Wine heritage meets award-winning wining & dining in Pokolbin - the heart and soul of the Hunter Valley
The place to go to get the quintessential Hunter Valley experience. Not only are the majority of the valley’s wineries located in Pokolbin, there’s a fantastic selection of cafes, award-winning dining experiences like Muse and EXP restaurants, unique wine tasting adventures and tourist attractions awaiting your exploration.
So, where to start...?
Parish of Pokolbin
With vineyard plantings dating back to the 1800’s, the Parish of Pokolbin, located at the foothills of the Brokenback Range in the southern part of the valley is where a great deal of the regions wine history was made. Here you’ll find some of the best and longest established wineries in the Hunter like Drayton’s, Tulloch’s, Audrey Wilkinson’s and Mount Pleasant – true industry pioneers that any wine lover ought to visit at least once.
The area also has some lovely boutique accommodation venues, restaurants, cafes and some fantastic experiences like Murchessons Equine Wine & Dine Tours.
The heart of the vineyards, Central Pokolbin is the undoubted hub of Wine Country. With a stack of wineries, restaurants, cafes, accommodation providers, attractions and concert venues, there’s really no end to what you can get up to.
It's here you'll find a myriad of little villages like Pokolbin Village, Peppers Creek Village, and the Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village – each dotted with boutique shops, produce vendors and great places to eat and drink. Then there’s the wineries. One of the regions oldest, Tyrrell’s can be found here alongside many other well-known producers like Brokenwood and boutique cellar doors.
The Hunter Valley Gardens on Broke Road is a must-stop for families.
Located at the north-western end of Pokolbin on Hermitage Road lies the Around Hermitage Cycleway - a unique and fun way to explore the valley’s wine and culinary delights. Offering some of the prettiest scenery in the Hunter, the cycleway links a dozen or so wineries, brewhouses, cafes, restaurants and a few other bespoke venues you’ll definitely want to stop at. If you don’t fancy bringing a bike, no troubles. There’s places here that hire out old school-cruisers.
Besides relaxed cycling, there’s plenty of other adventure to be had for groups or couples. You can jump on a guided wine tour, go horse-riding, take a cooking class or put on your problem-solving hat and visit the Hunters very own Winery Escape Room. And you won’t have any trouble finding accommodation. There’re loads of cottages, homesteads and the like you’re sure to be content with.