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Some of Hunter Valley’s top wineries and cellar doors

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Your Sydney tours wouldn’t be complete without visiting the wines and the elegant cellar doors of the Hunter Valley wine region. Here’s some of the top wineries to drop by on your Hunter Valley tours.   

On your next Sydney tours, take a 2-hour drive from the beloved city heading northeast to reach Australia’s premier and pioneering wine region: the Hunter Valley.

James Busby first brought vine cuttings from Europe and planted them in the fields of Hunter Valley in 1832.  

Today, there are over 120 wineries and vineyards across the Hunter Region. Spice up your Hunter Valley tours with a sip of Semillon of which the region is known for producing this iconic wine variety. Although there are also other varieties including Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Verdelho, when you hear the name Hunter Valley it sounded Semillon.

I have listed some of the best wineries in the region. It is not definitive though. Of course, each cellar door has its distinct style and taste. So, it is pretty much subjective to come up with a certain list. 


Audrey Wilkinson Winery

Quaint, elegant, and classy. That’s Audrey Wilkinson Winery, one of the oldest vineyards in Australia. Audrey Wilkinson first planted his vineyard in 1866. The winery that is named after him produces Semillon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, and Gewurztraminer wines. And they all stand out as one of the best in the region. Sample a glass of their Hunter Semillon or bring home a bottle of Gewurztraminer. 


Bimbadgen Winery

Swirl a glass of their Semillon, Chardonnay, Verdelho, or Shiraz Viognier. Taste their wines with style in an airy tasting room. Shiraz Viognier is a must-try as well as their Estate Chardonnay. Also, the Bimbadgen Estate boasts of the impressive views of vineyards and amazing landscapes. Up north there’s the Barrington Tops and down south the Brokenback range. Several concerts have been held in this picturesque estate.   


Gartelmann Wines

The winery is a known producer of Shiraz and Semillon wines. But they are also proud of their Merlot, Chardonnay, and Petit Verdot. Plus, they showcase some gourmet products in their small but quaint cellar door. Check out their menu and pair your tasty meal with a fine selection of their sensational wines.  


Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard

Experience France in this Hunter Valley winery. Lovely gardens and a rustic cellar door that produces one of the best Rosé, Shiraz, Semillon, and Chardonnay in the region. It’s in the name — biodynamic! Whatever that means, it would be great to visit this winery and check out how they grow their vines. Have some chit-chat with the owner of this family-owned winery over a glass of Rosé. 


Pepper Tree Wines

This cellar door is famous for its Tallawanta Grand Reserve Shiraz. Do you want the combination of picturesque views and fine wines? Pepper Tree Wines is the best place to be. Of course, you can’t simply walk away without grabbing a bottle or two of their best craft. Try a glass of their Tallavera Shiraz or swill a bottle of Semillon with the company of friends. It would be best to pair the wine with a platter of their exquisite food. 


Scarborough Wine Co

Experience a warm welcome and a homely feel of the cellar door. The winery is perfectly situated on top of the hill overlooking the valley. The spectacular views are a bonus to their Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Pinot Noir Rosé. They also have other traditional wine varietals. But their Chardonnay stands out as the best together with Pinot Noir Rosé. You can also try their Vermentino. As you taste their wines, you’ll have a complimentary cheese.   


Tempus Two Wines

Elegant and stylish, Tempus Two crafts a unique and distinct quality wine varieties. Lisa McGuigan, a fourth-generation Australian winemaker, founded the cellar door. Check out the copper series. Their Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre and Wilde Chardonnay remained unmatched. Tempus Two also hosts some outdoor concerts in the region involving some big names in the music scene. 

Do you have your own list of cellar doors to visit on your Hunter Valley tours? Please, share it with us.

Wildlife Tours Australia offers Sydney tours packages including a 1-day Hunter Valley Wine, Vodka, & Chocolate Tour which lets you explore Australia’s oldest wine region.



By Kelvene Requiroso, content writer and member of the SEO team of the Melbourne-based Get Lost Travel Group.    

Fun things to do in Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley tours are not all about wines; there are a lot of places to explore and more fun things to do in this quaint wine region. So, make your Sydney tours to the Hunter Valley more exciting and memorable.    

The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine region. With only an hour of drive away from the New South Wales capital, the region is a famous Sydney tours destination.

Since it is a wine region, it is a no-brainer to have the winery tour the main tourism activity. But there are also other things to do and places to visit in the region to make your Hunter Valley tours experience more exciting and memorable.


Visit the Hunter Valley Gardens

The Hunter Valley Gardens boasts of impressive landscapes. An expansive 60-acre of themed gardens located in Pokolbin, the gardens are planted with many different varieties of ornamental plants and herbs. The result is an eyeful of floral display unmatched in New South Wales.


Have a family picnic at Lake St. Clair

Serene, calm, and with impressive panoramic views, Lake St. Clair is one of the best places to be in Hunter Valley. It only takes a 30-minute drive from Singleton. Experience the New South Wales idyllic and tranquil countryside with plenty of grassed areas to have a family picnic. Camping sites are available for public use equipped with facilities like toilets, hot showers, and barbecues. You can also go boating, sailing, water-skiing, and fishing in the lake. Catch a catch the Aussie way in Lake St. Clair.     


Play golf at The Vintage

If you’re into golf, then drive to Cessnock and head straight to The Vintage. The quality of the course is excellent, and it comes with a price tag for an upmarket. It has a clubhouse with first-class amenities. A top-notch golf course, The Vintage ranks as one of the best courses in Australia. Have a full course meal after a tee at the Legends Grill, and of course, a selection of fine Hunter Valley wines.  


Visit the Australian Army Infantry Museum

At the military barracks in Singleton, you can check out the Australian Army Infantry Museum. View some excellent displays of wartime memorabilia and gain some insights from history. Museums are always good for educational visits with kids. Learn about the conflicts Australian military had engaged in from Gallipoli to Afghanistan.  


View the valley from up high

Elevate your Hunter Valley tours. Take a scenic flight over the region either by a helicopter or by a hot air balloon. An aerial adventure would give you a unique experience of viewing the lush Hunter Valley landscape. Then land in one of the valley’s wineries for a bottle of wine or two. Conquer your fear of heights in exchange for the great views of the region. 


Take a winery tour

Now the wines! Winery tours are a popular activity in Hunter Valley. Take a guided wine tour so you won’t worry about monitoring your wine intake.

Over 120 cellar doors and wineries scattered across the valley to choose from. There are big names like Audrey Wilkinson, Scarborough, De Bortoli, Tyrell’s, Bimbadgen, and Tempus Two. There are also small, little-known wineries with different styles you may want to explore.

Experience the region’s magic and charm with the best wines that highlight your Hunter Valley tours.  


By Kelvene Requiroso, content writer and member of the SEO team of the Melbourne-based Get Lost Travel Group.