Curl up in front of a real fire or chill out on the verandah and watch the kangaroos - this is not the world of the international resort, this is the world of the small scale - boutique style accommodation in the country.
Ours is by no means a comprehensive guide: but here are some personal favourites. You will be assured of a warm welcome, generally from the people that own and run the place.
Wherever there is fine wine there will be good food - they go together. Here are some unforgetable places: great food in memorable locations.
The food scene in the Hunter is always changing - with plenty of choice from hatted restaurants to memorable burgers!
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!
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!
Turning grapes into wine is a lot more than just crushing up grapes by foot these days! Some of the brightest talent in contemporary wine-making is working away behind the scenes to turn grapes into award winning wine.
The Hunter Valley is quite a spread out area, and local knowledge can go a long way to making your visit memorable. Specialist tour companies based in the area can arrange pick-ups and transfers: and take you to wonderful places you would never have found by yourself.
Australian wine started in the Hunter Valley in the 1820: and is still here for some very good reasons - a great place to grow grapes.
The fame of the area rests most particularly on two grapes varietes grown in the Hunter for over 100 years: Semillon & Shiraz - but there are plenty of other contenders these days with Chardonnay, Verdelho, Cabernet & Tempranillo all staking their claims.