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The Hunter valley is situated just over two hours north of Sydney and is not only one of Australia’s largest and most renowned wine regions, but the oldest. From world-renowned brands and vineyards to family-run boutique businesses, the Hunter boasts an eclectic variety of activities and of course, wine.
Whether you’re planning a quick weekend getaway or prefer to stay a little longer, here are our top five picks for what the Hunter Valley region has to offer and that you need to put on your to-do list.
1. Take a wine tour
Perhaps the most obvious of activities, but of course the most important when visiting the Hunter is to take a wine tour. With over 150 wineries to visit in and around the area, you won't have any trouble finding something that tickles your fancy. It's up to you how you want to do it - whether that be a pre-booked tour or to designate a driver from the friend group, but rest assured the Hunter has a little something to offer everybody. You can check out some of our top wineries here.
2. Visit EXP fine dining restaurant
Located at the heart of the Hunter Valley in Pokolbin is EXP, a restaurant run by Chef Frank Fawkner and his incredible team. Serving local, organic and seasonal produce, their aim is to provide a dining experience that is delicious, entertaining and interactive - with the option for diners to sit along the bar and watch the talented chefs at work. The set menu changes frequently and involves a modern six-course degustation style dinner with each dish accompanied by a paired wine chosen by the sommelier.
3. Soar above the vineyards in a hot air balloon with Balloon Aloft
To truly witness the large-scale beauty that the Hunter Valley has to offer, what better way to see it all than to soar through the sky in a hot air balloon? With rich green valleys, patchwork fields, rolling hills and rows of vineyards, this really is a spectacular sight to see. Go at sunrise or sunset to make the most of the surroundings and take that special someone with you for extra romance points. We recommend checking out Balloon Aloft for a hot air balloon tour.
4. Pop into Sydney Brewery Hunter Valley
Wine not really your thing? Been dragged along to the Hunter with no respite? Whilst that sounds like a dream come true for us, we get that not everybody can be as zealous as us here at Everyday Rosé when it comes to wine. So, why not check out a brewery! Sydney Brewery Hunter Valley is located in Lovedale, AKA the heart of the Hunter Valley and has a rotation of seasonal beers on tap at all times.
5. Go crazy grape stomping at Hunter Valley Resort
Do as the ancient Greeks and Romans did and try your hand at the traditional wine-making method of grape stomping. Feel the grapes squish between your toes as you stomp around in an oak barrel and learn all about the process from the moment a grape is picked from the vine to the moment you take your first sip.
Of course, there are tons more adventures that the Hunter region has to offer and we’ve only just scraped the surface, but we guarantee you don’t want to miss any of the activities listed here.
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