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  • Quentin von Essen

Your Invitation to Autumn in the Hunter Valley

Image: Destination NSW
Image: Destination NSW

Who doesn’t like warm and cosy evenings, wine tasting, fireside dining and stunning landscapes? Autumn in the Hunter Valley is not just a season; it's an experience.


For residents and visitors to the region, autumn in the Hunter Valley is a season of breathtaking transformation and vibrant activity, bringing with it a variety of events that celebrate everything from food and wine to music and culture – making it a magical time of the year to visit.

The transformation of the landscape during autumn is equally captivating. The vineyards themselves become a kaleidoscope of colours - shades of red, orange, and gold, set against the backdrop of rolling hills, creating a picturesque setting that is not to be missed.

The beautiful scenery is one of the region’s major attractions, and when you witness the morning mist rising off the hillsides, you’ll soon see why. Make the most of it by walking or cycling on some of the popular trails, or make a trip to Hunter Valley Gardens and explore the fourteen acres of themed gardens. For those seeking adventure, soar to new heights in a hot air balloon or saddle up and go horse-riding.

This is also the perfect time to explore the region’s wineries. Start the day off with a wonderful breakfast at Wandin Estate before slipping in the first wine tasting of the day at the onsite cellar door while soaking in the stunning views or visit the renowned and highly awarded Tamburlaine Organic Wines to experience superb wines from one of Australia’s largest and most respected producers of organic wines. For another exceptional wine tasting visit the brand new McGuigan Wines cellar door at Roche Estate for an unforgettable and personalized wine tasting in their new relaxing and modern space, hosted by one of their team members.

For dining, Oishii Japanese Thai has become a favourite for locals and visitors alike. The authentic Japanese and Thai restaurant offers something to please every palate inan extensive menu that includes traditional favourites such as teriyaki chicken and pad thai, lavish sushi and sashimi selections,and a variety of vegetarian dishes. If you are looking for seasonal and soul-warming food, Hunters Quarter invites you on a gastronomic journey through the rich flavours of autumn, complemented by an extensive selection of wines from nearby vineyards. Alternatively, if you are in the mood for Italian cuisine, a lazy lunch with friends and family or a cocktail to kickstart your weekend away, treat yourself to Pescara's delicious seasonal menu overlooking local vineyards.

When it comes to experiences, it’s hard to beat the annual Lovedale Long Lunch, now in its 30th year. Showcasing the region’s gourmet credentials over a weekend of foodie fun, this iconic wine and food festival and progressive- style lunch will be held from 18 to 19 May. Some of the Hunter Valley’s leading chefs will team up with six of Lovedale’s finest wineries to offer guests fabulous food, great wine, and live music enjoyed alfresco amongst the vineyards.


Continuing your wine country travels and an easy 15-minute drive from Pokolbin, the Broke Fordwich wine region is the more tranquil side of the Hunter Valley. The region's natural beauty, fine wines, eateries and restaurants, local farm produce and great places to stay make Broke Fordwich well worth a visit and an excellent reason to return. Here you will find the Winmark Wines cellar door, art gallery and sculpture garden and some of the best Chardonnay around.

Whether you’re a wine connoisseur, a foodie, or simply someone seeking a picturesque escape, the Hunter Valley offers something unique for every traveller. While for many, autumn is the best time of the year to visit, each season brings its own charm, experiences, and flavours, making the Hunter Valley a year-round destination.


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