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Around Hermitage Wine and Food Trail

Next time you’re planning a Hunter Valley getaway, why not explore the Around Hermitage region? You’ll find some of the best scenery in the Hunter Valley, award-winning Hunter Valley wineries, restaurants and cafes, and even meet the wine makers at family-owned cellar doors.
Relax in luxury Hunter Valley accommodation with rooms to suit all tastes and budgets. Browse through galleries and outdoor sculpture exhibitions, or attend one of the fantastic regular events. In less than 2 hours from Sydney, and under an hour from Newcastle, why not explore Around Hermitage.
And make sure to mark your calendar for the D’Vine Long Weekend from 30 September through 2 October.

Balloon Aloft

Multi award-winning BALLOON ALOFT launch their flights over the Hunter Valley at sunrise. You can get hands-on and help with the setup or stand back and witness your aircraft taking shape and coming to life. As the balloon starts its ascent, take in the breathtaking, panoramic views of the majestic Brokenback Ranges, of Pokolbin’s vineyards, of Lovedale, Rothbury or Broke. Savour the silence and unhurried pace of the hour-long flight, at times drifting just above the treetops, then again, effortlessly ascending to heights of 2,000 feet or more. As a final treat after landing, a gourmet breakfast awaits at Peterson House.

Chateau Elan

Chateau Elan, located in the breathtaking Hunter Valley, is a luxurious and enchanting destination that encapsulates the epitome of elegance and tranquillity. Boasting a magnificent vineyard setting, this prestigious resort offers unrivalled beauty and sophistication. The chateau's exquisite architecture is matched by its exceptional amenities, including world-class golf course and beautiful surrounds. Pamper yourself at the award-winning day spa, indulge in gourmet dining experiences, have a hit of tennis or simply relax by the pool. With its opulent accommodations and impeccable service, Chateau Elan is the ultimate retreat for those seeking a refuge of refinement and serenity in the heart of the Hunter Valley.
Call +61 2 4998 2500

David Hook Wines

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. David Hook Wines goes above and beyond what’s expected. We invite you to our unique cellar door which is situated in the oldest established vineyards and winery in Belford. Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Sydney, it’s well worth the journey. Get hooked…..on David Hook Wines.
62 Pothana Lane, Belford
Phone: 02 6574

DeIuliis 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.
Open daily from 10 am, you can enjoy flights of their award-winning handcrafted Hunter Valley wines with their friendly team. Their Signature Shiraz Experience is made for red wine lovers with a chance to taste their exceptional shiraz over two decades.
Are you looking for more? You can even go behind the scenes with their DeLuxe Winery Tour Experience and discover the winemaking process from grape to glass.
Phone: 02 4993 8000

Elysia Wellness Retreat

Escape the everyday hustle, revitalise your soul and come back renewed after your stay at this award-winning retreat. With an all-inclusive menu of nutritious wholefoods, an extensive list of daily activities, accompanied by empowering wellbeing workshops, Elysia Wellness Retreat provide a holistic approach to your transformative wellbeing journey. Enhance your stay by adding your choice of over 50 therapies and treatments at Elysia Day Spa, featuring the latest products & techniques in professional skin care. Choose from either 1 or 2 Bedroom Premium Villas with access to the resorts facilities including a fully equipped gymnasium, three fitness studios, indoor hockey and tennis courts, outdoor resort-style pool and heated 25m indoor pool.
Call 1300 991 254

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. The grounds present a stylish blend of modern and rustic decor, set amongst 26 acres of beautiful countryside.
There are two stunning eateries onsite. The Mill Restaurant offers guests a fine dining experience, while Brokenback Bar presents a cafe-style bar where guests can sample wine and beer from the region.
Estate Tuscany is an ideal location for celebratory receptions all year round – weddings, birthdays, and corporate functions. We aim to cater to every creative request.
Call (02) 4998 7288 for best

Hungerford Hill

Hungerford Hill is a landmark of the Hunter Valley region, with its unique barrel-shaped tasting room and underground working cellar. Hungerford Hill has a proud reputation for producing distinguished wines and providing a memorable cellar door experience. Guided by accomplished Winemaker Bryan Currie, Hungerford Hill’s able team produce authentic wines, packed with character and interest, with a focus on New South Wales’ cool climate regions. The much acclaimed Muse Restaurant offers some of the finest food in the Valley amidst spectacular views across the vineyards to the Brokenback Ranges.
Phone: 02 4990 0715

Hunter Valley Classic Carriages

To leisurely explore the Hunter Valley HUNTER VALLEY CLASSIC CARRIAGES offers a range of Landaus, Victorias or Broughams and even Wild West chuck wagons. There are bespoke tours for couples and families, for small and large groups. Savour tastings of handcrafted Hunter wines, sumptuous high tea, a chocolate and cheese tasting or a gourmet picnic in the vineyards. If you are pressed for time, sign up for a one-hour Exclusive Mini wine tour, enjoy the picturesque scenery and a wine tasting at one of the Valley’s boutique cellar doors. Couples love the half or full day exclusive charters for a romantic getaway or special occasion.
Call +61 456 193 097

Hunter Valley Gardens

Multi-award winning Hunter Valley Gardens comprises ten internationally themed gardens spread across 14 hectares. Five permanent rides (open during school holidays and event periods) add excitement and fun. With a collection of bespoke shops, a great selection of casual and fine dining options and accommodation options to suit every budget there is truly something for everyone.
Phone: (02) 4998 4000