The Hunter Valley situated some 2 hours North of Sydney is the oldest wine producing region of Australia and is regarded as being home to some of the best wines in the world. It is approximately 12000 square kilometres in size. Pokolbin is hub of the wine region which incorporates the towns of Wollombi, Dalwood, Rothbury, Cessnock and Lovedale to name but a few. Lindemans, McWilliams and Wyndham are all major producers who have vineyards in the region whilst Tyrrell and Drayton are old Hunter Valley family concerns who have remained independent. In addition to this there are numerous boutique wine producers.
The Hunter Valley is an outstanding holiday hotspot especially for those looking to spend a few days or a week wanting to taste a great variety of Australia’s best wines.
There are many to choose from and it is a good idea to leave the car at home.
Tyrrell, one of Australia’s most successful, privately owned wine companies has two vineyards in the Hunter Valley, the Pokolbin Vineyards and Winery and the Glenbawn Estate Vineyard and Winery. They were voted 2010 Winery of the year by James Halliday. They are renowned for their Vat1 Semillon which has won more trophies and gold medals than any other Australian White Wine. Their cellar door is situated at the first property whilst the Glenbawn wines are only available through licensed food outlets and hotels.
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