Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s best-known wine growing regions. The landscape is pretty impressive close up and boasts intriguing statistics, below are some answers to some of the most commonly asked questions and interesting facts about the Hunter Valley.
Where is the Hunter Valley?
- The Hunter Valley is located to the north of Sydney, stretching inland from the coastal town of Newcastle.
- Known locally as the ‘Hunter’, The region is split into two parts; Lower Hunter, where the majority of wineries are based, and Upper Hunter, which also has vineyards and other industries.
- Wollombi Valley, Cessnock, Pokolbin, Rothbury and Lovedale in the Lower Hunter are the busiest and most visited areas.
- The main river in the Hunter Valley region is the Hunter River, after which the region is named.
How far is the Hunter Valley from Sydney?
- The Hunter Valley (Cessnock) is about 160kms from Sydney.
- It takes about 2 hours to drive to The Hunter Valley (Cessnock) from Sydney.
Why is the Hunter Valley so well known?
The Hunter Valley is known as one of Australia’s oldest and best wine regions. It is known for its picturesque views, its sweeping valleys and sprawling fields. It is a polular tourist destinations.
- Fact: The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest and best known wine region with over 150 great wineries.
- Fact: The Hunter Valley wine region is renowned around the world for its award winning wines, produced here since the 1800s.
- Fact: By 1840, there was in excess of 500 acres of registered vineyard area in the Hunter Valley.
- Fact: Apart from grapes, Hunter Valley region also produces cheeses, olive oil and olives.
What can you do at the Hunter Valley?
- At many of the cellar doors you can sample a broad selection of wines.
- Join a wine tasting master class.
- Dine in top quality restaurants featuring some of the world’s finest wines.
- Enjoy jazz, opera and blues concerts throughout the year.
- Experience the colourful blooms at the Festival of the Flowers in September.
- Follow an art trail at Sculpture in the Vineyards during November.
Hunter Valley Tourist Information
Hunter Valley Visitor Center
455 Wine Country Drive
Pokolbin, NSW 2320
Telephone: (02) 4993 6700