The Hunter Valley is a popular weekend destination for Sydneysiders. It is easy just over 2 hrs drive from Sydney centre. Weekends can get very busy, especially when concerts are on. The Hunter Valley is really food and wine region. The cheese factory is selling their gourmet cheese on-premises, the chocolate factory offers a huge selection of chocolate and home-made fudge. Gourmet restaurant serve delicious meals with stunning views of the countryside.
The Hunter Valley is one of the oldest wine regions in Australia, by 1823 some 20 acres of vineyards had already been planted. Even now some vineyards have their own roots, in modern times, due to phylloxera, vineyards are planted on rootstock.
Key pioneers of the Hunter Valley Wine Country were George Wyndham of Dalwood, William Kelman at Kirkton and James King of Irrawang and amateur viticulturist James Busby. He arrived back in the Hunter Valley from Europe with some 500 vine cuttings.
Over the years Hunter Valley Wine Country has established its own style and unique method of vinification It is famous for its long-aged Semillion and earthy elegant Shiraz. In total, you can find almost 20 other varieties there as well.