Around Hermitage Wine & Food Trail

Traversing the north-western parts of Pokolbin is picturesque Hermitage Road, a coveted destination for wine enthusiasts and foodies, for adventure seekers and for those yearning for serenity and natural beauty.

Early vine plantings in this area date back to the 1830s. By the latter part of the 19th century, the Tyrrells, Tullochs, Wilkinsons and Draytons all had established vineyards here. To this day, the area around Hermitage Road is home to some of the Hunter’s most renowned vignerons, but also to boutique wineries and newcomers who love to innovate and push boundaries.

You will find the Hunter’s traditional trifecta of Shiraz, Semillon and Chardonnay, but also more unusual varietals like Pinot Grigio, Chambourcin, Barbera, Montepulciano or Touriga. There’s locally brewed craft beers and a variety of spirits, handcrafted chocolates and lovingly tended olives, locally produced and hand pressed cheeses and all the accompaniments required for aspiring gourmet chefs to stock their pantry for the next dinner party.

Make sure to drop into one of the friendly cafés, relaxed bistros, delis or fine dining restaurants. From casual to hatted venues, there are tasty offerings for even the most discerning of palates.

If you are starting to worry about your waistline, let’s grab a bike and get pedalling. A dedicated, 10.6km cycleway starts on the northern tip of Hermitage Road, just off the New England Highway. Taking you along some of the most picturesque stretches of the Hunter it’s a leisurely way to explore the sights and delights of the Around Hermitage Wine & Food Trail. If you don’t want to bring your own, there’s plenty of bike rental options available and cellar doors will happily deliver your wine purchases to your accommodation anywhere in Pokolbin.

If you want to just easily cruise along, an electric bike might be for you, or you can zip about on a segway.

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Here s some of our faves to visit Around Hermitage Wine & Food Trail

Wombat Crossing Vineyard – With just four hectares under vines, it’s one of the smallest vineyards in the valley. Their wines are only available from the cellar door and in select restaurants in the local area.
530 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin |  (02) 6574 7357 |
Thomas Wines – Internationally and nationally acclaimed for exceptional Semillon and Shiraz, Thomas Wines produces parcels of uniquely regional wines from some of the most distinguished sites in the Hunter.
Cnr Hermitage Rd and Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin | 02 4998 7134 |
Estate Tuscany – Only two hours from Sydney, located at the foothills of the Brokenback ranges in Pokolbin, in the heart of Australia’s premium wine country. Guests can experience a relaxing stay in Tuscan-style accommodation, with uninterrupted mountain views.
Mistletoe Ln &, Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin | (02) 4998 7288 |
David Hook Wines known and respected for their balance, ease of drinking and savoury wines. The winery specializes in traditional Hunter varieties, semillon, chardonnay, pinot noir and shiraz as well as Italian varieties, pinot grigio, pecorino and barbera.
62 Pothana Lane, Belford | (02) 6574 7164 |
Our Italian Table – for Italian cooking classes with some of the best vineyard views in the Valley, head to beautiful Nicita Estate. Get your hands floury, learn the art of traditional pasta making and leave with some new friends and a big smile.
138 Mistletoe Ln, Pokolbin | 0412 229 521 |
Hunter Valley Horses – Horse Ride with us through beautiful Hunter Valley bushland and vineyards, hop on one of our horse-drawn carriage wine tours or visit our Farm to meet and feed the farm animals including alpacas, sheep, goats, deer, donkeys, pigs, ducks and more…
917 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin | 0431 337 367 |
Keith Tulloch Wines – The small completely family-owned and family-run winery produces wines that express our unique terroir and climate, from the ancient soils of the Brokenback Range.
989 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin | (02) 4998 7500 | keithtullochwine
De Iuliis Wines – As one of the Hunter Valleys’ top producers, the De Iuliis family creates wines of excellence and outstanding quality. Join De Iuliis for one of their wine-tasting experiences and discover why they’ve recently been awarded the 2022 Hunter Valley Cellar Door of the Year.
1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin | (02) 4993 8000 |
Misty Glen – Equipped with everything you need for a short break, Misty Glen Cottage is a genuinely pet-friendly accommodation that you (and your pooches) will love.
293 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin | (02) 4998 7781 |
Jac & Jones – I’m Jac and he’s Ian Jones and together we are jac & jones. We have wines, our mobile bar “Lovely” and a pop-up tasting room @ H Boutique Hotel in Pokolbin.
770 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin | 0429 427 407 | 
White Barn – The White Barn Pokolbin is a family-owned business that has been creating unforgettable memories for happy couples since 2019.
290 Old N Rd, Pokolbin | Phone 0413 093 441 |
Thistle Hill Guest House is a great accommodation option for wedding guests and to throw a pre or post wedding bash. With eight guest suites in the main farmhouse, self-contained Lavender Cottage and a recently added luxury villa with five large bedrooms, Thistle Hill can accommodate 30 guests.
591 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320 | (02) 6574 7217 |
Hunter Valley Stays – Unlock the doors to our Collection of more than 60 beautiful, hand-picked holiday properties. As accommodation matchmakers, with personalised service and in-depth local knowledge, your stay is guaranteed to be a truly memorable one.
0477 010 010 |

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