Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley rightfully claims to be the birthplace of Australian wine. Its proximity to Sydney brings flocks of wine lovers, lifestyle tourists, wedding parties and corporate conferences.

Brokenwood

Star Cellar Door

(02) 4998 7559
brokenwood.com.au

The new Brokenwood cellar door is truly of ‘star’ status. It’s imposing but gracious at the same time with clean lines, natural timber surfaces and lots of glass. It has circular tasting pods, private tasting spaces and dining rooms with expansive views of the working winery and the vineyards. Brokenwood’s el supremo, Iain Riggs, is like a kid with a new toy with an app on his phone that controls the new cellar door’s eight sound zones.

Adding clout to the new venue is the scrumptious food provided by Janet and Andrew Wright (ex The Cellar Restaurant) with their casual Cru Bar + Pantry and more upscale, The Wood Restaurant. The new facility is a big drawcard but the Brokenwood wines remain the focus with winemaker Stuart Hordern’s in-tune Hunter wines mingling with his excellent Beechworth offerings and expanding range of wines from other NSW regions. PETER BOURNE

OUTSTANDING WINE: Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, A$255

Tempus Two
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR

(02) 4993 3999
tempustwo.com.au

Usher Tinkler
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR

(02) 4998 7069
ushertinklerwines.com

Muse Restaurant at Hungerford Hill
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST FOOD

(02) 4998 6777
musedining.com.au

Wine House
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE

(02) 4998 7668
winehousehuntervalley.com.au

The Convent
our favourite place to stay

(02) 4998 4999
convent.com.au