Cellar Doors and Breweries
Today, the Hunter Valley is one of Australia's most well-known and loved wine regions. There are over 120 wineries producing a wide array of exceptional wines reflective of their origin. The region is made up of a number of small communities townships and locations, each with their own secrets to reveal. There are a huge selection of Cellar doors in the Hunter Valley from the larger well know wineries to some wonderful boutique wineries. Many have a food outlet or galleries so touring around can be real fun. We have wine tours available (please see tours) but if you would like to plan your own itinerary, we have listed some fabulous places below.
The Hunter loosely can be divided into a number of discreet areas. Broke Fordwich is called the tranquil side of the Hunter Valley with spectacular views and the iconic Yellow Rock Escarpment. It has 11 award winning cellar doors including the renowned Margan Family wines and Restaurant, Krinklewood Bio-dynamic wines, Mount Broke and Whispering Brook. Lovedale and Rothbury, is known for its annual Long Lunch. This area has great selection cellar doors and restaurants such as Leaves and Fishes, Mojos and the delicious Tatler Tapas. Pokolbin is the commercial hub with a great selection of cellar doors including big names like Tyrrell, Tulloch, McGuigan and Drayton. The Hermitage Road at the northern end of Pokolbin, has over 14 cellar doors including Maquaridale Organic wines and the wonderful Mistletoe with its great gallery. It is also the home of Binnorie Dairy and the Matilda Bay Brewhouse. There are also some other great wineries and cellar doors in Wollombi, Mount View, the home of Bistro Molines.
Ballabourneen Wine Co.
Ballabourneen Wine Co. is celebrating 23 years in the Hunter Valley. Husband and wife Alex and Di Stuart of the former Stuart Bros Construction Company swapped the hustle and bustle of Sydney to become vignerons. Along the way they met winemaker Daniel Binet leading the builder and the winemaker to become great mates. Ballabourneen is a boutique producer of fine wines and creates all the traditional favourites like Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. Ballabourneen also produces the Hunter Valley's only Gamay Noir, and a Moscato to die for! Ballabourneen Wine Co. is a five star winery and is located on Broke Road in the heart of Pokolbin. The cellar door team are family and friends, so expect a warm reception when visiting.
A visit to the spacious contemporary Cockfighter's Ghost Cellar Door is one of the highlights of a visit to the Hunter Valley. It is located on the historic Post Office Vineyard and is surrounded by the region’s oldest shiraz vines dating back to the 1890's which makes our Flagship Poole's Rock Shiraz.
On the Constable Estate property, 7 hectares of our winery have been planted with Shiraz, Cabernet, Semillon, Chardonnay and Verdelho. The premium wines produced from our winery in the Hunter Valley have won many trophies and gold medals at National and State Wine Shows.p>
De Bortoli Wines
Eclectic Wines was formed in 2008 by Paul Stuart after a career of over 30 years working in various management roles in the Australian and International Wine industries. Many wine practices had been taken from the old world including viticultural and wine making procedures. The grape varieties on which the current day wines are based owe their heritage to European wine growing regions. At the same time we embraced new world science from countries such as the United States of America. In typical Australian fashion and unhindered by centuries of entrenched practices, Australian winemakers experimented and innovated grape vines with climates, soils and techniques to make their own unique wine styles. This 'eclectic' approach is what we have embraced in our own wines. Our motto “European inspired – Australian perfected, pays homage to our background as well as recognition that Australian wines have crafted their own unique place in the world of wine. In the eclectic tradition we too have borrowed ideas freely to create our special range of wines. Eclectic wines are based in the oldest wine growing region of Australia, The Hunter Valley. We have a small range of wines for tasting and sale at our own cellars. Paul Stuart also assists other wine companies through his consultancy work, specifically in sales and marketing strategies.
Ernest Hill Wines
First Creek Wines
Hanging Tree Wines
"Hanging Tree Wines offers one of the most welcoming cellar doors - housed within an old cow-shed and complete with a rustic Blacksmith's Cottage and Horse Whispering lodge. Our grapes are handpicked and handcrafted to produce various red, white, sparkling, and fortified wines. Our range is created in our fruit-driven style and easy drinking for all occasions, so pop in today to taste our award-winning wines!"
Hart & Hunter
"Winemaking couple Damien Stevens & Jodie Belleville are the hands behind the Phat Wine Company's Hart & Hunter brand. A small family business chasing their dream to find a great patch of dirt producing classic Hunter Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz and their deep belief in showcasing and honouring the sense of place in a wine. Jodie and Damien invite you to pay them a visit at the cellar door, so you can experience the great wines and warm and friendly service that comes with a Hart & Hunter tasting. Hand picked, hand crafted and proudly Hunter Valley."
Hunter Distillery is the only certified organic distillery in the Hunter Valley wine region of New South Wales. Locally owned and operated, we produce an exceptional range of top shelf spirits, including Vodkas, Liqueurs, Schnapps and our award winning COPPERWAVE GIN.
Iron Gate Estate
Keith Tulloch Wine
Kevin Sobels Wines
The company is one of the few in the Hunter Valley that actually make and age every wine under their label from grapes that they grow or purchased from other growers in the Hunter Valley and is one of only 8 wineries that have a bottling line.
Macquariedale Organic Wines
“You will find McLeish Estate nestled in the heart of the Lower Hunter Valley in Pokolbin. Surrounded by 11 Hectares of vineyard which is responsible for producing many Gold and Trophy Award winning wines available to you from our small privately owned boutique Cellar Door. Since 1985 Bob and Maryanne McLeish have ventured into Viticulture on their estate in Pokolbin, which has now culminated with the opening of their Cellar Door to the public. The high standard of McLeish Wines reflects the finest quality. So visit McLeish Estate and enjoy the friendly cellar door atmosphere where you’ll be treated to the taste of premium current releases and aged wines through to our ‘Jessica’s’ Botrytis Semillon while nibbling on homemade delicacies.”
Misty Glen Wines
Moorebank Private Vineyard
Moorebank Estate is a family boutique vineyard where outstanding wines come from outstanding grapes & has been a family owned & operated business since 1986. Moorebank’s values are with sustainable viticultural & agricultural practices & to produce wines that are globally responsible & better for our health.
Mount Eyre/Three Ponds
Mount Pleasant Estate
Peacock Hill Vineyard
Peter Drayton Wines
Peter Drayton is a 5th generation descendant of the Drayton Family in Australia. Peter is a proud producer of a range of award winning wines at his Ironbark Hill vineyard. Set at the foot of the Brokenback range, the 40 hectare property has 16 hectares under vine and includes a cellar door.
Piggs Peake Winery
Pokolbin Brothers Wines
Pokolbin Estate Vineyard
Our wines are exclusively handpicked and crafted from the grapes grown on our Pokolbin Estate and Belebula Vineyards. Being the only vineyard in the Hunter Valley to grow the traditional Riesling variety certainly sets us apart from others.
Rothvale Vineyard & Winery
Discover the 'true spirit' of the Hunter Valley at our family operated boutique winery. We produce award winning classics of Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon from vines first planted in the 1970s. Our premium boutique wines offer depth, complexity and true Hunter Valley terroir.
Saddlers Creek Wines
Small Winemakers Centre
The Small Winemakers Centre has the largest range of premium wines in the Hunter Valley, guaranteed. It is home to The Little Wine Company, Thomas Wines and Silkman Wines as well as a great selection from David Hook, Hart & Hunter and Keith Tulloch. Visit our Cellar Door to compare fabulous examples of Semillon and Shiraz from our range of award winning winemakers.
Tamburlaine Organic Wines
Tamburlaine is Australia’s largest producer of organic wines, although not a large winery in world terms. We source our fruit from its own organic vineyards in the Hunter Valley (Pokolbin and Sandy Hollow) and Orange.
Tower Estate Wines
Excellence in hospitality, fine food and wine form the basis of Tower Estate. Our philosophy is to produce wines of classic style from fruit sourced from the specific Australian region that best suits a particular grape variety and style.
Established in 1858, Tyrrell’s is one of Australia’s most distinguished family owned wine companies. Home to the iconic Vat 1 Semillon, visit us and see why Tyrrell’s have won over 5650 Trophies, Medals and Awards since 1971. With some of the oldest and rarest vineyards in the world, you can share in their rich heritage including the original red clay dirt cellar and the historic iron bark hut. Daily winery tours depart at 10.30am.
Vinden Estate Wines
Wombat Crossing Vineyard
Brokes Promise Estate
Broke’s Promise is a family owned boutique vineyard & olive grove. Specializing in handcrafted wines created from the Hunter Valleys most renowned varieties – Semillon, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Rose, Shiraz and the popular Northern Italian red variety Barbera.
Catherine Vale Wines
GREENWAY WINES is the newest vineyard in Broke Fordwich to start producing under its own label – small, family owned, passionate and dedicated to the making of quality wine. We only bottle when the vintage is at its best and produce limited quantities of quality wines. Do accept our invitation to visit at our BIG RED BARN tasting room to taste and enjoy the fruits of our vines and in doing so become part of the magic that is Greenway Wines.
Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard
Mount Broke Wines
Established in 1997 Mount Broke Wines has defined Shiraz quality in the Broke Fordwich/Hunter Valley Region across the last decade. Centrally located 20 minutes from Wollombi, Singleton and Pokolbin. Our low yielding single origin vineyard operates with a focus on producing small batches of premium wines. The range also includes fine examples of Semillon, Verdelho, Chardonnay and Barbera. The views over the property are spectacular with the cellar door located on the edge of the vineyard.
Stonehurst's boutique wines are made from organic grapes - hand picked and pruned. At Stonehurst ,we are committed to sustainable agriculture. Our elevated trellis captures sunlight and airflow enhancing fruit quality and flavours.
Wollombi Village Vineyard
Dark Horse Vineyard
All our wines are small batch, hand picked, single
vineyard & exclusively Hunter Valley.
We have combined our love of Wine and Horses to bring you Hunter Valleys first Equestrian Inspired Cellar Door. Home to our beloved horses Doni and Doll, our Vineyard comprises of five acres of Semillon and two acres of Chardonnay. First planted sometime in the 1960's, it is home to some of the Hunters oldest Chardonnay, and has consistently produced premium Semillon. The unirrigated vineyard is cane-pruned and hand-picked to produce a low-yielding, high quality grape. We only produce approximately 1300 bottles of each wine, and all wines are exclusively Hunter Valley grown. Our aim is to provide you with amazing wine with personalised service to give you an experience like no other in the Hunter Valley.
Gartelmann Wines is a small boutique winery situated in Lovedale Hunter Valley in NSW. Gartelmann Wines specialises in the classic Hunter Valley varieties of Semillon and Shiraz. We also produce excellent wines from the well known varieties of Chardonnay, Merlot and Verdelho..
Our cellar door is as rustic as the beautiful surrounds. Inside you will find an eclectic mix of wines, pottery, art and hospitality. Why not bring a picnic and stay a while? The views over our vineyards to the Brokenback Ranges are breathtaking and there is plenty of space for alfresco lunching. We are open on Saturdays from 10am to 5pm or by appointment. Please contact Andrew on 0400 356 867 if you wish to make an appointment. We live on the property so a stroll down to the cellar door to provide a private tasting just reminds us that we live in a wonderful location with breath taking views doing something we love.