P1010795Australians generally like to tipple and the country boasts some wonderful wine-growing areas.

One of the most accessible is the Hunter Valley of New South Wales.

Located a couple of hours north of Sydney and close to the big coastal city of Newcastle, the vineyards of the Hunter Valley are ideal for a day-trip, a weekend stay, or a longer visit at one of the area’s many high quality resorts.

As well as great wines, the area has many luxury accommodation options and plenty of excellent restaurants.

Pepper’s Creek Village

Our day started with an early morning visit to Pepper’s Creek Village, a Tuscan-inspired accommodation, food, event and shopping area at Pokolbin, in the heart of the Hunter wine country.

Coffee at the popular Cafe Enzo set the scene.

P1010793It was a warm day and the sunny courtyard – fringed by Peppercorn trees and with a circular pond and fountain at the centre – was easy to take.

With its name for quality, Cafe Enzo can often be busy

However, we arrived at probably the perfect time –  just after breakfast, but before mid-morning.

We lingered over a latte, before rambling through the village and admiring the luxury accommodation offered at the adjoining Yacht Club, which sleeps 10 adults and is perched on the edge of a glistening lake.

The Pepper’s Creek Barrel Room is wonderfully placed for functions and the adjoining rustic chapel is ideal for a wedding among the vines.

Hunter Valley Gardens

Next on the agenda was a short trip to the nearby Hunter Valley Gardens wine village for shopping and a wander through the underground cellar.P1010791

As well as fine wines, the Hunter Valley Gardens cellar door stocks a broad range of boutique beer, which adds an extra dimension to the tasting experience.

Peterson’s Wines

Then, it was on to the adjoining Mount View area for wine tasting and lunch at Peterson’s Wines.

Peterson House is one of the many striking buildings in the Hunter Valley vineyards, again overlooking a lake, with vineyards alongside.

The cellar door is an experience to remember, with its emphasis on sparkling wines and its outstanding range on show for the visitor.

Restaurant CuveeP1010797

After tasting some excellent wines, we adjourned to Restaurant Cuvee.

It didn’t take long to prove that the restaurant’s reputation for fine food and outstanding presentation is well deserved.

The food was flawless, the wine was particularly suitable and the restaurant service was faultless.

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and we eventually left Peterson House and headed back into central Pokolbin to finish the day with a visit to McGuigan Wines and the delights of the Hunter Valley Cheese Company.

McGuigan Fine Wines

McGuigan’s is the home of McGuigan Fine Wines and, once again, the tasting was exceptional.

Our one-day visit to the Hunter Valley Wine Country covered only a small part of the area’s outstanding vineyards, luxury shopping and accommodation.P1010809

But, we hope to return and spend a luxury weekend reviewing more of the wineries, restaurants and accommodation of the Hunter Valley wine producing region.

This area has so much to offer.


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