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HUNTER VALLEY BLOG

With more than 150 wineries and cellar doors, 65 restaurants and 180 comfy accommodation places to stay, where do you start?

Follow our insider tips by the people who know best… the locals. We ask talented winemakers, chefs, farmers, brewers and journalists to blog about their favourite places and experiences in this fertile wine region.

3 things you need to know about the Hunter Valley today

3 things you need to know about the Hunter Valley today
​1. It's spring, which means it's budburst timeThis means the grapevines are sprouting their first green shoots for the season (they lose their leaves over winter) and the countryside is slowly transforming into fields of green. It's an important time in the annual cycle of the vines and social media is full of winemakers' posts as they take pics o...
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It's time for a white wine that's full of zing - ping Andrew Thomas

It's time for a white wine that's full of zing - ping Andrew Thomas
​It's spring, so it's time for a glass or two of zesty, zingy goodness. And that means a glass of Hunter Valley Semillon. It's a refreshing drop, full of citrusy lemon and lime flavours that's an awesome match with seafood.When I think of Semillon it's Thomas Wines' Braemore Semillon that springs to mind. Why?It was the first Semillon I tried that ...
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4 fab reasons you should conference in the Hunter Valley

4 fab reasons you should conference in the Hunter Valley
​Wow factorNo place embodies the good life more than the Hunter Valley. It's not only the oldest Australian wine region, it's hands-down one of the most spectacular with incredible views, wine, food and unique experiences. It offers endless possibilities for meetings and conferences of all shapes and sizes, and guarantees that wow factor attendees ...
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The verdict is in: shiraz the star at this year's Hunter Valley Wine Show

The verdict is in: shiraz the star at this year's Hunter Valley Wine Show
Glasses have been raised, wines have been tasted, results have been tallied and celebrations have begun at this year's CCL Clear Image Hunter Valley Wine Show Celebrations Luncheon at Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort.Over the three days of judging leading up to today, the judging panel tasted over 700 wines, with 49 gold, 77 silver, 210 bronze and 20 trop...
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Twist and shout: Hunter shiraz blends you need to know about

Twist and shout: Hunter shiraz blends you need to know about
​​Nothing says winter more than a glass of red wine in front of a roaring fire. It's the perfect time to try a Shiraz with a twist.Shiraz is the kingpin red in the Hunter Valley, with some of the oldest vines in the country, but today's winemakers are taking Shiraz to an edgy new place, blending it with some different varieties.Of course, you'll ha...
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Winter belly-warmers: pies to die for

Winter belly-warmers: pies to die for
​Whether you're munching on a pie on the sideline watching the Pokolbin Reds play rugby or dining fireside on a restaurant shepherd's pie, it's hard to resist a good pie in winter. Here are some top spots where you can tuck into a tasty pie.BISTRO MOLINES"Whether it's being eaten as a snack or a meal, a pie is ideal for winter as it is rich, warm a...
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August Ales: what's on tap right now

August Ales: what's on tap right now
The Hunter Valley beer scene is really hoppin' with a tasty collection of award-winning breweries.​HOPE BREWHOUSE​Crowned Champion Small Brewery at the Craft Beer Awards in 2016, this brewhouse in the Hope Estate wine and concert complex also took home gold, silver and bronze medals at this year's Australian International Beer Awards and Independen...
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Hunter Valley Legend Award winners 2018

Hunter Valley Legend Award winners 2018
It was another triumphant evening for the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism world last night when its industry greats came together to celebrate the 12th annual Hunter Valley Legends & Wine Industry Awards.Held at newly renovated Ben Ean, Lindeman's Estate, the evening paid homage to those who have contributed significantly to the Hunter Valley Wi...
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Tour de force

Tour de force
​CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS BEHIND THE SCENES IN OUR WINERIES? FOR A SNEAK PEEK YOU CAN'T BEAT A WINERY TOUR.If you've got wine on your mind and want to know more than just what each variety tastes like, you'd best book yourself a Hunter Valley winery tour. Learning how our world-class wines came to be will give you a deeper appreciation of what it...
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Hunter Valley women in wine

Hunter Valley women in wine
​Meet some winemakers who are better with wine than they are with wheelbarrows!GWYN OLSEN HEAD WINEMAKER, BRIAR RIDGE WINES, TALLAVERA GROVE, PEPPER TREE WINESThe 33-year-old completed her first vintage in France, with a further six in New Zealand as assistant winemaker and operations winemaker at Villa Maria, before moving to the Hunter Valley and...
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