The Hunter Valley is one of Australia's premier wine regions. Located in the state of New South Wales, the region has played a pivotal role in the history of Australian wine as one of the first wine regions planted in the early 19th century. The wine-making history of Hunter Valley begins with the European settlement of the Sydney and the New South Wales region of Australia in the late 18th century.
With its northerly latitude and close oceanic influences, the Hunter Valley is one of Australia's hottest and wettest wine regions. Flanked by mountains to the west and north the Hunter Valley acts as a funnel, pulling cool ocean breezes into the area.
Hunter Valley includes over 80 wineries including: Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard (established in 1866), Pepper Tree Wines (an award winning small winery), Rothbury Estate and Wyndham Estate. A visit to Hunter Valley offers the oportunity to sample wine varieties such as Chardonnay, Semillion and Cabernet Sauvignon.
In addition to wineries the area offers hot air ballooning, sky diving and parachuting. Explore the rich culture of the people living here and try their special delicacies served in more than 60 restaurants. Aside from the wine industry, Hunter Valley also attracts tourists during their festivities including the Lovedale Long Lunch and the Semillon and Seafood festival. Organized concerts featuring local talents are also held in the area.
Much of the Hunter Valley accommodations are found near Pokolbin. Some are major resorts, other intimate guesthouses
Barrington Tops National Park offers great experiences of the natural beauty of the area.
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Close by Sydney, approximately 2 hours south of Hunter Valley, provides the vibrant urban life and great restaurants.