do in the Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is renowned as one of Australia’s top winemaking regions, boasting a sprawling landscape peppered with traditional eateries, farms, picturesque vineyards, and a selection of adventurous pursuits. Regardless of whether you’re looking for a relaxing break amongst the stunning scenery or a more upbeat adventure, the Hunter Valley has you covered. Here are some of the best things to get stuck into while you’re there. 1. Wine and Food A trip to the Hunter Valley is not complete without trying out the delectable selection of wines and foods available in the region. From lush wineries that promise crisp, […]

   
  
23
May
2016

The Hunter Valley YHA

Set in the sprawling patchwork fields of the Hunter Valley, the Hunter Valley YHA offers visitors a sustainable experience surrounded by exceptional scenery. Known for its collection of wineries, the Hunter Valley promises delicious local tipple and fresh produce, as well as a range of adventurous pursuits to get stuck into. At the hostel, you can expect a relaxed and stylish stay, with contemporary bedrooms, an in-house kitchen area where you can meet fellow travellers, and a lounge to kick back and relax in. In addition, there is an outdoor BBQ and pool area for those sunny days, and a […]

   
  
10
May
2016

Treat Your Sweet Tooth at the British Lolly Shop

The Hunter Valley excels in all things food and drink. Its sprawling countryside scenes lend themselves perfectly to gourmet dinners, relaxing wine tasting excursions, and fresh farm shops selling local produce. Amongst all this, you’ll find the British Lolly Shop, a retro look back at some of the best loved chocolate, sweets, and food from Britain – a true blast from the past. The shop itself was set up by an English owner who wanted to recreate her childhood memories of tuck shops and sweetie stores. The idea was to relive the Friday nights spent rushing to the sweet shop […]

   
  
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