Hunter Valley Wineries: Top 8 Most Popular Vineyards

by Jacob King Stanley

Explore the delights of the stunning Hunter Valley, from award-winning Hunter Valley Wineries and acclaimed restaurants to delectable festivals and endless fresh local produce.

The Hunter Region, also commonly known as the Hunter Valley, is a region of New South Wales, Australia. It extends from approximately 120 km to 310 km, North of Sydney. The Hunter Valley is a major tourist destination in New South Wales and is the 6th most visited place in Australia attracting more than 2.5 million people annually.

Home to more than 150 wineries, a plethora of restaurants and stunning landscapes – all just a two-hour drive North of Sydney, the Hunter Valley is a fabulous holiday destination.

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How to get there

2 Hour Drive from Sydney:

Over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, follow the A1 (Pacific Highway) towards Hornsby.

Before Hornsby, take the M1 (Pacific Motorway) North towards Newcastle. And take one of three exits to the Hunter Valley Wineries.

Hot Air Balloon:

Discover Balloon Aloft, for a bird’s-eye view of the Hunter Valley wineries and beyond, gently soar in a hot air balloon. The Hunter Valley offers the perfect backdrop for the flight of a lifetime. Their balloon flights last for approximately one hour and are followed by a delicious breakfast and champagne celebration at the famous Peterson House winery and Restaurant.


If you are travelling in style, Cessnock Airport is the closest airport, based in the heart of the Hunter Valley wineries. It is only accessible by private charter and helicopters only. For domestic flights, Newcastle Airport is a 45-minute drive from the Hunter Valley Wine Country. Flights depart from Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast & Brisbane daily direct to Newcastle.


The Hunter Valley is home to more cellar doors than any other wine region in Australia. One of the great pleasures of wine tasting is discovering what you like. From classic wines to those newer varieties, the Hunter Region has what you’re looking for. You can visit the wineries directly or in a group on a wine tour. Out of 150 wineries, it was hard to choose only 8.

  1. Petersons Wines

A family owned and operated winery, which has been growing wine for 37 years and making wines for 27 years. They have been at the front of the wine industry among the Hunter Valley Wineries since 1971 when it was established by Colin Peterson and his parents, Ian and Shirley. Petersons winery is well recognised for producing exceptional quality, award-winning wines. Set amongst the hills of Mount View in the Hunter Valley, the winery overlooks picturesque views of the famous wine region.

Friendly, professional staff are what to expect when visiting this popular winery. Their tasting room is open for all. They are very generous with their tastings, they even offer you some of their top-shelf wines.

A winery worth visiting. You could go just for the stunning view, but they have a wide range of beautiful wines in a very relaxing a friendly setting.

Want to visit or get some more info? Check out their website or get directions to Petersons Wines.
Website: Petersons Wines | Address: 552 Mount View Rd, Mount View NSW 2325, Australia

  1. Scarborough Wines

The Hunter Valley has positioned itself as Australia’s first wine region with James Busby having delivered the first cuttings. Today, there are vineyards that are over a century old and represent some of the world’s oldest vines. At Scarborough Wine Co, home-grown means everything; from the warm welcome to the exceptional wines made by this famous Hunter Valley family.

If you love Chardonnay, Scarborough Wines is the place for you as it’s their speciality. You can expect a warm welcome, beautiful views of the Hunter Valley and a structured tasting to discover for yourself why they are a leading producer in the region.

Fantastic wine at affordable prices, a well-kept property and organised staff are what you’ll find at Scarborough Wines in the Hunter Valley.

  1. Hanging Tree Wines

Hanging Tree Wines sits amongst an extensive mix of a vineyard, rustic cottage, and a rose garden with magnificent views overlooking the iconic Broken Back Ranges. The winery consists of 40 acres, eight of which are under four vine varieties: Chardonnay, Semillon, Shiraz and Cabernet. The cellar door welcomes all with its rustic charm.

Stumbling across a hidden gem with a lovely vibe, perfect for a relaxing afternoon with friends. Dogs are more than welcome which is definitely something to keep in mind.

Winemaker, Andrew Thomas, handcrafts the award-winning Hanging Tree range and was awarded the Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year in 2008.

  1. Krinklewood Vineyard

The Krinklewood journey began almost 40 years ago when the Windrim family planted their first vines in the Hunter Valley. Their French inspired boutique winery and cellar door is set amongst Provencal gardens with the Wollombi Brook and Brokenback Range providing a spectacular landscape. Krinklewood does this a little differently than its neighbouring Hunter Valley Wineries. Their wines are certified biodynamic, with every aspect of our Hunter Valley vineyard and farm being managed in a biodynamic, organic and sustainable way.

They nurture the vines to good health, allowing the natural cycle of the season to ripen the fruit and then through minimal intervention in our winemaking. The wines are of greater intensity of flavour and have a vibrant fresh style to them, making Krinklewood stand out from the rest.

  1. Iron Gate Estate

A boutique winery with 25 acres of vineyard on a 40-acre estate with a Mediterranean style Cellar Door. Iron Gate Estate grows 5 different grape varieties, with beautiful Spanish olive tree’s surrounding the estate.

The estate was founded by Roger Lilliott in 1996. A retired successful chemical engineer and self-taught winemaker. In 2000, his winery was open to the public and it has been successful ever since. In 2017, Roger handed over the reins of his family business to another family-owned business, Iron Gate Winery Pty Ltd. The family is committed to upholding Roger’s vision for creating innovative, unconventional wines. You can still find Roger at the winery, he’s usually at the cellar door providing tastings to guests.

The staff are always friendly and willing to explain what goes behind the scenes. After your tasting, you may be able to experience a behind the scenes tour of the winery.

  1. Pepper Tree Wines

Founded in 1991, Pepper Tree Wines started with a focus on grapes from the Hunter Valley but today the roots run deep for owner John Davis with vineyard sites in four premium wine growing regions across Australia. Pepper Tree produces wines of elegance and distinction. In the heart of Pokolbin, Pepper Tree offers a unique and relaxed wine experience set amongst the stunning surrounding gardens. A state of the art 1000 tonne winery, Pepper Tree produces between 45,000 to 55,000 cases of wine annually.

The Wine, the grounds, the cellar door, and most importantly, the staff, all represent the highest of standards. The Cellar Door sales staff are friendly, professionals whose enjoyment of their work is well-known.

  1. Hungerford Hill

Established in 1967, Hungerford Hill Wines is a boutique estate in the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region.

With its unique barrel-shaped tasting room and underground working cellar, Hungerford Hill has a reputation for producing memorable wines and providing an exceptional cellar door experience. The award-winning Hungerford Hill Cellar Door offers the finest food whilst overlooking spectacular views across the vineyards to the Brokenback Ranges.

Start your experience with a free wine tasting, then immerse yourself in a masterclass tasting (remember to book, but keep in mind, it’s free!). From red wine to Semillon, informative tips & insights into the history of the wines. Hungerford Hill should be on your list when visiting Hunter Valley Wineries.

  1. Gartelmann Wines

A boutique, family-owned cellar door and wine producer. Gartelmann Wines specialises in fine hand-crafted wines, sourcing high-quality fruit from various locations throughout the Hunter Valley. Jan and Jorg Gartelmann are proud of all their wines and would love for you to sample them and experience what their winery has to offer.

Taste wines from their award-winning Semillon and Shiraz, through to their Verdelho, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet and Petit Verdot. Gartelmann wines are interesting, exceptional and affordable.

Enjoy lunch at the beautiful restaurant next door with lovely staff and a glass of wine to accompany your meal.

Things to do

There are regular events for you to explore in the Hunter Valley. There is the Hunter Valley Steam Train. Running the first three Sundays of each month and there are regular scenic cruises on the Hunter River and Lake Macquarie.

A highlight of is the annual Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival. A celebration in May & June of the elegant wine and diverse produce. Concerts are also frequently being held at various vineyards, perfect for you to attend.

Apart from the numerous wineries, there’s plenty more to do. Visiting the Hunter Valley Zoo, Skydiving over acres of stunning land, horseriding, and a wildlife tour for the family. These are just a few activities the Hunter Valley has to offer.

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