Hunter Valley

Get ready to sniff, swirl, sip and swish your way around Hunter Valley, New South Wales’ premier winemaking destination.

Sémillon and shiraz fans, you’re in luck: there are some Hunter Valley wineries that have been producing these heady varietals since the early 19th century. Check out world-famous labels and boutique brands as you explore cellar doors and vineyard tours. Pair your plonk with a gourmet spread at one of the Hunter Valley’s award-winning restaurants. Don’t worry, it’s not all about wine. The Hunter Valley also has indulgent spa retreats, resorts and annual concerts.

Frequently Asked Questions about Hunter Valley

Why is it called Hunter Valley?

The Hunter Valley region is named after the Hunter River, which is the main tributary in the area. The river, however, is named after Captain John Hunter, the second governor of New South Wales (from 1795 to 1800). We hope that Captain Hunter liked wine, because his namesake valley is now Australia's oldest wine region, known for its shiraz and Semillon.

Where is the Hunter Valley Zoo?

The Hunter Valley Zoo is in the town of Nulkaba, just east of Werakata National Park. It's about a 60km drive east of Newcastle, and 160km north of Sydney. Cessnock is the nearest city (5 mins away), but if you're looking for picturesque town squares and iconic landmarks like the Hunter Valley Cheese Company, Pokolbin is the place to stay.

How many wineries are in the Hunter Valley?

There are more than 150 wineries in the Hunter Valley-you could spend weeks here and still have more to see! You'll also find plenty of farm-to-fork dining to perfectly complement that delicious shiraz, along with sweeping views.