Hunter Valley Wineries
Hunter Valley is the place to visit in Australia if you’re looking for a fun, relaxing, and romantic holiday getaway. Bring your taste buds and a special someone to enjoy exclusive tours to some of the best wineries Australia has to offer. Come for the weekend or enjoy an extended stay in this picturesque area of the country.
Take a Wine Tour
If you’ve come to Hunter Valley, then you must go on one of the Hunter Valley wine tours. Hunter Valley is the oldest wine producing area in Australia. From the main area of town, you’ll have to dry about 90 minutes to get to the wineries, but it will be well worth your time. Stop at Ernest Hill Winery where you can actually visit and chat with the owner. You’ll get a personal experience and hear firsthand about this beautiful winery.
If you prefer a more modern winery, stop at Leo Gate. The brand new facility here is state-of-the-art and is fun to see how the wine producing process has evolved. Most of the wineries in the area have cafes where you can stop for lunch and enjoy a glass of the delicious wine. Most of the winery tours run about $125 per person and include wine tasting as part of the tour.
Best Time of Year to Come
The best time of the year to come to Hunter Valley is the summer months. The warm days are perfect for wine tours, while the evenings are cool and relaxing. When you aren’t out on a wine tour, relax by the pool or take a stroll down the streets and do some shopping.
Summer is the harvest season, so you can pick up some fresh, local produce to take back to your holiday rental to prepare for a snack or as part of your dinner. Many of the wineries in the area also host musical concerts on crisp summer nights, so grab a glass of wine and a blanket and enjoy some lovely music. Some past musical guests in Hunter Valley include Elvis Costello, Carole King and Simple Minds & Devo.
Tour the Wineries by Bike
For a unique experience, try exploring the local wineries by bicycle. You can hire tandem bikes if you’ve come on a romantic holiday or hire mountain bikes for a personal experience. Go ahead and explore the area on your own or feel free to get a guided tour so you don’t miss all of the most important sites.
You'll find companies in the area to hire from, including Hunter Valley Cycling and Grapemobile Bicycling. When you book a bicycle hire, whether on tandem or with a mountain bike, helmets and maps are included with some hires even including bottled water and sunscreen.
Stay in Holiday Rentals
The best way to enjoy a romantic holiday to Australia’s wine country is to stay in a holiday rental. Holiday rentals allow for extra room to spread out give you plenty of space. There’s a spacious kitchen where you can cook your own meals and a rental is nice to come back to when you need a break in the middle of the day or when you’re ready to end your day at night. You don’t have to worry about cramped hotel rooms or noisy neighbours with a rental.
Enjoy Australia’s Hunter Valley on your next romantic getaway.