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A guide to the top Hunter Valley Wineries near Newcastle

Australia's oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley, is a must-visit destination for wine enthusiasts and daytrippers. Just a short drive from Newcastle, this picturesque area offers a diverse range of wineries, each boasting its own unique charm and world-class wines. Whether you are a wine lover or just looking to enjoy a beautiful day out, here's a guide to some of the top Hunter Valley wineries you shouldn't miss.

Audrey Wilkinson Winery

Audrey Wilkinson Winery is a true gem in the Hunter Valley. Nestled atop a hill with stunning panoramic views, this 150-year-old winery offers a range of sippable wines and a glimpse into the region's winemaking history with a museum housed in the original winery. Their colonial-style cellar door is an excellent place to start your Hunter Valley winery adventure. Try their award-winning Semillon while soaking in the breath-taking scenery of the Brokenback Mountain Ranges.

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Usher Tinkler Wines

For a quirky wine tasting experience, head to Usher Tinkler Wines in Pokolbin. Housed in a beautifully restored church, this Hunter Valley winery combines traditional winemaking techniques with an innovative approach to wine that makes for an unforgettable visit. Take advantage of their exceptional Chardonnay, complimented by a delicious platter from their Salumi Bar.

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Scarborough Wine Co

Scarborough Wine Co is known for its warm hospitality and a wide variety of wines, including its Offshoot, Classic, and 'The Obsessive' ranges. Family-owned and operated, Scarborough offers a relaxed Hunter Valley wine tasting experience. Their cellar door on Gillards Road provides a cosy setting to enjoy their popular Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The knowledgeable staff will guide you through the wine tasting, making it a perfect spot for both beginners and connoisseurs.

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Brokenwood Winery

A staple in the Hunter Valley, Brokenwood Winery has been producing top-quality wines since 1970. Their flagship wine, the Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, is a must-try and consistently ranks among the best in Australia. The recently renovated cellar door is sleek and modern, offering a range of tasting experiences, from casual drop-ins to more in-depth wine and food pairings. It's a great place to learn about the intricacies of winemaking and sample some world-class wines.

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For those looking for a boutique winery experience, Boydell's in Morpeth is an excellent choice. Located on a historic property just 40 minutes from Crystalbrook Kingsley, this winery offers intimate tastings in a charming setting. Boydell's focuses on small-batch, handcrafted wines that truly reflect the character of the Hunter Valley. Their Shiraz Viognier and Verdelho are particularly noteworthy.

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Hanging Tree Wines

If you're after a winery brimming with character and charm, Hanging Tree Winery is the place to be. Set amongst scenic vineyards, olive groves and rose gardens, this winery offers a rustic, welcoming atmosphere. Their friendly staff will take you through a tasting of their top wines, including their popular Sparkling Muscato. The property's picturesque setting makes it the ideal spot for a leisurely afternoon or a family picnic.

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Briar Ridge Vineyard

Briar Ridge Vineyard is a delightful blend of tradition and innovation. Known for their relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, this Hunter Valley winery produces a range of excellent wines, with their Single Vineyard Shiraz being a standout. The cellar door is surrounded by beautiful gardens, with a sunny terrace perfect for the summer months and a cosy fireplace to warm up with a glass of red during the winter. Their knowledgeable staff is always eager to share the stories behind their wines.

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Bimbadgen Winery

Last but not least, Bimbadgen Winery offers a 5-star Hunter Valley experience with its striking architecture, stunning views, and award-winning restaurant. Esca Bimbadgen serves delicious, seasonally inspired meals that pair perfectly with its diverse range of wines. Be sure to try their Semillon and Signature Shiraz. The winery's Courtyard Cafe is the perfect spot for a bottle of wine, wood-fired pizza and live music on a Friday night.

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From historic estates to sleek cellar doors, the Hunter Valley isn't short of unique wineries to suit every taste and preference. Whether you're planning a day trip from Newcastle or a weekend away, these top Hunter Valley wineries promise an unforgettable experience filled with excellent wine and warm hospitality. 

After a delightful day of wine tasting, why not extend your adventure with a luxury escape at Crystalbrook Kingsley in Newcastle? With elegantly appointed rooms, stunning views, and an exceptional rooftop bar and restaurant, it's the perfect place to unwind after your Hunter Valley escapade.