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4 Days Weekend Wine Tour in NSW, Australia

  • Hunter Valley Resort, Pokolbin 2320, New South Wales, Australia

Australia Wine Tours

Enjoy a long weekend surrounded by the great food and wines. Stay in a great location with the vineyards next to you. Enjoy an ultimate wine experience, including learning the process from grape stomping to the bottle of wine you use to enjoy. Leave us, with great memories in tow of a wonderful wine tasting tour, knowing more about the wine you enjoy, than you did before.

Highlights

  • Private wine tasting session
  • Vineyard tour with the cellar master
  • Hunter Wine Theatre showing onsite winery in action
  • Wine school with personalized Wine Appreciation certificate
  • Three-course dinner in award winning restaurant
  • 3 nights luxury accommodation
  • Daily full country breakfast
  • 2 days with instruction
  • English
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Guestrooms are all four stars. There are only 35 rooms. They are all both quiet and spacious. The Hunter Room has a queen-sized bed and two singles. The Vineyard Rooms overlook the resorts vineyard and have a King bed, or can be split into two singles. Spa Cottage rooms have a king bed, kitchenette, and large spa bath.

Finally, the 2-bedroom cottage has two bedrooms each with their own en-suite bathroom, kitchenette and living / dining room. All feature exposed timber cathedral ceilings, solid timber country style furniture, full size bathtub and shower, flat screen TV and DVD player, individually air-conditioned/heated, and big double glass doors open out onto their own balcony overlooking the surrounding countryside, vineyards and the Brokenback Ranges.

Wine Theatre

The fun side of seeing a winery in action is when the grapes are being picked and put through the crusher at the winery which for The Hunter Valley happens only in January and February. For the rest of the year action in the winery is generally pretty quiet. Not so with the new Hunter Wine Theatre. So we have condensed a whole year of winemaking into a short 15 minute visual presentation. Then on with the lights and a 15 minute wine tutorial with the Cellar master. The onsite Hunter Valley Wine School promises an education of wine daily at 9am. The course starts with a walk through the vineyard to learn how and why a grapevine grows.

Then its followed by a comprehensive winemaking tutorial with our Cellar master. We then take guests through a structured tasting of wines. What are the grape varieties? How are they different? What does one look for, the bouquet, taste, and colour? The objective - we want all our guests to walk away with a newfound knowledge of winemaking.

Visual presentation contents

  • The Hunters wine heritage, Australias oldest wine area.
  • How grapevines are maintained
  • See the annual grape harvest
  • The grape crusher in action
  • The actual winemaking process

Winemaking process

  • Fermentation (Conversion of fruit/sugar into alcohol)
  • Filtration of the new wine
  • Racking and barrel fermentation/storage
  • Blending of wines
  • Bottling process

Hunter Valley Wine School

Hunter Valley offers the total Winery Experience. The onsite winery is by far the largest, and most advanced in the Hunter Valley. The Wine Tasting Cellars are open every day to try the fruits of their labor, not to be missed is the daily comprehensive vineyard tour to experience how wine is actually made - right from the grapevine to bottle! The two-hour Hunter Valley Wine School promises an education of wine. Walk through the vineyard and learn how and why a grapevine grows. Then it is a comprehensive winemaking tutorial with our Cellar master. Finally you receive a personalized Wine Appreciation Certificate to take home with you. Plus lots more knowledge about Hunter Wines

Wine tutorial versus wine tasting

A wine tasting is where you taste various wines and hopefully like them, and purchase a few to take home with you. A wine tutorial is where we take you on a learning experience with a bracket of 4 wines. Here we teach you how to taste front palate sweetness, acidity, and back palate tannins, and most importantly exercising your nose to appreciate the bouquet of wine. Its that simple.

The structured wine tutorial covers

  • Where and how is wine made?
  • What is its history?
  • What are the grape varieties?
  • How are they different?
  • Blending - Why, and what does one look for with the bouquet, taste, and color?

Curriculum

  • Excursion: Vineyard inspection, Viticultural dissertation, Winemaking process
  • Tutorial: Hunter Valley Wine Country, Historical, Contemporary, Australia, The world
  • Wine assessment: Colour, Bouquet, Palate, Australian Wine Show judging system, Wine faults
  • Wine styles: Sparkling wines, White wines, Red wines, Dessert wines, Fortified wines
  • Palate evaluation: Varietal white wines, Varietal red wines, Blending exercise

Hunter Valley Resort

The Hunter Valley Resort is located in the very heart of the Hunter Valley Wine Country on 70 secluded acres, and is an easy 2 hours drive north of Sydney. The resort offers the complete Wine Country Experience.

Australia wine country resort

Nowhere in Australia is there a family owned lodge being operated and marketed as one facility with all-day Bites, Pizza & Pasta offering fabulous food, 4 star accommodations, and their own great wines from the Wine Tasting Cellars, also the Hunter Valleys largest winery where guests can learn how the wine is made. All nestled within its own 40 year old vineyards. The Hel family have owned and managed Hunter Valley Resort since August 1991, when they purchased the freehold property. Its also a family tradition. The Hels come from a long line of Innkeepers father, grandfather, and great grandfather before were all hoteliers!

Hermitage Function Centre

The Hermitage Function Centre features a huge open fireplace and bar with club leather lounges. There are a total of 7 different meeting rooms. Be it a meeting for just 5 delegates, to a banquet or wedding for 200 people. All handled by our experienced professional staff. Please see the website to download a copy of our wedding or conference packages.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Golf course nearby
  • Massage
  • Shopping nearby
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant nearby
Services
  • Shop nearby
  • Tour assistance
  • Tour assistance nearby

Hunter Valley cafe and restaurant

An authentic Italian dish always starts with the best flour, garden fresh tomatoes, and the best quality local produce. Then of course matched to a great wine. Sound simple. We make all our own pasta and sauces from scratch, in the traditional Italian way. Come in and enjoy our bites, pizza and pasta. Open 7 days for lunch & dinner. Dinner bookings are highly recommended.

Food and wine activities

La Glace Dessert Bar: La Glace is the oldest and probably best confectionery in Denmark. Founded in the middle of old Copenhagen in 1870, for six generations it has delivered joy and quality to Copenhagen and its visitors. The owners of Hunter Valley Resort also have generations of Danish heritage. Great grandparents, grandparents, and parents of the current generation were all hoteliers in Copenhagen. La Glace was their favorite cafe growing up. In the best of Danish tradition, come and visit La Glace Dessert Bar for the freshest ice creams, chocolate, cakes, and of course coffee. Open 7 days from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m.

Hunter Valley Cooking School: We are excited to announce the Hunter Valley Cooking School has now opened in the Wine Country. Executive Chef Phillip Collis conducts the Hands On Cooking Schools, where he teaches in purpose built cooking school kitchen. The day starts with a vineyard inspection followed by a tasting then its down to business. With a minimum of 8 and maximum of 24 people, (Larger groups catered by special arrangement) it is a great experience including a fabulous lunch or dinner, cooked by their own hands. From 200 AUD per person, please see the website for the latest information.

Matilda Bay Brewhouse: Pokolbins first and only boutique brewhouse. This is where the amazing Bluetongue Brewery story began back in 2001. Now known as the Matilda Bay Brewhouse Hunter Valley, only a glass wall separates you from the original brewhouse. Winemakers often say It takes a lot of beer to make a quality wine. So what better way to finish a hard day of wine tasting in the Hunter Valley Wine Country than with a cleansing beer. Experience the unique Beer Tasting Paddle with accompanying tasting notes for each of the 12 brews.

The brewhouse: The Resort Brewhouse opened in January 2004 and offers twelve boutique beers. All that separates you from the brewery is a glass wall behind the contemporary bar where guests enjoy the relaxed atmosphere including a pool table. There is a full flavoured Premium Lager, a traditional Pilsner and traditional Black Ale, a Premium Light, a malty Draught and a truly unique alcoholic Ginger Beer. All Beers are available on tap at the brewery, with bottled product available from the Cellar Door.

The Hunter Wine Theatre: The experience for visitors to the Hunter Wine Country. See the grapes being harvested, and being crushed at the on-site winery. The winemaking lesson continues watching how the wine press actually works, the Winemaker adding the yeast, seeing the juice start to ferment into alcohol, learn the art of wine blending, and finally the wine being bottled.

Vineyard and cellars: Hunter Valley Resort offers the total Wine Experience. First its the vineyard tour, then the onsite wine tasting tutorial. The Wine tasting cellars are open every day. Nowhere in the Hunter can you try so many wines - under the one roof. An exclusive range of premium wines from small Hunter Valley winemakers including Hel Family Wines, Andrew Thomas, David Hook, Andrew Margan, Ian Little, Polin & Polin, Stormy Ridge, Crisford Family, & San Martino. Just to mention a few. Daily vineyard inspections at 9am.

Onsite activities and places of interest

Candy making class: If you love eating Candy, youll love making Big Kids Candy in this 60 minute workshop. Youll gain a lot of information in a relatively short period of time, and take home some delicious candy! Working with our Executive Chef, you will watch how to make peanut brittle, marshmallows and boozy chocolate! Fun and games, with take home recipes. What better way to spend an afternoon? And matching Candy with alcohol, a first for the Hunter Valley!

Hunter Valley Wine Country Horse riding: Our Horse Riding and Horse & Carriage Winery Tours run from the base of the spectacular Broken Back Ranges of Pokolbin in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country. One hour rides are available on the hour between 8am and 5pm. Trail rides suit the timid beginner through to the seasoned rider. Half hour, two hour and full day rides are also available. We have several carriages to suit many applications including weddings, corporate events, wine tours, romantic charters and much more.

Outdoor activities: Enjoy a game of tennis, or there is a 3 kilometers and 5 kilometers walking / jogging track. Go for a swim in our huge pool. Put the fleet of Mountain Bikes to the test. You can also try the Hunter Valley hot air balloon and cook your own lunch on the BBQ. Or, just sit back and unwind in our Heated Spa. And for children, a playground, child minding service, and special dinner menu.

Local attractions

Binnorie Cheese Dairy: Adjacent to Hunter Valley Resort is Binnorie Dairy. It produces a range of cheeses with distinctive characters unavailable outside the region. Combining technical expertise with a passion for food, Simon Gough founded Binnorie in order to have the freedom to trial and produce products rarely seen on the Australian market. Binnorie Dairy specializes in soft cheeses based on carefully chosen recipes from around the globe. Consequently, these cheeses have won top awards around the world. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Golf: There are 4 championship courses within 10 minutes driving time from Hunter Valley Resort: The Vintage is the closest to us, just 7kms; Cypress Lakes; Hunter Valley Golf; and Stonebridge Golf.

Hunter Valley Gardens: Hunter Valley Gardens has over 60 acres of spectacular international display gardens that will amaze you with sensational sights, colours, fragrances and adventures. Exploring its walking paths, visitors are able to experience each of the ten individual feature gardens with a range of statuary and superb feature gardens, all of a standard you wont see elsewhere in Australia. One visit simply wont be enough to take in all there is to see and do at Hunter Valley Gardens! Open 7 days from 9am - 5pm (Closed 25th December). Trading hours are extended during some of our events.

Pokolbin Chocolate and Jam Company: Specializing in exquisite hand-made chocolates, chocolate products, jam and local produce. There is sure to be something for everyone - especially the chocoholic! And for the lolly lover Pokolbin Chocolate and Jam Company also has all your old favorites and some new ones! From bulls eyes to old-fashioned licorice all taste buds are covered.

Skydiving: Skydive the Hunter Valley and see the world-famous wine region from up to 14,000 feet above earth. With our large plane, you can share the jitters, the free-fall face and the weak-kneed landing with up to seven tandem skydiving friends. And with Hunter Valley wine and food a highlight back on earth, this has to be the best way to skydive Newcastle.

Segway Tours Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley has finally got a guided Segway Tour. Explore this historic region famous for its world class wine on your very own Segway! This amazing adventure starts off at the brewery at Hunter Valley Resort, before entering the off road tracks / trails of this vast bush land property and travelling along an old 1880s stock route. No cars!

Here you will encounter scores of kangaroos, awesome views of the Brokenback Ranges and even the odd wombat. The tour also ventures through the resorts vineyard on the way home, which is the icing on the cake! So make sure you bring your camera, its an experience not to be missed! This Segway tour will guarantee to put the wow into your day and a smile on your face!

Sally Margan's Heavenly Hunter

Sally Margans Heavenly Hunter at Hunter Valley Resort is a Hawaiian Temple Style and Lomi Lomi Massage, Therapeutic massage for your body, mind and soul.

Ka Huna Bodywork: A truly unique massage where the therapist uses flowing movements of their hands, forearms and elbows, working with energy and music while applying soft and deep tissue massage. This beautiful massage provides a holistic approach to healing by balancing the body-mind in its physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions.

Heartworks Lomi Lomi: A flowing Hawaiian style massage. Excellent for stimulating the lymphatic, immune, circulatory, respiratory, muscular and digestive systems, opening the heart and releasing stress.

  • 2-hour wine school including personalised Wine Appreciation certificate
  • 3-course dinner for two with coffee in San Martino on one evening (beverages not included)
  • 3 nights 4-star accommodation
  • Cheese tasting at Binnorie Dairy
  • Daily full country breakfast
  • Hunter Wine Theatre experience showing the onsite winery in action followed by a private tasting with our cellarmaster
  • Onsite Vineyard Tour followed by a private tasting with our Cellarmaster

Helicopter coordinates

S32 43.714 E151 15.640

Driving directions from Sydney

Approximately takes 2 hours

Take the Harbour Bridge or Harbour Tunnel north following the signs to North Coast & Newcastle. At Wahroonga (Approximately 30 minutes from Sydney), turn right onto the M1 motorway heading for Newcastle.

Follow the Freeway for approximately one hour, and then take the M15 Hunter Expressway towards Singleton at the Newcastle Link Road interchange.

After approximately 30 minutes on the M15 Hunter Expressway take the Hermitage Road exit.

Follow Hermitage Road for approximately 9kms and turn left into Hunter Valley Resort at the corner of Mistletoe Lane.

Driving directions from Brisbane and Upper Hunter

Approximately takes 9 hours from Brisbane and 1 hour from Upper Hunter.

Travelling along the New England Highway.

Continue along (A15) through Singleton towards Branxton.

Approximately 10 minutes after Singleton, turn right into Hermitage Road. This road is marked Pokolbin & Vineyards.

Hunter Valley Resort is located approximately 9 kilometers in on the left hand side on the corner of Mistletoe Lane and Hermitage Road.

Driving directions from Pacific Highway & Newcastle Airport / Port Stephens

Approximately takes 1 hour.

If you are coming from the Pacific Highway or Newcastle Airport, following (A1) cross the Hunter River bridge at Hexham, follow the signs towards Sydney.

At the main (M1) motorway roundabout, go straight ahead onto John Renshaw Drive (B68) and follow signs for the M15 Hunter Expressway.

After approximately 15 minutes on the John Renshaw Drive (B68) enter the roundabout and take the M15 Hunter Expressway towards Singleton.

After approximately 20 minutes on the (M15) Hunter Expressway take the Hermitage Road exit.

Follow Hermitage Road for approximately 9kms and turn left into Hunter Valley Resort at the corner of Mistletoe Lane.

Driving directions from the Blue Mountains

Approximately takes 3.5 hours

From the Great Western Highway at Katoomba Railway Station, cross the line at the roundabout and turn right (Towards Sydney).

Proceed down the mountains through Leura, Wentworth Falls, Lawson etc. to Springwood (About 30kms) and take a left hand turn at the Richmond/Winmalee turnoff. This road will make a north-easterly descent of the escarpment, along the Nepean River, past Yarramundi to Agnes Banks.

Take a left turn towards Richmond. The road skirts around Richmond, then passes the Royal Australian Air Force Base, and proceeds to Windsor.

At the major T intersection at the eastern end of the town of Windsor, turn left and follow the signs to Singleton. You will cross the Hawkesbury River, and follow Route 69 through Wilberforce, then onto Colo Heights. This road is called Singleton Road, and will take you north through the Wollemi National Park to The Hunter Valley.

At Milbrodale, watch for signs to Broke. Turn right into the road heading for Broke.

At Broke, turn right, then immediately left into Broke Road heading toward to Cessnock. You will pass the Singleton Army Base on your left hand side.

Approximately 10 minutes from Broke, turn left into Hermitage Road. Hunter Resort is on the right hand side at the corner of Hermitage Road and Mistletoe Lane.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Hunter Valley Resort an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Sally S from Sydney, Australia
    9 out of 10

    "Can't really fault this place, it's not luxury, but comfortable, the staff are efficient and friendly, the location is good (near a few good wineries such as Andrew Thomas) and has a nice little walking track on the property as well as wine school, brewery and restaurant, so you can't go wrong! Will definitely stay here again."

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  • Review by Bruce Large from Brisbane, Australia
    9 out of 10

    "My wife and I did the Hunter Valley Wine School and it was fantastic, our host Terry Power was very knowledgeable teacher. He had a very open learning environment and answered every question to an excellent level. I would definitely recommend this to my friends."

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  • Review by Nicole Gibson
    9 out of 10

    " I did the Lisa McGuigan dinner last year and as always Lisa was amazing... great night and we will be back"

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  • Review by Traveler from Australia
    9 out of 10

    "We held a work conference here for three days. All of the staff from reservations to the kitchen staff were very accommodating and friendly and nothing was ever too much trouble. The events coordinator made the whole process from start to finish stress free."

    "All meals provided (breakfast, morning & afternoon tea, lunch and dinner) were delicious and nobody went hungry! They also accommodated for Gluten Free last minute and each meal was given a great review."

    "We had a couple of last minute changes and the staff were more that happy to accommodate our needs. We also had a short vineyard tour and a wine and cheese tasting session which was fantastic! All of the guests were very impressed."

    "It has everything you need in the one place, I must not forget to mention the amazing wine and the Matilda Bay beer!"

    "I would highly recommend this venue for a conference or for a family getaway. "

    "I will be back!"

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  • Review by Mitch C.
    9 out of 10

    "If you do nothing else in the Hunter, visit Terry for a wine appreciation and tasting. His knowledge of the region, love of wine, and great nature makes it a fantastic experience that will define your trip to the Hunter. You won't regret it! Thank you Terry!"

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  • Review by Milton Keynes from Unites States
    9 out of 10

    "We spent 3 nights here in March. It's a bit different from the chain hotels around the valley. The rooms are in cabins in the grounds- it has a lovely rural feel. The restaurant is excellent, the bar is great fun with a selection of good beers as well as the wine, and the desserts were delicious. Nice outdoor dining space. Good breakfast. In the middle of the wine country- wild kangaroos to be seen, lots of other wineries around to visit too. A really good choice. Highly recommended. Stayed March 2015, travelled as a couple."

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  • Review by Muzammil from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    9 out of 10

    "Stayed here overnight with a group of colleagues and truly enjoyed it. Had a room facing the vineyard with very comfortable bed, pillows and duvet. There's a coffee and tea making facilities, flat screen TV and good shower with bathtub. What is important here are the activities that you can do with your colleagues, friends or family. You can learn to do chocolates, candy floss, how wines are made and also wine and beer tasting. It doesn't stop there, you must try the Segway. Riding it through the countryside was really awesome!There's a spa as well but we didn't had the chance to check that out. The whole experience was really memorable. The location of this hotel is just 10 mins away from almost everything that is available in Hunter Valley such as aqua golf, Christmas Light garden, cheese making factory etc. I will surely return to stay here with my family soon."

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  • Review by a traveler from Sydney, Australia
    9 out of 10

    "We very much enjoyed our 3 night stay at this resort. We had bought a package, which included wine theatre, a 2 course meal with a glass of wine, breakfast each morning and two hour bike hire. Check in by Jade, was friendly and efficient. She later made several calls for us, trying to book a table at restaurant. Being Sunday, many were closed. Nathan's wine theatre and talks out by the vines were interesting and amusing. The daily breakfast was good, as were other meals we enjoyed in the restaurant and Brewery. The accommodation was a basic motel type room, but good value, considering what we had paid for the package."

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  • Review by Kane Mortlock from New South Wales, Australia
    9 out of 10

    "I bought a groupon voucher which included two nights at the resort and upgraded to the spa room. The room was reasonable enough, not 5 star wow, but quite acceptable. The staff were great! Nathan at the cellar door is very friendly. The wine education stuff is great. I learnt a lot which made my whole stay in the Hunter better. The restaurant is also fine. Overall I highly recommend the Hunter Resort as a base for a winery weekend or more."

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  • Review by a traveler from Sydney, Australia
    9 out of 10

    "We visited this hotel (with my wife and adult daughter). We had a room which had a double bed and a lounge bed, which could fit a 4th person if you pull out a bed from underneath. So, you need to know that he accommodation is more cabin style. It is not 5 star. But it's nice. The rooms were clean but simple. No issues really. We received breakfast, which was plentiful and simple. But again, it was nice. For me the highlight of our 2 night stay was the wine tour. It was included in our rate. Actually, I rang the hotel and negotiated a lower rate than what they advertise. I recommend that you do this - as you should always do this when booking hotel rooms. If you don't ask you don't get. Anyway, the wine tour (and I reckon I have done 15-20 over the years) was the best one I have ever done. It went for 2 hours and Bill was magnificent. He was very thorough and we leant a lot from him. So because of Bill, I would suggest that you pop in here (if the budget is tight) and stay a night or two. Request Bill (I think that was his name) to do the wine tour. He's a champ! Also, we went across the road to the restaurant and had a steak/glass of wine combo, for one evening meal. I think the cost was $12 per person. Yes, a steak and a glass of wine for $12. Now that was good value. Check it out!"

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  • Review by Nigel
    9 out of 10

    "We recently visited the Hunter Valley for a mid-week get away at the Hunter valley Resort. We were very excited by the theme park style activities here, unheard of in the Valley before. While the accommodation overlooking the vineyards is good, it is the wine experiences that make this resort excellent. There is the guided tour of the vineyard by one of the winemakers, a very informative multimedia presentation of the wine making process with a questions and answers forum at the end. There is also a separate presentation by a winemaker running through wine judging techniques and wine variety discovery. This was really interesting and we learned a lot. We have not come across such interesting and valuable presentations in all our world wine region travels. The separate bar has many craft beers to choose from and the main restaurant is very classy offering wines tasted earlier during the wine judging course. The resort is a wow for wine enthusiasts, staffs are very switched on and we highly recommended a stay here."

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  • Review by a traveler from Bateau Bay, Australia
    9 out of 10

    "We had a great time wine tasting here. We were lucky to be served by Terry who has so much knowledge and taught us a lot as well as just having a great personality. It was a great place to end our day of wineries."

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New South Wales, Australia

Hunter Valley Resort is a family-owned 4 star lodge that offers the complete wine country experience. With a brewhouse, wine & cooking school and a winery.

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