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The Ultimate Hunter Valley Wine Tour: A Guide to the Best Wineries and Vineyards

The best wineries and vineyards in Hunter Valley

Getting to Hunter Valley from Sydney only takes around three to three-and-a-half hours. It will surely be worth the drive because Hunter Valley has some of the best wines and views in the world. 

Considered Australia’s oldest wine region, Hunter Valley has over 150 of the best wineries and vineyards in the world. It is also rich in history, as some of the pioneer winemakers in the country still operate their vineyards.

Hunter Valley surely has the best options available, from group tours to intimate tasting sessions.

Top 10 Best Wineries and Vineyards in Hunter Valley

Audrey Wilkinson Winery

1. Audrey Wilkinson Winery

No one can go wrong with a good glass of sparkling and a picturesque view. These are the top reasons Audrey Wilkinson Winery is one of the best wineries in New South Wales.

Apart from having the most beautiful view in wine country, it is also one of the oldest vineyards in Australia. It started its operations in 1866 and has undoubtedly become an institution in Pokolbin.

Bask in the glorious view of the Brokenback Mountain Ranges while sipping a glass of Gewurztraminer. This winery should be on top of anyone’s list of the best wineries and vineyards in the Hunter Valley.

2. Bimbadgen Winery

The word “Bimbadgen” means “place of good view” in the local language. The Bimbadgen Winery is situated on a hill in Pokolbin. It is also conveniently in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region.

Bimbadgen Winery not only takes pride in its estate wines. It also has an outdoor amphitheatre and reasonable accommodations.

Try their chardonnay, Semillon, and uniquely blended shiraz viognier. Just make sure also not to overlook Bimbadgen’s great lunch and dinner sets.

Boydell’s

3. Boydell’s

Boydell’s takes pride in offering a different Hunter Valley experience. They are a relatively new boutique brand in the area but do not be fooled by this claim.

Their location was first operational in 1826 and was run by Daniel and Jane Maroulis. Boydell’s has hectares of Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Shiraz.

But apart from their excellent wine, their rustic restaurant next door is also worth a try. They can indeed have a full gastronomical experience paired with the winery’s best selection of wines.

4. Brokenwood Wines

Who does not like chardonnay? What more if it comes from Brokenwood Wines, which introduced its own chardonnay during its opening in 1975?

Brokenwood Wines is known for its flagship wine called “Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz”. It received an “Outstanding” honour from Langton’s Classification of Australia Wine. To this day, it is the only Hunter Valley Shiraz that has received such high regard.

This winery is one of Australia’s most reputable premium wine labels, so visitors should take every opportunity to visit it. It goes without saying that the wine is good in Brokenwood Wines, but consider dining at its restaurant as well.

Gartelmann Wines

5. Gartelmann Wines

Find this hidden gem by looking out for the magpie. Gartelmann Wines is situated in the less crowded area of Hunter Valley called the Lovedale.

It’s a smaller cellar door compared to others, but their portfolio of wines is one to beat. Check out their Merlot or go for the Shiraz and Semillon, which the place is known for.

What’s unique about Gartelmann Wines is that they have a covered deck overlooking a dam. Sample their finest wines at the cellar door or enjoy the views on the deck. This winery also has a café that serves breakfast and lunch.

6. Harkham Wines

Natural wine is gaining traction among the community of wine enthusiasts. And the best place to find it is at Harkham Wines.

Natural wine is produced with the least amount of chemical and technological intervention. The result is a great-tasting wine that will surely make anyone prefer natural over the usual wine offerings.

Harkham Wines also has accommodations available, which is good news for those who want to indulge in delicious wines.

Krinklewood Biodynamic Winery

7. Krinklewood Biodynamic Winery

A sip of Krinklewood’s chardonnay may virtually transport anyone into a vineyard in France. This is because the place not only boasts of excellent wine, but it also has scenic Provencal gardens, fountains, and urns too.

Krinklewood is a family-owned vineyard and they are certified organic as well. They do not use any herbicides or pesticides anywhere in their vineyard.

Sit back and enjoy the view while sipping shiraz and nibbling on cheese. Do book a trip in advance, and take note that Krinklewood is only open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

8. Meerea Park Wines

Meerea Park Wines is another family-owned vineyard in the Hunter Valley region. It takes pride in being included in the Top 100 Australian Winery rated by James Halliday.

Visitors shouldn’t miss trying out their famous Shiraz, named after the winemaker’s uncle, Alexander Munro. Meerea also takes pride in handcrafting their wines using the grapes grown on Hunter Valley’s fertile soil. 

Peppertree Wines

9. Peppertree Wines

Peppertree Wines produces what is known as the King of red in Hunter Valley. This award-winning wine is called the “Tallawanta Grand Reserve Shiraz”.

Peppertree is perfect for red wine drinkers, but any foodie can enjoy a trip in this vineyard. The place has a restaurant called “Circa 1876”, known for serving scrumptious dishes.

Enjoy the view and the occasional kangaroos frolicking among the vines. Also, do check out the comprehensive winery tour to learn more about the winemaking process.

10. Vinden Wines Cellar Door

Vinden Wines Cellar Door aims to be the most stunning function space in the Hunter Valley region. It was founded in 1990 and currently has a second-generation winemaker taking the reins.

Vinden focuses on producing the best shiraz and Semillon in the area.

Discover the best wineries and vineyards in Hunter Valley.

Discover the best wineries and vineyards in Hunter Valley.

Make the most of your visit and book a wine tour with Hunter Valley Tours. You can choose from several tour options like shared tours, private tours, and even an executive luxury tour.

We are experts in the local wine region, artisan producers, and boutique wineries in Hunter Valley. Call us now at 0456 737 888 or email info@hvtours.com.au to find out more about our wine-tasting tours.

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