Wine, cheese, chocolates, views and much, much more! A short roadtrip (around 1.5 hours drive) from Sydney is a place called the Hunter Valley known for its cheese and wine. What many do not know is that the chocolates are delicious, the views are amazing and some breweries offer tours that describe their wine making process. A perfect trip for learning, eating, drinking and of course taking photos.
See my recommendations down below.
TEMPUS TWO CELLAR DOOR
A great selection of white and red wine as well as a wine to suit desserts. There's a pink rosa that is delicious and light for the light-hearted drinker or if you like a bit more flavour, you may call it, I would recommend the Hunter Valley Shiraz.
Next door to the cellar, you will find some small restaurants and a little shop that sells a great selection of smelly cheese and gelato.
Another great selection of wine particularly if your palate likes sweet red wine. You can buy the wine is cases or in a single bottle. The view here is quite nice as well, looking over the field of grape vines and mountains. It was quite nice to taste in here as you were seated while tasting instead of the traditional standing near the bar.
Tyrell's vineyards offer a tour everyday at 10:30, so if you're there make sure you check it out. They talk about their wine making process and how long it takes for each type of wine to be made etc. There's a really great variety of red and white wine as well as chardonnay here. I can't pick out my favourite but i did end up taking home a couple bottles of the pinot noir chardonnay and port wine.
There are a couple places to get chocolate. The first is within Hunter Valley Gardens in this little chocolate store between cosy restaurants and other attractions and the other I went to was along Broke Road. I would liked the latter more as there was more selection and had my favourite fudge. But both are quite nice.
Attractions and more
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
I stayed at the Crowne Plaza during my stay and other than the fact that they had so many selection of room types such as hotel rooms or 2-3 bedroom villas, the ammenities and extra curriculars were great. For a small fee you could ride bikes along some courses, ride a segway, play golf or treat yourself to a calming spa at the Tea Tree Spa. The hotel also provided many smaller activities such as giant chess and checkers, vollyball and of course a swimming pool and gym.
Hunter Valley Gardens
The flowers and garden here is amazing and there are some small kids activities/attractions. Next door there is a little village of restaurants and small shops selling all kinds of items. Definitely a must see if you're ever in Hunter Valley!
The garden is also situated near the Mercure Hotel if you want to walk.
Photography by Sinne Li