The secret to great wine is great vineyards and like many other wine areas the combinatio of soil, aspect, variety and attention to detail makes the difference between good and great.
Semillon, Chadonnay and Verdelho dominate the whites with plenty of interesting variations: try the Vermentino, Arneis and others. In reds it was always Shiraz but look out for Cabernet, Tempranillo, Barbera, Merlot and Pinot Noir.
On any given day there are around 1000 wines available for tasting at cellar doors in the Hunter. How to make sense of it all is a challenge!
However, you are not alone, as behind the bar you will find passionate people with a great knowledge and understanding of wine - happy to give you advice about which to dring and which to cellar, what to eat with that particular wine and so on: don't be afraid to ask!
Home to over 120,000 olive trees, many thousands of beef cattle and countless honey bees, artisan bakers, soap makers, choclatiers and creative cooks: the Hunter Valley's small artisan producers have plenty of interesting options, many of which are available at the many producers' markets held just about every week.
Super-cute alpacas are perfectly at home in the Hunter, with plenty of alpaca products available too.