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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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The party mix – the Hunter Valley has your Christmas drinks list sorted

The party mix – the Hunter Valley has your Christmas drinks list sorted
​Tis the season for a party! There's no better way to fast-track the Christmas feels than a kick-ass party and the Hunter Valley has the drinks menu covered. Whether you're planning a big bash or an intimate cocktail party for a few friends, every epic party needs some epic drops. And the Hunter Valley has all the must-haves – wine, beer, spirits a...
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What’s hot this month: gelato, twilight tastings & Xmas lights

What’s hot this month: gelato, twilight tastings & Xmas lights
​ Summer has arrived and you know what that means. December is all about fun and festivities as we count down the days until Christmas and enjoy endless sunny days, so we've handpicked some of our favourite summer activities here in the Valley. ​SUMMER SCOOPSNothing screams summer more than a melting ice-cream and the tastiest place to get your cre...
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Splash zones: desirable digs where you can take a dip

Splash zones: desirable digs where you can take a dip
​ When it's time to choose a place to stay for your summer getaway, odds-on a pool will be on your holiday wish list. Here's a list of some tempting swim spots where you can make a splash all summer long. #poolhairdon'tcare #endlesssummer SPICERS GUESTHOUSEIf you want to plunge into the cool waters of a pool and enjoy oodles of atmosphere, views an...
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My tip to living the good life: a bit of afternoon delight!

My tip to living the good life: a bit of afternoon delight!
​I remember the 1970s hit song 'Afternoon Delight' creating a bit of a sensation due to its provocative lyrics about daytime lovemaking sessions. Fast forward to 2018 and the current Hunter Valley ad campaign has tongues wagging too as it asks viewers when they last made love in the afternoon.So do Hunter Valley locals have any naughty confessions?...
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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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Four secrets to living the good life

Four secrets to living the good life
​After the launch of the Hunter Valley's advertising campaign, which celebrates "the good life", we asked some locals what living the good life means to them.#goodlife #goodvibes #goodtimes = #huntervalleyTROY RHOADES-BROWN, MUSE RESTAURANT CHEF/OWNER​I feel I live the good life in the Hunter Valley for a number of reasons. I have the opportunity t...
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Top places to catch live music in the #huntervalley

Top places to catch live music in the #huntervalley
​Each year the Hunter Valley plays host to some of the world's biggest music acts. For example, this month you can catch some of the greatest jazz artists, including Grace Knight and James Morrison, at Jazz in the Vines on November 24 at Hope Estate.But if you're in the mood for some music with your mates, you don't have to head to a big-ticket eve...
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The Hunter Valley's hidden gem

The Hunter Valley's hidden gem
It's been dubbed the "best-kept secret in the Hunter Valley" but the secret is well and truly out – Broke is stunning, secluded and produces an exceptional glass of wine.​With impressive views just about everywhere you go, Broke is the quintessential rural retreat.It's a peaceful pocket of the Valley that's slightly off the beaten track (about 15km...
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The best-selling sweet treats in the Hunter Valley

The best-selling sweet treats in the Hunter Valley
​Cocoa NibIt's all about variety at Cocoa Nib, which opened at Keith Tulloch Wine in 2014, with more than 40 sugary enticements on offer.The woman behind the chocolate emporium, Aymee Slaviero, is a pastry chef by trade and worked her way around some of the top restaurants in Sydney before moving to Melbourne and working at Koko Black while complet...
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