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

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Crush camps: where you can pick and stomp grapes

Crush camps: where you can pick and stomp grapes
​Want to experience the thrill of grape picking and crushing during the 2019 vintage? Many wineries are celebrating the 2019 harvest with fun events like grape-picking parties and others that could be described as winemaking bootcamps as they show you what it's like to be a winemaker for a day.Harvest traditionally kicks off about 100 days after th...
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Reach for a Rosé today: the trending pink drink to beat the heat

Reach for a Rosé today: the trending pink drink to beat the heat
​We all want to know what's trending – right? Well unless you've been living under a rock you'll have heard about the Rosé Revolution overtaking the world.Yep, that unpretentious wine that's not red or white – it's a pretty pink that's downright delish – is the mainstream drink for masses of Millennials. If you're craving a drink-now, chilled wine ...
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Ocean Trout with Crispy Skin, Salsa Verde & Spring Onion

Ocean Trout with Crispy Skin, Salsa Verde & Spring Onion
​Courtesy of Scarborourgh Wine Co.Although some people are a little nervous about preparing a whole side of fish this recipe is so simple. The salsa verde in this recipe can also be used as a marinade for just about any meat, so make a little extra and pop it in the fridge for later. The fresh flavours of this dish make it an ideal match for just a...
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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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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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Top 10 most instagrammed spots in the Hunter Valley

Top 10 most instagrammed spots in the Hunter Valley
Love to share your Hunter Valley experiences? Don't we all. Here are the top places that people love most from their memorable trips to Wine Country.​1. HUNTER VALLEY GARDENSWhether it's the Ferris Wheel or the flowers, peeps love posting pics from this 14-hectare garden wonderland. They take shots of the 10 themed gardens but the Mad Hatter's Tea...
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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 wine women

Hunter Valley wine women
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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