Welcome to Hunter Valley: Australia’s Premier Wine Region
Most people, whether they’ve been to Australia or not, have heard of the Hunter Valley.
Set within easy reach to Sydney, just two hours’ drive away, this is one of the country’s most famous wine growing regions, rich in history, and of course, very rich in wine!
Dating back to the 1820s, you’ll find more than150 wineries, so getting around all of them will be an impossible task, however you can tour one or two during your stay, and really learn about how wine is produced, looked after, before tasting it yourself, and maybe taking a bottle or two away with you as a keepsake, or however long it lasts for! Allandale Winery, Arrowfield Estate and Bimbadgen Winery are just three of the countless establishments to check out.
Whether you’re crazy about chardonnay or love a bit of cheese, the gourmet food and wine nature of the area will seduce your taste buds into a frenzy, whilst opening your eyes to the beautiful scenery, with green, rolling plains and hills.
How to get there & where to stay
It couldn’t be easier to escape the city and head into sophisticated charm, with regular trains and buses, and also scheduled flights if you’re a little further away. As for where to stay, you certainly won’t struggle, with countless hotels available for every budget. Check here to find a range of hotels in the region offered by Accor.
What is there to do?
Well, wine tasting is obviously a huge pull, as well as cheese, good food and a bit more wine. A wine tour is the first port of call for many, and these can be organised either through a tour operator, or direct with a winery. These can consist of either half or full day, depending on the tour, and you’ll generally get to taste a few on your way around, so bear that in mind and line your stomach first!
Away from wine and seriously good food, why not pamper yourself at one of the local spas, really engrossing yourself in the laid-back, good living vibe, or take a breath of fresh country air and head off on a walking trail, such as the East Maitland Heritage Walk. For a spot of culture, the Defiance Sculpture Park is a great way to spend a couple of hours, or maybe head off horse riding, or play a round of golf. The choice is yours.
Sometimes in life, we all need a spot of sophistication and glamour, the Hunter Valley is just that, set in one of Mother Nature’s most picturesque spots.