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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?

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.

Want a Wine Country wedding with wow factor? Here’s some inspo for you

Want a Wine Country wedding with wow factor? Here’s some inspo for you
​GABRIELLE HEANEY AND JOEL STIGSTONEHURST CEDAR CREEKGabrielle Heaney and Joel Stig both grew up in rural areas and always knew they wanted to get married in the country. What they didn't expect was some hilarious locals ambushing the wedding photos!"Having the Stonehurst horses photobomb our shoot and try to eat my epic bouquet from Jade McIntosh ...
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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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Have pooch, will travel

Have pooch, will travel
​Is your pooch your bestie? Don't think a holiday is the same without them? No need to leave your four-legged friend behind with these pet-friendly stays in the Hunter. Let's face it, we all know pets like a weekend break too!Estate TuscanyThis Tuscan-style resort is perched on top of a hill with panoramic views of vineyards and mountains – and it'...
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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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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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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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