Some Beautiful Vineyards in the Hunter Valley
Wine lovers from all over the world flock to the Hunter Valley where is synonymous with good wine and food like bees to a honey pot. The number of accommodation options have increased a hundredfold over the years, and at present with a large number of luxurious hotel and motel style accommodation packages allow you choose any types you want.
There are literally dozens of vineyards in and around the Hunter Valley each of which has a unique attractiveness and varietal style option. Naturally, unless you have unlimited time it will be impossible to visit each and every one of them so let’s look at a selection of wineries to place on your itinerary so that you can get a feel, and taste, of what the Hunter Valley region has to offer.
Here is a selection of some must-visit vineyards in the Hunter Valley:
Tyrrell’s Vineyards. This famous Vineyard has been operating since 1858 and was one of the pioneers of winemaking in the area. Today the modern Vineyard caters for tourists and wine lovers alike in two locations in the Hunter Valley. The famous Pokolbin Vineyard produces some of the best chardonnay and Semillon varietals in the country, whilst the Glenbawn Estate produces both Semillon and Shiraz styles.
Emma’s Cottage Vineyard. This is an unusual addition to a list of vineyards in the Hunter Valley but it is certainly worth a look. The specialist accommodation is cosy and welcoming and you need not worry about being caught up in the crowds that visit most Vineyards. You can enjoy several hours tasting and linger over a long lunch at the Vineyard before heading off back to your hotel. Located in the Lovedale region this is certain to be a hit on your next trip.
Poole’s Rock Wines. This is another little-known winery that produces small quantities of Shiraz, Chardonnay and Semillon varieties. The wine produced here is typical of Hunter Valley varietals and is a quintessential example for wine lovers in the know. Having only begun production in 1988 in the township of Broke, the reputation is still building but this is a winery to watch out for.
Arrowfield Estate. One of the larger wineries in the region, Arrowfield Estate is capable of cellaring 20,000 cases of wine at one time. The winery has achieved outstanding results at wine shows across the country over the last 100 years and although it has merged with other wineries in response to the marketing demands of an increasing market the quality produced has not suffered.
Ivanhoe Wines. Promising to be the home of ‘big and gutsy reds ‘, Ivanhoe Wines located in Pokolbin, produces excellent Shiraz -Voignier and has been doing so for the last 45 years. The wines are usually only available at the cellar door or online so a visit there is well worth the effort.
With so many wineries to choose from the above selection is a good cross-section of the famous and not so well-known wineries in the Hunter Valley. When you are choosing your Hunter Valley accommodation make sure you choose a central location to make travelling to the Vineyards as simple as possible.
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