Hunter Business Guide - Food and wine, hospitality

Jamala Wildlife Lodge

Luxury & adventure in Canberra
A rare opportunity to spend four days and three nights in the most luxurious accommodation that Canberra has to offer, with adventure activities all included.
- 1 night in the luxurious uShaka Lodge at the world renowned Jamala Wildlife Lodge
- 5 course gourmet dinner with fine wines and Moet Champagne, plus breakfast at Jamala
- Two great animal tours plus two days admission to the National Zoo and Aquarium
- 2 nights’ accommodation at the iconic Hyatt Hotel Canberra, a classic Park Hyatt Hotel – including breakfast
- Hosted Highlights Tour of the Nati onal Museum of Australia including a main course meal with a glass of wine in the stunning waterfront Museum Café
- 2 tickets to Cockington Green Gardens, a fascinating display of meticulously handcrafted miniature buildings from around the world
- From the 21st October 2019 - 31st December 2019, 2 tickets to Dreamworks Animation Exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.
- From the 1st February 2020 - 29th February 2020 the package will change to 2 tickets to the Matisse & Picasso Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia
Phone: 02 6287 8444

Lovedale – at the heart of the Hunter Valley

Discover Lovedale, the beautiful heart of the world famous Hunter Valley Wine Region. Centrally located right next to Pokolbin, Lovedale Hunter Valley offers a diverse range of accommodation, high quality yet boutique cellar doors, world-class restaurants and a fabulous selection of activities from golf and hot air ballooning to horse riding that allow you to experience the Hunter Valley in whichever way suits you. Lovedale is renowned for the warmth and friendliness of the people and is home to the famous Lovedale Long Lunch.

Old Duninald

Reputedly the oldest house in the Hunter Valley established in 1822 and now refreshed for a luxury experience. Old Duninald is a luxurious cottage nestled in the Hunter Valley, near Paterson featuring 3 bedrooms with 3 living spaces, a lounge dining room and a sunroom with spacious verandas. Your group will have room to come together or spread out. Old Duninald also features a large modern kitchen and two newly renovated bathrooms. Whether you are coming to the area for a wedding or want a base to explore the area, Old Duninald is a tranquil place to just relax on the verandah. Take a walk in the 25 acres of woodland, bird watch from the summer house by the billabong, Old Duninald is a great place to do this and more. Ideally located and appointed for group visits to weddings, events, festivals or just getting away from it all.
Phone: 0419 127 404

Peter Drayton Wines

Peter Drayton is a 5th generation descendant of the famed Drayton family wines from Australia’s Hunter Valley. An easy 2 hr drive north of Sydney you’ll be impressed with the energised history of Australia’s oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley. Peter Drayton’s IronBark Hill vineyard is set at the foot of the Brokenback range, the 40 hectare property has 18 hectares under vine. With a bustling construction company and a deep seeded passion for his wine business, Peter has successfully combined the two to create an impressive outfit and must visit location which includes | cellar door | working winery | custom built brewhouse | restaurant | wedding chapel | catered function centre | accommodation The vineyard produces wine from the grape varieties for which the Hunter is famous, including Shiraz, Semillon and Chardonnay. It also has extensive plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Verdelho and the CSIRO hybrid grape Tyrian. An exciting range of ‘alternate’ varieties are now available given these Mediterranean styles are extremely suitable and receptive to the Hunter’s climate. To compliment it all, an impressive sparkling wine range and selection of Liqueur Fortified wines are available.
Opening hours of the Cellar Door: Monday to Thursday – 10am to 5pm
Friday – 10am to 9pm
Saturday to Sunday – 10am to 5pm
Phone: 02 6574 7085


Pinot & Picasso is Australia’s #1 Paint and Sip Experience! We allow you to take on some of the basic (and some more advanced) techniques of painting on canvas, in a hassle-free, approachable and collaborative setting.
Enjoy a night of BYO wine and painting as our expert Pinot and Picasso hosts deliver each session with comprehensive step by step instruction with plenty room left for your inner-Picasso to run wild. By the end of the night, even all you ‘non-creatives’ will be taking home your very own Picasso!
With locations in the Hunter Valley (Maitland), Newcastle and Terrigal, the choice is yours!
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Ridge View

Set at the end of Sweetwater Road, in the heart of the Hunter Valley Wine Country, RidgeView boasts the best of everything. Award winning wines, a superb location, a state-of-the-art Restaurant and Cellar Door and private self contained cottages to top it off. For those looking for a complete wine country experience in one restful location, you can’t go past RidgeView. RidgeView Wines are the result of a dream, hard work and passion. Our aim is to produce premium 100 percent Hunter Valley wines that are approachable whilst young, yet develop character with careful cellaring. We believe that the wines we make are reflective of the preparation made to the soils and the viticultural practices carried out in the vineyard, with attention given to Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This means no unnecessary spraying against pests and diseases and a natural ecosystem is maintained within the vineyard. This is reflected in the quality of the fruit and the resultant wines.
Phone: 02 6574 7332

Soldiers Point Marina

Soldiers Point Marina is one of only seven marinas in the world to hold the highly coveted Platinum anchor accreditation. Surrounded by the pristine waters of Port Stephens, hidden from the world and shrouded in luxury, it’s no wonder that Soldiers Point Marina is one of the world’s best.
Aside from its long list of facilities, the Marina boasts a unique sense of style, featuring commissioned sculptures dotted around the pontoon, that can be booked for open air weddings on the water. A floating café, two restaurants, a bar and BBQ space offer plenty of choice for a quick bite or a long lunch or dinner.
Soldiers Point Marina is located an easy 2.5 hour drive north of Sydney or approximately 95 nautical miles.
Phone: 02 4982 7445

Sweetwater Wines

Sweetwater wines are entirely grown on the Sweetwater property, which is located on the Sweetwater Ridge in Belford, and is part of the northern end of the Lower Hunter Valley. Sweetwater produces distinctive wines of the highest quality with a fragrant floral fruit character and rich textural tannins.
Phone: 02 4998 7666

The Cottage

With it’s grand proportions and old fashioned character 196 Kelly Street has been home to many things over the years. Built in the 1860’s the quaint cottage nestled in the main street of Scone we believe was originally a private hospital and the Kyeema Guest House and more recently the Pastoral Lands Board. Lovingly restored by Sydney businessman and local land owner Michael Crouch and his wife Shanny The Cottage is now home to the Upper Hunter’s newest restaurant. Michael and Shanny envisaged a restaurant that could become a local gathering place for everyone to visit and enjoy – a destination, and a chance to give back to the community. The Cottage offers dining Tuesday – Saturday evenings and Thursday – Saturday lunch, is fully licenced and with a versatile layout it can also offer options for events from intimate dinners for 20 to larger occasions such as weddings, catering up to 150 guests cocktail style.
Phone: 02 6545 1215

Thomas Wines

Thomas Wines was established in 1997, with a clear and focused objective to specialise in single vineyard Hunter Valley Semillon and Shiraz. Over the years close and collaborative alliances have been formed with an impressive folio of local growers. These growers own and operate arguably some of the Hunter Valley’s most distinguished sites, producing world class, uniquely regional styles. Each wine is destined to showcase its unique vineyard signature and express a real sense of place.
Phone: 02 4996 7134