When it comes to creating amazing wines, no region does it better than the Hunter Valley. People come from all over the world to take a Hunter Valley tour to have a taste of what the region is best known for: full-bodied white wines, ‘medium weight’ reds, and fabulous ports. There is a perfect mix of small-scale boutique wineries and large-scale and well-known productions, so every visitor can find something that appeals to them. If you’re planning on joining a winery tour in the Hunter Valley, the following wineries are some of the more famous ones that you won’t want to miss.
Drayton’s Family Wines
With over 150 years and 6 generations-worth of knowledge and experience of creating wine in the Hunter Valley, you absolutely must stop at Drayton’s Family Wines and have a taste. Between Monday and Friday, there are daily tours available for visitors to come in and enjoy their wide selection of whites and reds.
Lindemans Ben Ean
Lindemans is, of course, one of Australia’s ‘big name’ wine makers, and is a founding winery in the Hunter Valley Region. Come and enjoy some of their new and classic varieties while enjoying the unique ambiance of their original stone-walled cellar. After having a taste of their fresh, crisp and lively wine, explore some of the 131 hectares of vineyards and view their museum of historic wine making implements.
Pepper Tree Wines
The Pepper Tree wine complex is nestled right in the heart of wine country. It is also one of the most awarded small wineries, including a trophy for the best Merlot worldwide and the best Sauvignon Blanc of the year in Australia and New Zealand. Pepper Tree Wines also boasts a small restaurant that is perfect for enjoying a taste while gazing out on their beautiful estate grounds.
Established in 1828, Wyndham Estate is the only vineyard that is situated directly on the banks of the Hunter River. Here you will find limited release Show Reserve Wines as well as Bin Range wines. If you want to join in on some festivities, Wyndham Estate also hosts popular events like Seasonal Lunches, Opera in the Vineyards and the Vintage Jazz Festival.
Red Drayton Wines
This winery is celebrated not only for having one of the only female winemakers in Australia, but also for its fantastic mountain views and premium trophy and meal wines. Red Drayton Wines is open daily, and also has a gift galley and family history museum that you can enjoy.
Tower Estate Wines
While Tower Estate Wines may be the Hunter Valley’s newest boutique wineries, they have quickly made a name for themselves with their fantastic selection of fabulous wines. They produce Semillon, Verdelho, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. This winery uses the most modern equipment in combination with traditional techniques to produce wine of a truly classic style.
This winery may be the smallest in the Hunter Valley region, but the wines they produce have big flavour. At the Pokolbin Estate you will enjoy some very exclusive wine varieties while enjoying the ambiance created by the 114-year-old sandstone tasting room. The estate is open every day, and offers award-winning Semillon and Shiraz as well as other exquisite varieties including Chardonnay, Riesling, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, and Tempranillo.