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Hunter Valley wine tasting – Cellar doors and scenic views


There’s nothing better than relaxing in the heart of Hunter Valley wine country and enjoying a wine tasting. Soak up the relaxed atmosphere, take in the breathtaking natural beauty and indulge in the passion and history of some of Australia’s best wines.

We’ve compiled a few of our favourite wineries and their cellar door experiences. Still, the best thing about the Hunter Valley is the variety and number of wineries to visit. So why not come and stay at Hermitage Lodge, our boutique hotel nestled within the vines and explore all the excellent wine tastings the Hunter Valley has to offer.

Oak cask for winemaking

Winery cellar doors

Thomas Allen Wines

Enjoy panoramic views of the Hunter Valley and the beautiful Moon Mountain in the backdrop. Thomas Allen Wine is an iconic location on the Hunter Valley map. Taste classic Hunter Valley styles and hear the stories behind the wines from the passionate team.

1733 Broke Road, Pokolbin
Tasting Reservations: 02 4998 7250

First Creek Wines

Located just across the road from Hermitage Lodge, First Creek Wines produces wines of exceptional quality. In the last five years, The First Creek label has amassed 22 Trophies and 31 Golds across major Australian wine shows.

600 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin
Tasting Reservations: 02 4998 7293

Vamp – Lisa McGuigan Wines

Vamp is Lisa McGuigan’s new cellar door and it’s upmarket, glamorous and gothic-inspired. There’s no other cellar door quite like it in the Hunter Valley. The cellar door is open now with exciting additions of a private tasting room and Oyster bar to open in February.

2198 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
Tasting Reservations: 02 4998 7854


Located high on a hill in Pokolbin with magnificent views of the Barrington Ranges, walk through the open plan winemaking facility with viewing platforms across the winery. Stop by the Cellar Door for an informative wine tasting, then enjoy a fine-dining experience at Esca Bimbadgen Restaurant, or relax with a catered picnic amongst the vines. Cellar Door Tasting reservations are available from 10am – 4pm, 7 days a week.

790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin
Tasting Reservations: 02 4998 4650

Keith Tulloch Wine

The picturesque vineyard estate includes Keith Tulloch Winery, Cellar Door Tasting Lounge, Member’s Room, Private Tasting Room, Muse Kitchen and Manager’s Quarters Accommodation. Keith Tulloch Wine is a boutique family wine company and the first certified Carbon Neutral winery in the Hunter Valley. Open seven days.

989 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin
Tasting Reservations: 02 4998 7500

Scarborough Wine Co.

A passionate family-owned Hunter Valley winery invites you to choose a tasting experience that suits you. With five different tasting experiences to choose from, each with 5 wines and an individual cheese plate or you might prefer the Sip On In tasting which is a 30min tasting featuring 6 wines and an individual cheese tasting plate.

179 Gillards Road, Pokolbin
Tasting Reservations: 02 4998 7563

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend booking with each cellar door to confirm your wine tasting and avoid disappointment.

Hunter Valley Vineyard

Where to stay

Hermitage Lodge – Immerse yourself in the heart of the Hunter Valley

Hermitage Lodge is a boutique hotel nestled amongst the vines of a tranquil 20-hectare property. Choose from twenty rooms and seven different room types. Why not make it even more special with our ‘Romantic Escape’ package.

609 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin
Info and reservations: Ph +61 2 4998 7639


Where to eat

Il Cacciatore, Hermitage Lodge’s award-winning restaurant

Treat your tastebuds to delicious Northern Italian inspired cuisine. Il Cacciatore delivers authentic Italian food made from fresh local ingredients in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. It’s no surprise it’s a popular choice of Hunter Valley locals and visitors alike. Open for dinner seven nights from 6 pm; Lunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 pm and takeaway from noon seven days and nights.

Restaurant Reservations: +61 2 4998 7639
Restaurant online bookings and menus: https://hermitagelodge.com.au/restaurant/