Renowned as the hub of Australia's multibillion dollar wine trade, the Hunter Valley is home to a wealth of vineyards, wineries and estates producing everything from full bodied whites to medium reds and even some wonderful ports. Boasting big names such as Rothbury, Lindemans, McGuidan, McWilliams and Wyndham Estate, the Hunter Valley is also home to popular boutique family fun wineries.
With wine tasting an institution in the Hunter Valley region, no visit is complete without a trip to one of the local wineries or vineyards. Most are open daily with a selection remaining open on weekends and public holidays and guests will enjoy samples of each wine from the maker's current range. Knowledgeable guides will also provide information on how the wine was made and what food is its best match.
Established in 1828, this is the region's only vineyard enjoying an enviable position on the banks of the Hunter River. Boasting limited releases, the winery also offers a licensed restaurant and BBQ area. It is also home to a fantastic range of events including the jazz festival. Open daily from 10 am - 4.30 pm.
One of the most popular and enduring wineries in the Hunter Valley, this vineyard has been owned and run by the same family for over 140 years. The tasting room enjoys a great atmosphere thanks to the 100-year-old vats lining the walls and picnics are available amid the vines. Winery tours at 1.30 pm. Open daily except Sundays.
The newest boutique winery to the Hunter Valley, this estate produces classic style wines of top notch quality including Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Open daily for tastings from 10.00 am - 5.00 pm.
Despite its recent entry into the winemaking scene, this estate is making a name for itself and is now one of the Hunter Valley's most well-known. Producing wine from the Hunter Valley as well as other regions, it offers sophisticated cellars and tasting rooms. Open daily 9.30 am - 4.30 pm.
Home to one of Australia's only female winemakers, this winery is home to a family history museum, gift galley, tasting rooms and stunning mountain views. Open daily from 10 am - 5 pm.
Despite being one of the Hunter Valley's smallest wineries, this estate is big on flavour and features a tasting room set in a sandstone cottage this is approximately 114 years old. The handmade boutique wines are grown on the onsite vineyard and are exclusive to the estate. Open 7 days a week from 10 am - 6 pm.
Nestled in the heart of the Hunter Valley, this smaller winery is highly awarded and is part of the Pepper Tree Complex. An adjoining cellar door and winery is set on beautifully landscaped grounds and enjoys an onsite restaurant serving gourmet cuisine. Open Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9.30 am - 5.00pm.
Australia's largest family run Australian owned wine company, Mount Pleasant was founded one of Australia's greatest wine makers in 1921. Since then, it has gone on to become a household name in Australian wine and offers a tasting room, café plus bar and lounge with vineyard views. Open daily from 10 am - 4.30 pm. Guided tours cost $2.20 a person.
Another heavyweight in the wine industry, McGuigan's has been offering fine wine for more than 50 years. This extensive cellar and winery is complemented by the Hunter Valley Cheese Company, Hunter Valley Chocolate Company and Fudge Shop.
A name that is synonymous with the Hunter Valley's famous wines, the Lindemans winery offers tastings in the original stone-wall cellar as well as a Classic release program featuring its best wines and cellars. Open for tastings Monday to Friday from 10 am - 5 pm, closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and New Year's Day.
Offering the ultimate Hunter Valley winery experience, this resort and cellar is one of the region's premier facilities. Crushing a total of 6,500 tonnes of grapes annually, this winery produces approximately 6 million litres of wine and is open daily for tastings. A comprehensive tour also takes you through the wine making process. Daily tours at 9 am, 11 am & 2 pm. Bookings essential.
Open by appointment only, this exclusive 6 acre vineyard is situated in the Lower Hunter region and offers a stunning property on the banks of the Hunter River.
This family owned and run winery is 140 years old and still going strong. Home to the Bellevue winery, this namesake of the historic homestead also enjoys an outdoor BBQ area and children's playground and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm, weekends 10am to 5pm. Winery tours on weekdays at 11am.
Bimbadgen Estate's iconic bell tower at has long been in a landmark in the region and the unique architecture of this winery is another attraction. Boasting a modern cellar door, excellent dining options and state of the art wine production, this winery is known for its Cabernet, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Semillon.
Dating back to 1866, Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard is widely believed to be the Pokolbin area's first vineyard and boasts amazing views of the Valley. Reconstructed in 1999, the vineyard produces traditional wines enhanced by Oakdale vineyards. Open Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9.30 am - 5.00 pm.