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Embracing Winter Wonders in the Hunter Valley

As the crisp winter air settles in, there’s a unique charm that descends upon Hunter Valley, New South Wales. Renowned for its picturesque vineyards, delectable wines, and serene countryside, Hunter Valley holds countless treasures to discover, even during the colder months. Whether you’re a wine aficionado, a food lover, or an outdoor enthusiast, this breathtaking region offers an array of unforgettable experiences that will warm your heart. Join us as we delve into some of the best experiences to enjoy in Hunter Valley during the winter season.

Wine Tasting and Cellar Door Tours

Hunter Valley’s wineries are the lifeblood of the region, and winter provides the perfect opportunity to indulge in wine tasting and cellar door tours. Sip on award-winning wines while you take in the beauty of the vineyards blanketed in mist and fog. Many wineries offer cozy fireplaces and warm hospitality to ensure your tasting experience is nothing short of exceptional. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample the region’s iconic Semillon, Shiraz, and Chardonnay varieties. You can enjoy the ever-popular Brokenwood or Tyrells, or get off the beaten path with Keith Tulloch, Leogate Estate and Parched Crow. Or simply duck across the road to the fabulous First Creek Wines.

Gourmet Delights Aplenty

Winter is a food lover’s paradise in Hunter Valley, with an abundance of exceptional dining options. Indulge in hearty farm-to-table meals at the region’s renowned restaurants, where local produce takes center stage. Enjoy fireside dining and savor the flavors of seasonal ingredients, from artisan cheeses and fresh olives to succulent meats and decadent desserts. Pair your meal with a glass of Hunter Valley wine for the ultimate culinary experience. Visit some of our favourites – Cafe Enzo for a delicious breakfast, Esca for a decadent lunch with a view and Nineteen for a casual cocktail and meal to end the day. You can’t go past the hatted Muse Restaurant if you’re looking for something extra special, or if you’re looking to ditch the drive entirely, try Pescara Restaurant on site at Hermitage Lodge.

Fly high in a Hot Air Balloon

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Hunter Valley from above by embarking on a hot air balloon ride. Witness the rolling hills and vineyards come to life as the sun rises over the horizon. In winter, the mist that hangs in the valleys adds an ethereal touch to the landscape, creating a truly magical and unforgettable experience. Floating above the earth, you’ll feel a sense of tranquility and awe-inspiring wonder. See Balloon Aloft or Hunter Valley Ballooning.

Snow Time at Hunter Valley Gardens

For a winter wonderland experience, head to Hunter Valley Gardens and immerse yourself in Snow Time. This annual event transforms the gardens into a snowy paradise, complete with ice skating rinks, snow play zones, and exhilarating ice tobogganing. Build a snowman, engage in a friendly snowball fight, or simply enjoy the enchanting atmosphere. Snow Time in the Gardens is a delightful family-friendly experience that will bring out the childlike joy in everyone.

Winter Festivals and Events

Hunter Valley comes alive with vibrant festivals and events during the winter season. From wine and food festivals to music concerts and art exhibitions, there’s always something exciting happening in the region. Immerse yourself in the cultural fabric of Hunter Valley and connect with the local community. These events often showcase the talents of local artists, musicians, and culinary experts, giving you a true taste of the region’s vibrant spirit. Check out Hunter Valley Beer and Wine Festival.

Check out Glandore’s Burning of the Barrell, Hunter Valley Wine and Beer Festival or Colourful Long Lunch. 


All information is gathered from each venues website and is current at the time of posting. These restaurants have no affiliation with Hermitage Lodge, but we appreciate what they do! Be sure to reach out to each individually for reservations or any additional details.

Cover image credit Destination NSW